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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music 13, Released 21st November 1988 | 32 Tracks | 3 #1 Singles
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post Oct 30 2016, 08:00 PM
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Released: 21st November 1988
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl, Video
Duration: 02:00:00 (120 Minutes)
Tracks: 32
#1s: 3
Chart Peak: #1 (4 Weeks) Charted at no.1 on album chart for 3 weeks from 3rd till 24th Dec 1988 and was the first album to top the separate compilation chart on January 14th 1989 and stayed at no.1 for a further week. Now 13 was at no.1 for 4 weeks in total.
Sales: 1,200,000 (4x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Yazz And The Plastic Population The Only Way Is Up* 4:03 {1}
2. Womack And Womack Teardrops* 3:52 {3}
3. Erasure A Little Respect* 3:30 {4}
4. The Christians Harvest For The World* 3:58 {8}
5. Hue And Cry Ordinary Angel 4:10 {42}
6. UB40 with Chrissie Hynde Breakfast In Bed 3:16 {6}
7. Robert Palmer She Makes My Day 4:20 {6}
8. Breathe Hands To Heaven 4:18 {4}
9. Phil Collins A Groovy Kind Of Love* 3:30 {1}
10. Bobby McFerrin Don't Worry, Be Happy* 3:54 {2}
11. Art Of Noise feat. Tom Jones Kiss 4:09 {5}
12. Bryan Ferry Let's Stick Together 2:56 {12}
13. Kim Wilde You Came* 3:29 {3}
14. Bomb The Bass Don't Make Me Wait 3:46 {6}
15. Brother Beyond The Harder I Try 3:27 {2}
16. The Hollies He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother* 4:16 {1}
17. Fat Boys feat. Chubby Checker The Twist (Yo, Twist)* 4:06 {2}
18. Wee Papa Girl Rappers Wee Rule 3:30 {6}
19. Salt 'N' Pepa Twist And Shout 3:45 {4}
20. Yello The Race* 3:19 {7}
21. Inner City feat. Kevin Saunderson Big Fun* 3:22 {4}
22. D-Mob feat. Gary Haisman We Call It Acieed 3:17 {3}
23. Beatmasters with P.P. Arnold Burn It Up 3:23 {14}
24. Milli Vanilli Girl You Know It's True 4:13 {3}
25. Level 42 Heaven In My Hands 4:08 {12}
26. Jane Wiedlin Rush Hour* 4:00 {12}
27. The Proclaimers I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)* 3:36 {11}
28. T'Pau Secret Garden 4:05 {18}
29. Transvision Vamp I Want Your Love 3:18 {5}
30. Duran Duran I Don't Want Your Love 3:47 {14}
31. The Human League Love Is All That Matters 4:06 {41}
32. All About Eve Martha's Harbour* 3:10 {10}

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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: Yazz & The Plastic Population The Only Way Is Up (5 Weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Hue And Cry Ordinary Angel {42}
Longest Song: Robert Palmer She Makes My Day 4.20
Shortest Song: Bryan Ferry Let's Stick Together 2.56
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
21st November 1988 Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young release 'American Dream', their first studio album since 'Deja Vu' 18 years earlier.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
TV Cream
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post Oct 30 2016, 08:00 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! XIII is the second volume to be titled using roman numerals (second only to Now II). Elsewhere in the booklet it is reffered to as Now 13.
Now 13 was the third and final release from 1988, and also the last ever #1 compilation on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at #1 for 4 weeks. From January 1989, a seperate chart was created now known as the UK Compilations Chart.
Another 32 piece tracklisting featuring 3 UK #1s (missing out U2 Desire, Whitney Housten One Moment In Time, Enya Oronico Flow & Robin Beck First Time).
The artist selection includes Womack & Womack, Erasure, Bobby McFerrin, Hollies, and The Proclaimers amoung others.
Now 13 introduced us to Christians and The Proclaimers and we also got to hear the debuts from Brother Beyond, Inner City, Milli Vanilli and Transvision Vamp.
For some artists though, this would be all we would hear from them in the main series, and those artists were Breathe, Bobby McFerrin, Hollies, Wee Papa Girl Rappers, Yello, Jane Wiedlin and All About Eve.
The Now 13 cover seems to be themed to outer space, depicting a cluster of stars for the background, maybe even an entire galaxy, with the Now logo shaped as some kind of spaceship and rings around the "NOW" circles to suggest planets.
My personal review of Now 13 is neither good, nor bad. I'm so pleased to be able to have access to such songs as Bobby McFerrin Don't Worry Be Happy which is a favourite from my childhood and also Art Of Noise feat. Tom Jones Kiss is another good one from the album. Although the addition of Hollies He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother was a re-release from 1969, it is certainly a pleasant listen nearly 40 years later. Dissapointingly, whats left of CD2 is not as good a listen as the rest of the album (apart from The Proclaimers), and this was quite common with the earlier volumes. The cover concept this time is good in my opinion, but I think they could have done alot more to make it stand out, and I've no idea why all of a sudden they decided to use roman numerals!

Artwork Rating: 6/10 Good
The galactic style theme of this volume is something different at the time, and stood out from the other somewhat bland cover designs from the time.

Disc 1 Favourite: Bobby McFerrin Don't Worry Be Happy
A timeless childhood favourite which mum used to play me whenever I was having a bad day! It always made me feel better. smile.gif

Disc 2 Favourite: The Proclaimers I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
A very well known song by Scottish band The Proclaimers. An enjoyable listen all these years later, and still very well known.

Overall Rating: 6/10 Good
Could be better, with some major missing #1 singles, but it is not a poor volume, and there are still a number of recognisable songs still that get some radio airplay today on occasions.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of October 2016)
1. Bobby McFerrin Don't Worry Be Happy
2. Yazz And The Plastic Population The Only Way Is Up
3. Womack And Womack Teardrops
4. The Proclaimers I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
5. Inner City feat. Kevin Saunderson Big Fun

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of October 2016)
1. Fat Boys feat. Chubby Checker The Twist (Yo, Twist)
2. Milli Vanilli Girl You Know It's True
3. Yello The Race
4. Duran Duran I Don't Want Your Love
5. Level 42 Heaven In My Hands


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post Nov 11 2016, 11:20 PM
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I'll do this one & 14 together!

This edition is one of only 2 in the whole series to feature roman numerals as opposed to a number (along with II).

Artwork Rating:
Pretty good, I like the outer space-like theme & the NOW logo appears like a spaceship travelling through. Very good for its time! 7/10.

Disc 1 Favourite:
Yazz - LOVE this track wub.gif so feelgood & joyous, always brings a lot of energy into the room whenever I hear it, essential 80s anthem.

Disc 2 Favourite:
Proclaimers - such a fantastic singalong anthem, so glad it got brought back into the limelight through Comic Relief even if it was an inferior version, this one is top notch!

Overall Rating:
I only really love the 2 tracks mentioned above, hence another 4/10 from me.
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Inner City & Kim Wilde

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