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Now Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter – Extra!

3CD companion set with 63 hits

The Now That’s What I Call Music team are effectively issuing a companion 3CD set to Now Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter, itself a companion to the ten previous Yearbook releases covering those five years.

The ‘Extra’ version of Yearbook 1980-1984 is, as usual, a 3CD set in a card sleeve and this one features 63 “essential hits” from the period. Remarkably, the early 1980s can handle what is in effect a ‘fourth level’ of examination (Yearbook > Yearbook Extra > Final Chapter > Final Chapter Extra) and this is far from ‘the dregs’ of the era with loads of classic pop hits from Queen, Eurythmics, Pretenders, Elvis Costello, The Smiths, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Japan, Heaven 17, Level 42, Nik Kershaw, XTC, Elton John and more.

And if there are tracks that are a little bit more off the beaten track, songs that don’t appear on every 80s compilation under the sun (such as ‘After A Fashion’ by Midge Ure & Mick Karn or ‘Venceremos’ from Working Week), then that can also be viewed as positive because the tread hasn’t been worn down to the canvas like it has for a song like Tears For Fears’ ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’. Full track listing can be viewed below.

Now Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter – Extra will be issued on 3 February 2023.

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NOW Yearbook ’80-’84: The Final Chapter – Extra Various Arists /

    • CD 1
      1. Queen – I Want To Break Free 
      2. The Police – Spirits In The Material World 
      3. Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart – Right By Your Side
      4. The Smiths – This Charming Man     
      5. Dexys Midnight Runners – The Celtic Soul Brothers (More, Please, Thank You)
      6. Madness – Tomorrow’s (Just Another Day)
      7. Tracey Ullman – My Guy
      8. The Specials – Do Nothing 
      9. UB40 – My Way Of Thinking
      10. David Sylvian – Pulling Punches 
      11. Tom Robinson – Atmospherics: Listen to the Radio  
      12. Elton John – Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year) 
      13. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Wanna Be Loved
      14. Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart
      15. Pretenders – Middle Of The Road 
      16. Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
      17. Slade – Run Runaway
      18. Robert Palmer – Some Guys Have All The Luck 
      19. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Out Of Touch 
      20. The World’s Famous Supreme Team – Hey DJ 
      21. Debbie Harry – Backfired 
      22. Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
    • CD 2
      1. Numan – Music For Chameleons 
      2. Midge Ure & Mick Karn – After A Fashion
      3.  The Human League – Boys And Girls 
      4. Japan – European Son (Steve Nye 7” Remix 1982)
      5. Heaven 17 – Penthouse And Pavement
      6. Thomas Dolby – Windpower 
      7. A Flock Of Seagulls – The More You Live, The More You Love
      8. Soft Cell – Numbers 
      9. Siouxsie And The Banshees – Melt
      10. The Undertones – Wednesday Week
      11. XTC – Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)
      12. Adam & The Ants – Car Trouble 
      13. Toyah – Good Morning Universe
      14. The Associates – Love Hangover  
      15. Marilyn – Cry And Be Free
      16. Kajagoogoo – Big Apple
      17. Nik Kershaw – Dancing Girls 
      18. Howard Jones – Pearl In The Shell
      19. Level 42 – Hot Water 
      20. Shakatak – Easier Said Than Done
      21. Working Week – Venceremos
    • CD 3
      1. Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin – It’s My Party
      2.  Kim Wilde – Cambodia
      3. Ultravox – Love’s Great Adventure
      4. Spandau Ballet – Highly Strung 
      5. Nick Heyward – On A Sunday
      6. Thompson Twins – Sister Of Mercy 
      7. Tina Turner – Help  
      8. Lionel Richie – Penny Lover 
      9. The Pointer Sisters – I Need You
      10. Shalamar Over And Over
      11. Windjammer – Tossing & Turning
      12. Kool & The Gang – (When You Say You Love Somebody) In The Heart 
      13. Hot Chocolate – Girl Crazy 
      14. Cliff Richard – Dreamin’
      15. Liquid Gold – Substitute 
      16. Bucks Fizz – If You Can’t Stand The Heat
      17. The Nolans – Don’t Make Waves
      18. Belle & The Devotions – Love Games
      19. Julio Iglesias – Quiereme Mucho – Yours
      20. David Essex – A Winter’s Tale

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