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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music 17, Released 1st June 1990 | 32 Tracks | 2 #1 Singles
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Now That's What I Call Music 17 Ratings
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post Nov 27 2016, 08:07 PM
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Released: 1st June 1990
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl, Video
Duration: 02:02:00 (122 Minutes)
Tracks: 32
#1s: 2
Chart Peak: #1 (5 weeks)
Sales: 300,000 (1x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Erasure Blue Savannah* 4:20 {3}
2. The Rebel MC Better World 3:45 {20}
3. Paula Abdul Opposites Attract* 3:50 {2}
4. Beats International feat. Lindy Layton Dub Be Good To Me* 4:00 {1}
5. UB40 Kingston Town* 3:50 {4}
6. Candy Flip Strawberry Fields Forever 4:15 {3}
7. Tina Turner I Don't Wanna Lose You 4:30 {8}
8. Phil Collins I Wish It Would Rain Down* 5:40 {7}
9. Happy Mondays Step On 4:30 {5}
10. Primal Scream Loaded 4:30 {16}
11. Depeche Mode Enjoy The Silence* 4:30 {6}
12. Jesus Jones Real Real Real 3:10 {19}
13. Inspiral Carpets This Is How It Feels 3:15 {14}
14. The House Of Love Shine On 4:10 {20}
15. Faith No More From Out Of Nowhere 3:25 {23}
16. The Quireboys Hey You 3:20 {14}
17. Technotronic feat. MC Eric This Beat Is Technotronic 3:35 {14}
18. Lonnie Gordon Happenin' All Over Again* 3:20 {4}
19. 49ers Don't You Love Me 3:15 {12}
20. Jimmy Somerville Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough) 4:55 {26}
21. Cliff Richard Stronger Than That 4:05 {14}
22. Jam Tronik Another Day In Paradise 3:55 {19}
23. JT & The Big Family Moments In Soul 4:15 {7}
24. Mantronix feat. Wondress Got To Have Your Love* 4:15 {4}
25. Bizz Nizz Don't Miss The Partyline 3:55 {7}
26. E-Zee Possee feat. MC Kinky Everything Starts With An E 3:35 {15}
27. D-Mob feat. Nuff Juice Put Your Hands Together* 3:55 {7}
28. Adamski Killer* 4:20 {1}
29. Orbital Chime 3:20 {17}
30. Tongue 'N' Cheek Tomorrow 4:10 {20}
31. Electribe 101 Talking With Myself 3:40 {23}
32. Sydney Youngblood I'd Rather Go Blind 4:00 {44}

Key
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: Beats International feat. Lindy Layton Dub Be Good To Me / Adamski Killer (4 Weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Sydney Youngblood I'd Rather Go Blind {44}
Longest Song: Phil Collins I Wish It Would Rain Down 5:40
Shortest Song: Jesus Jones Real Real Real 3:10
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: Now 17 was released on a Friday.
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for 1st June 1990.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
TV Cream
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post Nov 27 2016, 08:09 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 17 otherwise known as Now 17 was the first Now compilation of the 90s and attempted a new look. Now 17 was available on all formats of the time, and enlisted 32 tracks from the time.
Just 2 UK #1s were selected from a possible 9 which included some well known music to this day like Kylie Minogue Tears On My Pillow; Sinead O'Connor Nothing Compares 2 U and Snap The Power.
Now 17 seems to focus mainly on two genres which are Rock/Pop to begin, and end with House/Dance music. The mix works well, and this would mark a turning point for what music style to expect from future Now compilations.
Over half of the tracklisting included artists that had been unheard of in the 80s, and the majority of these would later be classed as one hit wonders. But those that did go on to have other success and feature in the series again were Primal Scream, Depeche Mode, Jesus Jones and Faith No More.
As mentioned, the majority of the tracklisting would go on to have no real future success in the charts, and so their only known single would be found here on Now 17, this includes both the #1s from Beats International and Adamski.
Well as for the cover, it has been commented on by others before, and is possibly the most amatuer design of them all. It looks like it was taken with a 1 megapixel camera and still went wrong! It was very poorly done, and some loyal fans may have been somewhat dissapointed to see the original and recognisable logo from the 80s done away with.

Artwork Rating: 4/10 Very Poor
It's just a very weak design which was a break from the previous designs, and it's almost like they didn't really figure out what was the right step forward from the previous logo, and pixelated design just was very rushed and no real thought or creativity went into the design. The design is for me one of the worst, though it is probably the "yellowist" cover we have seen or will see again!

Disc 1 Favourite: Beats International feat. Lindy Layton Dub Be Good To Me
A song which has been sampled and covered many many times since it's first release to the world in 1990. A very funky dance tune which typifies the change of decade from 80's to 90's.

Disc 2 Favourite: Adamski Killer
Certainly the better disc. This was an iconic 90's dance anthem and one that was later covered by ATB in 2000. Easily the most distinguishable song Seal has ever put his vocals to.

Overall Rating: 7/10 Very Good
I really do like the Now 17 mix, as it was really the first time all genres were collected so well and presented in such a way that the next song flowed nicely from the last one. I think the music chosen is good, but there are some low charters that could have been done away with and replaced with a couple more #1 singles.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of November 2016)
1. Adamski Killer
2. Beats International feat. Lindy Layton Dub Be Good To Me
3. Technotronic feat. MC Eric This Beat Is Technotronic
4. Primal Scream Loaded
5. Happy Mondays Step On

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of November 2016)
1. E-Zee Possee feat. MC Kinky Everything Starts With An E
2. Sydney Youngblood I'd Rather Go Blind
3. Jimmy Somerville Read My Lips (Enough Is Enough)
4. The House Of Love Shine On
5. Tina Turner I Don't Wanna Lose You


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post Nov 29 2016, 01:25 AM
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Artwork: 5/10 looks poorly made imho ohmy.gif
Disc 1: Beats International feat. Lindy Layton Dub Be Good To Me (such a proper tune wub.gif
Disc 2: Adamski Killer (alright song best song on there)
overall 6/10 not a essential imo)
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post Dec 1 2016, 11:02 PM
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Sorry that I've been so floppy with these lately Awardinary! Shall get back on it from now on. Especially as we have now entered the 90s! <3

Artwork rating: 02/10 - Pretty damn ugly! Absolutely hate the fuzzy orange/yellow colouring and the pixelated look just doesn't work for me.

Disc 1 Favourite: Beats International feat. Lindy Layton 'Dub Be Good To Me' - Such an easy favourite! I think I discovered this song through the Professor Green reworking 'Just Be Good To Green' haha but this is of course far superior. The production really worms its way into your head, love the 'wobbly' effects in it. The woman is a fabulous vocalist also and the guy's intro/mumbling bits are iconic *.* True classic.

Disc 2 Favourite: Adamski - 'Killer' - The best song on the whole album! Such a good song that it carried the Now 17 advert all by itself haha! The production sounds so ahead of its time and Seal gives a really passionate performance.

Overall rating: 06/10 - Nothing I'd come back to in a hurry. Mostly lifted by 'Dub Be Good To Me' and 'Killer' really!
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post Dec 29 2016, 12:53 PM
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Adamski and Primal Scream
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post Dec 29 2016, 06:06 PM
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one of my early Now faves, I opted for Depeche and Adamski, but could easily have gone for Erasure, Primal Scream, UB40...
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post Mar 12 2017, 06:52 PM
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TRACKS I LOVE:
4. Beats International feat. Lindy Layton Dub Be Good To Me* 4:00 {1}
5. UB40 Kingston Town* 3:50 {4}
13. Inspiral Carpets This Is How It Feels 3:15 {14}
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