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post Oct 23 2016, 07:10 PM
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Released: 1st July 1988
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl, VHS
Duration: 01:57:00 (117 Minutes)
Tracks: 32
#1s: 5
Chart Peak: #1 (5 Weeks)
Sales: 600,000 (2x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Wet Wet Wet With A Little Help From My Friends* 2:40 {1}
2. Belinda Carlisle Circle In The Sand* 3:45 {4}
3. Maxi Priest Wild World* 3:35 {5}
4. Aswad Give A Little Love 3:55 {11}
5. Climie Fisher Love Changes Everything* 4:30 {2}
6. Elton John I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That 4:40 {30}
7. Scritti Politti Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Lover Boy)* 4:30 {13}
8. Phil Collins In The Air Tonight ('88 Remix)* 5:15 {4}
9. Hothouse Flowers Don't Go* 3:35 {11}
10. Morrissey Everyday Is Like Sunday 3:35 {9}
11. Danny Wilson Mary's Prayer* 3:55 {3}
12. Johnny Hates Jazz Heart Of Gold 3:25 {19}
13. Voice Of The Beehive Don't Call Me Baby 3:05 {15}
14. Iron Maiden Can I Play With Madness? 3:40 {3}
15. Heart These Dreams* 3:55 {8}
16. T'Pau I Will Be With You 4:20 {14}
17. The Timelords Doctorin' The Tardis 3:40 {1}
18. Sabrina Boys (Summertime Love) 4:05 {3}
19. Bananarama I Want You Back* 3:50 {5}
20. Tiffany I Think We're Alone Now* 3:45 {1}
21. Hazell Dean Who's Leaving Who* 3:50 {4}
22. The Communards There's More To Love 3:55 {20}
23. Jermaine Stewart Get Lucky 3:50 {13}
24. Glenn Medeiros Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You 3:55 {1}
25. S'Express Theme From S'Express* 4:05 {1}
26. Salt 'N' Pepa Push It* 3:40 {2}
27. Derek B Bad Young Brother 3:55 {16}
28. James Brown The Payback Mix (Part One) 3:40 {12}
29. Rose Royce Car Wash 3:30 {20}
30. Natalie Cole Pink Cadillac* 4:20 {5}
31. Jellybean Featuring Adele Bertei Just A Mirage 4:00 {13}
32. Will Downing A Love Supreme (Radio Mix) 4:00 {14}

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Tracks highlighted red were official UK #1s.
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: Wet Wet Wet With A Little Help From My Friends / Glenn Medeiros Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You (4 Weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Elton John I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That {30}
Longest Song: Phil Collins In The Air Tonight ('88 Remix) 5:15
Shortest Song: Wet Wet Wet With A Little Help From My Friends 2:40
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: Typos: Firstly, Jellybean has the 'y' ommitted on the back cover detail of the song and also in the inlay there should probably be a space between 'No.'and '45' under Climie Fisher.
Other Facts: This was the first volume to be released on a Friday.
    On This Day In History
1st July 1988 When Mrs Brenda Riche finds her Motown recording star spouse Lionel in the love nest of a Miss Diane Alexander she files into a rage and is arrested soon after on charges of trespass, assault, battery, vandalism, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
TV Cream
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post Oct 23 2016, 07:14 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 12 aka Now 12 was the summer compilation of 1988 managing 5 weeks at the top spot and featuring some of the best artists of the time including Belinda Carlisle, Climie Fisher; T'Pau, Sabrina, and the mighty James Brown!
A fine 5 UK #1s were chosen leaving aside Fairground Attraction – Perfect & Bros – I Owe You Nothing.
Now 12 was the first time we heard music from Maxi Priest, Danny Wilson, Voice Of The Beehive & Salt 'N' Pepa.
Now 12 was also the only time we have heard music from quite a wide range of artists including Hothouse Flowers, Iron Maiden, The Timelords, Sabrina, Tiffany, Hazell Dean, Glenn Medeiros, Derek B, James Brown, Rose Royce & Will Downing.
The cover concept has been used to death of recent years, but back then in the eighties, this was a very refreshing cover, perfect for summer holidays.
Now 12 is probably one of my favourites from the late eighties, and that is mainly because of the seasonal music which I find very refreshing even today, and also because of hearing exclusive music from James Brown and even Iron Maiden! Certainly a big improvement on Now 11 from earlier in that year, and I think the quantity of #1s reflects this too.

Artwork Rating: 7/10 Very Good
Bright and summery – that's exactly what I expect to see from the artwork of a summer volume, and Now 12 delivers on that expectation.

