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Now Yearbook ’79

4CD deluxe or 3LP coloured vinyl

The NOW Yearbook series continues to go ‘backwards’ with a focus on the year 1979. Now Yearbook ’79 is consistent with the other Yearbooks in that it comes in 4CD deluxe hardcover book, 3LP coloured (orange) vinyl (both limited) and standard 4CD editions, but is notable in featuring what NOW call a ‘re-imagined’ look that “reflects the era”. Whether they needed to do that is up for debate, but the fact they’ve bothered does rather suggest their will be more Yearbooks for the 1970s.

Design aside, it’s business as usual. 1979 was a great year for pop music and Now Yearbook ’79 reflects that. Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ kicks off the first CD, which also includes number ones from The Police, The Boomtown Rats, Ian Dury & The Blockheads as well as ‘Heart Of Glass’ from Blondie, and hits from Kate Bush, Roxy Music and the Pretenders.

The 4CD deluxe hardcover book edition of Now Yearbook ’79 (click image to enlarge)

There’s a number of standard single versions of songs that appear on the recently announced 12″ 70s compilation, including Wings’ ‘Goodnight Tonight’, Cliff Richard’s ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ and The B-52’s ‘Rock Lobster’, but that’s hardly an issue. I don’t think anyone would have wanted them to avoid such hits just because they are on the other set in extended form.

The compilation really does illustrate the variety of the era, with ska/pop crossover hits, classic rock tracks, new wave post-punk selections, dancefloor numbers and even rap, with The Sugerhill Gang’s ‘Rapper’s Delight’. It ends with Gary Numan and The Buggles (full track listings are below).

Now Yearbook 79 will be released on 9 September 2022.

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The limited edition 3LP coloured vinyl of Now Yearbook ’79 (click image to enlarge)

Tracklisting

Now Yearbook ’79 Various Artists /

    • CD 1
      1. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
      2. The Police – Walking On The Moon
      3. The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
      4. Kate Bush – Wow
      5. Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
      6. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
      7. ABBA – Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
      8. Chic – Good Times
      9. Sister Sledge – We Are Family
      10. Earth, Wind & Fire – September
      11. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
      12. Village People – YMCA
      13. Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
      14. Sparks – Beat The Clock
      15. Gary Numan – Cars
      16. The Flying Lizards – Money
      17. Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing
      18. Dave Edmunds – Girls Talk
      19. Gerry Rafferty – Night Owl
      20. Billy Joel – My Life
      21. Roxy Music – Dance Away
    • CD 2
      1. Madness – One Step Beyond
      2. The Selecter – On My Radio
      3. The Specials – Gangsters
      4. Janet Kay – Silly Games
      5. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Parisienne Walkways
      6. Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
      7. Electric Light Orchestra – Don’t Bring Me Down
      8. Rainbow – Since You Been Gone
      9. The Charlie Daniels Band – The Devil Went Down To Georgia
      10. The Knack – My Sharona
      11. The Tourists – I Only Want To Be With You
      12. Squeeze – Cool For Cats
      13. Skids – Into The Valley
      14. Sex Pistols – Something Else
      15. The Clash – I Fought The Law
      16. The Jam – The Eton Rifles
      17. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Accidents Will Happen
      18. XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
      19. Joe Jackson – Is She Really Going Out With Him
      20. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
      21. Siouxsie And The Banshees – The Staircase (Mystery)
      22. Lene Lovich – Lucky Number
      23. The B-52’s – Rock Lobster
    • CD 3
      1. ABBA – Chiquitita
      2. Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes
      3. Elton John – Song For Guy
      4. Sad Café – Every Day Hurts
      5. Eruption – One Way Ticket
      6. Amii Stewart – Knock On Wood
      7. Chic – I Want Your Love
      8. Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer
      9. Donna Summer – Bad Girls
      10. The Crusaders – Street Life
      11. Earth, Wind & Fire With The Emotions – Boogie Wonderland
      12. McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
      13. Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
      14. The Real Thing – Can You Feel The Force
      15. Edwin Starr – Contact
      16. Leif Garrett – I Was Made For Dancin’
      17. The Dooleys – Wanted
      18. Frantique – Strut Your Funky Stuff
      19. Dynasty – I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself)
      20. The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
    • CD 4
      1. Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore
      2. Neil Diamond – Forever In Blue Jeans
      3. Wings – Goodnight Tonight
      4. Electric Light Orchestra – Shine A Little Love
      5. Olivia Newton-John – A Little More Love
      6. Blondie – Dreaming
      7. Suzi Quatro – She’s In Love With You
      8. Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
      9. The Korgis – If I Had You
      10. Dollar – Love’s Gotta Hold On Me
      11. Milk & Honey – Hallelujah
      12. The Three Degrees – Woman In Love
      13. Peaches & Herb – Reunited
      14. Commodores – Still
      15. Racey – Lay Your Love On Me
      16. BA Robertson – Bang Bang
      17. Village People – In The Navy
      18. Boney M. – Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday
      19. M – Pop Muzik
      20. Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
      21. The Buggles – Video Killed The Radio Star

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