Various: THE HITS ALBUM 8 EIGHT LP 1988 DOUBLE gatefold. Pop, Rock, Soft Rock, Europop, Pop Rock, Arena Rock. Check VIDEOS

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Hits 8 is a 33-track compilation album released in the summer of 1988 by CBSWEA and BMG Records in the UK. It was released as a double LPMC and CD. Also known as The Hits Album 8, the compilation was successful and reached #2 in the UK Albums Chart (held off by its rival album Now 12) and achieved a Platinum BPI award. The Desireless track “Voyage Voyage” had previously appeared in its original mix on Hits 7.

Hits 8 features four songs which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart: “I Owe You Nothing“, “Perfect“, “Don’t Turn Around” and “Theme from S-Express“.

Various: THE HITS ALBUM VOLUME EIGHT 8 [DOUBLE gatefold] LP 1988. Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Alternative Rock, RnB / Swing
Label: WEA International Inc., CBS, BMG
Catalog#: HITS 8, HITS 8, HITS 8
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 1988
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Alternative Rock, RnB/Swing, Pop Rock, Synth-pop
Tracklist
A1 a-ha – Stay On These Roads
A2 Eighth Wonder – I’m Not Scared
A3 Michael Jackson with Jackson 5  – I Want You Back ’88
A4 Five Star – Another Weekend
A5 Bros – I Owe You Nothing
A6 Tiffany – I Saw Him Standing There
A7 Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
A8 Desireless – Voyage Voyage

B1 Pasadenas, The – Tribute (Right On)
B2 Matt Bianco – Don’t Blame It On That Girl
B3 Taja Sevelle – Love Is Contagious (Edit)
B4 Pebbles – Girlfriend
B5 Rose Royce – Car Wash
B6 Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day
B7 Glen Goldsmith – What You See Is What You Get
B8 Luther Vandross – I Gave It Up (When I Fell In Love)

C1 Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
C2 Prefab Sprout – The King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll
C3 Fairground Attraction – Perfect
C4 Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
C5 Cher – I Found Someone
C6 Sade – Paradise
C7 Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name
C8 Alexander O’Neal – The Lovers

D1 Eurythmics – You Have Placed A Chill In My Heart
D2 Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
D3 S-Express* – Theme From S-Express
D4 Debbie Gibson – Shake Your Love
D5 Erasure – Chains Of Love
D6 Ofra Haza – Im Nin’ Alu
D7 The Primitives – Crash
D8 The Sisters Of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection
D9 Jesus And Mary Chain, The – Sidewalking

Review
Like its predecessors, Hits Album 5, Hits Album 6 and Hits Album 7, the eighth volume in the Dutch Hits series contained 33 tracks. Four of these had already featured on the UK series variant The Hits Album 8 [A-ha, S’Express, Terence Trent D’Arby, Fleetwood Mac]. As I’ve said, the latter contained 14 early fades so it’s good to get the full 7″ versions of Stay On These Roads, Sign Your Name, Theme From S-Express and Everywhere now. Meanwhile Robbie Robertson would find himself washed-up on The Hits Album 9 – one of the most underrated compilations of the period.

The sequencing on this volume is excellent. We begin with A-ha’s atmospheric Stay On The Roads. Robbie Roberston’s Somewhere Down That Crazy River is pure musical noir, into the apocalypse, dreading Kurtz. Tiffany’s deathless Could’ve Been remains her career high point, stunning mature regret. The downbeat vibe continues on Sade’s ambient Love Is Stronger Than Pride while Roger and Foreigner’s soulful ballads I Want To Be Your Man and I Don’t Want To Live Without You Love hit the spot. Freiheit’s gentle Play It Cool works as a perfect foil with Toto’s air-drumming masterpiece Stop Loving You.

After a sedate first half, the tempo picks up with the Theme From S-Express. And then one of the year’s funkiest tunes, Divine Emotions from Narada Michael Walden. Zoom back to the carefree summer of ’88 whenever I hear it. Elsewhere there’s the Push mix of Bros’ debut When I Will Be Famous and Playboy bunny Dale’s Simon Simon [released on Prince’s Paisley Park label]. Listen to the Bangles turn Simon and Garfunkel’s Hazy Shade Of A Winter on its head for the Less Than Zero soundtrack. Just say yes to Jon Anderson’s mystical Hold On To Love and marvel at the soft delicate sound of Terence Trent D’Arby’s Sign Your Name. Lastly sail away with Fleetwood Mac’s sublime Everywhere.

Favourite tracks
A-ha – Stay On These Roads

Robbie Robertson – Somewhere Down That Crazy River

Lest we forget
Narada – Divine Emotions

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