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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 38, Released 17th November 1997 | 41 Tracks | 2 #1 Singles
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Released: 17th November 1997
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Polygram
Format: Double CD & Double Cassette
Duration: 2:37:57 (157 minutes 57 seconds)
Tracks: 41
#1s: 2
Chart Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Sales: 1,100,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Chumbawamba Tubthumping 3:33 {2}
2. Spice Girls Spice Up Your Life 2:53 {1}
3. Hanson Where's The Love 4:10 {4}
4. Boyzone Picture Of You 3:11 {2}
5. Backstreet Boys As Long As You Love Me 3:30 {3}
6. Eternal Angel Of Mine 4:18 {4}
7. Lighthouse Family Raincloud 3:58 {6}
8. Janet Jackson Got 'Til It's Gone 3:39 {6}
9. The Brand New Heavies You've Got A Friend 3:09 {9}
10. All Saints I Know Where It's At 3:39 {4}
11. Louise Arms Around The World 3:49 {4}
12. Gala Freed From Desire 3:35 {2}
13. Sash! feat. La Trec Stay 3:27 {2}
14. Dario G Sunchyme 3:48 {2}
15. Tina Moore Never Gonna Let You Go 4:10 {7}
16. Hot Chocolate You Sexy Thing 3:30 {6}
17. N-Trance feat. Rod Stewart Da Ya Think I'm Sexy 4:18 {7}
18. LL Cool J Phenomenon 3:06 {9}
19. 911 Party People...Friday Night 3:08 {5}
20. Ricky Martin Maria 3:59 {6}
21. Bellini Samba De Janerio 2:48 {8}
22. DJ Quicksilver Free 3:11 {7}
23. Wet Wet Wet Yesterday 2:47 {4}
24. George Michael You Have Been Loved 5:29 {2}
25. The Verve The Drugs Don't Work 4:45 {1}
26. Oasis Stand By Me 5:58 {2}
27. Embrace All You Good Good People 6:16 {8}
28. Faithless Don't Leave 3:14 {3}
29. Radiohead Karma Police 4:22 {8}
30. Moby James Bond Theme 3:12 {8}
31. PF Project feat. Ewan McGregor Choose Life 3:49 {6}
32. Robbie Williams Lazy Days 3:49 {8}
33. Ash A Life Less Ordinary 4:16 {10}
34. Texas Black Eyed Boy 3:11 {5}
35. Meredith Brooks Bitch 3:57 {6}
36. Jon Bon Jovi Janie, Don't Take Your Love To Town 3:44 {13}
37. Ocean Colour Scene Better Day 3:45 {9}
38. Cast I'm So Lonely 4:20 {14}
39. Conner Reeves Earthbound 4:01 {14}
40. Peter Andre Lonely 3:45 {6}
41. Boyz II Men 4 Seasons Of Loneliness 4:28 {10}

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Tracks highlighted red were official UK #1s.
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 Spice Up Your Life / The Verve The Drugs Don't Work (1 week)
Lowest Charting Track: Cast I'm So Lonely / Conner Reeves Earthbound {14}
Longest Song: Embrace All You Good Good People 6:16
Shortest Song: Wet Wet Wet Yesterday 2:47
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
No music news to report for 17th November 1997.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
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Everyhit
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post Apr 23 2017, 09:00 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 38 otherwise referred to as Now 38 was the last instalment of 1997 and featured 41 hits which all charted within the Top 15 of the UK Singles Chart at sometime during the latter part of that year. Just 2 #1's were selected and that meant a few got ignored. Now 38 was the first time the series featured Chumbawamba, All Saints, Dario G, LL Cool J and Embrace.

The other UK #1's which were not included in the tracklisting were Oasis D'You Know What I Mean?, Will Smith Men In Black, the tribute to the late Princess Diana performed by Elton John Candle In The Wind '97 and Aqua Barbie Girl (although this appeared later in the next volume). Other notable Top 10 omissions included Gotham City by R. Kelly, one of Backstreet Boys best known hits Everybody, a higher charting Peter Andre single that featured called All About Us and Dannii Minogue All I Wanna Do.

Those artists who we haven't heard from again after this volume's only appearance are Gala, Tina Moore, Ricky Martin, Bellini, PF Project, Ash, Meredith Brooks, Conner Reeves and Boyz II Men.

Artwork Rating: 8/10 Extremely Beautiful
Quite pretty actually with the detail in the seasonal theme of snowflakes and ice. I love how well the sparkly pink and blue go together in the logo itself. I think I'd rate this cover in my favourites from the series.

Disc 1 Favourite: Dario G Sunchyme
Just a glorious dance anthem from the 90's. It wasn't until much later in life I learnt it was a sample of another song, but that doesn't change the fact it was a much loved track from 1997. The best thing Dario G ever did, followed shortly afterward by Carnival De Paris.

Disc 2 Favourite: Oasis Stand By Me
I've gone for Oasis, although I would have much preferred to have had the #1 D'You Know What I Mean instead. However, this single was still a good Oasis anthem.

