New Wave / Synth-Pop

Spandau Ballet – The Singles Collection (1985)

Spandau Ballet - The Singles Collection (1985)

Spandau Ballet – The Singles Collection (1985)
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 410 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Chrysalis | UK | Cat#: CCD 1498 | Genre: Synth-Pop, New Wave

An excellent round-up of the 15 hit singles that, between late 1980 and fall 1984, saw Spandau Ballet transcend every prediction ever levelled at their music, and establish themselves among the most versatile British bands of their era.Read More

Pet Shop Boys – Discography (1986 – 2016)

Pet Shop Boys - Discography (1986 - 2016)

Pet Shop Boys – Discography (1986 – 2016)
EAC Rip | 30xCD | FLAC/APE Tracks & Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 15.6 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
STUDIO ALBUMS | COMPILATIONS | EPs
Label: Various | Genre: Synth-Pop

Post-modern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections, Pet Shop Boys established themselves among the most commercially and critically successful groups of their era with cheeky, smart, and utterly danceable music. Always remaining one step ahead of their contemporaries, the British duo navigated the constantly shifting landscape of modern dance-pop with rare grace and intelligence, moving easily from disco to house to techno with their own distinctive image remaining completely intact.Read More

Depeche Mode – Discography (1981 – 2013)

Depeche Mode - Discography (1981 - 2013)

Depeche Mode – Discography (1981 – 2013)
EAC Rip | 236xCD + 5xDVD | FLAC/APE Tracks & Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 93.6 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
STUDIO ALBUMS | LIVE ALBUMS | COMPILATIONS | BOX SETS | SINGLES & EPs | UNOFFICIAL RELEASES
Label: Various | Genre: Synth-Pop

Originally a product of Britain’s new romantic movement, Depeche Mode went on to become the quintessential electropop band of the 1980s. One of the first acts to establish a musical identity based completely around the use of synthesizers, they began their existence as a bouncy dance-pop outfit but gradually developed a darker, more dramatic sound that ultimately positioned them as one of the most successful alternative bands of their era.Read More

Blondie – Discography (1976 – 2014)

Blondie - Discography (1976 - 2014)

Blondie – Discography (1976 – 2014)
EAC Rip | 29xCD + 3xDVD | FLAC/APE Tracks & Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 20.5 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
STUDIO ALBUMS | LIVE ALBUMS | COMPILATIONS
Label: Various | Genre: New Wave, Pop Rock

Embracing a broad range of pop music that encompassed British Invasion rock, garage rock, disco, reggae, Latin rhythms, and hip-hop, Blondie was the most commercially successful band to emerge from the New York punk/new wave community of the late ’70s.Read More

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (1983) {2010, Audio Fidelity, HDCD Remastered}

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell (1983) {2010, Audio Fidelity, HDCD Remastered}

Billy Idol – Rebel Yell (1983) {2010, Audio Fidelity, HDCD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 279 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 036 | Genre: New Wave, Post-Punk

A slick, carefully crafted follow-up to his debut, Rebel Yell was Billy Idol’s catchiest, most consistent fusion of synth-driven new wave pop and hard rock guitar pyrotechnics (courtesy of Steve Stevens). The eerie ballad “Eyes Without a Face” gave Idol his first U.S. Top Ten hit, while “Flesh for Fantasy” and the title track became MTV staples. Like much of Idol’s solo output, it’s all calculated for maximum appeal, but Rebel Yell also works too well not to be an infectiously guilty pleasure.Read More

Various Artists – New Wave – Gold (2007)

Various Artists - New Wave - Gold (2007)

Various Artists – New Wave – Gold (2007)
EAC Rip | 2xCD | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 800 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Hip-O / Universal | USA | Cat#: B0008838-02 | Genre: New Wave

When it comes to new wave compilations that attempt to strike a balance between well-known hits and lesser-known singles that deserved more play, the New Wave installment in Hip-O’s Gold series has to be considered exceptional. If you already own a good number of new wave comps, you will likely have a good portion of what is here, including Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,” the Waitresses’ “I Know What Boys Like,” Bow Wow Wow’s “I Want Candy,” and Nena’s “99 Luftballoons.” This being a generous 30-track, two-disc set, there’s a lot of room left for the deeper inclusions.Read More

