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post Apr 30 2017, 09:00 PM
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Released: 8th April 1998
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Polygram
Format: Double CD & Double Cassette
Duration: 2:37:57 (157 minutes 57 seconds)
Tracks: 41
#1s: 5
Chart Peak: #1 (8 weeks)
Sales: 670,000 (2x Platinum)
1. All Saints Never Ever 5:12 {1}
2. Lighthouse Family High 4:34 {4}
3. Janet Jackson Together Again 4:02 {4}
4. Spice Girls Stop 3:23 {2}
5. Natalie Imbruglia Torn 3:57 {2}
6. Billie Myers Kiss The Rain 4:09 {4}
7. Robbie Williams Angels 3:58 {4}
8. Various Artists Perfect Day 3:45 {1}
9. Boyzone Baby Can I Hold You 3:13 {2}
10. Tin Tin Out feat. Shelley Nelson Here's Where The Story Ends 4:03 {7}
11. Space with Cerys of Catatonia The Ballad Of Tom Jones 4:10 {4}
12. Texas Insane 4:38 {4}
13. Hanson Weird 3:51 {19}
14. LeAnn Rimes How Do I Live 4:09 {7}
15. Shania Twain You're Still The One 3:32 {10}
16. Sheryl Crow Tomorrow Never Dies 4:22 {12}
17. Radiohead No Surprises 3:49 {4}
18. The Verve Lucky Man 4:50 {7}
19. Pulp This Is Hardcore 5:14 {12}
20. Robbie Williams Let Me Entertain You 3:36 {3}
21. Catatonia Mulder And Scully 4:09 {3}
22. Cornershop Brimful Of Asha (Norman Cook Remix) 3:58 {1}
23. Run DMC vs Jason Nevins It's Like That 4:02 {1}
24. Wildchild Renegade Master '98 3:49 {3}
25. Bamboo Bamboogie 3:16 {2}
26. Ultra Nate Found A Cure 3:30 {6}
27. Sash! La Primavera 3:34 {3}
28. Aqua Barbie Girl 3:14 {1}
29. Steps 5,6,7,8 3:06 {14}
30. Louise Let's Go Round Again 3:50 {10}
31. Chumbawamba Amnesia 2:53 {10}
32. Camisra Let Me Show You 3:25 {5}
33. DJ Quicksilver Planet Love 3:08 {12}
34. Rest Assured Treat Infamy 3:51 {14}
35. Warren G feat. Sissel Prince Igor 3:48 {15}
36. Lutricia McNeal Ain't That Just The Way 3:02 {6}
37. Prince Buster Whine & Grine 3:18 {21}
38. The All Seeing I Beat Goes On 4:01 {11}
39. Goldie Believe 3:53 {36}
40. Backstreet Boys All I Have To Give 3:51 {2}
41. Vanilla No Way No Way 3:16 {14}

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: Run DMC vs Jason Nevins It's Like That (6 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Goldie Believe {36}
Longest Song: Pulp This Is Hardcore 5:14
Shortest Song: Chumbawamba Amnesia 2:53
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
American country singer Tammy Wynette died age 55.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Brandt Animation Archive
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post Apr 30 2017, 09:00 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 39 aka Now 39 was the first instalment of 1998. On a personal level, this was my very first "Now" compilation which I purchased on double cassette. It features 5 UK #1 singles and a total of 41 Top 40 hits. This volume marked the first occasion the series featured music from Natalie Imbruglia, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Catatonia, Aqua, Steps, Lutricia McNeal and The All Seeing I. Some of these acts would go on to have many big hits in the coming years.

From that era, the missing #1's which could have been included were the Christmas #1 of 1997 which was the novelty theme song to the children's TV show Teletubbies entitled Teletubbies Say 'Eh-Oh' which surprisingly lasted 2 weeks at the top. Too Much from Spice Girls was overlooked but added to another volume later that year. Oasis had yet another #1 single snubbed in the form of All Around The World. Debut single You Make Me Wanna from US heartthrob Usher was also overlooked. Aqua do feature on this volume, but their more recent #1 Doctor Jones was not used but saved until the next volume. The biggest selling single of 1998 was the theme song to Titanic and it was also the biggest single of Celine Dion's music career, yet this UK #1 My Heart Will Go On was featured. Finally, when it comes to the #1 singles of that era, we have to mention Madonna, who had never featured in the series up to this point, but she had a UK #1 single in March 1998 with Frozen.

Other notable songs from this era, including some high profile debuts, which never made the final cut were Will Smith Gettin' Jiggy Wit It, Cleopatra's debut single Cleopatra's Theme, Savage Garden Truly Madly Deeply, Another Level Be Alone No More, Five When The Lights Go Out, Destiny's Child No No No, M People Angel Street and 911 All I Want Is You.

The one hit wonders from this volume were Billie Myers, Cornershop, Run DMC, Bamboo, Camisra, Rest Assured, Prince Buster and Vanilla.

Artwork Rating: 6/10 Good
I've always liked the way orange and blue work together artistically. I like the design and the angle of the logo. Very bold.

Disc 1 Favourite: Sheryl Crow Tomorrow Never Dies
Secretly my favourite Bond theme song. Sheryl's awesome vocals on this track are just so atmospheric. I really sense the emotion and thrill of the Bond story. The best song Sheryl Crow ever made.

