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NOW Yearbook 1981 - Special Edition Various Artists


Barcode: 194399459522

  • Format CD Box Set
  • Category: Rock & Pop
  • Released: 20th May 2022
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  • Description

    NOW Music is proud to present the newest addition to the ‘Yearbook’ series: NOW – Yearbook 1981. 4 CDs of 85 tracks that defined the charts in 1981. This special edition CD is housed in ‘hard-back book’ packaging, including a 28-page booklet with a summary of the year, a track-by-track guide, a quiz, and original singles artwork, and as a standard 4-CD package.
    Kicking off with legendary No. 1s from Queen and David Bowie (‘Under Pressure’), The Police (‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’), and The Specials (‘Ghost Town’), disc 1 is packed with classics that represent the influx of new artists that dominated the year, and would set the pop and fashion agenda for the next few years… with songs which sound as fresh and vital today as they did in 1981, from Ultravox, Visage, Duran Duran, Japan, the No. 1 ‘Tainted Love’ from Soft Cell, and the year’s biggest selling single (and Xmas No. 1) ‘Don’t You Want Me’ from The Human League. Adam & The Ants make three appearances on this Yearbook and actually had 5 huge hits this year, Toyah and Kim Wilde made huge chart debuts with ‘It’s A Mystery’ and ‘Kids In America’, and chart regulars Blondie, ABBA and Olivia Newton-John enjoyed continued success with massive singles. Shakin’ Stevens had two No. 1’s (both present here), and Madness produced a classic cover of ‘It Must Be Love’. Disc One closes with two more No. 1’s from soul legends Smokey Robinson with ‘Being With You’ and Michael Jackson, who enjoyed his first UK No. 1 with ‘One Day In Your Life’ a re-discovered track from his Motown recordings.
    Disc 2 opens with ‘Imagine’ – a No. 1 nearly 10 years after it was first released, in the wake of John Lennon’s tragic death at the end of 1980. Huge ballads from Roxy Music, Pretenders, and REO Speedwagon are featured along-side the biggest selling track of the year in the U.S. from Kim Carnes with ‘Bette Davis Eyes’. Rock is well represented by Status Quo, Rainbow, The Who, Electric Light Orchestra, and the great collaboration ‘Please Don’t Touch’ between Motorhead and Girlschool. Dance music was a huge presence on the charts of 1981 as a new ‘80’s disco’ sound emerged and included hits featured here from Freeez, Imagination, Hi-Gloss, Yarbrough & Peoples, and Tom Tom Club, as well as continued smashes for established dance artists Earth, Wind & Fire, Odyssey and a big hit for 60s legends, Four Tops.
    Yearbooks are all about celebrating the mix of chart hits there were in the year – and Disc 3 presents a sublime mix of ballads, pure pop, rock n roll revivalism, party floor-fillers, and easy listening. John Lennon once again leads the disc with his No. 1 ‘Woman’ taken from his most recent album with Yoko Ono ‘Double Fantasy’. ABBA’s ‘One Of Us’, Randy Crawford’s ‘Rainy Night In Georgia’ and the superstar partnership of Diana Ross and Lionel Richie on ‘Endless Love’ are all defining love songs – and led by ‘Stand And Deliver’ by Adam & The Ants begins a run of pure-pop classics from Kiki Dee, Cliff Richard, Dollar, and No. 1’s from Aneka with ‘Japanese Boy’ and 1981’s Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz with ‘Making Your Mind Up’. Rock n roll enjoyed a revival and Shakin’ Stevens’ ‘This Ole House’ topped the chart, with Stray Cats and Coast To Coast also enjoying big hits. Bad Manners’ take on ‘Can Can’ was a party classic, as were hits from Modern Romance and The Look. Easy listening pop also enjoyed a great year, Kate Robbins & Beyond had a big hit with ‘More Than In Love’, Elaine Paige had a smash with ‘Memory’ from the musical ‘Cats’ and Julio Iglesias had a No. 1 with ‘Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)’.
    The final disc in this collection features more new artists who saw their first chart success in 1981 including Haircut 100, ABC, Altered Images, Landscape, The Teardrop Explodes, Fun Boy Three, and U2 who made their debut with ‘Fire’, plus more artists who continued to build their chart careers, including The Jam, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Siouxsie And The Banshees, UB40, Gary Numan, Squeeze and closing with Elvis Costello & The Attractions with ‘Good Year For The Roses’.
    It was a watershed year for pop with new British artists emerging from the ashes of punk and disco by way of the New Romantic movement, and Disc 4 also includes second tracks on this collection from Duran Duran and The Human League alongside Spandau Ballet who would all go on to achieve huge success worldwide in the following few years.
    NOW – Yearbook 1981; a celebration of the eclectic and creative brilliance of the year in pop.
  • Track listing

