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Looking through the track listing of any Now album never makes them sound good. Sometimes from not knowing everything, sometimes from forgetting things and sometimes because they're almost all rubbish.

But put them altogether in one place to look through is really quite amazing. 65 snapshots of popular music and each one with something worth listening to on. And those cute little moments where they add an ill-advised cover version as someone else had the compilation rights - Who Let The Dogs Out? - and other such quirks make them worth it. It might be quite a few of gigabytes and it might have been put together by a complete amateur but it's possibly the best thing I've ever er...found. :)

Luckilly I've got a significant amount of them in real-life too, so it's entirely mendable.

Anyway, this is a salute to Now albums.

For me, it's either Now 47 (for Bon Jovi, sadly) or Now 38 (originally bought for Moby's James Bond theme) but both have their fair share of pop brilliance.

But Now 38 probably edges it in the end:

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1. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

2. Spice Up Your Life - Spice Girls

3. Where's The Love - Hanson

4. Picture Of You - Boyzone

5. Angel Of Mine - Eternal (1)

6. Raincloud - Lighthouse Family

7. Got Til It's Gone - Jackson, Janet

8. You've Got A Friend - Brand New Heavies

9. I Know Where It's At - All Saints

10. Arms Around The World - Louise

11. Freed From Desire - Gala

12. Stay - Sash & La Trec

13. Sunchyme - Dario G

14. Never Gonna Let You Go - Moore, Tina

15. You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate (1)

16. Do Ya Think I'm Sexy - N-Trance & Rod Stewart

17. Phenomenon - LL Cool J

18. Party People...Friday Night - 911 (1)

19. Maria - Martin, Ricky (2)

20. Samba De Janeiro - Bellini (1)

21. Free - DJ Quicksilver

22. Yesterday - Wet Wet Wet

23. You Have Been Loved - Michael, George

24. Drugs Don't Work - Verve

25. Stand By Me - Oasis (2)

26. All You Good Good People - Embrace (2)

27. Don't Leave - Faithless

28. Karma Police - Radiohead

29. James Bond - Moby

30. Choose Life - PF Project & Ewan McGregor

31. Lazy Days - Williams, Robbie

32. Life Less Ordinary - Ash (1)

33. Black Eyed Boy - Texas

34. Bitch - Brooks, Meredith

35. Janie Don't Take Your Love To Town - Bon Jovi, Jon

36. Better Day - Ocean Colour Scene

37. I'm So Lonely - Cast (2)

38. Earthbound - Reeves, Conner

39. Lonely - Andre, Peter

40. 4 Season's Of Loneliness - Boyz II Men

Which is your favourite?

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I played 3 a lot when I was younger but the only song that I can remember being on it was Two Tribes. It's probably an embarrasing track list.

Not really, I'd listen to that now. And really only a few duff tracks.

A1 Duran Duran The Reflex

A2 Nik Kershaw I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

A3 Sister Sledge Thinking Of You

A4 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Locomotion

A5 Ultravox Dancing With Tears In My Eyes

A6 Howard Jones Pearl In The Shell

A7 Blancmange Don't Tell Me

A8 Phil Collins Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

B1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes

B2 Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel White Lines (Don't Do It)

B3 Special AKA, The Nelson Mandela

B4 Womack & Womack Love Wars

B5 Style Council, The You're The Best Thing

B6 Bob Marley & The Wailers One Love / People Get Ready

B7 Bronski Beat Small Town Boy

C1 Queen I Want To Break Free

C2 Cyndi Lauper Time After Time

C3 Alison Moyet Love Resurrection

C4 Bluebells, The Young At Heart

C5 Bananarama Robert De Niro's Waiting

C6 Propaganda Doctor Mabuse

C7 Tina Turner What's Love Got To Do With It

C8 Flying Pickets, The When You're Young And In Love

D1 Wham! Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

D2 Thompson Twins You Take Me Up

D3 Weather Girls, The It's Raining Men

D4 Gary Glitter Dance Me Up

D5 Art Company, The Susanna

D6 Madness One Better Day

D7 David Sylvian Red Guitar

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For me, it's gotta be Now 29. I was loving the mid-90's reggae-pop explosion. Compliments on Your Kiss stole the best track award for me. God knows why!

Anyway, I was at Leeds Cockpit last Saturday night, and the DJ played Incredible by M-Beat and General Levy. Needless to say, I was most pleased and danced my socks off. Pretty sure no-one else knew what the hell it was though!

