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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 42, Released 29th March 1999 | 40 Tracks | 8 #1 Singles
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post May 21 2017, 08:02 PM
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Released: 29th March 1999
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Polygram
Format: Double CD & Double Cassette
Duration: 2:34:57 (154 minutes 57 seconds)
Tracks: 40
#1s: 8
Chart Peak: #1 (7 weeks)
Sales: 725,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Boyzone When The Going Gets Tough 3:38 {1}
2. Steps Better Best Forgotten 3:40 {2}
3. Cher Believe 3:57 {1}
4. Starring: Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched & Billie Thank Abba For The Music 4:06 {4}
5. Spice Girls Goodbye 4:20 {1}
6. Honeyz End Of The Line 4:06 {5}
7. Billie Honey To The Bee 3:41 {3}
8. The Corrs What Can I Do 4:17 {3}
9. Emilia Big Big World 3:22 {5}
10. Tina Cousins Killin' Time '99 4:05 {15}
11. Vengaboys We Like To Party! (The Vengabus) 3:41 {3}
12. Cartoons Witchdoctor 3:04 {2}
13. Ace Of Base Always Have, Always Will 3:47 {12}
14. Blockster You Should Be... 3:36 {3}
15. A+ Enjoy Yourself 3:41 {5}
16. Deetah El Paraiso Rico 3:28 {39}
17. Emmie More Than This 3:13 {5}
18. DJ Sakin & Friends Protect Your Mind (For The Love Of A Princess) 3:13 {4}
19. Fool Boona Popped 3:02 {52}
20. Sash! Colour The World 3:35 {15}
21. Justin Over You 3:22 {11}
22. Robbie Williams Strong 4:41 {4}
23. Lenny Kravitz Fly Away 3:41 {1}
24. Fatboy Slim Praise You 3:12 {1}
25. Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden You Don't Know Me 3:59 {1}
26. Mister Oizo Flat Beat 3:54 {1}
27. Cardigans Erase/Rewind 3:24 {7}
28. Stereophonics Just Looking 4:02 {4}
29. The All Seeing I feat. Tony Christie Walk Like A Panther 4:19 {10}
30. The Divine Comedy National Express 3:31 {8}
31. Terrorvision Tequilla (Mint Royale Shot) 4:10 {2}
32. The Beautiful South How Long's A Tear Take To Dry? 3:19 {12}
33. Roxette Wish I Could Fly 3:59 {11}
34. 911 A Little Bit More 3:50 {1}
35. Dru Hill These Are The Times 4:04 {4}
36. Kele Le Roc My Love 3:52 {8}
37. All Saints War Of Nerves 4:48 {7}
38. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Imkanyezi Nezazi (The Star & The Wiseman) 4:49 {33}
39. Blur Tender 7:41 {2}
40. Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:48 {DNC}

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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.
{DNC} = Did Not Chart
    Miscellaneous Facts
Track Most Weeks At #1: Cher Believe (7 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love Me {DNC}
Longest Song: Blur Tender 7:41
Shortest Song: Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love Me 2:48
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: N/A
    On This Day In History
The "David Bowie Internet Radio Network" broadcasted its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie's favourite songs with Bowie introducing each track.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
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post May 21 2017, 08:03 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 42 aka Now 42 takes us into 1999. It contained 40 tracks, and 8 UK #1's from that era were selected to make the cut. It was on this volume which we were introduced to Cartoons, Tina Cousins and Stereophonics.

6 more #1 singles could have featured on this playlist to bump up the tally. These included B*Witched To You I Belong, Chef Chocolate Salty Balls, The Offspring Pretty Fly (For A White Guy, Blondie Maria, the debut single by Britney Spears Baby One More Time (however this was included on a later album that year) and finally another #1 by the girls from B*Witched Blame It On The Weatherman. It can also be said that a 7th #1, Tragedy from Steps, was also missing, but this was also included on a later album that year. Other missing hits from this era included Bryan Adams & Melanie C When You're Gone which spent an impressive 10 weeks in the Top 10, Billie's #3 hit She Wants You, TQ Westside, 2Pac Changes, The Corrs Runaway, N'Sync's breakthrough single I Want You Back, Whitney Houston It's Not Right (But It's OK) and George Michael & Mary J. Bilge As.

