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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 27, Released 1st April 1994 | 38 Tracks | 3 #1 Singles
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post Feb 5 2017, 08:26 PM
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Released: 1st April 1994
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl
Duration: 02:27:14 (147 Minutes 14 Seconds)
Tracks: 38
#1’s: 3
Chart Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Sales: 300,000 (1x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Ace Of Base – The Sign* 3:08 {2}
2. Chaka Demus & Pliers (with Jack Radics & Taxi Gang) – Twist And Shout* 3:56 {1}
3. D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better* 3:58 {1}
4. East 17 – It's Alright* 4:40 {3}
5. M People – Moving On Up* 3:31 {2}
6. Eternal – Save Our Love* 3:43 {8}
7. Enigma – Return To Innocence* 4:07 {3}
8. Bee Gees – For Whom The Bell Tolls* 3:54 {4}
9. Wendy Moten – Come In Out Of The Rain* 4:14 {8}
10. Dina Carroll – The Perfect Year* 3:45 {5}
11. Phil Collins – Everyday 4:53 {15}
12. Richard Marx – Now And Forever* 3:30 {13}
13. The Cranberries – Linger* 4:30 {14}
14. Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl 5:04 {4}
15. The Beautiful South – Good As Gold (Stupid As Mud) 3:46 {23}
16. Meat Loaf – Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through* 5:07 {11}
17. Primal Scream – Rocks* 3:33 {7}
18. Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy 3:51 {24}
19. Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm 3:16 {11}
20. Doop – Doop* 3:31 {1}
21. Right Said Fred – Wonderman 3:24 {55}
22. Cappella – Move On Baby* 3:38 {7}
23. Culture Beat – Anything* 3:55 {5}
24. 2 Unlimited – Let The Beat Control Your Body* 3:37 {6}
25. Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman – I Like To Move It* 3:48 {5}
26. K7 – Come Baby Come 3:56 {3}
27. Credit To The Nation – Teenage Sensation 3:21 {24}
28. E.Y.C. – Way You Work It 2:55 {14}
29. Bitty McLean – Here I Stand 3:37 {10}
30. Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby* 3:49 {10}
31. Bjφrk – Violently Happy 3:32 {13}
32. Shara Nelson – Uptight* 4:28 {19}
33. Gabrielle – Because Of You* 3:43 {24}
34. Carleen Anderson – Nervous Breakdown* 4:35 {27}
35. Juliet Roberts – I Want You* 4:01 {33}
36. Urban Cookie Collective – Sail Away* 3:21 {18}
37. Degrees Of Motion feat. Biti – Shine On* 4:04 {8}
38. Joe Roberts – Lover 3:56 {22}

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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: D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better (4 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Right Said Fred – Wonderman {55}
Longest Song: Meat Loaf – Rock And Roll Dreams Come Through 5:07
Shortest Song: E.Y.C. – The Way You Work It 2:55
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: Now 27 was released on a Tuesday instead of the conventional Monday album release day.
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for 1st April 1994.
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Official Now Music Website
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post Feb 5 2017, 08:29 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 27 aka Now 27 was the first release of 1994 in time for the Easter holiday. Unlike the norm, Now 27 was released on a Tuesday which was, and still is, considered a strange custom. A total of 38 tracks made up the tracklisting, and this consisted of artists like Ace Of Base, East 17, D:Ream, M People and Dina Carroll.
3 UK #1s were chosen out of a possible 6 from the time Now 26 was released until the time Now 27 was. The 3 missing #1s were Take That – Babe, Mr Blobby – Mr Blobby and Mariah Carey – Without You.
Now 27 introduced us to The Cranberries and Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman, but it was also the first time in the series for Bee Gees and Bitty McLean.
For a third of the total tracklisting, it was the only time in the series for Wendy Moten, Tori Amos, Gin Blossoms, Smashing Pumpkins, Doop, K7, Credit To The Nation, E.Y.C., Deep Forest, Shara Nelson, Carleen Anderson, Degrees Of Motion and Joe Roberts
Now 27 just couldn't live up to Now 26 for me, and it is a shame because many songs are one hit wonders, whilst others charted beyond #30 (Right Said Fred and Juliet Roberts). I wouldn't remember much of the music on Now 27 unless I gave it another listen, it just doesn't leave you feeling any satisfaction at all. Such a shame.
Although I have a Top 5 below as per the other reviews, they really were the only songs I enjoyed listening to from the whole compilation.

Artwork Rating: 4/10 Very Poor
Not really anything special to look at, and by this point in the series the "sky" theme had already been overused. The cover chosen is not as striking nor as creative as some of the other covers from the time.

Disc 1 Favourite: D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better
A tight call between this one and M People. D:Ream had a few big hits at the time but this one was my favourite and perhaps their most remembered hit too.

Disc 2 Favourite: 2 Unlimited – Let The Beat Control Your Body
A high tempo disc of dance infused music, and none particularly stands out from the rest, but 2 Unlimited were just an unstoppable chart force at the time and like many others I still enjoy their music to this day.

Overall Rating: 3/10 Extremely Poor
Just a big let down from it's predecessor. The quality of the music is low and there are just so many fillers that were somehow squeezed into this average at best compilation. I'm not impressed and there could certainly have been some improvements made to the tracklist.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of February 2017)
1. D:Ream – Things Can Only Get Better
2. M People – Moving On Up
3. 2 Unlimited – Let The Beat Control Your Body
4. Capella – Move On Baby
5. Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman – I Like To Move It

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of February 2017)
1. Carleen Anderson – Nervous Breakdown
2. Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
3. Gabrielle – Because Of You
4. Joe Roberts – Lover
5. Juliet Roberts – I Want You


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post Feb 7 2017, 04:24 PM
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Return To Innocence by Enigma and Linger by The Cranberries would be the pick of those songs.
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Disc 1 favourite: Primal Scream - Rocks
Disc 2 favourite: Urban Cookie Collective - Sail Away (May Diane Charlemagne rest in peace)
I remember buying this CD from a British Heart Foundation store back in December 2014.
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Disc 1 favourite: Primal Scream - Rocks
Disc 2 favourite: Urban Cookie Collective - Sail Away (May Diane Charlemagne rest in peace)
I remember buying this CD from a British Heart Foundation store back in December 2014.
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post Feb 7 2017, 08:43 PM
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I bought this at the time primarily for “I Like To Move It” (and because I am very old) - but 1 star? For an album that contains the Smashing Pumpkins “Disarm” - that is worth 2 stars ALONE surely?

“Linger” by the Cranberries and “Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos.. these are definitely not 1 hit-wonders, The Cranberries had at least 1 other hit!! Oh and “Rocks” is also a BANGER.
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post Feb 19 2017, 12:39 PM
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Ace Of Base & Reel 2 Real
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