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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 33, Released 18th March 1996 | 40 Tracks | 2 #1 Singles
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Released: 18th March 1996
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Polygram
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette, Vinyl
Duration: 2:35:41 (155 minutes 41 seconds)
Tracks: 40
#1’s: 2
Chart Peak: #1 (5 weeks)
Sales: 600,000 (2x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Queen – Too Much Love Will Kill You 3:53 {15}
2. Oasis – Don't Look Back In Anger 4:48 {1}
3. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman 4:00 {1}
4. Supergrass – Going Out 4:12 {5}
5. Pulp – Disco 2000 (7" Mix) 4:52 {7}
6. Cher – One By One (LP Version) 5:00 {7}
7. Meat Loaf – Not A Dry Eye In The House 4:59 {7}
8. Enya – Anywhere Is 3:46 {7}
9. The Connells –'74-'75 4:35 {14}
10. Boyzone – Father And Son 2:48 {2}
11. Blur – The Universal 4:00 {5}
12. Paul Weller – Out Of The Sinking 3:51 {16}
13. Cast – Sandstorm 2:42 {8}
14. Mike & The Mechanics – All I Need Is A Miracle '96 3:49 {27}
15. Status Quo with The Beach Boys – Fun Fun Fun 3:11 {24}
16. Terrorvision – Perseverance 3:11 {5}
17. Lush – Ladykillers 3:13 {22}
18. Levellers – Just The One 2:48 {12}
19. Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out) 4:08 {5}
20. Oasis – Live Forever 3:43 {10}
21. Lighthouse Family – Lifted 4:17 {4}
22. Eternal – Good Thing 3:50 {8}
23. Etta James – I Just Want To Make Love To You 3:04 {5}
24. Simply Red – Never Never Love 4:07 {18}
25. Gabrielle – Give Me A Little More Time 4:00 {5}
26. East 17 – Thunder 4:15 {4}
27. Luniz – I Got 5 On It 4:05 {3}
28. Kaliphz feat. Prince Naseem – Walk Like A Champion 3:54 {23}
29. Shaggy feat. Grand Puba – Why You Treat Me So Bad 3:51 {11}
30. Baby D – So Pure 4:15 {3}
31. Gat Decor – Passion (Do You Want It Right Now Edit) 4:06 {6}
32. Gusto – Disco's Revenge 3:09 {9}
33. Ken Doh – I Need A Lover Tonight 3:56 {7}
34. Ace Of Base – Beautiful Life 3:39 {15}
35. Louise – In Walked Love 3:45 {17}
36. Dubstar – Not So Manic Now 4:24 {18}
37. St. Etienne – He's On The Phone 4:02 {11}
38. Dreadzone – Little Britain 4:31 {20}
39. Goldbug – Whole Lotta Love 3:47 {3}
40. Technohead – I Wanna Be A Hippy 3:15 {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: Babylon Zoo – Spaceman (5 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Mike & The Mechanics – All I Need Is A Miracle '96 {27}
Longest Song: Cher – One By One (LP Version) 5:00
Shortest Song: Cast – Sandstorm 2:42
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
No music news to report for 18th March 1996.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 33 aka Now 33 was the spring release of 1996. It sold substantially less than it's predecessor Now 32 by 600,000 copies, which was exactly the number it achieved in sales. Perhaps this was due to the heavy inclusion of music within the 90's Brit-pop genre from artists like Blur, Oasis, Radiohead, Cast and Supergrass. However, there was still plenty of other genres to choose from across the volume.

This was the first appearance in the series for Terrorvision and also Lighthouse Family who went on to make many more appearances in the following few years. It was the only time in the series to have appearances from Babylon Zoo, The Connells, Lush, Luniz, Kaliphz, Gat Decor, Gusto, Ken Doh, Dubstar, St. Etienne, Dreadzone, Goldbug and Technohead.

Notable omissions include the #1's from Michael Jackson – Earth Song (6 weeks too) and the final single from Take That before their 10 year hiatus. How Deep Is Your Love was a UK #1 single for 3 weeks in early 1996. Also missing was the debut single by 3T – Anything which became the 12th biggest selling single of 1996.

Artwork Rating: 6/10 Good
I like the use of the water and reflections. Another pretty landscape scene was used and to good effect. May have suited a summer release better, but otherwise not bad at all.

Disc 1 Favourite: Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)
I actually got into this in later years thanks to my brothers repeated plays of this song. I've seen Radiohead live and they were superb. One of the best British bands of my generation.

Disc 2 Favourite: Lighthouse Family – Lifted
An uplifting smooth groove from a major 90's artist. Easy listening at its best.

