Various Artists: NOW – Yearbook Extra 1979 (3CD)
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NOW – Yearbook Extra 1979 (3CD)

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  • Release Date 21 October 2022
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Triple CD Album
NOW Music

NOW Music is thrilled to present more stellar tracks from the year with ‘NOW – Yearbook Extra 1979’.

This limited edition 3CD highlights an additional 67 tracks from the charts of 1979, making it the perfect complement to any Yearbook, 70s pop or NOW music collection.

Queen kicks the collection off with their huge hit ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and are followed by the #1 ‘Message In A Bottle’ from The Police and the classic ‘Union City Blue’ from Blondie. New wave hits from Pretenders, Roxy Music, Squeeze, The Boomtown Rats, and Ian Dury & The Blockheads are included, alongside Electric Light Orchestra and the live single version of ‘Them Heavy People’ from Kate Bush. A fabulous run of disco is up next including the synth-driven production of Sparks’ ‘The Number One Song In Heaven’, soulful vocals from Donna Summer, the timeless Chic and Sister Sledge, and Rose Royce’s ‘Is It Love You’re After’ – before the first disc closes with one of the years’ most unexpected hits from Fiddler’s Dram with ‘Daytrip To Bangor’. 1979 was incredibly rich for classic hit singles, and CD2 opens with a breath-taking sequence of punk and new wave classics including ‘The Sound Of The Suburbs’ from The Members, ‘Babylon’s Burning’ from The Ruts along with The Jam, The Clash, The Stranglers, Siouxsie And The Banshees and Sex Pistols. Early releases from some of the next decades’ most influential artists – Japan, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, and The Tourists featuring Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart – are included, and the disc finishes with soul-inflected dancefloor gold from Shalamar, Edwin Starr, Diana Ross and Cher.

The final disc opens with the sublime pop of the #1 ‘Sunday Girl’ from Blondie and ‘Painter Man’ from Boney M. before showcasing some of 1979’s most beautiful ballads, including ‘Sail On’ from Commodores, ‘After The Love Has Gone’ from Earth, Wind & Fire and ‘Just The Way You Are’ from Barry White – plus that song’s writer Billy Joel, with ‘Honesty’, and the poignant ‘The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan’ from Marianne Faithfull. Radio friendly rock-pop from Toto, Thin Lizzy and Status Quo lead into some of the years’ quirkier hits from Driver 67, BA Robertson and Cats U.K. More pure pop from Dollar and Sally Oldfield, before concluding with the #1 ‘One Day At A Time’ from Lena Martell – and a true Christmas classic ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ from Paul McCartney.

NOW – Yearbook Extra 1979; 67 further reasons to celebrate this stellar year in pop.

1 Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love  
2 The Police - Message In A Bottle  
3 Blondie - Union City Blue  
4 Pretenders - Kid  
5 Electric Light Orchestra - Last Train To London  
6 Roxy Music - Angel Eyes  
7 Kate Bush - Them Heavy People  
8 Squeeze - Up The Junction  
9 The Boomtown Rats - Diamond Smiles  
10 Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful (Pt. 3)  
11 Sparks - The Number One Song In Heaven  
12 The Three Degrees - The Runner  
13 Donna Summer - Dim All The Lights  
14 Sister Sledge - Lost In Music  
15 Chic - My Feet Keep Dancing  
16 Rose Royce - Is It Love You're After  
17 Boney M. - Gotta Go Home  
18 Voyage - Lets Fly Away  
19 Madness - The Prince  
20 Darts - Duke Of Earl  
21 Mike Oldfield - Blue Peter  
22 Fiddler’s Dram - Daytrip To Bangor (Didn't We Have A Lovely Time)  
1 The Members - The Sound Of The Suburbs  
2 The Ruts - Babylon's Burning  
3 The Jam - Strange Town  
4 The Clash - English Civil War  
5 The Stranglers - Duchess  
6 Siouxsie And The Banshees - Playground Twist  
7 Public Image Limited - Death Disco  
8 Skids - Working For The Yankee Dollar  
9 The Undertones - Jimmy Jimmy  
10 Sex Pistols - C'Mon Everybody  
11 Dr. Feelgood - Milk And Alcohol  
12 The Dickies - Banana Splits  
13 Secret Affair - Time For Action  
14 Jags - Back Of My Hand  
15 The Tourists - The Loneliest Man In The World  
16 Japan - Life In Tokyo  
17 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Electricity  
18 Shalamar - Take That To The Bank  
19 Dan Hartman - This Is It  
20 Edwin Starr - H.A.P.P.Y. Radio  
21 The Isley Brothers - It's A Disco Night (Rock Don't Stop)  
22 Chic - My Forbidden Lover  
23 Diana Ross - The Boss  
24 Cher - Take Me Home  
1 Blondie - Sunday Girl  
2 Boney M. - Painter Man  
3 The Three Degrees - My Simple Heart  
4 Commodores - Sail On  
5 Earth, Wind & Fire - After The Love Has Gone  
6 Barry White - Just The Way You Are  
7 Billy Joel - Honesty  
8 Marianne Faithfull - The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan  
9 Gerry Rafferty - Get It Right Next Time  
10 Toto - Hold the Line  
11 Status Quo - Whatever You Want  
12 Thin Lizzy - Waiting For An Alibi  
13 Driver 67 - Car 67  
14 BA Robertson - Knocked It Off  
15 Cats U.K. - Luton Airport  
16 Racey - Some Girls  
17 Darts - Get It  
18 Dollar - Who Were You With In The Moonlight  
19 Sally Oldfield - Mirrors  
20 Lena Martell - One Day At A Time  
21 Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime