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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 23, Released 16th November 1992 | 39 Tracks | 3 #1 Singles
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Released: 16th November 1992
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl
Duration: 152 Minutes (2 Hours 32 Minutes 11 Seconds)
Tracks: 39
#1’s: 3
Chart Peak: #1 (5 weeks)
Sales: 900,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Tasmin Archer – Sleeping Satellite* 4:42 {1}
2. Jon Secada – Just Another Day* 4:19 {5}
3. Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You?* 3:41 {1}
4. Was (Not Was) – Shake Your Head* 4:01 {4}
5. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Iron Lion Zion 3:22 {5}
6. Go West – Faithful 4:25 {13}
7. George Michael – Too Funky 3:45 {4}
8. Arrested Development – People Everyday* 4:06 {2}
9. Simply Red – For Your Babies* 4:18 {9}
10. Erma Frankiln – (Take A Little) Peace Of My Heart 2:36 {9}
11. Brian May – Too Much Love Will Kill You* 4:30 {5}
12. Simple Minds – Alive And Kicking* 4:48 {6}
13. John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom* 3:30 {16}
14. Billy Ray Cyrus – Achy Breaky Heart* 3:23 {3}
15. Little Angels – Too Much, Too Young 4:22 {22}
16. Richard Marx – Take This Heart 4:08 {13}
17. Genesis – Jesus He Knows Me 4:16 {20}
18. INXS – Baby Don't Cry* 4:46 {20}
19. Crowded House – It's Only Natural 3:29 {24}
20. Erasure – Who Needs Love Like That? (Hamburg Mix) 3:02 {10}
21. The Shamen – Ebenezer Goode* 3:40 {1}
22. Rage – Run To You 3:41 {3}
23. Bizarre Inc. feat. Angie Brown – I'm Gonna Get You 3:19 {3}
24. Heaven 17 – Temptation (Brothers In Rhythm Remix Edit) 3:57 {4}
25. East 17 – House Of Love* 4:39 {10}
26. The Farm – Don't You Want Me 3:56 {18}
27. Undercover – Never Let Her Slip Away 3:28 {5}
28. Dr. Spin – Tetris 3:38 {6}
29. Ambassadors Of Funk feat. MC Mario – Supermarioland 3:33 {8}
30. Roxette – How Do You Do!* 3:10 {13}
31. Abba – Dancing Queen 3:49 {16}
32. Bjφrn Again – A Little Respect 3:45 {25}
33. Vanessa Paradis – Be My Baby* 3:40 {6}
34. Betty Boo – Let Me Take You There 3:55 {12}
35. Sophie B Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover 4:13 {14}
36. Peter Gabriel – Digging In The Dirt 5:13 {24}
37. Enya – Book Of Days 2:54 {10}
38. Roy Orbison & kd Lang – Crying 3:47 {13}
39. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballι – Barcelona* 4:25 {2}

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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: The Shamen – Ebenezer Goode (4 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Bjφrn Again – A Little Resoect {25}
Longest Song: Peter Gabriel – Digging In The Dirt 5:13
Shortest Song: Erma Franklin – (Take A Little) Piece Of My Heart 2:36
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for November 16th 1992.
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Official Now Music Website
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Now 23 Review
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Now That's What I Call Music! 23 aka Now 23 set a new record for it's time containing a total of 39 tracks which is the most ever included on any 2 Disc compilation. Of the chosen 39, only 3 were UK #1s.
Now 23 was the third and final release from 1992, and wrapped the year off with a wide selection of artists from the likes of Bob Marley And The Wailers, George Michael, Brian May , The Shamen and Enya to name a minority.
The only 2 UK #1s missing from this release were Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer and Boyz II Men – End Of The Road. They were also the only #1s missing from the entire year as both Now 21 & Now 22 completed the #1 list.
Many introductions were made with Now 23, many of them were UK debuts, and such artists included were Tasmin Archer, Jon Secada, Go West, Arrested Development, East 17 and Sophie B Hawkins.
There were of course artists who would only stick around for this one occasion, and this time it was to be Charles And Eddie, Was (Not Was), Erma Frankiln, John Lee Hooker, Billy Ray Cyrus, Little Angels, Rage, The Farm, Undercover, Dr. Spin, Ambassadors Of Funk feat. MC Mario, Abba and Bjorn Again.
A bold front cover was presented to us this time, repeating the same design since Now 20 a year ago. No real theme to define the cover for Now 23, but it certainly makes a great 3D piece of art.
I found Now 23 to be quite a good listen, and it was certainly nice to have more of a variety with the tracks increased, and to hear debuts from familiar artists like East 17. It is a shame that the compilation couldn't be completed with all the #1s from 1992, I think that's my only dissapointment especially when you consider how Snap – Rhythm Is A Dancer is so widely recognized today by dance fans worldwide.

Artwork Rating: 4/10 Very Poor
Just a bit bland, very little colour and no real theme either. Certainly not the mot memorable artwork and by today's standards it would probably be seen as awful.

Disc 1 Favourite: Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
No real strong contenders for this disc, but I've given it to duo Charles & Eddie for recording this song that many years later would inspire DJ's John Gibbons and also David Guetta to cover.

Disc 2 Favourite: The Shamen – Ebenezer Goode
"A great philosopher once wrote" a controversial song with a drug themed subliminal message which would make #1 on the UK charts. It's no real surprise then that this is my favourite song on this disc.

Overall Rating: 4/10 Very Poor
Not too much to be said for this volume from 1992. It's ok in places, but there are some songs that aren't up to the standards expected today. Disappointed that Boyz II Men's biggest UK hit was excluded too.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of January 2017)
1. The Shamen – Ebenezer Goode
2. Rage – Run To You
3. Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballλ – Barcelona
4. Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
5. Dr. Spin – Tetris

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of January 2017)
1. Peter Gabriel – Digging In The Dirt
2. John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
3. Little Angels – Too Much, Too Young
4. Crowded House – It's Only Natural
5. The Farm – Don't You Want Me?


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Peter Gabriel and Brian May are the highlights for me
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post Jan 22 2017, 01:43 PM
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The best ones on there for me are:

Too Much Love Will Kill You - Brian May
Jesus He Knows Me - Genesis
Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B Hawkins
Digging In The Dirt - Peter Gabriel
Barcelona - Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe

I also like Alive And Kicking by Simple Minds but that's from 1985. I'm assuming it was re-released as it was used by Sky Sports for their Premier League live matches which started in 1992.
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TRACKS I LOVE:
3. Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You?* 3:41 {1}
10. Erma Frankiln – (Take A Little) Peace Of My Heart 2:36 {9}
31. Abba – Dancing Queen 3:49 {16}
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