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Now Yearbook ’80

4CD and 3LP coloured vinyl sets

The Now That’s What I Call Music team step back to 1980, the year began arguably the best decade in pop, for a fifth full volume of their ever popular Yearbook releases. NOW Yearbook ’80 comes as a 4CD deluxe hardcover book edition and a 3LP set pressed on clear vinyl.

The 4CD set (also available in cheaper ‘standard’ packaging) offer 85 tracks across the four discs and is a wonderful reminder of just how good 1980 was, with its intersection of pure pop, new wave, post-punk, the beginnings of new romanticism, disco hangovers from the ’70s along with some weird and wonderful ‘forgotten’ tracks.

The big names endure of course and Queen’s timeless ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ (track 1, CD 1, au naturellement) welcomes us to the new decade and this collection offers not only what is widely regarded as ABBA’s best song (‘The Winner Takes It All’) but two of Paul McCartney’s finest solo compositions in ‘Coming Up’ and ‘Waterfalls’ (highlights from the patchy, but inspired, McCartney II). That current talk of the town (or globe?), Kate Bush, is represented by the brilliant ‘Babooshka’ (her second biggest hit single in the UK after ‘Wuthering Heights’ until ‘Running Up That Hill’ superseded it in 1985) and the first CD has contributions from era stalwarts The Police (‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’), Blondie (‘Atomic’), Adam and the Ants (‘Dog Eat Dog’), Dexys Midnight Runners (‘Geno’), Pretenders (‘Brass in Pocket’), The Jam (‘Start!’), Madness (‘Baggy Trousers’), Ultravox (‘Sleepwalk’), Roxy Music (‘Oh Yeah’), OMD (‘Enola Gay’) and many more.

Now Yearbook ’80 Limited deluxe hardcover book 4CD set (click image to enlarge)

John Lennon’s ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ (the song that was falling down the charts when he was murdered and then subsequently rose to the top) starts CD 2 which then goes into ‘rock mode’ for a bit, with contributions from The Rolling Stones (‘Emotional Rescue’), Stray Cats (‘Runaway Boys’), Status Quo (‘What You’re Proposing’), Rainbow (‘All Night Long’), Judas Priest (‘Breaking The Law’) and Motörhead (‘Ace of Spades’). Disco & soul tells rock to move over and so songs by Donna Summer, The Gap Band, Jermaine Jackson and Tom Browne feature later on.

There’s no let up. CD 3 offers more Jam, Pretenders, Roxy Music, Madness, plus The Vapors, The Tourists, Joy Division, Bad Manners, Ramones, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Martha and the Muffins, Joe Jackson, The Boomtown Rats etc.

Now Yearbook ’80 Limited edition 3LP clear vinyl set (click image to enlarge)

Highlights from the final CD include the aforementioned McCartney and ABBA, plus the non-guilty pleasures of Olivia Newton-John (‘Magic’), Sheena Easton (‘9 to 5 (Morning Train)’), The Nolans (‘I’m In The Mood For Dancing’), Kelly Marie (‘Feels Like I’m In Love’), Dollar (‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’), Andrew Lloyd Webber & Marti Webb (‘Take That Look Off Your Face’), The Mash and that perennial festive favourite Jona Lewie’s ‘Stop The Cavalry’.

As always, the 3LP edition offers an unavoidable, cut-down selection, in this instance highlighting 47 tracks from 1980, but both tracklistings are available in full, below. Both the vinyl and hardcover CD deluxe book sets are limited so the usual advice applies – don’t wait around to get your pre-order in.

Now Yearbook ’80 will be released on 15 July 2022.