Overall Rating: 6/10 Good
I think overall it's a good effort to create a compilation of music that people were listening to at the time, and aside from the fact it only offered 2 UK #1s, the entire tracklist peaked within the Top 30 and that's usually what's most important to me to see the highest charting hits feature in the series and not massive flops. Bit of a shame to miss out with Take That to make it at least 3 #1s, but they would feature again in the series many years later.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of March 2017)
1. Radiohead – Street Spirit (Fade Out)
2. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman
3. Blur – The Universal
4. Lighthouse Family – Lifted
5. Pulp – Disco 2000 (7" Edit)

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of March 2017)
1. Dubstar – Not So Manic Now
2. Technohead – I Wanna Be A Hippy
3. Terrorvision – Perseverance
4. St. Etienne – He's On The Phone
5. Kaliphz feat. Prince Naseem – Walk Like A Champion


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Favourites:

Don't Look Back In Anger
Spaceman
Going Out
Disco 2000
74-75
The Universal (aka "that song that used to be in the British Gas advert")
Out Of The Sinking
Sandstorm
Perseverance
Ladykillers
Street Spirit (Fade Out) [Faaaaaaaaaaaddddddddddddeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee oooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttttttttt agggggggggggggaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnn!!!]
Live Forever (glad to see two Oasis songs on there)
I Just Want To Make Love To You
I Got 5 On It
So Pure
Passion
Disco's Revenge
I Need A Lover Tonight
Not So Manic Now
He's On The Phone
Little Britain
I Wanna Be A Hippy And I Wanna Get Stoned



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post Mar 20 2017, 11:06 AM
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My favourites:

Too Much Love Will Kill You
All I Need Is A Miracle
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
He's On The Phone
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Into 1996 we go then & this is a solid edition after not being too fussed about it initially. The 2 Oasis songs are the clear highlights of the album but there's a lot of decent britpop on that first Disc from the likes of Blur, Supergrass & Pulp's best ever song (and winner of the Rate as I'll post below). That Status Quo track gets a lot of hate (and finished rank bottom in the Rate) but like it's title suggests it's just a whole load of fun!

As per the norm Disc 2 is the superior side on this edition but it's a lot closer than previous ones. I love Lifted (the 2nd best Lighthouse Family song after High), Give Me A Little More Time (Gabrielle had loads of great 90s pop songs) & 2 fantastic dance songs from Gat Decor & Gusto, both of which still get heaps of sample usage to this very day. The highlight of Disc 2 without a doubt however is the quite bonkers Technohead happy hardcore song, truly a one of a kind hit at the time!

Artwork is solid again, the blue sky & clouds teasing the upcoming Summer months (don't remember the Summer of '96 that well mind, was it a particularly good one older members?) so a 7/10 for me there. And I'd have to match that with regards to the overall rating, quite a lot of good stuff to be found on this edition!


Below are the results of the Now 33 Rate I carried out last May:

1. Pulp - Disco 2000 / 9.64
2. Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger / 9.45
3. Oasis - Live Forever / 8.64
4. Blue - The Universal / 8.45
5. Gabrielle - Give Me A Little More Time / 8.36
6. Saint Etienne - He's On The Phone / 7.73
7. Luniz - I Got 5 On It / 7.64
8. Babylon Zoo - Spaceman / 7.64
9. Dubstar - Not So Manic Now / 7.56
10. Lighthouse Family - Lifted / 7.55
11. Gusto - Disco's Revenge / 7.18
12. Etta James - I Just Want To Make Love To You / 6.73
13. Ace Of Base - Beautiful Life / 6.40
14. Baby D - So Pure / 6.27
15. Dreadzone - Little Britain / 6.20
16. Supergrass - Going Out / 6.18
17. Cher - One By One / 6.09
18. Radiohead - Street Spirit / 6.09
19. Ken Doh - I Need A Lover Tonight / 6.09
20. Enya - Anywhere Is / 6.00
21. Gat Decot - Passion / 5.90
22. Eternal - Good Thing / 5.90
23. East 17 - Thunder / 5.80
24. Technohead - I Wanna Be A Hippy / 5.73
25. Lush - Ladykillers / 5.60
26. Louise - In Walked Love / 5.60
27. The Connells - '74-'75 / 5.55
28. Mike + The Mechanics - All I Need Is A Miracle / 5.27
29. Goldbug - Whole Lotta Love / 4.90
30. Boyzone - Father And Son / 4.82
31. Cast - Sandstorm / 4.73
32. Paul Weller - Out Of The Sinking / 4.55
33. Terrorvision - Perseverance / 4.27
34. Levellers - Just The One / 3.78
35. Simply Red - Never Never Love / 3.70
36. Queen - Too Much Love Will Kill You / 3.64
37. Shaggy - Why You Treat Me So Bad / 3.36
38. Meat Loaf - Not A Dry Eye In The House / 3.27
39. Kaliphz - Walk Like A Champion / 2.70
40. Status Quo - Fun, Fun, Fun / 2.27
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Voted for Mike & The Mechanics and Gat Decor. Also like Queen Cast Paul Weller Levellers Ken Doh
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