Various Artists: NOW – Yearbook Extra 1981 (3CD)
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NOW – Yearbook Extra 1981 (3CD)

Various Artists

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  • Release Date 01 July 2022
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Triple CD Album
NOW Music

Following the recent release of ‘NOW Yearbook 1981’, we continue to celebrate the remarkable year of pop that was 1981 with ‘NOW – Yearbook Extra 1981’ as a limited edition 3CD.

Featuring 66 fabulous tracks that we couldn’t fit on ‘NOW – Yearbook 1981’ – including massive hits and songs that debuted in 1981 and have become enduring favourites.

Disc 1 kicks off with some of the year’s biggest stars including gems from John Lennon with ‘Watching The Wheels’, U2 with ‘Gloria’, ‘Message Of Love’ from The Pretenders, plus the first single released from Ghost in the Machine by The Police with ‘Invisible Sun’. As a major force in 80s pop, synth-pop and new romantic tracks are featured from Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Soft Cell, Japan and Tom Tom Club. This disc also brings together soul smashes from Kool & The Gang, Shalamar, Randy Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr. feat. Bill Withers and Diana Ross.

1981 was a year of revolution for pop and Disc 2 leads off with pure pop magic from Adam & The Ants with ‘Ant Rap’, Toyah with ‘I Want To Be Free’, Altered Images with ‘I Could Be Happy’, and ‘Chequered Love’ from Kim Wilde – plus Shakin’ Stevens, Bucks Fizz and Madness. Electric Light Orchestra, REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Graham Bonnet, and Daryl Hall & John Oates all feature representing rock and power ballads. This collection wouldn’t be complete without some brilliant novelty pop – CD 2 concludes with ‘Birdie Song’ by The Tweets and ‘Hooked On Classics’ by Louis Clark Conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – with both reaching No.2 on the UK charts, and amongst the year’s best sellers.

Disc 3 opens with ‘Sound Of The Crowd’ – the commercial breakthrough from The Human League, and further celebrates synth-pop with Visage, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, and the debut single from Tears For Fears. Simple Minds and New Order lead into superb new wave/pop crossover hits from Adam & The Ants, Bow Wow Wow and Public Image Limited, alongside timeless hits from The Jam and The Clash before closing with some reggae and ska influenced hits from Sugar Minott, Bad Manners and UB40.

The perfect addition to the ‘Yearbook’ family and an essential collection for all fans of 80s pop – enjoy this EXTRA helping with ‘NOW – Yearbook Extra 1981’.

CD 1
1 John Lennon - Watching The Wheels  
2 The Police - Invisible Sun  
3 U2 - Gloria  
4 The Jam - Absolute Beginners  
5 Pretenders - Message Of Love  
6 The Teardrop Explodes - Treason (It's Just A Story)  
7 The Human League - Open Your Heart  
8 Spandau Ballet - The Freeze  
9 Duran Duran - Careless Memories  
10 Soft Cell - Bedsitter  
11 Japan - Visions Of China  
12 Heaven 17 - Play To Win  
13 Visage - Visage  
14 Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love  
15 Blue Rondo A La Turk - Me And Mr Sanchez  
16 Madness - Return Of The Los Palmas 7  
17 Kool & The Gang - Steppin' Out  
18 Shalamar - Make That Move  
19 The Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand  
20 Randy Crawford - You Might Need Somebody  
21 Grover Washington, Jr. feat. Bill Withers - Just The Two Of Us  
22 Diana Ross - It's My Turn  
CD 2
1 Adam & The Ants - Ant Rap  
2 Toyah - I Want To Be Free  
3 Kim Wilde - Chequered Love  
4 Altered Images - I Could Be Happy  
5 Susan Fassbender - Twilight Cafe  
6 Godley & Creme - Wedding Bells  
7 Graham Bonnet - Night Games  
8 Electric Light Orchestra - Twilight  
9 Daryl Hall & John Oates - You Make My Dreams (Come True)  
10 Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl  
11 REO Speedwagon - Take It On The Run  
12 Juice Newton - Angel Of The Morning  
13 Bucks Fizz - One Of Those Nights  
14 Modern Romance - Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey  
15 Madness - Shut Up  
16 The Boomtown Rats - The Elephants Graveyard  
17 Kirsty MacColl - There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis  
18 Shakin' Stevens - You Drive Me Crazy  
19 Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut  
20 Keith Marshall - Only Crying  
21 Barry Manilow - Bermuda Triangle  
22 The Tweets - Birdie Song  
23 Louis Clark Conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Hooked On Classics  
CD 3
1 The Human League - The Sound Of The Crowd  
2 Visage - Mind Of A Toy  
3 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Joan Of Arc  
4 Duran Duran - My Own Way  
5 Japan - The Art Of Parties  
6 Spandau Ballet - Musclebound  
7 Tears For Fears - Suffer The Children  
8 Our Daughter's Wedding - Lawnchairs  
9 Simple Minds - The American  
10 New Order - Ceremony  
11 The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink  
12 Adam & The Ants - Kings Of The Wild Frontier  
13 Bow Wow Wow - Chihuahua  
14 Public Image Limited - Flowers Of Romance  
15 Siouxsie And The Banshees - Arabian Knights  
16 The Teardrop Explodes - Passionate Friend  
17 The Jam - Funeral Pyre  
18 The Clash - The Magnificent Seven  
19 Sugar Minott - Good Thing Going (We've Got A Good Thing Going)  
20 Bad Manners - Walking In The Sunshine  
21 UB40 - Don't Slow Down