    ⠀ Disc 1

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Under Pressure Queen & David Bowie
    Track 2 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police
    Track 3 Ghost Town The Specials
    Track 4 Vienna Ultravox
    Track 5 Fade to Grey Visage
    Track 6 Don't You Want Me The Human League
    Track 7 Planet Earth Duran Duran
    Track 8 Tainted Love Soft Cell
    Track 9 Quiet Life Japan
    Track 10 Kids in America Kim Wilde
    Track 11 It's a Mystery Toyah
    Track 12 Prince Charming Adam & The Ants
    Track 13 Rapture Blondie
    Track 14 Lay All Your Love On Me ABBA
    Track 15 Physical Olivia Newton-John
    Track 16 Stars On 45 Stars On 45
    Track 17 Green Door Shakin' Stevens
    Track 18 It Must Be Love Madness
    Track 19 Being With You Smokey Robinson
    Track 20 One Day in Your Life Michael Jackson

    ⠀ Disc 2

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Imagine John Lennon
    Track 2 Jealous Guy Roxy Music
    Track 3 I Go to Sleep The Pretenders
    Track 4 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
    Track 5 Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon
    Track 6 Hold On Tight Electric Light Orchestra
    Track 7 You Better You Bet The Who
    Track 8 I Surrender Rainbow
    Track 9 Something 'Bout You Baby I Like Status Quo
    Track 10 Please Don't Touch Motorhead & Girlschool
    Track 11 Will You? Hazel O'Connor
    Track 12 Wordy Rappinghood Tom Tom Club
    Track 13 Don't Stop the Music Yarbrough and Peoples
    Track 14 Body Talk Imagination
    Track 15 You'll Never Know Hi-Gloss
    Track 16 Southern Freeez Freeez
    Track 17 Going Back to My Roots Odyssey
    Track 18 Let's Groove Earth, Wind & Fire
    Track 19 It's a Love Thing The Whispers
    Track 20 When She Was My Girl The Four Tops
    Track 21 How 'Bout Us Champaign

    ⠀ Disc 3

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Woman John Lennon
    Track 2 One of Us ABBA
    Track 3 Endless Love (From 'The Endless Love') Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
    Track 4 Rainy Night in Georgia Randy Crawford
    Track 5 For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton
    Track 6 Stand and Deliver Adam & The Ants
    Track 7 Under Your Thumb Godley and Creme
    Track 8 Star Kiki Dee
    Track 9 Wired for Sound Cliff Richard
    Track 10 Hand Held in Black and White Dollar
    Track 11 Japanese Boy Aneka
    Track 12 Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz
    Track 13 This Ole House Shakin' Stevens
    Track 14 (Do) the Hucklebuck Coast to Coast
    Track 15 Rock This Town Stray Cats
    Track 16 Can Can Bad Manners
    Track 17 Everybody Salsa Modern Romance
    Track 18 I Am the Beat The Look
    Track 19 Attention to Me The Nolans
    Track 20 Begin the Beguine (Volver a Empezar) Julio Iglesias
    Track 21 More Than in Love Kate Robbins & Beyond
    Track 22 Memory (From 'Cats') Elaine Paige

    ⠀ Disc 4

    Track Track name Artist Time
    Track 1 Antmusic Adam & The Ants
    Track 2 Happy Birthday Altered Images
    Track 3 Girls On Film Duran Duran
    Track 4 Love Action (I Believe in Love) The Human League
    Track 5 Chant No.1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On) (Extended Mix) Spandau Ballet
    Track 6 Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl) Haircut 100
    Track 7 Tears Are Not Enough ABC
    Track 8 Einstein a Go-go Landscape
    Track 9 Yellow Pearl Philm
    Track 10 She's Got Claws Gary Numan
    Track 11 Souvenir Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
    Track 12 I'm in Love With a German Film Star The Passions
    Track 13 That's Entertainment The Jam
    Track 14 Fire U2
    Track 15 Spellbound Siouxsie and the Banshees
    Track 16 Reward The Teardrop Explodes
    Track 17 Swords of a Thousand Men Tenpole Tudor
    Track 18 Is Vic There? Department S
    Track 19 One in Ten UB40
    Track 20 The Lunatics (Have Taken Over the Asylum) Fun Boy Three
    Track 21 Labelled With Love Squeeze
    Track 22 Good Year for the Roses Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  • Product Details

    No. of discs 4 disc(s)
    Format CD / Box Set
    Label NOW
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