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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 28, Released 1st August 1994 | 40 Tracks | 3 #1 Singles
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post Feb 12 2017, 10:39 PM
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Released: 1st August 1994
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl
Duration: 02:32:13 (152 Minutes 13 Seconds)
Tracks: 40
#1’s: 3
Chart Peak: #1 (5 weeks)
Sales: 600,000 (2x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around* 3:56 {1}
2. All-4-One – I Swear 3:41 {2}
3. Ace Of Base – Don't Turn Around* 4:06 {5}
4. Aswad – Shine* 3:38 {5}
5. BC52s – (Meet) The Flintstones* 2:22 {3}
6. Let Loose – Crazy For You* 4:09 {2}
7. D:Ream – U R The Best Thing* 3:58 {4}
8. The Beautiful South – Everybody's Talkin' 2:35 {12}
9. Marcella Detroit – I Believe 4:45 {11}
10. Pretenders – I'll Stand By You* 4:00 {10}
11. Stiltskin – Inside 4:25 {1}
12. Blur – Girls And Boys* 4:17 {5}
13. M People – Renaissance* 3:38 {5}
14. Eternal – Just A Step From Heaven* 3:48 {8}
15. Toni Braxton – Another Sad Love Song 4:38 {15}
16. China Black – Searching* 4:08 {4}
17. Dawn Penn – You Don't Love Me (No No No)* 3:17 {3}
18. Chaka Demus & Pliers – I Wanna Be Your Man 3:41 {19}
19. Erasure – Always* 3:56 {4}
20. Seal – Prayer For The Dying 4:14 {14}
21. The Grid – Swamp Thing* 3:57 {3}
22. Two Cowboys – Everybody Gonfi Gon 3:04 {7}
23. Maxx – Get-A-Way* 3:43 {4}
24. Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman – Go On Move 4:10 {7}
25. The Prodigy – No Good (Start The Dance)* 3:57 {4}
26. Cappella – U & Me 3:10 {10}
27. Haddaway – Rock My Heart* 4:07 {9}
28. 2 Unlimited – The Real Thing* 3:38 {6}
29. Sonic Surfers – Don't Give It Up 3:48 {54}
30. DJ Miko – What's Up* 4:06 {6}
31. Club House feat. Carl – Light My Fire* 3:35 {7}
32. Tony Di Bart – The Real Thing* 3:47 {1}
33. C.J. Lewis – Sweets For My Sweet* 3:20 {3}
34. Bitty McLean – Dedicated To The One I Love* 3:41 {6}
35. Salt'N'Pepa with En Vogue – Whatta Man* 4:26 {7}
36. R. Kelly – Your Body's Callin' 4:33 {19}
37. The Brand New Heavies – Dream On Dreamer 3:34 {15}
38. Juliet Roberts – Caught In The Middle (My Heart Beats Like A Drum) 3:18 {14}
39. Gloworm – Carry Me Home 3:42 {9}
40. Absolutely Fabulous – Absolutely Fabulous 3:45 {6}

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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: Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around (15 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Sonic Surfers – Don't Give It Up {54}
Longest Song: Marcella Detroit – I Believe 4:45
Shortest Song: BC52s – (Meet) The Flintstones 2:22
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: Wet Wet Wet set a record for the most weeks at #1 in the entire series. This record would later be shared in 2016 with Drake's single One Dance
    On This Day In History
No music news to declare for August 1st 1994.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
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post Feb 12 2017, 10:40 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 28 otherwise known as Now 28 defined the Summer of 1994. With 40 tracks to fill the compilation up, it's certainly no surprise that we have such a variety of Summer grooves and dance anthems to form much of Now 28.
Now 28 was to be the final "fatbox" from the series as far as CD cases go, as modern compilations would fit in a slimline case.
The tracklisting includes Wet Wet Wet, Pretenders, Erasure, Cappella and Juliet Roberts to name just some.
Only 3 UK #1s were chosen on this occasion, which meant the absence of Take That – Everything Changes, Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl In The World and Manchester United Football Squad – Come On You Reds.
Now 28 gave us the debut from China Black as well as R. Kelly.
Now 28 also introduced us for the first time to Blur, The Prodigy and The Brand New Heavies.
There are, of course, many one hit wonders from Now 28 - a total of 17 in fact, and they are from All-4-One, BC52s, Let Loose, Marcella Detroit, Stiltskin, Toni Braxton, Dawn Penn, The Grid, Two Cowboys, Maxx, Sonic Surfers, DJ Miko, Club House feat. Carl, Tony Di Bart, C.J. Lewis, Gloworm and Absolutely Fabulous.
Personally, I really like Now 28 there's much music on here that I still enjoy to this day, and it really depicts the season of Summer at it's best, especially for the 90's era. I like how the cover is designed, it's a nice change from the previous "overused" covers. I don't really know why another non top 40 track was chosen as it just doesn't live up to the compilation's claim of "40 TOP CHART HITS."

Artwork Rating: 7/10 Very Good
A fresh and creative new look for the Summer which incorporates a bubble/swirl themed background. The title actually seems to be twisted somewhat with the upper text at a different angle than the lower text. This could have been a test of the graphics used at the time, but it's certainly unique to the rest of the series, and a nice cover for the Summer.

Disc 1 Favourite: D:Ream – U R The Best Thing
Another feel good anthem by D:Ream which another Top 5 hit for the dance outfit. The techno era of the 90's was still progressing, and D:Ream were a major act at the time.

Disc 2 Favourite: Tony Di Bart – The Real Thing
A smashing UK #1 hit which shares it's title with another track on the disc from 2 Unlimited. Tony Di Bart was a one hit wonder, but what a great hit this was at the time.

Overall Rating: 8/10 Extremely Good
I would definitely go as far as saying Now 28 was one of the best compilations of the first half of the 90's, it stands out to me as having lots of quality, and a varied mixture, perhaps most notably reggae and techno themes throughout, with occasional pop songs. It certainly leaves a lasting impression.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of February 2017)
1. Tony Di Bart – The Real Thing
2. The Prodigy – No Good (Start The Dance)
3. D:Ream – U R The Best Thing
4. C.J. Lewis – Sweets For My Sweet
5. Juliet Roberts – Caught In The Middle (My Heart Beats Like A Drum)

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of February 2017)
1. DJ Miko – What's Up
2. The Brand New Heavies – Dream On Dreamer
3. Bitty McLean – Dedicated To The One I Love
4. R. Kelly – Your Body's Callin'
5. The Beautiful South – Everybody's Talkin'


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post Feb 12 2017, 10:44 PM
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That second disc is just so good!
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post Feb 13 2017, 12:26 PM
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side 1 for me has all the fab tracks on it, side 2 struggled to pick one of a handful of good tracks, but no great tracks ohmy.gif
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post Feb 18 2017, 10:30 PM
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My favourite track from disc 1 is easily Blur - Girls and Boys with Whatta Man by Salt N Pepa and En Vouge on Disc 2!
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post Feb 19 2017, 12:41 PM
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Blur & The Prodigy
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