Disc 1 Favourite: Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight ['88 Remix]
Possibly Phil's signature hit, and the fact it gained mainstream success again 20 years later via the Cadbury's advert just shows it's popularity. A great hit.

Disc 2 Favourite: The Timelords – Doctorin' The Tardis
I guess I picked this as I'm really Into Doctor Who right now and this stood out to me, and even though it's relatively simple in it's production, it was still a #1 single at the time.

Overall Rating: 6/10 Good
I'm pretty sure about my rating here, it's a well rounded volume with a mix of all sorts of genres of that era. A decent number of #1 singles and a few gems from the past. Nice work.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of October 2016)
1. The Timelords – Doctorin' The Tardis
2. Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight ('88 Remix)
3. S'Express – Theme From S'Express
4. Climie Fisher – Love Changes Everything
5. Salt 'N' Pepa – Push It

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of October 2016)
1. The Communards – There's More To Love
2. Will Downing – A Love Supreme (Radio Mix)
3. Natalie Cole – Pink Cadillac
4. Hothouse Flowers – Don't Go
5. T'Pau – I Will Be With You


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post Oct 26 2016, 12:26 AM
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Artwork Rating: 7/10 (idk if this is good by old Now standards but it looks nice for a summer cover)

Disc 1 Favourite: Danny Wilson "Mary's Prayer" (a solid classic!)

Disc 2 Favourite: The Timelords "Doctorin' The Tardis" (wub.gif a masterpiece, as with most things The KLF were involved in. BOSH BOSH BOSH, LOADSA MONEY)

Overall Rating: 8/10

My Ranking:
1. The Timelords - Doctorin' The Tardis
2. Danny Wilson - Mary's Prayer
3. S'Express - Theme From S'Express
4. Scritti Politti - Oh Patti (Don't Feel Sorry For Loverboy)
5. Iron Maiden - Can I Play With Madness
6. Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now
7. Hothouse Flowers - Don't Go
8. Voice Of The Beehive - Don't Call Me Baby
9. James Brown - The Payback (Part One)
10. Johnny Hates Jazz - Heart Of Gold
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post Oct 27 2016, 04:05 AM
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Artwork Rating: poor tbh

Disc 1 Favourite: Phil Collins

Disc 2 Favourite: Sabrina

Overall Rating: 6/10

Addy's Best 5

1. Sabrina
2. Phil Collins
3. Salt'n'Pepa
4. Bananarama
5. S'Express Theme From S'Express


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post Oct 28 2016, 09:25 PM
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Artwork rating: 7/10 - Liking the light blue and dark blue used against each other! A nice summer feel to it.

Disc 1 Favourite: Phil Collins In The Air Tonight ('88 Remix) - This disc was so poor compared to disc 2 so it was easier to choose a favourite. I have always found it pretty intense and love the instrumentation.

Disc 2 Favourite: S'Express - Theme From S'Express - There were quite a few favourites on this side battling for the title, but I eventually settled on S'Express! It's a bit of a banger without being too in your face. Sounds a bit ahead of its time - I would've guessed at it being from the 90s not 80s!

Overall rating - 6/10 - Disc 2 is pretty strong but Disc 1 lets it down on the whole! Only a few I'd go back to out of choice.
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post Oct 28 2016, 09:50 PM
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Artwork Rating:
The blue is nice like being by a pool on holiday but the 12 is VERY in your face. Feeling generous so 6/10.

Disc 1 Favourite:
In The Air Tonight - A great singalong, what wonders the Cadbury advert did for this song's popularity. Shoutout to the Iron Maiden song too loved that when it featured on ITV's F1 coverage for a brief period.

Disc 2 Favourite:
Theme From S'Express - very close between this & Push It but really love this song. Always great to hear on the umpteen dance compilations!

Overall Rating:
Still a good portion I've never heard (I feel it's gonna be like this until at least the 40s editions) but some very distinct highlights bumps this up to a 6/10 from me.
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post Oct 28 2016, 10:32 PM
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Artwork: 5/10 - Could had been so much better and nicer to look at sad.gif
Side 1 fave: Wet Wet Wet - With A Little Help From My Friends (Phil Collins close second but I rather like this a lot wub.gif)
Side 2 Fave: Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now (I Adore this song wub.gif)
Overal 7/10 - Not amazing but like it a lot wub.gif
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post Dec 29 2016, 12:43 PM
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Maxi Priest (close between that and Voice Of The Beehive) and Tiffany
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