“The Lost Boys: Hard-To-Find ’80s Albums” gives you exactly what the title implies: a rare or out-of-print album from the ’80s in its entirety. Some will be from CD, but most will have been lovingly transferred from pristine vinyl culled directly from the Analog Kid’s vast collection. Whatever album I choose, it will be one that you can’t easily find a physical copy for sale on Amazon or in your local record store (if you even have one anymore). Death…by stereo!


Welcome to 2015! The Analog Kid Blog took a little time off for the holidays (and the flu, unfortunately!), but now it’s time to get back on track. Let’s start out 2015 with a really rare album: the 1986 I.R.S. Records release Live! For Life. This great compilation contains (mostly) live cuts from a slew of big-time ’80s artists, and to my knowledge has never been released on CD.

I played this album to death back in the ’80s, and unfortunately that might be apparent when you listen to the mp3s below. I did my best to remove the crackles and pops, but you might notice a few flaws inherent in the source material. You’ll also hear some great live tracks, including a killer version of “I Been Down So Long” from Sting’s 1985 The Dream Of The Blue Turtles tour (and featuring Jeff Beck on guest guitar). I also really love this version of The Alarm’s “Howling Wind,” and Squeeze’s “Tempted” sounds great even with Glen Tilbrook taking over lead vocal duties from the departed Paul Carrack. And as an R.E.M. fanatic, the unique not-so-live remixed version of “Ages Of You” (originally the b-side of “Wendell Gee”) makes Live! For Life a must-hear.

The Live! For Life album was originally released to benefit the AMC Cancer Research Center. As a two-time cancer survivor, I’m happy to add this album to my download library with the hope that some of you might donate a few dollars to the cancer charity of your choice. Remember: every little bit helps. I’d also like to send out a “Boo-yah!” in memory of Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor who sadly passed away yesterday. I wasn’t always a fan of his style, but I will always remember his courage and his fight.


Live! For Life [320 kbps]

Live! For Life

I.R.S. Records, 1986

Vinyl rip courtesy of the Analog Kid


1. Stewart Copeland & Derek Holt: “Love Lessons” (Stewart Copeland)

Love Lessons

2. Bob Marley & The Wailers: “Lively Up Yourself” (Bob Marley)

Lively Up Yourself

3. R.E.M.: “Ages Of You” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

Ages Of You

4. The Alarm: “Howling Wind” (Mike Peters/Eddie MacDonald)

Howling Wind

5. General Public: “Tenderness” (General Public)


6. Sting & Jeff Beck: “I Been Down So Long” (J.B. Lenoir/A. Atkins)

I Been Down So Long

7. The Bangles: “Here Takes A Fall” (Susanna Hoffs/Vicki Peterson)

Hero Takes A Fall

8. Oingo Boingo: “Take Your Medicine” (Danny Elfman)

Take Your Medicine

9. The Go-Go’s: “We Got The Beat” (Charlotte Caffey)

We Got The Beat

10. Squeeze: “Tempted” (Chris Difford/Glen Tilbrook)



Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

R.E.M._ Singles & B-Sides

R.E.M.: “Ages of You” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

From the U.K. 12″ Wendell Gee

I.R.S. Records, 1985

Ages Of You


Bring On The Night [Disc 1]

Sting: “Down So Long” (J.B. Lenoir/A. Atkins)

From the album Bring On The Night

A&M Records, 1986

Down So Long


East Side Story

Squeeze: “Tempted” (Chris Difford/Glen Tilbrook)

From the album East Side Story

A&M Records, 1981


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4 responses »

  1. Alan says:

    This is awesome. I found this when I worked at Warehouse Records back in the day & played it till the tape broke. I heard the Bangles on Spotify today, and thought, “whatever happened to that album?” Thanks for posting!

  2. Koshka42 says:

    I have this album! So glad to find a digital version, my vinyl got played so much I’m in the same boat 🙂

  3. AKMA says:

    The IRS compilation that I wore out back long ago was the ‘Greatest Hits Vols 2 & 3’ with lots of rarities, which I’ve never seen since my copy went away in the great vinyl purge of 1999…

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