Eddie Money | We Are the 80’s (Legacy/Columbia)

The artist and song selection on these VH1 We Are the 80's compilations should be a no-brainer: pick a random one-hit wonder, put all their singles on one CD, then pack the rest of the disc with filler.

 

The artist and song selection on these VH1 We Are the 80's compilations should be a no-brainer: pick a random one-hit wonder, put all their singles on one CD, then pack the rest of the disc with filler. This formula falls apart, however, when you pick an artist like Eddie Money. Sure, Money was one of MTV's early darlings with videos like "Shakin'," and unlike, say, Kajagoogoo, Money stretched his success over several albums, peaking with 1986's platinum-selling Can't Hold Back and its smash hit singles "Take Me Home Tonight" and "I Wanna Go Back." This puppy has more familiar songs on it than most others in the line, which is all well and good until you realize that Money's two best-and best known-songs, "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On," were recorded in the '70s and are thus not included. If you only need one Eddie Money disc in your collection-and who, honestly, needs more than that?-stick to The Essential Eddie Money, also from Legacy/Columbia, and leave this incomplete collection on the shelf.

RIYL: Chiming synthesizers, cheesy sax solos, Ronnie Spector


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