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NOW Thats What I Call Music! 6

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The series is then moved forward again, with the release of Now Yearbook 1992 in July 2023 (an Extra followed in August). Another strand of the Now Yearbook series, in August 2022, is the somewhat experimental release of a limited edition, extended play, 7" vinyl single, containing 2 tracks each from the 1983 and 1984 Yearbooks.

A standard 4-CD version is also issued in a gatefold "wallet" design, which retails cheaper than the mini-hardback books. Check out the goth armageddon of Cities In Dust and the caustic Uncle Sam from Madness’ never-bettered Mad Not Mad phase. Given that they both came out around the same time surely plugging the other album would have been a way of boosting sales? Each release is issued as a limited edition mini-hardback book, with the CDs in sleeves forming the pages of the ' yearbook' which contains an introductory overview of the year, original 7" single artwork, trivia, chart positions and a quiz.

These are followed by Lloyd Cole’s delightful Lost Weekend and The Communards dignified piano-led debut You Are My World. Due to licensing issues, these re-compiled versions often use alternative mixes such as album versions. The presentation of each release has evolved notably over time: from 1986 through to 2013, all double and triple CD sets were released in chubby Jewel cases which could hold up to 6 discs.

A song from a different world, where the Iron Curtain meant that English boys weren’t allowed to date Russian girls, or something. The Yearbook series are 4-CD and 3-LP vinyl sets, each representing a year of music, which launched in June 2021. The previous year saw The Hits Album comfortably take the honours against Now 4 so now it was time for the latter to up its game. The Special Editions series includes a wide range of Now anniversary collections, different music genres, eras, and decades, as well as commercial tie-ins with Smash Hits, Disney, Eurovision, HMV and the Official Chart Company. The Now Yearbook series continues both forwards, with Now Yearbook 1985 issued in November 2022, and backwards, with the release of Now Yearbook 1979 in September 2022 (an Extra followed in October).It features a particularly strong track listing, in my opinion, with post Live Aid Queen ( ‘One Vision’), what turned out to be Nik Kershaw‘s last ever UK hit single (‘When A Heart Beats’), Eurythmics‘ only number one (‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’), Kate Bush‘s seminal ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’, Arcadia‘s ‘Election Day’ and many more great songs. The former was Feargal’s third 45 after the underrated Listen To Your Father [Now 4] and Loving You [Now 5 video selection only]. The inaugural album graced the United Kingdom's music scene in 1983, with the United States following suit in 1998. In your view which tracks are worth looking out for to see if a different version is used to that on the original? All series with the exception of United Kingdom and the United States have been discontinued, New Zealand had two more albums released as a playlist only on Spotify, South Africa had three more albums released as a playlist on Spotify under DJ Kurtis.

A video selection was also released featuring selected tracks from the main album and some which did not appear on any Now album. The latter contains a new retro-70s Now logo design and artwork which complements its 80s sister Yearbook series.I personally think the pig should have stayed longer too but the compilers obviously had a good reason for discontinuing it I guess. From a UK perspective this was a typical one hit wonder [they did enjoy other success in Europe] but it’s a memorable slice of quality Italo with great electronic rhythms. Election Day was the first fruit and is an exotic belter complete with a mid-section spoke word piece from Grace Jones.

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