Now That's What I Call Music (Nostalgia)


It's NOW 12" 1981 time out 20th October


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And here's the follow up

Now USA Yearbook 1984

01 Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy (7″ Edit)
02 Kool & The Gang – Tonight
03 The Jacksons – Torture (7″ Mix)
04 The Time – Jungle Love (45 Version)
05 Midnight Star – No Parking (On The Dancefloor) (7″ Mix)
06 Jermaine Jackson – Dynamite (7″ Version)
07 Irene Cara – Breakdance (Radio Edit)
08 Sheena Easton – Strut
09 Cyndi Lauper – She Bop
10 Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
11 Shalamar – Dancing In The Sheets
12 Rebbie Jackson – Centipede
13 Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett – Don’t Look Any Further
14 Ray Parker Jr. – I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You
15 Peabo Bryson – If You’re Ever In My Arms Again
16 DeBarge – Love Me In A Special Way
17 Paul McCartney – So Bad
18 Whodini – Friends
19 Laid Back – White Horse (US Edit)
20 George Kranz – Din Daa Daa (US Single Mix)

01 Madonna – Borderline (7″ Edit)
02 Culture Club – Miss Me Blind
03 Yes – Leave It (Single Remix)
04 Huey Lewis & The News – I Want A New Drug
05 The Cars – You Might Think
06 Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night (Single Mix)
07 The Go-Gos – Head Over Heels
08 The Romantics – Talking In Your Sleep
09 The Fixx – Are We Ourselves?
10 INXS – Original Sin
11 Heaven 17 – Sunset Now
12 Depeche Mode – People Are People (7″ Mix)
13 Wang Chung – Don’t Let Go
14 Adam Ant – Strip (Single Version)
15 General Public – Tenderness
16 Real Life – Send Me An Angel
17 The Alan Parsons Project – Prime Time (7″ Mix)
18 Billy Idol – Flesh For Fantasy
19 Joe Jackson – You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)
20 R.E.M. – So. Central Rain

01 The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger – State Of Shock (7″ Mix)
02 Hall & Oates – Adult Education (Special Rock Mix)
03 Robin Gibb – Boys Do Fall In Love
04 Rod Stewart – Some Guys Have All The Luck
05 Elton John – Who Wears These Shoes?
06 Genesis – Taking It All Too Hard
07 John Cougar Mellencamp – Pink Houses
08 Steve Perry – Oh Sherrie
09 Tommy Shaw – Girls With Guns
10 38 Special – If I’d Been The One
11 Dwight Twilley – Girls
12 Huey Lewis & The News – The Heart Of Rock ‘n’ Roll (7″ Mix)
13 Def Leppard – Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Remix)
14 Survivor – I Can’t Hold Back
15 Van Halen – Panama
16 Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane
17 Scandal featuring Patty Smyth – Warrior
18 Bon Jovi – Runaway
19 Ratt – Round & Round (Single Mix)
20 Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take It

01 Weird Al Yankovic – Eat It
02 Jump ‘n The Saddle Band – The Curly Shuffle
03 David Bowie – Tonight
04 Glenn Frey – Sexy Girl
05 Bruce Springsteen – Cover Me
06 Chicago – Stay The Night
07 Dan Fogelberg – The Language Of Love
08 Rick Springfield – Love Somebody
09 Billy Squier – Rock Me Tonite
10 Lindsey Buckingham – Go Insane
11 Christine McVie – Got A Hold On Me
12 Chris De Burgh – High On Emotion
13 Tony Carey – A Fine, Fine Day
14 Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson – To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before
15 Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes & James Ingram – What About Me?
16 Christopher Cross – Think Of Laura
17 Night Ranger – Sister Christian (Single Mix)
18 Cyndi Lauper – All Through The Night
19 Mike Reno & Ann Wilson – Almost Paradise (Love Theme From Footloose)
20 Dennis DeYoung – Desert Moon

God this got me tempted to do dutch yearbooks!
Great job on the artwork btw, what did you use?
For me, the signs of drop-off were from Listen Like Thieves to Kick, rather than Kick to X (but I agree they smoothed off even more edges with X). I was just so underwhelmed by Kick, and I've never quite figured out why. I think it's that I loved the previous 2 albums so much.
Listen Like Thieves and Welcome to Wherever You Are, are the two peaks of the canon imho. X has only got two killer tracks for me in Hear That Sound and Disappear, rest are fine but nothing moves me the way say, Shine Like It Does or Same Direction does.
I think you're right, following a specialist release this week. The problem is Now have done all these tracks before. I knew someone who worked for AA Publishing and they made all their money from recycling content. Now, I guess are the same. But.... as there isn't a supermarket pick up market any more, they need to attract the niche market who want the Peruvian Dub Edit of everything, so I'm not sure who this is aimed at.

I'll pick up 82, 83 and 84 as they are my three years but the rest I doubt it.
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I'd love NOW to go Niche, especially in the world of Pop! It'd be quite a unique selling point for them.

Let the budget compilations recycle, and let the NOW team go spelunking in the world of Pop for rarely licensed goodies & unique themed concepts.

The Yearbooks (and the Extras) have a nice little niche vibe for collectors and both versions include songs that you don't usually see - and time and effort is put in them. These "80s Dancefloor Pop 12" Remixes, and Power Ballads" compilations are so uninspired now, and I'm getting bored.