Various Artists: NOW – Yearbook 1979 (4CD)
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NOW – Yearbook 1979 (4CD)

Various Artists

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  • Release Date 09 September 2022
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Quadruple CD Album
NOW Music

Since June 2021 we have presented five editions of the NOW – Yearbook series that span the first half of the 1980s. NOW Music is proud to present the newest edition to our ‘Yearbook’ family: NOW – Yearbook 1979. With a re-imagined look that reflects the era, 85 tracks over 4-CDs celebrate a truly spectacular year of chart magic.

Kicking off with one of Queen’s most popular songs ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, Disc 1 includes #1’s from The Police, The Boomtown Rats, Ian Dury & The Blockheads and the defining ‘Heart Of Glass’ from Blondie, as well as timeless hits from Kate Bush, Roxy Music and the debut from Pretenders. There’s early Synth-Pop hits from The Flying Lizards, one of two #1s in 1979 from Gary Numan, and the Top 10 return of Sparks with ‘Beat The Clock’ produced by Giorgio Moroder – who also co-produced ‘Hot Stuff’ for Donna Summer – which is included alongside massive Disco-Floor-Fillers from Chic, Sister Sledge, ABBA’s ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ and two further iconic #1s from Gloria Gaynor with ‘I Will Survive’ and ‘YMCA’ from Village People.

Disc 2 opens with three Ska/Pop crossover hits from Madness, The Selecter and The Specials, leading into sublime ‘Lovers-Rock’ from Janet Kay with ‘Silly Games’, before taking in some Classic Rock including Meat Loaf, Electric Light Orchestra and the collaboration between Gary Moore and Phil Lynott. Next up is an astonishing run of New Wave and Post-Punk hits including Squeeze, The Jam, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Clash and Sex Pistols, before closing with two of the year’s most unforgettable chart debuts: ‘Lucky Number’ from Lene Lovich and ‘Rock Lobster’ from The B-52’s.

Four of 1979s most beautiful songs open Disc 3 from ABBA with ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Every Day Hurts’ from Sad Café, Elton John’s ‘Song For Guy’, and the best-selling single of the year: ‘Bright Eyes’ by Art Garfunkel, before presenting a stellar line-up of dance-floor gold including massive hits from Amii Stewart, The Crusaders, The Real Thing, Eruption and Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions on the epic ‘Boogie Wonderland’, before finishing with one of the most influential singles of all time: ‘Rapper's Delight’ from The Sugarhill Gang.

The final disc in this collection features four more of the year’s #1s and opens with one of them – Cliff Richard’s ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, before further pop brilliance from Wings, Olivia Newton-John, Neil Diamond, Suzi Quatro, Boney M. and the winner of 1979’s Eurovision Song Contest – the Top 5 hit ‘Hallelujah’ from Milk & Honey. Smooth Soul ballads from Commodores, Peaches & Herb and The Three Degrees follow, as does a Country Pop #1 from Dr. Hook. The disc concludes with three Synth-Pop smashes that pointed the way to the upcoming decade – ‘Pop Muzik’ from M, and the two final #1s featured: ‘Are Friends Electric?’ – the first of the aforementioned two chart-toppers for Gary Numan in 1979 – and closing with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ by The Buggles. This track was co-written, produced and performed by Trevor Horn whose work would define the Pop landscape over the next few years – whilst the song would be the first to be played on MTV in the US when it launched in 1981. NOW – Yearbook 1979 – A celebration of the diversity of the charts, and the creative brilliance of the year in pop.

1 Queen - Don't Stop Me Now  
2 The Police - Walking On The Moon  
3 The Boomtown Rats - I Don’t Like Mondays  
4 Kate Bush - Wow  
5 Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick  
6 Blondie - Heart Of Glass  
7 ABBA - Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)  
8 Chic - Good Times  
9 Sister Sledge - We Are Family  
10 Earth, Wind & Fire - September  
11 Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive  
12 Village People - YMCA  
13 Donna Summer - Hot Stuff  
14 Sparks - Beat The Clock  
15 Gary Numan - Cars  
16 The Flying Lizards - Money  
17 Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing  
18 Dave Edmunds - Girls Talk  
19 Gerry Rafferty - Night Owl  
20 Billy Joel - My Life  
21 Roxy Music - Dance Away  
1 Madness - One Step Beyond  
2 The Selecter - On My Radio  
3 The Specials - Gangsters  
4 Janet Kay - Silly Games  
5 Gary Moore & Phil Lynott - Parisienne Walkways  
6 Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell  
7 Electric Light Orchestra - Don’t Bring Me Down  
8 Rainbow - Since You Been Gone  
9 The Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down To Georgia  
10 The Knack - My Sharona  
11 The Tourists - I Only Want To Be With You  
12 Squeeze - Cool For Cats  
13 Skids - Into The Valley  
14 Sex Pistols - Something Else  
15 The Clash - I Fought The Law  
16 The Jam - The Eton Rifles  
17 Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Accidents Will Happen  
18 XTC - Making Plans For Nigel  
19 Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him  
20 The Cure - Boys Don’t Cry  
21 Siouxsie And The Banshees - The Staircase (Mystery)  
22 Lene Lovich - Lucky Number  
23 The B–52’s - Rock Lobster  
1 ABBA - Chiquitita  
2 Art Garfunkel - Bright Eyes  
3 Elton John - Song For Guy  
4 Sad Café - Every Day Hurts  
5 Eruption - One Way Ticket  
6 Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood  
7 Chic - I Want Your Love  
8 Sister Sledge - He’s The Greatest Dancer  
9 Donna Summer - Bad Girls  
10 The Crusaders - Street Life  
11 Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions - Boogie Wonderland  
12 McFadden & Whitehead - Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now  
13 Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night  
14 The Real Thing - Can You Feel The Force  
15 Edwin Starr - Contact  
16 Leif Garrett - I Was Made For Dancin’  
17 The Dooleys - Wanted  
18 Frantique - Strut Your Funky Stuff  
19 Dynasty - I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)  
20 The Sugarhill Gang - Rapper’s Delight  
1 Cliff Richard - We Don’t Talk Anymore  
2 Neil Diamond - Forever In Blue Jeans  
3 Wings - Goodnight Tonight  
4 Electric Light Orchestra - Shine A Little Love  
5 Olivia Newton – John - A Little More Love  
6 Blondie - Dreaming  
7 Suzi Quatro - She’s In Love With You  
8 Dr. Hook - When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman  
9 The Korgis - If I Had You  
10 Dollar - Love’s Gotta Hold On Me  
11 Milk & Honey - Hallelujah  
12 The Three Degrees - Woman In Love  
13 Peaches & Herb - Reunited  
14 Commodores - Still  
15 Racey - Lay Your Love On Me  
16 BA Robertson - Bang Bang  
17 Village People - In The Navy  
18 Boney M. - Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi–Holiday  
19 M - Pop Muzik  
20 Tubeway Army - Are ‘Friends’ Electric?  
21 The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star