The Cars – Candy-O (1979) {2011, MFSL, Remastered}

The Cars - Candy-O (1979) {2011, MFSL, Remastered}

The Cars – Candy-O (1979) {2011, MFSL, Remastered}
EAC Rip | WavPack (.wv) Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 236 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc II | USA | Cat#: UDCD 782 | Genre: New Wave

Since the Cars had created a perfect album with their 1978 self-titled debut, it would be nearly impossible to top it. Instead of laboring long and hard over a follow-up like many ’70s bands did after a huge commercial success, the band cranked out their sophomore effort, Candy-O, almost exactly one year later from the first LP.Read More

The Cars – Shake It Up (1981) {2009, MFSL, Remastered}

The Cars - Shake It Up (1981) {2009, MFSL, Remastered}

The Cars – Shake It Up (1981) {2009, MFSL, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 275 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: MFSL UltraDisc II | USA | Cat#: UDCD 788 | Genre: New Wave

By augmenting their sound with more synthesizers, electronics, and drum machines, the Cars’ fourth release, Shake It Up, helped bridge their hard rock-based early work (1978’s The Cars) with the futuristic-pop direction of 1984’s Heartbeat City. The band’s sound may have been evolving with each succeeding album, but Ric Ocasek was still writing compelling new wave compositions despite all the change, many of which would ultimately become rock & roll standards.Read More

The Cars – The Cars (1978) {1993, DCC, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}

The Cars - The Cars (1978) {1993, DCC, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}

The Cars – The Cars (1978) {1993, DCC, 24-Karat Gold Disc Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 230 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: DCC Compact Classics | USA | Cat#: GZS-1032 | Genre: New-Wave

The Cars’ 1978 self-titled debut, issued on the Elektra label, is a genuine rock masterpiece. The band jokingly referred to the album as their “true greatest-hits album,” but it’s no exaggeration — all nine tracks are new wave/rock classics, still in rotation on rock radio.Read More

The Pretenders – Pretenders (1980) {2009, Audio Fidelity, Remastered}

The Pretenders - Pretenders (1980) {2009, Audio Fidelity, Remastered}

The Pretenders – Pretenders (1980) {2009, Audio Fidelity, Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Tracks + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 322 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 052 | Genre: Pop Rock, New Wave

Few rock & roll records rock as hard or with as much originality as the Pretenders’ eponymous debut album. A sleek, stylish fusion of Stonesy rock & roll, new wave pop, and pure punk aggression, Pretenders is teeming with sharp hooks and a viciously cool attitude.Read More

The Cars – Heartbeat City (1984) {2009, Audio Fidelity, HDCD Remastered}

The Cars - Heartbeat City (1984) {2009, Audio Fidelity, HDCD Remastered}

The Cars – Heartbeat City (1984) {2009, Audio Fidelity, HDCD Remastered}
EAC Rip | FLAC Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 257 MB | 3% RAR Recovery
Label: Audio Fidelity | USA | Cat#: AFZ 033 | Genre: Pop Rock, New Wave

MTV had become a major marketing tool by 1984, and the Cars were one of the first bands to use the new video medium to their advantage. The band’s fifth album, Heartbeat City (Elektra), spawned several imaginative and memorable videos, which translated into massive chart and commercial success, making it one of the biggest releases of the year.Read More

Madonna – Discography (1983 – 2015)

Madonna - Discography (1983 - 2015)

Madonna – Discography (1983 – 2015)
EAC Rip | 121xCD + 2xDVD | FLAC/APE Tracks & Image + Cue + Log | Full Scans Included
Total Size: 47.6 GB | 3% RAR Recovery
STUDIO ALBUMS | LIVE ALBUMS | COMPILATIONS | SINGLES, EPs & REMIXES
Label: Various | Genre: Pop, Electronic, Synth-Pop

After stars reach a certain point, it’s easy to forget what they became famous for and concentrate solely on their personas. Madonna is such a star. She rocketed to stardom so quickly in 1984 that it obscured most of her musical virtues. Appreciating her music became even more difficult as the decade wore on, as discussing her lifestyle became more common. However, one of Madonna’s greatest achievements is how she has manipulated the media and the public with her music, her videos, her publicity, and her sexuality.Read More