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Now 8 won’t be missing any tracks

Forthcoming 2CD reissue has no omissions

The two-CD reissue of Now That’s What I Call Music 8 will not be missing any songs, if an image posted on the Amazon in the UK proves correct.

All 32 ‘top chart hits’ look to be present and correct, and indeed for once we appear to have advance notice of at least some of the versions or mixes on this CD reissue since they are specifically mentioned on the rear artwork.

For example, we know that Duran Duran’s ‘Notorious’ is the ‘single mix’, Steve Winwood’s ‘Higher Love’ is the ‘single version’ and Debbie Harry’s ‘French Kissin’ (In The USA)’ is the ‘edit’. How accurate these will prove to be and whether they are consistent with the original Now 8 remains to be seen. The Pet Shop Boys ‘Suburbia’ single was definitely a remix for example, but that isn’t mentioned on the artwork for this forthcoming compilation.

The two-CD reissue of Now That’s What I Call Music 8 is released on 26 March 2021.

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Glam King

Next March sees 1988 in the first to feature in slim double cases, previously they were released in a fat-box format which is now expensive through eBay and then 1989 will later follow suit (as with the end of the ’80s approaching) they only released three albums in a year, but then we lose that gap again when we get towards 2024 with the first appearance of the famous current NOW logo.

Only NOW 10 will be the first to be feature in a slim double CD case (since back in 1987, it was only originally released in the fat-box double CD format), then it would be that 1988/1989 have all three albums released in a year, but the NOW team were quite shy to release NOW 18 in the Summer of ’90 instead they put out NOW Dance 902 – The 12″ Mixes as its a replacement which meant the delay of NOW 18 would be released in November of that year and 1991 was quite a shy year for the NOW team also, it would be then from 1992 onwards, the three-album format that was previously introduced in 1984 and in 1988/89 would eventually stay from that point on when NOW 21 came out and Mark Goodier would be the voice of the NOW albums in commercials.

Previously NOW 8 was released in a single CD format of 17 tracks way back in the winter of 1986, whereas four CD albums were released, (Hits 5), their rival compilation from Sony and Warner, (Now’86) and a 16-track Now Christmas Album. It is a real shame Now’86 can’t be released again cos copyright issues would may strike over Bowie and Michael McDonald/Patti LaBelle which got previously removed from the re-issued NOW 7 CD and that would be a issue also, as you’d still have to buy it through Discogs and eBay.

Col.

Some of the detail in these comments is why I love the music collecting community and sites like SDE (if Carlsberg made music information sites….probably the best one if not the best). Some excellent contributions and attention to the afore mentioned detail.

Adding my thoughts on the Suburbia debate:-

Please Album Version (5:07):- Music is very different to released single version. More like a Demo of the song really.
Single Version (4.01):- A Radio friendly edit. The vocals of these 2 versions are the same in my opinion.
Now 8 – 1986 CD Version (4.03) – has one silent second at the end.
Now That’s What I Call 1986 – 2CD Set from 1999 (4.02) – no silent second so ends 1 sec earlier.
PSB – Discography Version (4.04) – on my CD there is a 1 second gap between each song, thus the extra second here.

So as far as my ears hear it, the vocals are the same on the single version and the LP version So I would class this as a remix version, not a re-recorded version as the vocals are the same.
The version on Now 8 2 CD reissue is likely to be the same version issued on the 1986 issue of the Now 8 CD, but who knows for sure – no-one.

There are many remix versions of the song. The best for me is Cassette EP & Disco remix album version (8.57) – Julian Mendelsohn Full Horror Version. But as we are on single versions for Now albums we will eave that ‘best remix version’ debate for another day.

Alan Mitchell

It was only quite recently I discovered Jermaine Stewart was actually a fella. I’m still a bit baffled as to why a young guy would sing that song. The fact I was 15 at the time and chasing every girl that passed by probably had a lot to do with my assumption.

