98 Songs, 5 Hours 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This extensive collection features the Australian sextet’s first nine studio albums (recorded between 1980 and 1993), especially mastered for iTunes. Anyone looking to take a crash course in all things Michael Hutchence and the Farriss brothers or to upgrade their INXS collection will be well-served. Of the albums that Michael Hutchence appeared on, only 1997’s Elegantly Wasted isn't included. The story being told here isn’t just the evolution of INXS as a band but of the music world of the '80s and '90s taking shape. By the time the set reaches 1982’s Shabooh Shoobah, the identifiable INXS sound is coming together with shades of Hutchence’s Mick Jagger/Jim Morrison lead-singer phrasings and the technically precise dance rock that further guides 1984’s The Swing and 1985’s Listen Like Thieves. It was, of course, 1987’s Kick that defined the group once and for all, with powerful dance grooves and hit songs that encompass pop, rock, and funk.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This extensive collection features the Australian sextet’s first nine studio albums (recorded between 1980 and 1993), especially mastered for iTunes. Anyone looking to take a crash course in all things Michael Hutchence and the Farriss brothers or to upgrade their INXS collection will be well-served. Of the albums that Michael Hutchence appeared on, only 1997’s Elegantly Wasted isn't included. The story being told here isn’t just the evolution of INXS as a band but of the music world of the '80s and '90s taking shape. By the time the set reaches 1982’s Shabooh Shoobah, the identifiable INXS sound is coming together with shades of Hutchence’s Mick Jagger/Jim Morrison lead-singer phrasings and the technically precise dance rock that further guides 1984’s The Swing and 1985’s Listen Like Thieves. It was, of course, 1987’s Kick that defined the group once and for all, with powerful dance grooves and hit songs that encompass pop, rock, and funk.

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