It was year 2006 when a batch of MP3 CDs entitled "THE ULTIMATE EIGHTIES COLLECTION" hit MANILA's shopping malls. Are these official releases from record companies? NOPE!! Just another bootleg If I may say since there were 10 volumes of these MP3 CDs which were sold remembering the entire decade of the 80s. The series were divided into 10 MP3 CDs each containing more than a hundred songs per CD namely 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989. Did I missed a year? He He He!! WOW!! I just remembered FONZIE would say on "THE FONZ AND THE HAPPY DAYS GANG" cartoons back in the 80s: "Can You Dig It?". Hmmmp!! Can you dig this compilation? Those were happy days indeed KABAYAN watching "SATURDAY FUN MACHINE" at RPN 9 during the 80s here in MANILA. A time travel cartoon series back then that is fitted to my blogpost.
The CDs highlighted the Best Hits of each year crossing the borders of the 80s decade. Last August 2008, I was able to spot the said 80s compilation but in a different format. YUP!! This time It's in DVD format but the 10 CDs became only two DVDs entitled "The Ultimate Eighties Collection Volume One and Volume Two". I bought the two DVDs for the purpose of listening to it since I wasn't able to buy any of the original 10 MP3 CDs which were released back in 2006 and I got to travel back each year from 1980 to 1989. Hmmmp!! Why not come up with an Ultimate Eighties New Wave Collection? Well, now each DVD contains more than 500 songs from the 80s and so that means buying the two volumes would give you more than 1,000 songs. Wheeew!! So It was divided into the years 1980-1984, and 1985-1989 depicting the first 5 years and later 5 years of the decade. Of course, It's not strictly New Wave because the title didn't indicate it. Definitely, It's about the pop culture of the 80s which I consider one of the great decades for good music whether any forms or genres.
The packaging of these two DVDs are very different from the original MP3 CDs, but the Logo remains the same. If you guys have the first series and wasn't able to complete it because you have to buy all 10 of them before, then this time you could complete the entire series by buying these two DVDs. I guess It's just the process of trying to recall the songs which hit the charts each year coming from 1980 to 1989. All sorts of Artists from different musical genres that includes THE BANGLES, FOREIGNER, HEART, PHIL COLLINS, THE POLICE, MICHAEL JACKSON, and a lot more to spin you around your time machine. How about joining FONZIE and the gang on their time machine with CUPCAKE and MR. COOL to go back to our childhood years? I guess we will just remember CASEY KASEM's "American TOP 40 Countdown" or even the BILLBOARD Charts. GREAT MEMORIES of the 80s!!
Btw, I bought a small souvenir guitar on one of my visits to the provinces and I was amazed that the cover of the second volume fits the guitar. TRIP LANG!! He He He!!
ULTIMATE EIGHTIES indeed!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD-