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As the 1980s progressed, the number of Amiga Western-licensed released increased quite dramatically. In addition to Foreigner‘s Records compilation album, Amiga also released hit records by Michael Jackson (Thriller), Tina Turner (Private Dancer), Dire Straits, Styx, AC/DC, Whitesnake, ZZ Top to name but a few. As this list suggests, ideological affinity appears to have been loosened considerably as a criteria for identifying Western artists appropriate for exposure to the GDR’s impressionable youth.

Foreigner – Records (Amiga release, 1987)

A quick reading of the sleeve notes found on the back of Records confirms suspicions that the licensing process was no longer slave to cultural politics as the essay here focuses solely on the band’s history.

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