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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music 10, Released 23rd November 1987 | 30 Tracks | 3 #1 Singles
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Now That's What I Call Music 10 Ratings
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post Oct 9 2016, 07:45 PM
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Released: 23rd November 1987
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl, VHS
Duration: 01:56:00 (116 Minutes)
Tracks: 30
#1’s: 3
Chart Peak: #1 (6 Weeks)
Sales: 1,200,000 (4x Platinum)
1. Freddie Mercury And Montserrat Caballe – Barcelona* 4:25 {2}
2. Pet Shop Boys – Rent 3:40 {8}
3. Communards – Never Can Say Goodbye 4:35 {4}
4. M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume* 4:20 {1}
5. Hue And Cry – Labour Of Love* 3:45 {6}
6. Jellybean feat. Steven Dante – The Real Thing 4:45 {13}
7. Johnny Hates Jazz – I Don't Want To Be A Hero 3:35 {11}
8. Style Council – Wanted 3:35 {20}
9. T'Pau – China In Your Hand* 4:05 {1}
10. Heart – Alone* 3:45 {3}
11. Kiss – Crazy Crazy Nights* 3:55 {4}
12. Billy Idol – Mony Mony 4:10 {7}
13. Whitesnake – Here I Go Again 4:05 {9}
14. The Alarm – Rain In The Summertime 4:10 {18}
15. Marillion – Sugar Mice 5:55 {22}
16. Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery* 3:45 {5}
17. Curiosity Killed The Cat – Misfit 4:05 {7}
18. Los Lobos – La Bamba* 2:55 {1}
19. Fat Boys & The Beach Boys – Wipeout 4:10 {2}
20. Bananarama – Love In The First Degree* 3:40 {3}
21. Cliff Richard – My Pretty One 4:05 {6}
22. Karel Fialka – Hey Matthew 3:40 {9}
23. Jan Hammer – Crockett's Theme* 3:45 {2}
24. Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me* 3:40 {5}
25. Erasure – The Circus 4:15 {6}
26. The Housemartins – Build 4:50 {15}
27. Level 42 – It's Over 4:40 {10}
28. ABC – When Smokey Sings* 4:25 {11}
29. Squeeze – Hourglass* 3:20 {16}
30. Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York* 4:35 {2}

Tracks highlighted red were official UK #1’s.
Tracks with an asterisk (*) next to their title have also been included in special releases from the series.
The track duration has been highlighted cyan.
Bracketed numbers refer to highest chart position reached.
    Miscellaneous Facts
Track Most Weeks At #1: T'Pau – China In Your Hand (5 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Marillion – Sugar Mice {22}
Longest Song: Marillion – Sugar Mice 5.55
Shortest Song: Los Lobos – La Bamba 2.55
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: Spelling/Grammar Mistake: Wet Wet Wet - "Thier next single..." should be correctly spelt "Their next single..."
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for 23rd November 1987.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
TV Cream

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post Oct 9 2016, 08:10 PM
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My parents owned this on vinyl (which I have now inherited from them) and they played it at my christening so I'm slightly biased in my love of this volume. Some great songs on here!
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post Oct 11 2016, 10:34 AM
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Artwork rating - 1/10 this and the last one are by far the worst now artworks they loook so half arsed and boring imo sad.gif
Disc 1 favourite: M/A/R/R/S Pump Up The Volume was hard as the same disc has Heart - Alone and Whitesnake - Here I Go Again on it but this song is a surefire jam heart.gif
Disc 2 Favorite: Kirsty MacColl Fairytale Of New York - By far my favourite christmas track so for me it was no brainer heart.gif
Overall Rating - 7/10 besides from the awful artwork the album tracklist is pretty good wub.gif
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post Oct 12 2016, 10:20 PM
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Ah so this was the edition they moved to the Now conventional 2-Disc format?

Artwork Rating:
Quite like that actually. I know it's "fairly" bland like the last edition but the dark blue works so much better & gives it an outer space appearance. 6/10.