There are quite a few one hit wonders from this volume, and they were Emilia, Blockster, A+, Emmie, DJ Sakin & Friends, Fool Boona, Justin, Armand Van Helden (although does appear as a featured artist later in the series), Mister Oizo, Dru Hill, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Dusty Springfield.

Artwork Rating: 5/10 Poor
Not great if I'm honest. The choice of colours is ok, but the general design and star shapes surrounding the looks very messy and a little too similar to designs used for Now 39 and Now 40. It doesn't stand out to me in any way from the series.

Disc 1 Favourite: Cher Believe
This dance anthem from 1998 was very big and became Cher's biggest hit. I recall as a 12 year old seeing her perform the song on Top Of The Pops and remembering how popular it was. I don't play it much these days but when I do, I love it.

Disc 2 Favourite: The Divine Comedy National Express
A guilty pleasure that doesn't seem to fit any of my preferred music genres, but this old style song with it's catchy chorus and full brass instruments just makes me feel good every time. It's the only song from the band which I like.

Disc 3 Tracklist (NEW FEATURE!):
(A new concept of what a third disc might look like if other hits from the era were used)

1. B*Witched Blame It On The Weatherman 3:33 {1}
2. Billie She Wants You 3:16 {3}
3. Tatyana Ali feat. Will Smith Boy You Knock Me Out 3:59 {3}
4. Whitney Houston It's Not Right, But It's Ok 4:08 {3}
5. George Michael & Mary J. Blige As 4:42 {4}
6. Andy Williams Music To Watch Girls Go By 2:34 {9}
7. Blondie Maria 3:57 {1}
8. Bryan Adams feat. Melanie C When You're Gone 3:25 {3}
9. The Offspring Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) 3:08 {1}
10. *Nsync I Want You Back 3:21 {5}
11. 2Pac feat. Talent Changes 4:29 {3}
12. TQ Westside 3:52 {4}
13. Ginuwine What's So Different? 3:56 {10}
14. Jay-Z Hard Knock Life 3:58 {2}
15. Lauryn Hill Ex-Factor 4:36 {4}
16. Prince 1999 3:38 {10}
17. Soulsearcher Can't Get Enough 3:23 {8}
18. Inner City Good Life (Buena Vida) 3:38 {10}
19. The Corrs Runaway 4:04 {2}
20. Boyzone I Love The Way You Love Me 3:48 {2}
21. Denise & Johnny Especially For You (BBC Children In Need Single) 2:38 {3}
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Total time: 1:18:03

Overall Rating: 4/10 Very Poor
My feeling is that there was still so much more work to be done on this volume. The quality isn't great, and there's lots of missing songs which should have been included instead of some of the one hit wonders that were selected. It's very messy and overall a disappointment from the preceding few volumes.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of May 2017)
1. The Divine Comedy National Express
2. Cher Believe
3. Emmie More Than This
4. Armand Van Holden feat. Duane Harden You Don't Know Me
5. Vengaboys We Like To Party! (The Vengabus)

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of May 2017)
1. Ladysmith Black Mambazo Inkanyezi Nezazi (The Star & The Wiseman)
2. The All Seeing I feat. Tony Christie Walk Like A Panther
3. Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
4. Fool Boona Popped
5. Emilia Big Big World
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post May 21 2017, 08:09 PM
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Artwork: VERY in your face! Like the colours but not so much the style. 7/10.

Disc 1: Vengabus - absolutely love this track despite its cheesiness. Same with Witchdoctor. Always Have, Always Will & Colour The World are both brilliant too.

Disc 2: You Don't Know Me - stunning 90s classic. Praise You & Flat Beat are both fab too what a run of songs!

Overall: Great selection of songs spread across the 2 sides. 7/10.
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post May 21 2017, 08:16 PM
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A great volume once again, just a couple away now from my all time favourite volume of the series! I went for Honeyz on Disc 1. "End of the Line" was such a beautiful ballad and Celena Cherry sang it perfectly. I believe they would've been even bigger had the whole Heavenli leaving / Mariama joining saga not happened. Close second for me on Disc 1 would be The Corrs and Billie.

