NOW – Yearbook 1986 (3LP)
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- Release Date 24 February 2023
- Product code
- Triple Vinyl LP
- NOW Music
NOW Music is proud to present the next instalment in our ongoing ‘Yearbook’ series, NOW – Yearbook 1986; 43 tracks on a 3LP set pressed on translucent purple vinyl - from a fantastic year in pop!
Opening with two stellar #1s, ‘A Different Corner’ from George Michael and ‘The Sun Always Shines On T.V.’ from a-ha, before leading into huge hits from Duran Duran (‘Notorious’), ‘Thorn In My Side’ from Eurythmics, and the #1 ‘Rock Me Amadeus’ from Falco. Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds Of Love’ starts the flip side before timeless radio friendly Pop from the Pretenders, and the lead single from one of the year’s biggest albums (‘Graceland’) from Paul Simon with ‘You Can Call Me Al’, along with two of the year’s most enduring ballads from Simply Red and Spandau Ballet.
Side 1 of LP2 is all about Pop-Dance energy – kicking off with Wham!’s final hit and #1 ‘The Edge Of Heaven’ and 1986’s biggest seller ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ from The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris. Bananarama scored a huge hit (and a US #1) with ‘Venus’, as did Kim Wilde with ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’. There’s also the debut from Nick Kamen, the sublime ‘Breakout’ from Swing Out Sister and the #1 ‘I Want To Wake Up With You’ from Boris Gardiner.
Alternative Pop takes the spotlight on the other side of LP2, with 1986 a vintage year for the sheer diversity of its chart music. The Smiths peerless ‘Panic’ opens, and is joined by Big Audio Dynamite, Furniture, and the landmark ‘Life’s What You Make It’ from Talk Talk. More timeless Pop from Red Box and The Bangles leads toward the well-chosen #1 cover of ‘Spirit In The Sky’ from Doctor & The Medics.
LP3 starts in epic cinematic style with the iconic #1 ‘Take My Breath Away’ (taken from the film ‘Top Gun’) by Berlin, with huge global Rock smashes from Bon Jovi ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, and one of the best ever collaborations between Run DMC and Aerosmith on ‘Walk This Way’. Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted To Love’ would become a timeless radio staple, and the year saw new hits from Simple Minds, The Rolling Stones, and a new version of a classic from The Police.
The final side is all about sophisticated Dance-Pop, opening with the Jam & Lewis produced ‘Human’ from The Human League, and a further US #1 from Steve Winwood with ‘Higher Love’. Massive tracks from Level 42 and Five Star are up next and are followed by two of the year’s biggest floor-fillers: ‘We Don’t Have To…’ from Jermaine Stewart and Lionel Richie’s international smash ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, before closing with one of 1986’s greatest vocals from Whitney Houston on her defining cover of ‘Greatest Love Of All’.
NOW – Yearbook 1986 - A celebration of the diversity and creative magic of the year in pop.
|LP1 Side A|
|1||George Michael - A Different Corner|
|2||a–ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.|
|3||Duran Duran - Notorious|
|4||Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Thorn In My Side (2018 Remastered)|
|5||Debbie Harry - French Kissin' (In The USA)|
|6||Falco - Rock Me Amadeus|
|7||Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard|
|LP1 Side B|
|1||Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love|
|2||Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong|
|3||Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al|
|4||Tina Turner - Typical Male|
|5||Suzanne Vega - Marlene On The Wall|
|6||Simply Red - Holding Back The Years|
|7||Spandau Ballet - Through The Barricades|
|LP2 Side A|
|1||Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven|
|2||The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris - Don’t Leave Me This Way|
|3||Bananarama - Venus|
|4||Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin’ On|
|5||Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart|
|6||Swing Out Sister - Breakout|
|7||Boris Gardiner - I Want To Wake Up With You|
|LP2 Side B|
|1||The Smiths - Panic|
|2||Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2|
|3||Furniture - Brilliant Mind|
|4||Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It|
|5||Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame|
|6||Red Box - For America|
|7||The Bangles - Manic Monday|
|8||Doctor & The Medics - Spirit In The Sky|
|LP3 Side A|
|1||Berlin - Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From "Top Gun")|
|2||Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer|
|3||RUN DMC feat. Aerosmith - Walk This Way|
|4||Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love|
|5||The Rolling Stones - Harlem Shuffle|
|6||The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me '86|
|7||Simple Minds - All The Things She Said|
|LP3 Side B|
|1||The Human League - Human|
|2||Steve Winwood - Higher Love|
|3||Level 42 - Lessons In Love|
|4||Five Star - Can't Wait Another Minute|
|5||Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off|
|6||Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling|
|7||Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All|