As for the album series I remember now 6 from my childhood but at that point my taste started to expand. Bizarrely I became a huge fan of Queen’s early albums which lead to me begging for a guitar. And once you get a guitar pop music holds little appeal (the end of Crossroads video’d off the telly was rewound over and over and over…).

My local record stall often has the early Now albums. 8 songs a side, hmm… compare that to my half speed Steve Hoffman Rumours which has 3. Good job back in the day it was only about the music and not the sound quality.

Ps: my now albums back in the day would all have been on cassette and all played on a portable cassette player/recorder. The same machine I’d tape the charts with on a Sunday ;)

Mark

There’s a ‘Now 12″ 80’s’ for pre-order now. Looks fun.

Clem Feeney

No one has commented on the “Remastered 2019” next to the OMD track. Does that suggest the other tracks are the original masters? Or are they 2021 remasters?

Branny

I’ve been waiting for this. I still have the original Now 8 single CD truncated version. It was the last numbered volume that I bought purely for the music and the first that I didn’t buy on vinyl. I have bought one or two of the later Nows purely to have something current playing at family gatherings but this completes the circle for me.

André

The cover is definitely supposed to be sheet metal (like a car bonnet) as the NOW logo is clearly ‘metal’ in style and has been screwed into the surface. Can’t see how one could do that on ice-cream or silk sheets! :) The covers from NOW 6 – 16 were brilliant. Now 17 – 19 the worst. (Never cared for the pig covers either).

Steve

Now 8 and Now 108 are £10.99 each to pre order via HMV

Carty

Excellent news that we have a complete track listing.

Encouraging news that they have listed the versions on the back cover. Does that mean, after 7 albums of re-releases with no regard for ensuring we have the same versions as the originals, that the compilers are finally listening to the purists (like me)?

I have to say, that with each subsequent release I have become less interested to the point of caring as much as they seemed to have. However, this shines a little ray of hope. :)

(I am sure we’ll get it all corrected when NOW 201 is released alongside a NOW 101 re-release, and a NOW 1 re-re-release, hehe!)

Remember that cardboard gatefold sleeve NOW 1 released in 2009? Now that FELT good in the hand, and looked good on the eye. That’s what I would have liked to have seen with these.

We live in hope…

Brian Lickley

I believe now 8 was only originally released as 1 cd.

Dan

That 2008/2009 cardboard Now 1 reissue also had edit errors apparently, but as a newbie it didn’t stop me enjoying it. They used the same pressing for the 2018 reissue.

WitBlad

Looking at the songwriter credits for “Waterloo”, I don’t recall ever seeing the Abba boys’ names written out in full like that before. Usually just the surnames are given.

Also, it’s a great piece of pop trivia that “French Kissin’ (In The USA)” was written by Chuck Lorre, creator of The Big Bang Theory etc.

Maxe

All over you have their full names, even surnames but then… Billy Bragg, why no Stephen Willam Bragg here?

Mark Phillips

I wonder what number the reissues will go up to? Although I think Now 10 was the first double CD (?) those first few are still rare and difficult to acquire. Should they go up to 20?

Scott

I can’t see them going up to 20.

10-20 on CD can all still be purchased on eBay, although 10, 11, 15, 17 and 19 do generally change hands for a hell of a lot more than the others. NOW 15 in particular has sold for upwards of £45 in the past.

I reckon it will stop at 9. I think the re-issues have been a bit of a nightmare for them as it is.

Pat

I really hope they go as far as Now 16 . The artwork and quality of music takes a nosedive after that.

Dan

I reckon 9 will be the last, as someone else said, sounds like these have been a licensing nightmare with a backlash due to missing tracks and incorrect edits, why make life harder than they need to when what the goal they set out to do will be complete once Now 9 is reissued.

Simon

It saddens me the Single Version of Think For A Minute on streaming services is the faster album version. I hope this release gets it right and has the slower, much better version.

Rich E

iTunes has the single version on the London 0 Hull 4 deluxe as Now That’s What I call Quite Good.
One thing that stuck out for me looking at the new Now 8 artwork is seeing Stan’s credit now using his actual name. I probably need to get out more.

