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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 22, Released 27th July 1992 | 34 Tracks | 5 #1 Singles
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post Jan 1 2017, 10:17 PM
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Released: 27th July 1992
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl
Duration: 02:20:45 (2 hours 20 minutes 45 seconds)
Tracks: 34
#1’s: 5
Chart Peak: #1 (8 weeks)
Sales: 300,000 (1x platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Erasure – Take A Chance On Me* 3:46 {1}
2. Ce Ce Peniston – Finally* 4:07 {2}
3. K.W.S. – Please Don't Go* 3:36 {1}
4. Take That – It Only Takes A Minute 3:47 {7}
5. Nick Berry – Heartbeat 2:14 {2}
6. Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer* 3:43 {1}
7. Utah Saints – Something Good* 3:32 {4}
8. The Cure – Friday I'm In Love* 3:32 {6}
9. Marc Almond – The Days Of Pearly Spencer 4:28 {4}
10. The Beautiful South – Bell Bottomed Tear 4:35 {16}
11. Prince And The New Power Generation – Thunder 5:45 {28}
12. U2 – Even Better Than The Real Thing* 3:40 {12}
13. The Shamen – L.S.I. 3:52 {6}
14. Electronic – Disappointed 4:20 {6}
15. Shakespears Sister – I Don't Care 4:24 {7}
16. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Do Re Me, So Far So Good 3:04 {22}
17. Ugly Kid Joe – Everything About You 4:06 {3}
18. SL2 – On A Ragga Tip 3:45 {2}
19. The Orb – Blue Room 4:07 {8}
20. Richard Marx – Hazard* 4:48 {13}
21. Elton John – The One* 5:51 {10}
22. Roy Orbison – I Drove All Night 3:44 {7}
23. Jimmy Nail – Ain't No Doubt* 3:58 {1}
24. Joe Cocker – Unchain My Heart (90's Version) 5:06 {17}
25. Curtis Stigers – You're All That Matters To Me 4:38 {6}
26. Wilson Phillips – You Won't See Me Cry 3:52 {18}
27. Crowded House – Four Seasons In One Day 2:48 {26}
28. Annie Lennox – Why 4:55 {5}
29. George Michael And Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me* 5:47 {1}
30. Diana Ross – One Shining Moment 4:45 {10}
31. Vanessa Williams – Save The Best For Last 3:39 {3}
32. En Vogue – My Lovin' 4:13 {4}
33. Soul II Soul – Joy* 4:10 {4}
34. Incognito – Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing* 4:08 {19}

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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: Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer (6 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Prince And The New Power Generation – Thunder {28}
Longest Song: Elton John – The One 5:51
Shortest Song: Nick Berry – Heartbeat 2:14
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for 27th July 1992.
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post Jan 1 2017, 10:18 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 22 or Now 22 was the summer release from 1992, and featured 34 tracks containing 5 UK #1 singles.
1992 didn't have that many #1 singles at all, in fact, a total of 12 singles from that year went to #1, so surely the majority would make the popular Now series? Well, for Now 22, there were 5 #1s, and one was even used from the pravious year. There were no #1s missing on this occasion!
Another varied collection of smooth summer sounds, dancefloor hits and pop ballads to name some of the genres. The Now 22 party includes Erasure, The Cure, U2, Roy Orbison and Vanessa Williams to name just a few.
Now 22 opened the way to many household names like Take That, Snap, Utah Saints, The Shamen, Ugly Kid Joe, Annie Lennox, George Michael and En Vogue. All of whom would go on to have further chart success and appearances in the series.
Now 22 also contained 7 one hit wonders from KWS, Electronic, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, SL2, The Orb, Joe Cocker and Vanessa Williams. None of these have been seen since in the series.
Now 22 is not one of my favourites from the series, but I do like the musical variety. It followed on nicely from the Now 21 tracklisting, and I do like the #1s. The cover is certainly a good one, and probably my preferred one from 1992 and certainly, by this time, people could see the pattern forming with the cover designs.

Artwork Rating: 5/10 Poor
The design concept is hard to define, though it's quite striking, it appears to be a cloudy red sky or some sort of volcanic theme. It's really anyone's guess, but it is a little disappointing really, maybe it just hasn't aged well.

Disc 1 Favourite: Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer
Without a doubt, one of the most iconic songs of the 90's and my favourite from both discs. Snap made some great sounding records, but this one still sounds like such a great anthem all these years later.

Disc 2 Favourite: George Michael & Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
It's rare that a live recording does so well in the charts, but this #1 single spent 2 weeks at the top of the charts, and it's on of George Michael's best known hits, even though the song was originally recorded by Elton John in the 70's.

Overall Rating: 7/10 Very Good
Great variety and some great debutants entering the series for the first time. A great era for dance music and Brit-pop was still a very popular genre in the charts at the time.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of January 2017)
1. Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer
2. Ce Ce Peniston – Finally
3. Utah Saints – Something Good
4. George Michael & Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
5. Annie Lennox – Why

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of January 2017)
1. Crowded House – Four Seasons In One Day
2. Joe Cocker – Unchain My Heart (90's Version)
3. Shakespears Sister – I Don't Care
4. Diana Ross – One Shining Moment
5. Wilson Phillips – You Won't See Me Cry


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post Jan 2 2017, 04:28 PM
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Artwork: 8/10 Its quite dystopian slightly
Disc 1: Tough but Snap - Rhythm Is A Dancer such a classic
Disc 2: En Vougue - My Lovin' great R n b girl group number!!
Overall: 8/10 - great artwork and I know a lot of tracks
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So many good songs on this album I could have gone for, but plumped for I Don't Care and My Lovin.

You Wont See Me Cry is an excellent song too
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post Mar 12 2017, 06:57 PM
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TRACKS I LOVE:
1. Erasure – Take A Chance On Me* 3:46 {1}
2. Ce Ce Peniston – Finally* 4:07 {2}
6. Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer* 3:43 {1}
8. The Cure – Friday I'm In Love* 3:32 {6}
29. George Michael And Elton John – Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me* 5:47 {1}
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