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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 37, Released 14th July 1997 | 41 Tracks | 4 #1 Singles
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post Apr 16 2017, 09:48 PM
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Released: 14th July 1997
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Polygram
Format: Double CD & Double Cassette
Duration: 2:38:14 (158 minutes 14 seconds)
Tracks: 41
#1’s: 4
Chart Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Sales: 590,000 (2x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Hanson – MMMBop 3:59 {1}
2. Eternal feat. Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be The Only One 3:31 {1}
3. The Cardigans – Lovefool 3:14 {2}
4. No Doubt – Just A Girl 3:29 {3}
5. Sash! feat. Rodriguez – Ecuador 3:33 {2}
6. No Mercy – Where Do You Go 4:18 {2}
7. Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are 3:44 {1}
8. Ultra Natι – Free 3:51 {4}
9. Rosie Gaines – Closer Than Close 3:43 {4}
10. George Michael – Star People (Forthright Edit) 4:22 {2}
11. En Vogue – Don't Let Go (Love) 4:02 {5}
12. Shola Ama – You Might Need Somebody 3:48 {4}
13. Coolio feat. 40 Thevz – C U When U Get There 3:41 {3}
14. Warren G feat. Ron Isley – Smokin' Me Out 3:06 {14}
15. R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly 3:15 {1}
16. Damage – Wonderful Tonight 4:04 {3}
17. 911 – The Journey 4:36 {3}
18. Boyzone – Isn't It A Wonder 3:45 {2}
19. Backstreet Boys – Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) 3:42 {2}
20. N-Tyce – Hey DJ! (Play That Song) 3:14 {20}
21. Foxy Brown feat. Jay-Z – I'll Be 2:29 {9}
22. Wet Wet Wet – If I Never See You Again 3:49 {3}
23. U2 – Staring At The Sun 4:37 {3}
24. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony 4:35 {2}
25. The Seahorses – Love Is The Law 3:40 {3}
26. Ocean Colour Scene – 100 Mile High City 3:04 {4}
27. Robbie Williams – Old Before I Die 3:51 {2}
28. Cast – Guiding Star 3:57 {9}
29. Paul McCartney – Young Boy 3:54 {19}
30. Sheryl Crow – A Change Would Do You Good 3:50 {8}
31. Radiohead – Paranoid Android 6:23 {3}
32. Texas – Halo 4:04 {10}
33. Supergrass – Sun Hits The Sky 3:40 {10}
34. James – Waltzing Along 3:33 {23}
35. Blur – On Your Own 4:22 {5}
36. Fun Lovin' Criminals – Scooby Snacks 3:02 {12}
37. Orbital – The Saint 4:33 {3}
38. Brainbug – Nightmare 3:26 {11}
39. The Course – Ain't Nobody 3:27 {8}
40. Todd Terry feat. Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown – Something Goin' On 3:34 {5}
41. Diddy – Give Me Love 3:27 {23}

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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: Spice Girls – Who Do You Think You Are / R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly / Hanson – MMMBop (3 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: James – Waltzing Along / Diddy – Give Me Love {23}
Longest Song: Radiohead – Paranoid Android 6:23
Shortest Song: Foxy Brown feat. Jay-Z – I'll Be 2:29
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
Walkers "Spice Girls" crisps went on sale in the UK, over 16 million bags were sold by the end of the year.
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 37 aka Now 37 tells the story of summer in 1997. Many of the artists selected to feature had made an appearance in the series previously, but it was the first time we heard from Hanson, The Cardigans, Ultra Nate, Shola Ama, Warren G, The Verve and Fun Lovin' Criminals. It was also the first appearance from Jay Z (later named Jay-Z), albeit as a featured artist.

Onto the omissions, and with 4 #1's making the cut out of a possible 8, it meant that we missed out on having Michael Jackson – Blood On The Dancefloor, Gary Barlow – Love Won't Wait, Olive – You're Not Alone and Puff Daddy & Faith Evans – I'll Be Missing You which was a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. Other noteworthy hits to be overlooked included the timeless classic Time To Say Goodbye performed by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, and a #2 hit that year. As well as the theme tune to one of the most iconic 90's TV shows F.R.I.E.N.D.S. was The Rembrants – I'll Be There For You, a Top 10 hit in May 1997. Also excluded (in place of other singles from the same artist) was the #2 Richard III by Supergrass. Also absent was the iconic 2 minute anthem by Blur – Song 2, a #2 hit in April 1997. One other to add to this list was the #3 pop song Bodyshakin' by 911.

