Various Artists: NOW – Yearbook 1986 (Special Edition 4CD)
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NOW – Yearbook 1986 (Special Edition 4CD)

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  • Release Date 24 February 2023
Product code
CDYBXNOW86
Format
Quadruple CD Album
Label
NOW Music

NOW Music is proud to present the next instalment in our ongoing ‘Yearbook’ series, NOW – Yearbook 1986; 80 tracks from a fantastic year in pop! This special edition CD is housed in ‘hard-back-book’ packaging, including a 28-page booklet featuring a summary of the year, a track-by-track guide, a quiz, and original singles artwork.

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’), Kate Bush (‘Hounds Of Love’) and ‘Thorn In My Side’ from Eurythmics. A top year for pure Pop magic is showcased in the next run of hits, including the #1 from Falco, plus Level 42, Kim Wilde, Nick Kamen, Owen Paul, and The Bangles, 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’. Reggae-Pop from UB40 and another #1 from Boris Gardiner give way to two of the year’s most enduring ballads from Simply Red and Spandau Ballet.

The second disc 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’, and Stock Aitken & Waterman achieved a further huge hit with Mel & Kim’s debut ‘Showing Out…’

Sophisticated Pop gems from Debbie Harry, Belouis Some, The Blow Monkeys and the sublime ‘Breakout’ from Swing Out Sister lead into a fabulous run of Soul and Dance floor-fillers from Aretha Franklin, Gwen Guthrie, Cameo, Jermaine Stewart, Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’, and closes with Lionel Richie’s international smash ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’.

Alternative Pop takes the spotlight on Disc three with 1986 a vintage year for the sheer diversity of its chart music. The Smiths peerless ‘Panic’ opens, followed by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Sigue Sigue Sputnik, with the disc also featuring New Order, Furniture, Public Image Limited, It’s Immaterial, and Big Audio Dynamite. Landmark hits from Talk Talk, Simple Minds and The Psychedelic Furs re-version of ‘Pretty In Pink’ were among the year’s highlights of Alt-Rock, and Red Box, Culture Club, Howard Jones, and well-chosen covers from The Damned and Doctor & The Medics with their #1 take on ‘Spirit In The Sky’ produced yet more classic Pop.

The final disc 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 and a #1 from Europe, plus 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 Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, a new version of a classic from The Police, and a huge hit for Status Quo with ‘In The Army Now’. #1 ballads from Chris De Burgh and Nick Berry are joined by a #1 re-release from Jackie Wilson, and another movie theme going to the top – this time from Billy Ocean with ‘When The Going Gets Tough…’ from ‘The Jewel Of The Nile’.

Three of the year’s biggest Pop-Dance hits are up next from Steve Winwood, The Human League and Nu Shooz, before Five Star’s biggest hit ‘Rain Or Shine’ - and to finish, two huge ballads; Whitney Houston’s cover of ‘Greatest Love Of All’ and a December #1 for the Housemartins with their a cappella version of ‘Caravan Of Love’.

NOW – Yearbook 1986 - A celebration of the diversity and creative magic of the year in pop.

Tracks
CD 1
1 George Michael - A Different Corner  
2 a–ha - The Sun Always Shines On T.V.  
3 Duran Duran - Notorious  
4 Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love  
5 Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Thorn In My Side  
6 Falco - Rock Me Amadeus  
7 Level 42 - Lessons In Love  
8 Kim Wilde - You Keep Me Hangin On  
9 Nick Kamen - Each Time You Break My Heart  
10 Owen Paul - My Favourite Waste Of Time  
11 The Bangles - Manic Monday  
12 Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong  
13 Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al  
14 Suzanne Vega - Marlene On The Wall  
15 Fine Young Cannibals - Suspicious Minds  
16 Amazulu - Too Good To Be Forgotten  
17 UB40 - Sing Our Own Song  
18 Boris Gardiner - I Want To Wake Up With You  
19 Simply Red - Holding Back The Years  
20 Spandau Ballet - Through The Barricades  
Tracks
CD 2
1 Wham! - The Edge Of Heaven  
2 The Communards with Sarah Jane Morris - Don’t Leave Me This Way  
3 Bananarama - Venus  
4 Mel & Kim - Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)  
5 Bucks Fizz - New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)  
6 Miami Sound Machine - Bad Boy (Shep Pettibone 7" Remix)  
7 Sinitta - So Macho  
8 Samantha Fox - Touch Me (I Want Your Body)  
9 Debbie Harry - French Kissin' (In The USA)  
10 Belouis Some - Imagination  
11 The Blow Monkeys - Digging Your Scene  
12 Swing Out Sister - Breakout  
13 Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin' Who?  
14 Gwen Guthrie - Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent  
15 Jaki Graham - Set Me Free  
16 Cameo - Word Up!  
17 Five Star - Can't Wait Another Minute  
18 Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off  
19 Whitney Houston - How Will I Know  
20 Lionel Richie - Dancing On The Ceiling  
Tracks
CD 3
1 The Smiths - Panic  
2 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Rage Hard  
3 Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1–11  
4 Paul Hardcastle - The Wizard (Part 1)  
5 New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle  
6 The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink  
7 Simple Minds - All The Things She Said  
8 Talk Talk - Life's What You Make It  
9 Furniture - Brilliant Mind  
10 It's Immaterial - Driving Away From Home (Jim's Tune)  
11 Public Image Limited - Rise  
12 Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC2  
13 Pete Wylie - Sinful  
14 Red Box - For America  
15 a–ha - I've Been Losing You  
16 Culture Club - Move Away  
17 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - (Forever) Live And Die  
18 Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame  
19 The Damned - Eloise  
20 Doctor & The Medics - Spirit In The Sky  
Tracks
CD 4
1 Berlin - Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From "Top Gun")  
2 Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer  
3 Europe - The Final Countdown  
4 RUN DMC feat. Aerosmith - Walk This Way  
5 Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love  
6 Tina Turner - Typical Male  
7 The Rolling Stones - Harlem Shuffle  
8 The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me '86  
9 Status Quo - In The Army Now  
10 Mr. Mister - Broken Wings  
11 Chris De Burgh - The Lady In Red  
12 Nick Berry - Every Loser Wins  
13 Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite  
14 Billy Ocean - When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going  
15 Steve Winwood - Higher Love  
16 The Human League - Human  
17 Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait  
18 Five Star - Rain Or Shine  
19 Whitney Houston - Greatest Love Of All  
20 The Housemartins - Caravan Of Love