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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 20, Released 18th November 1991 | 35 Tracks | 4 #1 Singles
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Released: 18th November 1991
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl, Video
Duration: 01:44:00 (2 Hours 24 Minutes)
Tracks: 35
#1’s: 4
Chart Peak: #1 (7 weeks)
Sales: 900,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy* 3:20 {1}
2. Belinda Carlisle – Live Your Life Be Free 4:21 {12}
3. U2 – The Fly* 4:30 {1}
4. Pet Shop Boys – Where The Streets Have No Name (Can't Take My Eyes Off You)* 4:31 {4}
5. Erasure – Love To Hate You* 3:56 {4}
6. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Sailing On The Seven Seas* 3:44 {3}
7. Simply Red – Something Got Me Started* 3:58 {11}
8. Lisa Stansfield – Change 4:17 {10}
9. Zoe – Sunshine On A Rainy Day* 3:58 {4}
10. Salt-N-Pepa – Let's Talk About Sex* 3:31 {2}
11. Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up 4:05 {1}
12. Kenny Thomas – Best Of You 3:43 {11}
13. Prince & The New Power Generation – Gett Off 4:00 {4}
14. Rozalla – Faith (In The Power Of Love) 3:52 {11}
15. 2 Unlimited – Get Ready For This* 2:52 {2}
16. Moby – Go 3:37 {10}
17. The Justified Ancients Of Mu-Mu – It's Grim Up North (Part 1) 4:00 {10}
18. PM Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss* 3:57 {3}
19. Paul Young – Don't Dream It's Over 3:59 {20}
20. Enya – Caribbean Blue 3:39 {13}
21. Julian Lennon – Saltwater* 3:45 {6}
22. Paula Abdul – Rush Rush 4:54 {6}
23. Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do* 3:51 {1}
24. Cathy Dennis – Too Many Walls 4:26 {17}
25. Alison Moyet – This House 3:55 {40}
26. Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis 4:16 {22}
27. Glass Tiger – My Town 4:50 {33}
28. Scorpions – Wind Of Change* 5:13 {2}
29. INXS – Shining Star 3:51 {27}
30. Roxette – Joy Ride 3:59 {4}
31. James – Sit Down 4:06 {2}
32. Voice Of The Beehive – I Think I Love You 3:14 {25}
33. Slade – Radio Wall Of Sound 3:46 {21}
34. Monty Python – Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life* 3:42 {3}
35. Don McLean – American Pie (Full Length Version) 8:34 {12}

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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: Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up (3 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Alison Moyet – This House {40}
Longest Song: Don McLean – American Pie 8:34
Shortest Song: 2 Unlimited – Get Ready For This 2:52
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for 18th November 1991.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
TV Cream
Everyhit


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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 20 aka Now 20 was the first of it's kind to introduce us to the new logo which would continue to be used until the present day (2008). Now 20 starred 35 artists of which 4 were UK #1s.
Like the previous year, this would only be the second yet final release of 1991, and so there was alot to narrow down. Some rather major #1s excluded on this occasion which included Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only and Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), both of which stayed #1 for 5 weeks, but compare that to the huge loss of Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You which was the biggest selling single of 1991, and Bryan's biggest to date, managing a whopping record of 16 weeks at #1! No sign of these songs on Now 20 though! sad.gif
Now 20 was a combination of almost every genre of music imaginable, that's really what made it such a good compilation, and the evidence suggests that is true when you consider such artists as U2, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Salt-N-Pepa, Jason Donovan and Roxette to name but a few.
Now 20 paved the way for artists like Prince & The New Power Generation, PM Dawn; Enya and James as well as debuts from 2 Unlimited and Moby.
Sadly however, some artists only had this one occasion for their claim to fame, and they were Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff, Zoe, Color Me Badd, Kenny Thomas, Rozalla, Justified Ancients Of Mu-Mu, Jason Donovan, Marc Cohn, Glass Tiger, Scorpions, Monty Python and Don McLean.
As already mentioned, the cover is rather outstanding, it may seem plain and basic by today's standards, but back then, this was the first every sighting of what would go on to become a recognised logo the world over. Finally, a cover fans could be proud of, and as time went on, the covers would get better and better, and very quickly, a proud gallery of fine artwork would assemble.
I'm a big fan of much of the music on Now 20, and it really is a wonderful collection of music from the time.
I'm very pleased that the logo was devised at a poinient time in the series (20th edition), and I'm even more pleased that eventually, the designers got it right and created something they, and all the fans, could be proud of in years to come.

Artwork Rating: 8/10 Extremely Good
An usually high rating for a rather basic cover. However, this represents the fact that they finally got the logo right from this point onwards. I like the logo very much and it's very distinguishing in the music industry. I'm pleased in over 20 years it's stayed the same.

Disc 1 Favourite: P.M. Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
A very mellow track which was the duo's signature hit, and highest peaking hit. It heavily samples Spandau Ballet's 1983 hit True.

Disc 2 Favourite: Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do
A wonderful musical theme song. Incredible to think this song from Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was a UK #1 single. It's quite possibly my favourite song to be taken from a musical.

Overall Rating: 6/10 Good
Not bad for songs that were popular in early 1992. It's nice to hear the start to the techno music era with 2 Unlimited and Moby giving us a taste of things to come. I'm very dissapointed not to have the unforgettable 16 week #1 rock ballad from Bryan Adams included, that is the biggest gripe.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of December 2016)
1. Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do
2. P.M. Dawn – Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
3. 2 Unlimited – Get Ready For This
4. Moby – Go
5. James – Sit Down

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of December 2016)
1. Voice Of The Beehive – I Think I Love You
2. Justified Ancients Of Mu-Mu – It's Grim Up North (Part 1)
3. Julian Lennon – Saltwater
4. Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up
5. Alison Moyet – This House


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post Dec 19 2016, 03:47 AM
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Artwork: 5/10 - Meh not the worst but not the best either
Disc 1: Salt 'N' Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex - Such a girl group RNB Classic!!!
Disc 2: Jason Donavon - Any Dream Will Do - You know you dont regonise any thing on this disc when this is the only song you know and like laugh.gif
Overall: 5/10 dont know a lot oops laugh.gif
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post Dec 19 2016, 04:23 AM
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Finally one I can comment on! I only recognize 9 of those songs but 'Set Adrift On Memory Bliss' and 'Too Many Walls' are two of my absolute favorite 90s songs! I was born in June 1991 so these are all from the first few months of my existence. laugh.gif I have a couple least faves too, 'I Wanna Sex You Up' and 'Rush Rush'. The latter was the #1 in America on the day I was born so I'm disappointed about that!

That artwork is a 5/10, same score as Harry. Too much wasted space on the sides when they put the logo at that angle, thankfully the current album covers aren't that way.
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post Dec 26 2016, 03:08 PM
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Pet shop boys and james just edge it for me, though close thing...
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post Dec 29 2016, 12:31 PM
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Roxette & U2
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TRACKS I LOVE:
4. Pet Shop Boys – Where The Streets Have No Name (Can't Take My Eyes Off You)* 4:31 {4}
10. Salt-N-Pepa – Let's Talk About Sex* 3:31 {2}
23. Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do* 3:51 {1}
26. Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis 4:16 {22}
31. James – Sit Down 4:06 {2}
35. Don McLean – American Pie (Full Length Version) 8:34 {12}
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