Adrian

Getting big 1st year of university flashbacks with this one.

Will

This is one of my favourite Now albums.

Stephen K

Given that some remastered tracks can sound night and day compared to the original, I wonder how much research is put into reassembling a balanced compilation? I’m sure that not every track on here has been remastered since originally released, so does someone listen to different masters of tracks and say “Hey, this 2000’s master of Suburbia sounds good, but it doesn’t fit in with the 1986 masters of It Bites and Boris Gardiner, maybe we should use the ’86 master of Suburbia instead… or maybe we should add some bass boost to those other two instead to help them fit in?” How well mixed have these new NOWs sounded? I wonder how much the selection of tracks of new 80’s compilations is based on “Hey, let’s only use tracks that have been remastered in the last 20 years”. I imagine that would be a consideration of smaller labels. Or is software sophisticated enough to make weaker masterings sound good enough to sit side by side with new masters? You could have a batch of tracks that haven’t been mastered since ’86, and maybe they all sound great. Or maybe something was poorly mastered originally and was never mastered since. Or maybe someone grabs a remastered track, and it’s heavily brickwalled and sounds dynamicly anemic next to the other tracks, remastered or not. How do project managers or engineers go about standardizing the sound of compilations involving different artists?

Steven Roberts

I think you’re overthinking it. More likely the label is looking at the tracklisting and asking “what do we have readily available”, then looking up the files on their database and going “that’ll do”.

Mark

Knowing the processes over there Steven, I can guarantee all they’re doing it “does this look like the radio edit? Yes, great … grab that one” – without even listening to it – and then sending the batch of files over to the mastering guy to sort out.

Scott

The one positive of these re-issues has been the sound quality of them. It’s quite possible a lot of the wrong versions being used is purely down to getting the most recently remastered versions.

Noel O Regan

Dr & the medics is probably the biggest rarity on the compilation.

Big country were great.

Stan Butler

Heard Doctor & The Medics described last week on AbsoluteRadio80s as a one hit wonder.
Which of course they were not. The follow up Burn reached No. 29

Rupert

Don’t you think Nick Berry is the rarity here, I mean how many other albums can you name that has his track on it?

Eastenders Greatest Hits
The Best of Nick Berry
Songs for Losers
Britain’s Greatest Soap Songs (One for Channel 5)

As for mastering, the original CD release was before the loudness war. Remember the issues that caused down your local when some CD’s were louder than others!

Stan Butler

Discogs lists 14 Various Artists compilation albums that include Every Loser Wins.
I counted 10 appearances by Waterloo on various compilations.
By contrast, Big Country’s One Great Thing only turns up on 3 VA compilations.

Rupert

That’s interesting, didn’t think Nick Berry would be so popular. It must be just me who thinks it’s an instantly forgettable track.
One Great Thing was probably Big Country’s weakest single to date at that point. I do like The Seer album overall though and maybe the album’s title track could have been issued as a single with Kate Bush’s backing vocals.

The Golden Age Of The Phonograph

TWICM8 – No omissions! Now I can sleep at night, I thought Nick Berry wasn`t gonna make the cut! Phew.

MARK LEVY

It’s taken till NOW 8 to get it exactly the same again. The last one was NOW 2!

MARK LEVY

Oh yes of course. Still, its hit and miss this re-issue programme with some volumes missing tracks.

Tim-Meh

Ok, but is the cover shot a pic of a Walls Vienetta?

Dan

I thought it was a car bonnet, but now I can see a melting vienetta.

Gerry Hassan

How do you know it is not Lyons?

mark

I always thought it was silver silk bed sheets

Steven

It’s one of the best Now covers IMO.

Mike the Fish

Wasn’t Suburbia a rerecording rather than a remix?

Jeremy Bromley

No, completely re-recorded.

daveid76

Yes it was a complete re-recording although I’m sure plenty of elements of the original mix were there