Track Listing:

Baby Come Back|Pato Banton Feat Ali & Robin Campbell

Hey Now (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun)|Cyndi Lauper

Baby I Love Your Way|Big Mountain

Sure|Take That

Sweetness (Radio Mix)|Michelle Gayle

Saturday Night (Radio Mix)|Whigfield

Another Night (Radio Mix)|(MC Sar &) The Real McCoy

Rhythm Of The Night (Rapino Brothers Radio Version)|Corona

True Faith '94|New Order

Right Beside You|Sophie B Hawkins

7 Seconds (Radio Version)|Youssou N'dour & Neneh Cherry

Stay (I Missed You)|Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm|Crash Test Dummies

We Have All The Time In The World|Louis Armstrong

Know By Now|Robert Palmer

What's The Frequency, Kenneth? (Radio Version)|R.E.M.

Cigarettes & Alcohol|Oasis

Love Is Strong|The Rolling Stones

Zombie|The Cranberries

Around The World|East 17

Compliments On Your Kiss|Red Dragon featuring Brian & Tony Gold

Gal Wine (Hip Hop)|Chaka Demus & Pliers

She's Got That Vibe|R Kelly

Midnight At The Oasis|Brand New Heavies

Stars (Mykaell S Riley 7' Mix)|China Black

What's Going On|Music Relief

The Power Of Love|Celine Dion

Confide In Me|Kylie Minogue

Sly (7'' Edit)|Massive Attack

So Good|Eternal

Some Girls|Ultimate Kaos

Can You Feel It? (Erick 'More' Radio Edit)|Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman

Incredible (Radio Edit)|M Beat featuring General Levy

Trouble|Shampoo

Parklife|Blur

I Love Saturday|Erasure

When Do I Get To Sing 'My Way' (Radio Edit)|Sparks

I Want The World|2wo Third

Genius.

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For me, it's gotta be Now 29. I was loving the mid-90's reggae-pop explosion. Compliments on Your Kiss stole the best track award for me. God knows why!

Anyway, I was at Leeds Cockpit last Saturday night, and the DJ played Incredible by M-Beat and General Levy. Needless to say, I was most pleased and danced my socks off. Pretty sure no-one else knew what the hell it was though!

Genius.

29 is quite a corker.

All credit to the compiler for noticing that going from Trouble|Shampoo into Parklife|Blur made total sense, rather than just chucking Blur next to Oasis (even if it was still pre-rivalry, I think). But the back end of Disc 1 has got to be the best bit for me, some fantastic songs in there. Crash Test Dummies :P

And as chance would have it, I listened right through 3 this afternoon having not heard that one (or many early Now's for that matter) and was impressed. Bluebells - The Young At Heart might massively get on my nerves but it's been ages since I heard Thompson Twins - You Take Me Up and I do love that song.

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Anyway, this is a salute to Now albums.

For me, it's either Now 47 (for Bon Jovi, sadly) or Now 38 (originally bought for Moby's James Bond theme) but both have their fair share of pop brilliance.

But Now 38 probably edges it in the end:

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Which is your favourite?

now 38 is the only one I ever owned, disc 2 is wicked.

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Not really, I'd listen to that now. And really only a few duff tracks.

I'm quite pleased to see that. Don't recognise a lot of it but the ones that I do look good. White Lines, they don't come much better than that. I bought the 12" on the strength of Now 3, I wish I still had it.

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The original, for me.

# Heaven 17 : "Temptation"

# KC & the Sunshine Band : "Give It Up"

# Men Without Hats : "Safety Dance"

# Kajagoogoo : "Too Shy"

# Mike Oldfield : "Moonlight Shadow"

# Rock Steady Crew : "(Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew"

Never cared for the second disc of Now 1, though.

Now 4

# Paul McCartney : "No More Lonely Nights (Special Dance Mix)"

# Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey : "Together In Electric Dreams"

# Ray Parker Jr. : "Ghostbusters (Searchin For The Spirit)"

# Eurythmics : "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)"

# Rockwell : "Somebodys Watching Me"

Now 8 and 9 go for £100 on ebay

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I listened to NOW! 18 so fucking much. That cassette really got me into Talk Talk, PiL and The Cure.

Man, 'It's my Life' was the ultimate (primary school) breakup song

I bought Nows 2-6 and thought they were all fantastic, then I was an indie snob for a few years and missed out on tons of fabulous pop music - shame on me!

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The first one I bought was Now 4. On vinyl :)

God I feel old.

That Now 38 really brings back memories though. I was working as a manager for Our Price and I heard those songs far too many times.

I bought Now 5 on vinyl and found out that large compilations didn't work on vinyl - they crammed so much music on each side, that it was really quiet and there was hardly any bass. But then they started putting that weird arpeggio test tone at the start of each side of a cassette for a few years - what was that all about?

