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Now That's What I Call Music! 85

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The presentation of each release has evolved notably over time: from 1986 through to 2013, all double and triple CD sets were released in chubby Jewel cases which could hold up to 6 discs. Usually I'll check out the albums associated with the artist but most of them aren't as good as their reigning single. The latter contains a new retro-70s Now logo design and artwork which complements its 80s sister Yearbook series. The first sixteen volumes were all released on the same date, with the final four being issued four months later.

The year 1984 followed, but after this, the series rewound its year of focus, issuing collections that went from 1982 and backwards into the late 1970s. I normally collect the Now CDs as they come out as you are normally guaranteed some current and good tracks on one CD collection. The first two volumes were not released on compact disc, and all subsequent releases were either single, double, or triple disc sets.There's a handful of omissions that I do enjoy as songs but are understandably missing for the most part. Each release is issued as a limited edition mini-hardback book, with the CDs in sleeves forming the pages of the ' yearbook' which contains an introductory overview of the year, original 7" single artwork, trivia, chart positions and a quiz.

Disc Two is a bit more disappointing, the first 9 songs are 10/10 but everything after This Is What It Feels Like just falls flat for me really.But other than that it's a fantastic album with so many recent chart hits, but there are also quite a fair few songs missing. These are brilliant albums if you want to keep up to date with the latest pop tracks and are always easy to listen to, with the swear words cut on the more edgy ones so kids can listen as well. Released in association with the Official Chart Company to "celebrate 70 years of the official UK singles chart".

first reissued 2009 for the 25th anniversary, then again 20 July 2018 to coincide with Now 100) re-issued on 2CD (gatefold in 2009, jewel case in 2018), audio cassette, and a 2LP vinyl release.The Yearbook series are 4-CD and 3-LP vinyl sets, each representing a year of music, which launched in June 2021. An earlier compilation tie-in with Smash Hits from 1987 did, however, include tracks from those years. Originally, the series captured extended 12" mixes of dance hits of the time, but from 1991 onwards, all Now Dance compilations featured 7" edits with only occasional extended versions or mixes included.

The Official Charts Company reported the album as the fastest selling album in 2013, selling 317,376 copies in its first week of sales.The frequency in which they were released also varied from year to year; initially, and most frequently across the series, there would be one Now Dance volume per year, but in 1994 for example, there were four volumes released, and in 1996, there weren't any Now Dance compilations released. Another strand of the Now Yearbook series, in August 2022, is the somewhat experimental release of a limited edition, extended play, 7" vinyl single, containing 2 tracks each from the 1983 and 1984 Yearbooks. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. For the 30th anniversary of Now in 2013 and the release of Now 100 in Summer 2018, the first Now album was re-compiled and re-issued.

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