Overall Rating: 5/10 Poor
I had to mark this down as poor as, although there are many high charting hits featured, there's personal favourites ignored from Backstreet Boys, Will Smith and Dannii Minogue which were really essential for me to give a true representation of the most versatile music around, but there's too much indie on disc 2 that it let's the whole compilation down. That said, it could have been worse.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of April 2017)
1. Dario G Sunchyme
2. Sash! feat. La Trec Stay
3. Spice Girls Spice Up Your Life
4. Oasis Stand By Me
5. Gala Freed From Desire

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of April 2017)
1. Ocean Colour Scene Better Day
2. Janet Jackson Got Til' It's Gone
3. Jon Bon Jovi Janie, Don't Take Your Love To Town
4. Ash A Life Less Ordinary
5. Robbie Williams Lazy Days
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post Apr 23 2017, 10:33 PM
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I voted 'Spice Up Your Life' for disc 1 but accidentally skipped over 'Sunchyme' in the poll for some reason and only noticed after I had voted, would have actually picked that kink.gif 'Sunchyme' has got to be one of the most uplifting songs that I have ever heard heart.gif love the video too.

I do love Oasis but 'Stand By Me' isn't one of their best for me (I agree Awardinary that 'D'You Know What I Mean? was much better!), plumped for The Verve for disc 2 instead. 'The Drugs Don't Work' is incredibly haunting and emotional, the lyrics and general feel/delivery of the song gives me goosebumps every time.
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post Apr 24 2017, 12:24 AM
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QUOTE(awardinary @ Apr 23 2017, 05:00 PM) *
38. Cast I'm So Lonely 4:20 {14}
39. Conner Reeves Earthbound 4:01 {14}
40. Peter Andre Lonely 3:45 {6}
41. Boyz II Men 4 Seasons Of Loneliness 4:28 {10}
I had to point this out, it's too bad the three Lonely songs weren't back-to-back-to-back kink.gif
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post Apr 24 2017, 01:25 PM
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Went for Tubthumping from Disc 1 because that is an ABSOLUTE BOP and then Faithless' Don't Leave for Disc 2 because I just love the completely different direction for that song.

Disc 1 is completely slaying me with its tracklisting though once again!
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post Apr 24 2017, 05:08 PM
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Favourites from this one:

Sunchyme
The Drugs Don't Work
Don't Leave
Karma Police
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post Apr 26 2017, 10:33 PM
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Favourites:

Tubthumping (I get knocked down! But I get up again! You're never gonna bring me down!) [Also, Homer Simpson's parody of the song in The Simpsons ep Little Girl In The Big Ten was hilarious]
Spice Up Your Life (guilty pleasure)
Picture Of You (remember hearing this in the end credits of the 1997 Mr Bean movie)
Got Til It Gone (This song marked Janet's transition to hip hop. With Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest and a Joni Mitchell sample)
Freed From Desire (I remember getting into this club classic long before the Will Grigg's On Fire fad)
Stay
Sunchyme (Hey-oh-mamama)
Never Gonna Let You Goooooo WOOOAHHHH WOOAAHHH WOOOAAHHH WOOOAAHHHHH (fade out)
You Sexy Thing (Such a classic. "I believe in miracles!")
Da Ya Think I'm Sexy
Phenomenon
Party People Friday Night
Maria ("EPA! Un dos tre! Un pasito pa adelante Maria!")
Samba De Janeiro
Free
You Have Been Loved
The Drugs Don't Work
Stand By Me (have this song on a CD single digipak and on a promo 12" [the former I got from a charity shop back in November '15 and the latter I managed to get from my local FOPP])
All You Good Good People
Don't Leave
Karma Police (OK Computer is one of my favourite 90's albums)
James Bond Theme
Choose Life
Lazy Days
A Life Less Ordinary
Black Eyed Boy
Janie, Don't Take Your Love To Town
Better Day
I'm So Lonely


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post Apr 29 2017, 05:38 PM
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Artwork: 6/10 - alright but nothing special.

Disc 1: Sunchyme - no questions asked.

Disc 2: Stand By Me - one of their most underrated singles.

Overall: 6/10 - don't remember a lot of these.
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post Apr 29 2017, 05:46 PM
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Love this Now. Both discs have their highlights (Sunchyme/Stay on disc 1, Karma Police/Stand By Me on disc 2). More classic 97.
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post Apr 29 2017, 06:38 PM
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I went for Boyzone's Picture Of You on Disc 1, easily one of their best, but it's a pretty good disc overall!

Disc 2 is not so good but I went for Black Eyed Boy by Texas, love the throwback Motown sound a decade before everyone was doing it (and Sharleen even did it again herself on her solo album). Stand By Me by Oasis is second, love the verses and bridge of that song particularly.
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post May 4 2017, 11:19 AM
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2nd cd much better than 1st. voted texas and boyzone-by far the best song they ever did!
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post May 17 2017, 12:35 AM
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The only thing I didn't like about the album is that they used the 80s remix of "You Sexy Thing" which also appeared on NOW 9 instead of the original 70s version
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in this compilation you could be put in a song called "Flashback".. by me?
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