And I went for Fatboy Slim on Disc 2. "Praise You" is such a classic, I was a huge fan of that single and its video. Close second on disc 2 are The Cardigans, All Saints and Divine Comedy.
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post May 21 2017, 08:21 PM
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This was the first Now album I ever bought, and I managed to snag it a day before official release, picking it up on a Sunday in a Little Chef restaurant of all places.

Most of the missing songs ended up on New Hits '99, the hits were very much split between the two series' back then due to record label politics. Offspring, 2Pac and George/Mary I don't recall appearing on any compilations though. Billie and Boyzone's I Love The Way You Love Me were the most strange omissions for me as they could have surely had the rights to both, and Boyzone probably deserved a double slot as this was very much their imperial phase.

My favourite on Disc 1 is Cher's Believe, though there is too much other good stuff to mention and on Disc 2 I opted for the excellent Erase/Rewind by The Cardigans (which I bought on CD single a few weeks prior to the release of this album, which raised eyebrows in Our Price, apparently 11 year olds weren't allowed to like that song) - both of these are in my all time top 100 still.
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post May 21 2017, 08:45 PM
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ May 21 2017, 09:21 PM) *
This was the first Now album I ever bought, and I managed to snag it a day before official release, picking it up on a Sunday in a Little Chef restaurant of all places.

Most of the missing songs ended up on New Hits '99, the hits were very much split between the two series' back then due to record label politics. Offspring, 2Pac and George/Mary I don't recall appearing on any compilations though. Billie and Boyzone's I Love The Way You Love Me were the most strange omissions for me as they could have surely had the rights to both, and Boyzone probably deserved a double slot as this was very much their imperial phase.

Motorway services charge extortionate rates for CD's! ohmy.gif

Don't forget Bryan Adams classic with Melanie C, I feel that addition would have bumped up my rating alone.
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Cher Believe was such a icon for late 90s dance song, and Now 42 have some of my childhood classics like Emilia Big Big World, Fatboy Slim Praise You, Lenny Kravitz Fly Away, Vengaboys We Like To Party, and The Corrs What Can I Do.
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post May 24 2017, 08:53 AM
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disc 1: Cher - Believe [proper classique! Vengabus is also a tune]
disc 2: Armand van Helden - You Don't Know Me [also love Praise You and Flat Beat]
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QUOTE(awardinary @ May 21 2017, 09:45 PM) *
Motorway services charge extortionate rates for CD's! ohmy.gif

Don't forget Bryan Adams classic with Melanie C, I feel that addition would have bumped up my rating alone.


I think it was maybe 15.99, which was only 1 more than the shops would charge the next day.

I love When You're Gone but I don't think I've ever come across it on any compilation strangely. Must have been some licensing issue.
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Favourites:

When The Going Gets Tough (not nearly as good as the Billy Ocean version though)
Believe (Probably my favourite Cher song)
Killin Time '99
We Like To Party (a.k.a. The Six Flags advert song)
Witch Doctor (guilty pleasure - ooh ee oh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang)
You Should Be (their follow up Grooveline was also a pretty great club classic)
Enjoy Yourself (this sampled the Fate part of Beethoven's 5th Symphony)
El Paradiso Rico
More Than This
Protect Your Mind (For The Love Of A Princess)
Popped (a.k.a. Iggy Pop - The Passenger [1999 Club Remix])
Colour The World
Strong
Fly Away ( heart.gif)
Praise You (My favourite Fatboy Slim song along with The Rockafeller Skank, Right Here Right Now, Weapon Of Choice, Wonderful Night and Gangster Trippin')
You Don't Know Me (club classic)
Flat Beat (heart.gif)
Erase/Rewind
Just Looking
Walk Like A Panther
National Express
Tequila (I think my faves from Terrorvision would have to be Perserverance and Middleman)
Inkanyezi Nezazi (Really nice, spiritual song. This group also made a guest appearance on Paul Simon's critically acclaimed 1986 album Graceland. I also remember hearing this song when I were practising for my Music GCSE.)
Tender
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me


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