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Now Yearbook ’80-’84: The Final Chapter

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Now Yearbook '80-'84: The Final Chapter 4CD set

The Now That’s What I Call Music Team say they intend to “move forward to the second half of the 1980s” with the popular NOW Yearbook series but before they do that they will take care of unfinished business with regards to the “golden pop years” of 1980-1984. To that end, they will issue a special Yearbook which spans that era and has the subtitle ‘The Final Chapter’.

They point out that there were more than 1500 new entries in the UK top 40 singles chart between 1980 and 1984 but so far the Yearbooks and ‘Extras’ have presented 726 tracks between them, which is less than half of that total. So there is one last hurrah: NOW Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter.

Like the other Yearbooks, ’80-’84: The Final Chapter comes presented in deluxe hardcover book format (click image to enlarge)

In 4CD guise, this offers 81 tracks issued between ’80 and ’84 and is presented in deluxe hardcover book format, which comes with the usual 28-page booklet featuring a summary of the period and track-by-track guide, original singles artwork and a quiz. There is also a standard 4CD version in a card sleeve and a 43-track 3LP vinyl set pressed on gold-coloured vinyl.

Even though this is clearly a mopping up exercise, such was the quality of this era, it doesn’t really feel like it. This new set includes hits from Wham!, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, The Smiths, Scritti Politti, Sade, Spandau Ballet, Roxy Music, The Police, Paul McCartney, Kim Wilde, Toyah, Culture Club, Gary Numan, Ultravox, Blancmange, The Human League, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, U2, New Order, The Jam, The Creatures and more!

NOW Yearbook 1980-1984: The Final Chapter will be released on 2 December 2022.

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Tracklisting

Now Yearbook '80-'84: The Final Chapter 4CD set

Now Yearbook ’80-’84: The Final Chapter Various Artists /

    • CD 1
      1. Wham! – Freedom
      2. Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart – Love Is A Stranger
      3. Laurie Anderson – O Superman
      4. Kate Bush – Sat In Your Lap
      5. The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
      6. Scritti Politti – Absolute
      7. Bronski Beat – Why?
      8. Sade – When Am I Going To Make A Living
      9. Tom Robinson – War Baby
      10. Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding
      11. Spandau Ballet – Round And Round
      12. Roxy Music – Take A Chance With Me
      13. The Police – So Lonely
      14. The Specials – Nelson Mandela
      15. Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
      16. Elton John – Kiss The Bride
      17. Billy Joel – The Longest Time
      18. Neil Diamond – Love On The Rocks (From “The Jazz Singer” Soundtrack)
      19. Paul McCartney – We All Stand Together
    • CD 2
      1. Bananarama – Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
      2. Adam Ant – Desperate But Not Serious
      3. Kim Wilde – Water On Glass
      4. Toyah – Thunder In The Mountains
      5. Gary Numan – We Are Glass
      6. Ultravox – Hymn
      7. Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling
      8. Talk Talk – Talk Talk
      9. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Tesla Girls
      10. Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive!
      11. Heaven 17 – Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry
      12. Simple Minds – Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)
      13. Soft Cell – Where The Heart Is
      14. The Human League – Louise
      15. Howard Jones – Hide And Seek
      16. Nik Kershaw – Human Racing
      17. Thompson Twins – Lay Your Hands On Me
      18. Kajagoogoo – Hang On Now
      19. Culture Club – The Medal Song
      20. Tracey Ullman – Move Over Darling
    • CD 3
      1. Iron Maiden – Run To The Hills
      2. Meat Loaf – Modern Girl
      3. Pretenders – Day After Day
      4. Rick Springfield – Human Touch
      5. Laura Branigan – The Lucky One
      6. Chicago – Hard Habit To Break
      7. Daryl Hall & John Oates – Say It Isn’t So
      8. Tina Turner – Better Be Good To Me
      9. The Fixx – One Thing Leads To Another
      10. Madness – Grey Day
      11. UB40 – Cherry Oh Baby
      12. The Style Council – A Solid Bond In Your Heart
      13. Jo Boxers – Just Got Lucky
      14. The Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat
      15. Hazel O’Connor – D-Days
      16. The Creatures – Miss The Girl
      17. The Jam – Just Who Is The 5 O’Clock Hero?
      18. U2 – 11 O’Clock Tick Tock
      19. New Order – Everything’s Gone Green
      20. Echo And The Bunnymen – Silver
      21. Associates – 18 Carat Love Affair
      22. Japan – Cantonese Boy
    • CD 4
      1. Lionel Richie – Running With The Night
      2. Donna Summer – Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)
      3. Shalamar – Friends
      4. The Pointer Sisters – I’m So Excited
      5. Flash And The Pan – Waiting For A Train
      6. Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots
      7. Kool & The Gang – Fresh
      8. Jeffrey Osborne – Stay With Me Tonight
      9. The Temptations – Treat Her Like A Lady
      10. Linx – Intuition
      11. Animal Nightlife – Mr. Solitaire
      12. Modern Romance – Don’t Stop That Crazy Rhythm
      13. Stars On 45 / Starsound – More Stars (ABBA Medley) / Stars On 45 Vol. 2
      14. Bucks Fizz – Piece Of The Action
      15. F.R. David – Words
      16. Sheena Easton – When He Shines
      17. Kenny Rogers – Coward Of The County
      18. The Art Company – Susanna
      19. Goombay Dance Band – Seven Tears
      20. Renée & Renato – Save Your Love

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