Various Artists: NOW – Yearbook 1985 (4CD)
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NOW – Yearbook 1985 (4CD)

Various Artists

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  • Release Date 04 November 2022
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Quadruple CD Album
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NOW Music is proud to present the newest edition to our ‘Yearbook’ family: NOW – Yearbook 1985, the 6th addition to our Yearbook 80s series and 7th addition including NOW – Yearbook 1979.

1985 was a huge year for Queen, including a career-defining performance at ‘Live Aid’ and Disc One opens with ‘One Vision’ – and is followed with three of the year’s #1s from Eurythmics with ‘There Must Be An Angel’ and two collaborations: UB40 & Chrissie Hynde on ‘I Got You Babe’, and Philip Bailey & Phil Collins with ‘Easy Lover’. The first single from Sting’s debut solo album is included alongside massive trans-Atlantic hits from Tears For Fears, Simple Minds, The Power Station and Tina Turner – plus some of the decades’ most iconic hits including a-ha with ‘Take On Me’ and Dead Or Alive delivering the first #1 for producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman. Sophisticated Ballads from Bryan Ferry, Elton John, Paul Young and the #1 ‘Move Closer’ from Phyllis Nelson feature before the disc closes with the epic ‘The Unforgettable Fire’ from U2.

Disc 2 begins with 1985’s Power Ballads and Soft Rock hits. Kicking off with the #1 from Foreigner ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, and Marillion’s ‘Kayleigh’ before huge radio friendly Rock-Pop from ZZ Top, Pat Benatar and Billy Idol and massive movie-theme smashes from Huey Lewis & The News, Bonnie Tyler, John Parr, Dan Hartman, Maria Vidal and DeBarge. The second half of the disc celebrates the year’s Soul driven line-up including Ashford & Simpson with ‘Solid’, Princess with ‘Say I’m Your Number One’, ‘Hangin’ On A String’ from Loose Ends, along with classic slow-dance Ballads from Kool & The Gang, Lionel Richie and the debut #1 ‘Saving All My Love For You’ from Whitney Houston.

The third disc opens with the breath-taking ‘Cloudbusting’ from Kate Bush, and Indie anthem ‘How Soon Is Now?’ from The Smiths – setting the tone for a run of ‘Alternative’ hits including The Cure with ‘Close To Me’, ‘Duel’ from Propaganda, and ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ from The Cult. Mid-1980s Synth and Pop from Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Red Box, Scritti Politti and Stephen Duffy follow – as does the debut ‘Election Day’ from Duran Duran side project Arcadia. More chart debuts from King, Simply Red, Fine Young Cannibals, and The Dream Academy lead toward the disc’s closing track from Strawberry Switchblade with the Pop classic ‘Since Yesterday’.

The final disc gets underway with massive Electro-Pop hits from Paul Hardcastle with #1 ‘19’, Harold Faltermeyer with ‘Axel F’ and Colonel Abrams ‘Trapped’ before floor-filling HI-NRG from Bronski Beat with Marc Almond and Divine. A trio of beautiful tracks from Dee C Lee, Sade and Alison Moyet are featured leading into the #1 ‘A Good Heart’ from Feargal Sharkey before a run of upbeat Pop classics from Katrina & The Waves, Sheila E, Level 42, Billy Ocean, Five Star, and the #1 ‘Frankie’ from Sister Sledge. Three #1s close out this Yearbook: Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson’s ‘I Know Him So Well’, the year’s biggest selling single ‘The Power Of Love’ from Jennifer Rush, and 1985’s Christmas chart-topper that has become an all-time seasonal favourite, ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ from Shakin’ Stevens.

NOW – Yearbook 1985 – A celebration of the diversity and creative magic of the year in Pop.

1 Queen - One Vision  
2 Philip Bailey & Phil Collins - Easy Lover  
3 Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)  
4 UB40 & Chrissie Hynde - I Got You Babe  
5 Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free  
6 Midge Ure - If I Was  
7 Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World  
8 a–ha - Take On Me  
9 The Power Station - Some Like It Hot  
10 Go West - We Close Our Eyes  
11 Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)  
12 Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Alternative To Reality)  
13 Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me)  
14 Tina Turner - We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)  
15 Phyllis Nelson - Move Closer  
16 Bryan Ferry - Slave To Love  
17 Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away  
18 Elton John - Nikita  
19 U2 - The Unforgettable Fire  
1 Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is  
2 Marillion - Kayleigh  
3 Huey Lewis & The News - The Power Of Love (From “Back To The Future” Soundtrack)  
4 Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero  
5 Pat Benatar - Love Is A Battlefield  
6 ZZ Top - Legs  
7 Billy Idol - White Wedding - Pt. 1  
8 John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)  
9 Dan Hartman - I Can Dream About You (From "Streets Of Fire" Soundtrack)  
10 Maria Vidal - Body Rock  
11 DeBarge - Rhythm Of The Night (From "The Last Dragon" Soundtrack)  
12 Steve Arrington - Feel So Real  
13 Ashford & Simpson - Solid  
14 Chaka Khan - This Is My Night  
15 Princess - Say I’m Your Number One  
16 Loose Ends - Hangin' On A String (Contemplating)  
17 Amii Stewart - Friends  
18 Kool & The Gang - Cherish  
19 Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love For You  
20 Lionel Richie - Say You, Say Me  
1 Kate Bush - Cloudbusting  
2 The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?  
3 The Cure - Close To Me  
4 The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary  
5 Art Of Noise - Close (To The Edit)  
6 Propaganda - Duel  
7 Arcadia - Election Day  
8 Tears For Fears - Shout  
9 Howard Jones - Things Can Only Get Better  
10 Nik Kershaw - Wide Boy  
11 Stephen Duffy - Kiss Me  
12 Red Box - Lean on Me (Ah–li–ayo)  
13 King - Love & Pride  
14 Scritti Politti - The Word Girl  
15 Simply Red - Money's Too Tight (To Mention)  
16 Fine Young Cannibals - Johnny Come Home  
17 The Style Council - Walls Come Tumbling Down  
18 The Dream Academy - Life In A Northern Town  
19 Bananarama - Do Not Disturb  
20 Strawberry Switchblade - Since Yesterday  
1 Paul Hardcastle - 19  
2 Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (From "Beverly Hills Cop")  
3 Colonel Abrams - Trapped  
4 Bronski Beat with Marc Almond - I Feel Love / Johnny Remember Me  
5 Divine - Walk Like A Man  
6 Baltimora - Tarzan Boy  
7 Animotion - Obsession  
8 Dee C. Lee - See The Day  
9 Sade - The Sweetest Taboo  
10 Alison Moyet - That Ole Devil Called Love  
11 Feargal Sharkey - A Good Heart  
12 Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine  
13 Sheila E. - The Belle Of St. Mark  
14 Level 42 - Something About You  
15 Billy Ocean - Loverboy  
16 Five Star - All Fall Down  
17 Sister Sledge - Frankie  
18 Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson - I Know Him So Well  
19 Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love  
20 Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone