Various Artists: NOW - Yearbook 1980 - 1984: The Final Chapter (Special Edition 4CD)
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NOW - Yearbook 1980 - 1984: The Final Chapter (Special Edition 4CD)

Various Artists

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  • Release Date 02 December 2022
Product code
CDYBXNOW8084
Format
Quadruple CD Album
Label
NOW Music

NOW was recently proud to announce the ‘Yearbook’ for 1985, as we move forward to the second half of the 1980s, and we were delighted with the response to the 1979 edition back in September. However, we haven’t quite finished with those golden pop years 1980 – 1984.

Compiling the ‘Yearbook’ series is a true labour of love, but given that between 1980 and 1984 there were more than 1500 new entries on the UK Top 40 – and on the ‘Yearbooks’ and their ‘Extras’ for the period we have presented 726 tracks – which means there are a number of brilliant songs that we didn’t get to feature… yet.

We proudly present ‘NOW - Yearbook 1980 - 1984: The Final Chapter’ – 81 tracks celebrating more Pop magic from an exceptional time in the UK charts. This Special Edition CD is housed in ‘hard-back-book’ packaging, including a 28-page booklet featuring a summary of the period, a track-by-track guide, a quiz, and original singles artwork.

A huge #1 from Wham!, with era-defining hits from Eurythmics, Kate Bush, The Smiths, Scritti Politti and the unique brilliance of ‘O Superman’ from Laurie Anderson open disc one – joined by the stunning ‘War Baby’ from Tom Robinson and ‘Shipbuilding’ from Robert Wyatt alongside Sade, Spandau Ballet, Roxy Music, The Police and ‘Nelson Mandela’ from The Specials, before closing with classics, Neil Diamond’s ‘Love On The Rocks’ – and ‘We All Stand Together’ from Paul McCartney.

Pure-Pop brilliance from Bananarama kicks off Disc 2 and includes Kim Wilde, Toyah, and Culture Club along with Synth-Pop gems from Gary Numan, Ultravox, Blancmange, The Human League, Howard Jones, and Nik Kershaw.

Iron Maiden’s massive rock smash ‘Run To The Hills’ opens the third disc, that also celebrates radio rock from Chicago, Tina Turner and Pretenders before a stellar run of New-Wave inspired hits including U2, New Order, The Jam, The Creatures and Hazel O’Connor.

The final disc finds its feet with huge floor-fillers from Lionel Richie, Donna Summer, Flash & The Pan, Patrice Rushen, and Shalamar before club hits from Linx and Animal Nightlife and a closing selection of Pop gold including Stars On 45, F.R. David, Sheena Easton – and three #1s from Kenny Rogers, Goombay Dance Band and the unforgettable 1982 year-end chart topper ‘Save Your Love’ from Renée & Renato.

NOW - Yearbook 1980 - 1984: The Final Chapter. A celebration of the diversity and creative magic of the time in Pop.

Tracks
CD1
1 Wham! - Freedom  
2 Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Love Is A Stranger  
3 Laurie Anderson - O Superman  
4 Kate Bush - Sat In Your Lap  
5 The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make?  
6 Scritti Politti - Absolute  
7 Bronski Beat - Why?  
8 Sade - When Am I Going To Make A Living  
9 Tom Robinson - War Baby  
10 Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding  
11 Spandau Ballet - Round And Round  
12 Roxy Music - Take A Chance With Me  
13 The Police - So Lonely  
14 The Specials - Nelson Mandela  
15 Fun Boy Three - Our Lips Are Sealed  
16 Elton John - Kiss The Bride  
17 Billy Joel - The Longest Time  
18 Neil Diamond - Love On The Rocks (From "The Jazz Singer" Soundtrack)  
19 Paul McCartney - We All Stand Together  
Tracks
CD2
1 Bananarama - Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)  
2 Adam Ant - Desperate But Not Serious  
3 Kim Wilde - Water On Glass  
4 Toyah - Thunder In The Mountains  
5 Gary Numan - We Are Glass  
6 Ultravox - Hymn  
7 Blancmange - Living On The Ceiling  
8 Talk Talk - Talk Talk  
9 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Tesla Girls  
10 Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive!  
11 Heaven 17 - Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry  
12 Simple Minds - Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)  
13 Soft Cell - Where The Heart Is  
14 The Human League - Louise  
15 Howard Jones - Hide And Seek  
16 Nik Kershaw - Human Racing  
17 Thompson Twins - Lay Your Hands On Me  
18 Kajagoogoo - Hang On Now  
19 Culture Club - The Medal Song  
20 Tracey Ullman - Move Over Darling  
Tracks
CD3
1 Iron Maiden - Run To The Hills  
2 Meat Loaf - Modern Girl  
3 Pretenders - Day After Day  
4 Rick Springfield - Human Touch  
5 Laura Branigan - The Lucky One  
6 Chicago - Hard Habit To Break  
7 Daryl Hall & John Oates - Say It Isn’t So  
8 Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me  
9 The Fixx - One Thing Leads To Another  
10 Madness - Grey Day  
11 UB40 - Cherry Oh Baby  
12 The Style Council - A Solid Bond In Your Heart  
13 Jo Boxers - Just Got Lucky  
14 The Go-Go’s - We Got The Beat  
15 Hazel O’Connor - D–Days  
16 The Creatures - Miss The Girl  
17 The Jam - Just Who Is The 5 O’Clock Hero?  
18 U2 - 11 O’Clock Tick Tock  
19 New Order - Everything’s Gone Green  
20 Echo And The Bunnymen - Silver  
21 Associates - 18 Carat Love Affair  
22 Japan - Cantonese Boy  
Tracks
CD4
1 Lionel Richie - Running With The Night  
2 Donna Summer - Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)  
3 Shalamar - Friends  
4 The Pointer Sisters - I’m So Excited  
5 Flash And The Pan - Waiting For A Train  
6 Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots  
7 Kool & The Gang - Fresh  
8 Jeffrey Osborne - Stay With Me Tonight  
9 The Temptations - Treat Her Like A Lady  
10 Linx - Intuition  
11 Animal Nightlife - Mr. Solitaire  
12 Modern Romance - Don’t Stop That Crazy Rhythm  
13 Stars On 45 / Starsound - More Stars (ABBA Medley) / Stars On 45 Vol. 2  
14 Bucks Fizz - Piece Of The Action  
15 F.R. David - Words  
16 Sheena Easton - When He Shines  
17 Kenny Rogers - Coward Of The County  
18 The Art Company - Susanna  
19 Goombay Dance Band - Seven Tears  
20 Renée & Renato - Save Your Love