Disc 1 Fave:
Pump Up The Volume - really fab track miles ahead of its time, does not sound like an 80s song at all! Actually just noticed Whitesnake on it so could be that, tough to call.

Disc 2 Fave:
Fairytale Of New York - well it could only be, timeless classic.

Overall Rating:
Not a great set of tracks in truth but I'm feeling a lil' generous so I'll bump it up to a 5/10.
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post Oct 13 2016, 07:11 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 10 aka Now 10 has 3 UK #1's and was the first volume to be released on double compact disc. Now 10 achieved #1 status on the UK Albums Chart for 6 weeks.
The selection of artists for Now 10 includes Pet Shop Boys, T'Pau, Bananarama, Cliff Richard, Whitesnake and Jan Hammer to name a few.
Now 10 introduced us to artists like Hue & Cry, Jellybean, Johnny Hates Jazz, T'Pau, Heart, Whitesnake, Wet Wet Wet and Fat Boys.
Now 10 was the only time in the series for M/A/R/R/S, Kiss, The Alarm, Los Lobos, Karel Fialka, Nina Simone, ABC, Squeeze and Pogues.
The Now 10 cover is best described as an evening sky background with the original Now logo lit up. Certainly very original and recognizable.
My personal review of Now 10 is a good one, and I am pleased we saw many new artists appear in the series for the first time, as well as the one hit wonders that were included. It was a great time to start the double CD format which would go on to continue to the present day. All 30 songs are Top 20 hits with the exception of Marillion Sugar Mice which peaked at #22.

Artwork Rating: 7/10 Very Good
What appears to many to be another plan image of the logo on a dark blue background actually appears to me to be a neon lit sign on the side of a road at dusk perhaps. It looks very bright, bold and appealing to look at.

Disc 1 Favourite: Whitesnake Here I Go Again
There's some massive rock songs on this disc, and it can be hard to pick a favourite from the fine selection, but I've chosen Whitesnake for it's electric guitar riffs and a well written rock ballad. A close second place would be the one hit wonder from M/A/R/R/S which was way ahead of it's time.

Disc 2 Favourite: Jan Hammer Crockett's Theme
A touch of class. A beautiful laid back electronic beat, one of the finest chillout songs of all time, and certainly the best from that era.

Overall Rating: 7/10 Very Good
I really enjoyed listening to this volume, and there are lots of gems to be found and despite the usual number of tracks (30) and only 3 UK #1 singles, it seems like they stepped it up in a lot of ways, and it's very pleasing to see the introduction of the 2 Disc compilation from this volume onwards.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of October 2016)
1. Jan Hammer Crockett's Theme
2. Whitesnake Here I Go Again
3. M/A/R/R/S Pump Up The Volume
4. Los Lobos La Bamba
5. Hue & Cry Labour Of Love

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of October 2016)
1. Nina Simone My Baby Just Cares For Me
2. Karel Fialka Hey Matthew
3. Level 42 It's Over
4. Billy Idol Mony Mony
5. Erasure The Circus
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Picked Never Can Say Goodbye as my fave from disc 1, great if rather cheesy dance tune! Pump Up The Volume is also a great dance tune from disc 1, much cooler sounding end of the 80s dance scale to Never Can Say Goodbye though! laugh.gif

I love Labour Of Love by Hue and Cry too on disc 1, and is my close second for disc 1 after Never Can Say Goodbye and ahead of Pump Up The Volume. Amazing alternative pop tune, at a time in the summer of 1987 when there was too much cheesy pop and power ballads in the charts imo. Pity none of Hue and Cry's following singles were anywhere near as good as it imo.

I like Alone, Here we Go Again and Rent from disc 1 too.

For disc 2, went with Fairytale Of New York, Crockett's Theme, the ahead of its time sounding chilled electronic track (almost tropical house sounding as danG said on the early dance songs thread) the is my second place on it and Erasure's Circus, while it is not one of Erasure's best songs imo, is my third place on disc 2.

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