The 1980s saw the major record companies of CBS, EMI, Festival, and to a lesser extent Polygram, RCA, and Warner, banding together to release compilations. I’m not sure what the authoriries had to say about this, but they got away with joint production of CDs and warehousing/distribution.

This all meant that K-tel, JB and Concept, as well as the other smaller independents were being locked out to the market. Maybe it was the head office accountants of the majors that saw the value in reissueing the singles in a half yearly package, but there was increasing pressure from overseas. As licence fees increased and there was more pressure on artists to make money, this was the begining of the end for K-tel, Concept and J&B.

1980 – The Music – GIVE1980

Various Artists


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Track Listing

The Vapors Turning Japanese 3:42
The Pretenders Brass In Pocket 3:03
Australian Crawl The Boys Light Up 3:48
Gary Numan We Are Glass 4:46
Cold Chisel Cheap Wine 3:10
Dexys Midnight Runners Geno 3:25
Rocky Burnette Tired Of Toein’ The Line 3:25
Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2:44
Long John Baldry You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ 5:00

Christopher Cross Ride Like The Wind 3:54
Darryl Cotton Same Old Girl 3:55
The Motels Total Control 3:40
Bette Midler The Rose 3:40
Air Supply All Out Of Love 3:49
Kim Hart Love At First Night 3:23
Linda Ronstadt How Do I Make You 2:25
Spinners Working My Way Back To You 4:01
Fern Kinney Together We Are Beautiful 4:12

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Co-releases during the 1980s

In about 1980 the major record companies in Australia formed an aliance. This saw the release of compilations with songs from those companies only. CBS, EMI, Festival, and WEA were involved. EMI were responsible for most of the pressings and the other companies had their logos on the covers. Occasionally these companies licenced material from the independants. This arrangement meant the end of licencing to K-tel, J&B, and the like. Numbers are in the EMI GIVE range, and the Festival range.

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