EDIT: Lazy me.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XDR_(audio)

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Now 31 was the first CD I was ever given, and it's still the only Now album I've got:

Disc one

Wet Wet Wet : "Don't Want To Forgive Me Now"

Edwyn Collins : "A Girl Like You"

Pulp : "Common People"

Supergrass : "Alright"

Shaggy featuring Rayvon : "In The Summertime"

Ini Kamoze : "Here Comes The Hotstepper"

Dana Dawson : "3 Is Family"

Jam and Spoon : "Right In The Night (Fall In Love With Music)"

East 17 : "Hold My Body Tight"

Boyzone : "Key To My Life"

Seal : "Kiss From A Rose"

Kirsty MacColl : "Days"

Human League : "One Man In My Heart"

Portishead : "Sour Times"

Oasis : "Some Might Say"

Weezer : "Buddy Holly"

Del Amitri : "Roll To Me"

EMF with Reeves and Mortimer : "I'm A Believer"

Duran Duran : "White Lines (Don't Do It)"

Jimmy Somerville : "Hurt So Good"

[edit] Disc two

The Outthere Brothers : "Boom Boom Boom"

MN8 : "I've Got A Little Something For You"

Montell Jordan : "This Is How We Do It"

D:Ream : "Shoot Me With Your Love"

Baby D : "I Need Your Loving (Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime)"

Jinny : "Keep Warm"

Livin' Joy : "Dreamer"

Whigfield : "Think Of You"

Clock : "Whoomph! (There It Is)"

Bobby Brown : "Humpin' Around"

PJ and Duncan : "Stuck On U"

Love City Groove : "Love City Groove"

Ladysmith Black Mambazo featuring China Black : "Swing Low Sweet Chariot"

Soul II Soul : "Love Enuff"

Junior Vasquez : "Get Your Hands Off My Man"

Shiva : "Freedom"

Billie Ray Martin : "Your Loving Arms"

Deuce : "I Need You"

JX : "Son Of A Gun"

Hyperlogic : "Only Me"

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Did that ever make it into the Eurovision Song Contest? I seem to remember really liking it.

'In the MAWNING, when the SUNSHINE, shines on your BAWDEE!' or something...

Heh, that song popped into my head just the other day! I think it did alright but didn't win, and did well in the charts. I remember the singer looked like a massive wanker, but even that didn't put me off the song.

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Never bought any but Im old enough to remember when they started. The early ones can go for quite a few quid nowadays.

Only on CD - 8,9,10,11 onwards were released over here, 4 onwards were released in Australia AFAIRC so the early ones up to 12-13 are where the action is. An Australian CD of 4 got £150 one time I remember.

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TV Cream's guide to Now 1-20 - entertaining stuff.

Yeah, 1 to 20 was about my era really. After that I was probably a bit of a pop snob.

I well remember when Now 6 came out they put the (then non Top 40) new single by Doctor and the Medics, a shit cover of Waterloo, on there. And it only got to number 41 ... ooops. Now compilations should be about the hits, not trying to guess the hits <_<.

But yes, I like to dig out the early Now comps for a bit of 80s nostalgia - christ I'm getting old :(

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TV Cream's guide to Now 1-20 - entertaining stuff.

Yeah, 1 to 20 was about my era really. After that I was probably a bit of a pop snob.

I well remember when Now 6 came out they put the (then non Top 40) new single by Doctor and the Medics, a shit cover of Waterloo, on there. And it only got to number 41 ... ooops. Now compilations should be about the hits, not trying to guess the hits :).

But yes, I like to dig out the early Now comps for a bit of 80s nostalgia - christ I'm getting old :P

That was a great article. Cheers for that ;)

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This was my soundtrack of 1984 (I was 10), Warner’s answer to the NOW series:–

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Several moments of genius for me, yes, even that Howard Jones records is proto-jungle (maybe…..)

A1 Wham! Freedom

A2 Howard Jones Like To Get To Know You Well

A3 Alison Moyet All Cried Out

A4 Paul Young I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down

A5 Alphaville Big In Japan

A6 Laura Branigan Self Control

A7 Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters

A8 Michael Jackson Thriller

B1 Chaka Khan I Feel For You

B2 Billy Ocean Carribean Queen

B3 Jacksons, The Body

B4 S.O.S. Band, The Just Be Good To Me

B5 Deniece Williams Let's Hear It For The Boy

B6 Miami Sound Machine Dr. Beat

B7 Sister Sledge Lost In Music

B8 Prince And The Revolution Purple Rain

C1 George Michael Careless Whisper

C2 Cars, The Drive

C3 Chicago (2) Hard Habit To Break

C4 Cyndi Lauper All Through The Night

C5 Thompson Twins Sister Of Mercy

C6 Stranglers, The Skin Deep

C7 Everything But The Girl Each And Everyone

C8 Sade Smooth Operator

D1 ZZ Top Gimme All Your Lovin'

D2 Van Halen Jump

D3 Kenny Loggins Footloose

D4 Adam Ant Apollo 9

D5 Meat Loaf Modern Girl

D6 Rod Stewart Some Guys Have All The Luck

D7 Shakin' Stevens Teardrops

D8 Neil (2) Hole In My Shoe

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