As always there were some one hit wonders placed on this volume, and they were from No Mercy, Rosie Gaines, N-Tyce, Foxy Brown, The Seahorses, Brainbug, The Course and Diddy.

Artwork Rating: 7/10 Very Good
Quite like the colours used in this design. The gold and bronze working well together and reflections of the logo from every angle. Very shiny design.

Disc 1 Favourite: R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
A childhood favourite I have to say. This song has never lost its appeal to me, and the soulful lyrics just work really well. Of course, it will never not remind me of the movie Space Jam each time I hear it. R. Kelly's greatest work.

Disc 2 Favourite: The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
An iconic piece of music which received much attention both in its commercial use and sampled in other tracks later on. For me, this is very melodic and a song I often come back to for it's enjoyment.

Overall Rating: 7/10 Very Good
This is a very good volume for me. It was just before I began collecting the series but I had heard many of the songs at the time and the quality is there. I like that there is very much a broad selection of genres found within this volume too, but what often stands out from this year in music was the heavy use of indie and Brit-pop found in the charts. A couple of additions might have bumped up the overall rating.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of April 2017)
1. R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly
2. En Vogue – Don't Let Go (Love)
3. Ultra Nate – Free
4. Sash! feat. Rodriguez – Ecuador
5. The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of April 2017)
1. Foxy Brown feat. Jay Z – I'll Be
2. Warren G feat. Ron Isley – Smokin' Me Out
3. James – Waltzing Along
4. Supergrass – Sun Hits The Sky
5. N-Tyce – Hey DJ! (Play That Song)


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post Apr 18 2017, 12:17 PM
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another one of my fave now albums, so many good tracks! voted Ocean Colour Scene & No Doubt. Also love Todd Terry, Eternal, Seahorses, Fun Lovin Criminals
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post Apr 18 2017, 04:15 PM
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Nothing stands out on disc 1 but voted for Ecuador.
Best songs on disc 2: Bittersweet Symphony,Paranoid Android and Nightmare.
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post Apr 19 2017, 09:02 PM
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A classic 90s Now (and probably my second favourite ever). Some great tunes, I voted Lovefool and Bittersweet Symphony.
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I remember seeing a photo of this album appearing in an episode of Fun House [1997], when they were showing the prizes in the Fun House and one of them included CD tokens.


Favourites:

MmmBop (guilty pleasure)
I Wanna Be The Only One
Lovefool
Just A Girl
Ecuador
Free
Closer Than Close
Star People
Don't Let Go (Love)
I Believe I Can Fly
Hey DJ (Play That Song)
I'll Be
Staring At The Sun
Bittersweet Symphony
Love Is The Law
Hundred Mile High City
Old Before I Die
Guiding Star
Paranoid Android (My favourite Radiohead song)
Sun Hits The Sky
Waltzing Along
On Your Own
Scooby Snacks (Dat Pulp Fiction sample in the opening "Everybody stay cool, this is a robbery! Any of you f**king pricks move and I'll execute every motherf**kin' last one of ya!")
The Saint
Nightmare
Ain't Nobody
Something Going On
Give Me Love
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Artwork:
Love it! Very glorious gold, saying look at me! Buy me! 8/10.

CD 1: A VERY strong disc. My fave has to be the brilliant Ultra Natι - Free, an essential 90s anthem that always perks me up! Shout outs to Rosie Gaines, Coolio & Ecuador too, all tracks I return to semi-regulary. Some big pop songs kicking off the album, Lovefool was the Rate winner. The big blot of this disc is I Believe I Can Fly sick2.gif genuinely one of the worst songs ever! Or I should say, least fave.

CD 2: Not a patch on the first disc. Bittersweet Symphony the CLEAR best track here. Not a lot else to mention, Nightmare is an interesting & unique addition but overall a poor side.

Overall: Combining both discs I'll rank this as a 7/10.
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