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Tracklisting

Now Yearbook '80 - 4CD deluxe edition

Now Yearbook ’80 Various Artists / 4CD set

    • CD 1
      1. Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
      2. Blondie – Atomic
      3. Adam & The Ants – Dog Eat Dog
      4. Kate Bush – Babooshka
      5. The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
      6. Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno
      7. Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
      8. The Jam – Start!
      9. Madness – Baggy Trousers
      10. ABBA – Super Trouper
      11. Sheila & B. Devotion – Spacer
      12. Diana Ross – Upside Down
      13. Lipps Inc. – Funkytown
      14. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
      15. Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
      16. Ultravox – Sleepwalk
      17. Gary Numan – I Die: You Die
      18. Roxy Music – Oh Yeah!
      19. KC & The Sunshine Band – Please Don’t Go
      20. Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away
      21. Billy Preston & Syreeta – With You I’m Born Again
    • CD 2
      1. John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
      2. Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me
      3. The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
      4. Paul McCartney – Coming Up
      5. Stray Cats – Runaway Boys
      6. Status Quo – What You’re Proposing
      7. Rainbow – All Night Long
      8. Judas Priest – Breaking The Law
      9. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
      10. Joan Armatrading – Me Myself I
      11. Air Supply – All Out Of Love
      12. Kenny Rogers – Lady
      13. Donna Summer – On The Radio
      14. Stephanie Mills – Never Knew Love Like This Before
      15. The Spinners – Medley: Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me, Girl
      16. Change – Searching
      17. The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On
      18. Crown Heights Affair – You Gave Me Love
      19. The Gap Band – I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops, Up Side Your Head)
      20. Jermaine Jackson – Let’s Get Serious
      21. Teena Marie – Behind The Groove
      22. Tom Browne – Funkin’ For Jamaica
    • CD 3
      1. The Clash – London Calling
      2. The Jam – Going Underground
      3. Pretenders – Talk Of The Town
      4. Ramones – Baby, I Love You
      5. Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
      6. Hazel O’Connor – Eighth Day
      7. Siouxsie And The Banshees – Happy House
      8. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
      9. Martha And The Muffins – Echo Beach
      10. Roxy Music – Over You
      11. New Musik – Living By Numbers
      12. The Tourists – So Good To Be Back Home Again
      13. The Vapors – Turning Japanese
      14. The Regents – 7 Teen
      15. Joe Jackson – It’s Different For Girls
      16. The Boomtown Rats – Banana Republic
      17. UB40 – Food For Thought
      18. Bad Manners – Special Brew
      19. The Selecter – Missing Words
      20. The Special AKA – Too Much Too Young
      21. Madness – My Girl
    • CD 4
      1. ABBA – The Winner Takes It All
      2. Paul McCartney – Waterfalls
      3. The Korgis – Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime
      4. Hot Chocolate – No Doubt About It
      5. Olivia Newton-John – Magic
      6. Diana Ross – My Old Piano
      7. Blondie – The Tide Is High
      8. Sheena Easton – 9 To 5 (Morning Train)
      9. The Nolans – I’m In The Mood For Dancing
      10. Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
      11. Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy
      12. Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out
      13. Kool & The Gang – Celebration
      14. Stacy Lattisaw – Jump To The Beat
      15. Dollar – I Wanna Hold Your Hand
      16. Andrew Lloyd Webber & Marti Webb – Take That Look Off Your Face
      17. Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
      18. Captain & Tennille – Do That To Me One More Time
      19. Johnny Logan – What’s Another Year
      20. The Mash – Suicide Is Painless
      21. Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry

Tracklisting

Now Yearbook '80 - 3LP clear vinyl

Now Yearbook ’80 Various Artists / 3LP clear vinyl

    • LP 1
      Side A
      1. Queen – Another One Bites The Dust
      2. Blondie – Atomic
      3. Adam and The Ants – Dog Eat Dog
      4. Kate Bush – Babooshka
      5. The Police – Don’t Stand So Close To Me
      6. Pretenders – Brass In Pocket
      7. The Jam – Start!
      8. Elvis Costello and The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
      9. Madness – Baggy Trousers
      Side B
      1. ABBA – Super Trouper
      2. Sheila and B. Devotion – Spacer
      3. Diana Ross – Upside Down
      4. Lipps Inc. – Funkytown
      5. Odyssey – Use It Up And Wear It Out
      6. Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy
      7. Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m In Love
    • LP 2
      Side A
      1. John Lennon – (Just Like) Starting Over
      2. Billy Joel – It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me
      3. The Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
      4. Paul McCartney – Coming Up
      5. Status Quo – What You’re Proposing
      6. Rainbow – All Night Long
      7. Joan Armatrading – Me Myself I
      8. The Mash – Suicide Is Painless
      Side B
      1. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
      2. Gary Numan – I Die: You Die
      3. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
      4. Martha And The Muffins – Echo Beach
      5. Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
      6. The Special AKA – Too Much Too Young
      7. UB40 – Food For Thought
      8. Dexys Midnight Runners – Geno
    • LP 3
      Side A
      1. The Clash – London Calling
      2. The Jam – Going Underground
      3. Pretenders – Talk Of The Town
      4. Ramones – Baby, I Love You
      5. Siouxsie And The Banshees – Happy House
      6. Hazel O’Connor – Eighth Day
      7. Roxy Music – Over You
      8. Joe Jackson – It’s Different For Girls
      Side B
      1. ABBA – The Winner Takes It All
      2. Olivia Newton-John – Magic
      3. Blondie – The Tide Is High
      4. The Spinners – Medley: Working My Way Back To You / Forgive Me, Girl
      5. Kool and The Gang – Celebration
      6. Randy Crawford – One Day I’ll Fly Away
      7. Billy Preston and Syreeta – With You I’m Born Again

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