Disc 2 Favourite: Cornershop Brimful Of Asha [Norman Cook Remix]
The first time something mixed by Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) was ever a mainstream hit. So refreshing to know this was a UK #1. Never understood the lyrics but that doesn't bother me!

Overall Rating: 9/10 Amazing
As this was my very first purchased volume from the Now series, it has special meaning for me. Originally owned on double cassette and in later years acquired on CD. So many memories for me listening to many of these tracks on holiday. A personal favourite of mine, love so many of the tracks on here.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of May 2017)
1. Sheryl Crow Tomorrow Never Dies
2. Cornershop Brimful Of Asha [Norman Cook Remix]
3. Wildchild Renegade Master '98
4. Lighthouse Family High
5. Spice Girls Stop

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of May 2017)
1. Vanilla No Way No Way
2. Prince Buster Whine & Grine
3. Space with Cerys of Catatonia The Ballad Of Tom Jones
4. Lutricia McNeal Ain't That Just The Way
5. Backstreet Boys All I Have To Give

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post Apr 30 2017, 09:40 PM
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Artwork: 7/10 - like the colours & how it's off-centre

Disc 1: High - this is such an amazing, chillout song. Lucky Man a very close second...

Disc 2: It's Like That - so much energy music.gif No Way, No Way is a shameless guilty pleasure on this side

Overall: 6/10 - some highlights but not too much else I revisit
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post May 1 2017, 10:45 AM
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Another classic 9/10. Chose Pulp and Catalonia. The last 4 tracks of Disc 1 are all superb!
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post May 1 2017, 12:24 PM
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Incredible album, I went with Tin Tin Out on Disc 1 (majestic song) and Sash! on Disc 2 (so uplifting and joyful, underrated in his back catalogue) but practically everything on here is great. 1998 <3
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post May 1 2017, 08:35 PM
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This is a really strong edition, it really does sum up the hits and variety of the period it was released. A lot of truly massive singles on it also.

In terms of representing an era, this possibly is the best edition ever...
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post May 1 2017, 10:15 PM
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Together Again
Torn ("I'm all out of faith." Was shocked to discover this was a cover)
Perfect Day (though I prefer the Lou Reed version)
Here's Where The Story Ends (I like this version as much as the original by The Sundays [which was in the World's End soundtrack BTW])
The Ballad Of Tom Jones
Tomorrow Never Dies
No Surprises
Lucky Man
This Is Hardcore
Let Me Entertain You
Mulder And Scully
Brimful Of Asha (classic)
It's Like That ("And it goes a little something like this" [cue music] )
Renegade Master '98
Bamboogie (I always get up and dance whenever this comes on. "I wanna dance! I wanna get down tonight!" "Do your dance, make a little love, get down tonight, get down tonight")
Found A Cure (Not as spectacular as Free, but still a great song)
La Primavera
5, 6, 7, 8 (guilty pleasure. The part in E4's Bad Robots where the radio kept interrupting the workers' tasks by playing this song made me LOL)
Let Me Show You (DUN DUN DUN DUN DUUUNNN "Let me show you")
Planet Love
Treat Infamy (a.k.a. Bittersweet Symphony but it's a progressive house tune)
Prince Igor (Regulate is my favourite from Warren)
Whine And Grine (reggae classic. Prince Buster, may you rest in peace)

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post May 2 2017, 04:34 PM
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My favourites from this one:

Perfect Day
Here's Where The Story Ends
No Surprises
This Is Hardcore
Treat Infamy
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post May 2 2017, 10:05 PM
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Literally the start of one of my favourite years in music!

Gone for All Saints on Disc 1 and Run-DMC on Disc 2 but the whole album is pretty much amazing!
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post May 3 2017, 12:53 AM
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Surprise to see Lighthouse Family High only reached #4 in UK since I thought it was a #1 hit as a child back there, but nonetheless it did pretty well on Europe (Italy/Switzerland #2, Ireland #3, Austria/Belgium/Germany #4, Netherlands #6) and Oceania (Australia #1, New Zealand #8).
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post May 4 2017, 10:44 AM
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Artwork 7/10
Disc 1: Natalie Imbruglia -Torn (a lot to choose from but this is a great pop song)
Disc 2: Run DMC vs Jason Nevins - Its Like That (Great dance song)
Overall: 9/10
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post May 4 2017, 10:56 AM
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Disc 1: Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
Disc 2: Cornershop - Brimful of Asha wub.gif (It's Like That also)
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post May 4 2017, 11:23 AM
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Ultra Nate and Spice Girls- one of their best songs, stopped from reaching no.1.

also like Rest Assured (bitter Sweet Symphony dance style)

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post May 5 2017, 12:02 AM
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My disc 1 favourite this time is Robbie's 'Angels'! Such an incredible ballad and his second best for me just behind 'Come Undone'. I grew up with Robbie fanatic parents so I heard it so much when I was younger haha. I do love the big girlband tracks from All Saints and Spice Girls too on this disc.

My disc 2 favourite is 'Brimful of Asha' wub.gif this Norman Cook remix really brings the song to life. The lyrics were already strong but the production gives it that extra oomph. 'It's Like That' and 'Let Me Entertain You' are also big highlights.
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