Now Yearbook ’78

4CD and 3LP coloured vinyl

The Now That’s What I Call Music team move their focus back on to the late 1970s with a NOW Yearbook ’78, the ninth in the ongoing series that now spans from 1978 to 1986.

The release is available in the usual formats, that is deluxe 4CD hardcover book (with 28-pages of track commentary and a quiz), 3LP coloured vinyl and then a standard 4CD set in an eight-panel card sleeve.

The CD formats contain 85 tracks over the four discs and mix classics from the likes of ELO, Rod Stewart, Gerry Rafferty, ABBA, Wings, Kate Bush, Olivia Newton-John (and John Travolta!) and Patti Smith with songs from artists who emerged in the post-punk era, such as The Boomtown Rats, The Undertones, Buzzcocks, Blondie, The Clash, Elvis Costello and the Attractions and Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Tickled pink: The 4CD deluxe hardcover book edition of NOW Yearbook 78 (click image to enlarge)

It’s 1978, so naturally disco is embraced, with CD 3 focusing on songs from artists such as Chic, Tavares, Baccara, Sheila and B Devotion, The Three Degrees, Eruption, and Voyage. The final CD offers a pick ‘n’ mix selection of pop smashes of this year from Bill Withers, John Paul Young, Andrew Gold, Dollar, Brotherhood of Man, David Soul, Elkie Brooks and more! Full tracklistings are below.

The 3LP version is pressed on bright pink vinyl and naturally offers a smaller, but still generous, selection of 46 tracks. Like the CD editions, this is available directly from the NOW store. Both the vinyl and deluxe hardcover book editions are limited.

NOW Yearbook 1978 will be released on 28 April 2023.

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Now Yearbook 78 - standard 4CD edition



Now Yearbook ’78 Various Artists /

    • CD 1

      1. Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
      2. Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
      3. Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?
      4. ABBA – Take A Chance On Me
      5. Boney M. – Rivers Of Babylon
      6. 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday
      7. Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
      8. Donna Summer – MacArthur Park
      9. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman
      10. Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You
      11. Chic – Everybody Dance
      12. Odyssey – Native New Yorker
      13. Rose Royce – Wishing On A Star
      14. Commodores – Three Times A Lady
      15. Marshall Hain – Dancing In The City
      16. Clout – Substitute
      17. Bonnie Tyler – It’s A Heartache
      18. Suzi Quatro – If You Can’t Give Me Love
      19. Wings – With A Little Luck
      20. Kate Bush - The Man With The Child In His Eyes
    • CD 2
      1. The Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap
      2. The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
      3. Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)
      4. Siouxsie and The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
      5. The Rezillos – Top Of The Pops
      6. Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
      7. Elvis Costello and The Attractions – (I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea
      8. The Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
      9. The Jam – Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
      10. Ian Dury and The Blockheads – What A Waste
      11. Patti Smith – Because The Night
      12. The Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl
      13. The Motors – Airport
      14. City Boy –
      15. Sweet – Love Is Like Oxygen
      16. Elton John – Part-Time Love
      17. Billy Joel – Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
      18. The Who – Who Are You
      19. Foreigner – Cold As Ice
      20. Joe Walsh – Life’s Been Good
      21. Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
      22. Justin Hayward – Forever Autumn
    • CD 3
      1. Chic – Le Freak
      2. A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
      3. Tavares – More Than A Woman
      4. Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife (Disco ‘Round)
      5. Dan Hartman – Instant Replay
      6. Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant
      7. Raffaella Carrà – Do It Do It Again (A Far L’Amore Comincia Tu)
      8. Baccara – Sorry, I’m A Lady
      9. Sheila and B Devotion – Singin’ In The Rain
      10. Voyage – From East To West
      11. Donna Summer – I Love You
      12. The Three Degrees – Givin’ Up Givin’ In
      13. Eruption – I Can’t Stand The Rain
      14. Dee D. Jackson – Automatic Lover
      15. Sarah Brightman and Hot Gossip – I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper
      16. Crown Heights Affair – Galaxy Of Love”
      17. Gladys Knight and The Pips – Come Back And Finish What You Started
      18. Hot Chocolate – Every 1’s A Winner
      19. Earth, Wind and Fire – Fantasy
        20 Heatwave – Always And Forever
      20. Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
    • CD 4
      1. Blondie – Denis
      2. Olivia Newton-John – Hopelessly Devoted To You
      3. John Travolta – Sandy
      4. Darts – The Boy From New York City
      5. Bill Withers – Lovely Day
      6. John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air
      7. Barry Manilow – Copacabana
      8. Renaissance – Northern Lights
      9. Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley – If I Had Words
      10. Boney M. – Brown Girl In The Ring
      11. Brotherhood Of Man – Figaro
      12. Co-Co – Bad Old Days
      13. Dollar – Shooting Star
      14. Andrew Gold – Never Let Her Slip Away
      15. Dean Friedman w/ Denise Marsa – Lucky Stars
      16. The Manhattan Transfer – Walk In Love
      17. David Soul – Let’s Have A Quiet Night In
      18. Crystal Gayle – Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
      19. Elkie Brooks – Don’t Cry Out Loud
      20. David Essex – Oh What A Circus
      21. Brian and Michael – Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs
      22. Father Abraham – Smurf Song

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