The Now That’s What I Call Music team will reissue NOW 14 as a 2CD set next month, around 34 years after the original release.
This March 1989 compilation is something of a mish-mash and documents the changing music scene in the UK in the late 1980s with Yazz, S’Express, Inner City, Tone Loc and Neneh Cherry representing a new wave of artists which could be loosely grouped in the dance/hip-hop/house/acid house genres.
There’s still room for old school acts however with Simple Minds’ UK number one ‘Belfast Child’ included along with contributions from Status Quo, Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney (with Marc Almond, of course) and the decidedly unhip Michael Ball singing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Changes Everything’!
Climie Fisher, Brother Beyond and Level 42 deliver some hits from the second tier while Duran Duran have their last top 10 single of the 1980s with the club-oriented ‘All She Wants Is’. Elsewhere, Fine Young Cannibals step up to the big time with ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ and Sam Brown makes here mark with the excellent ‘Stop’.
There are two songs missing from what was originally a 32-track compilation. They are Phil ‘no-you-can’t-license-my-song’ Collins’ US number one ‘Two Hearts’ (from the Buster soundtrack) and another American chart-topper, INXS’ ‘Need You Tonight’, which wasn’t a No 2 hit in Britain until it was re-released in November 1988, in case you are wondering about the dates. Yes, incredibly, ‘Need You Tonight’ was a flop in the UK first time around…
Now That’s What I Call Music 14 will be reissued as a 2CD set on 14 April 2023.
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Now Thats What I Call Music 14 - 2CD set
Now That’s What I Call Music 14 Various Artists /
- Marc Almond & Gene Pitney – Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart
- Erasure – Stop!
- Bananarama – Help! (feat. Lananeeneenoonoo)
- Hue & Cry – Looking For Linda
- Yazz – Fine Time
- Kim Wilde – Four Letter Word
- Sam Brown – Stop
- Roy Orbison – You Got It
- Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
- Status Quo – Burning Bridges (On And Off And On Again)
- Then Jerico – Big Area
- Morrissey – The Last Of The Famous International Playboys
- Poison – Every Rose Has Its Thorn
- Simple Minds – Belfast Child
- Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
- Inner City – Good Life
- S’Express – Hey Music Lover
- Living In A Box – Blow The House Down
- The Style Council – Promised Land
- Adeva – Respect
- Tone loc – Wild Thing
- Natalie Cole – I Live For Your Love
- Robin Beck – First Time
- Paula Abdul – Straight Up
- Samantha Fox – I Only Wanna Be With You
- Brother Beyond – Be My Twin
- Climie Fisher – Love Like A River
- Duran Duran – All She Wants Is
- Level 42 – Tracie
- Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Ball – Love Changes Everything
- CD 1