Now That’s What I Call Music 2 to be reissued on CD

The very first Now That’s What I Call Music compilation, issued in the UK in November 1983, has been reissued a number of times but the second volume, which followed four months after the first in March 84, is to be released on CD for the first time in April.

Now That’s What I Call Music 2 has long considered to be one of the best ‘NOWs’ (it helps that it was issued in early ’84, the best year in pop) and it effortlessly combines some contributions from relative veterans (Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Slade, Queen) with brilliant ‘new’ pop from the likes of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Eurythmics, Nik Kershaw, Thompson Twins, Nena and Cyndi Lauper.

The Smiths, China Crisis and Thomas Dolby keep things interesting and the way I remember it is that virtually EVERYONE bought this originally (the options were 2LP gatefold vinyl or double cassette).

NOW 2 is actually being reissued on vinyl as well, but it’s the two-CD that is the most interesting aspect, especially at just over a tenner, in the UK. Presumably, the two-disc set will come in a simple jewel case, similar to last year’s re-reissue of NOW 1.

Now That’s What I Call Music 2 will be reissued on 12 April 2019.

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Now That's What I Call Music 2 - 2CD edition


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Now That's What I Call Music 2 - 2LP vinyl edition


Original track listing in 1984

  1. Queen
    Radio Ga Ga
  2. Nik Kershaw
    Wouldn’t It Be Good
  3. Thompson Twins
    Hold Me Now
  4. Matt Bianco
    Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed
  5. Carmel
    More, More, More
  6. Madness
    Michael Caine
  7. Flying Pickets
    Only You
  8. Nena
    99 Red Balloons
  9. Cyndi Lauper
    Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  10. Tracey Ullman
    My Guy’s Mad At Me
  11. Matthew Wilder
    Break My Stride
  12. Julia & Company
    Breakin’ Down (Sugar Samba)
  13. Joe Fagin
    That’s Living Alright
  14. Hot Chocolate
    I Gave You My Heart (Didn’t I)
  15. Snowy White
    Bird Of Paradise
  16. Frankie Goes To Hollywood
  17. Eurythmics
    Here Comes The Rain Again
  18. Howard Jones
    What Is Love?
  19. The Smiths
    What Difference Does It Make?
  20. Fiction Factory
    (Feels Like) Heaven
  21. Re-Flex (2)
    The Politics Of Dancing
  22. Thomas Dolby
  23. China Crisis
    Wishful Thinking
  24. David Bowie
    Modern Love
  25. Culture Club
    It’s A Miracle
  26. Rolling Stones*
    Undercover Of The Night
  27. Big Country
  28. Slade
    Run Runaway
  29. Duran Duran
    New Moon On Monday
  30. Paul McCartney
    Pipes Of Peace

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