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> REVIEW: Now That's What I Call Music! 43, Released 19th July 1999 | 41 Tracks | 8 #1 Singles
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Released: 19th July 1999
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Universal
Format: Double CD, Double Cassette & Mini Disc
Duration: 2:34:38 (154 minutes 38 seconds)
Tracks: 41
#1s: 8
Chart Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
Sales: 665,000 (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. Martine McCutcheon Perfect Moment 3:53 {1}
2. Boyzone You Needed Me 3:29 {1}
3. Backstreet Boys I Want It That Way 3:34 {1}
4. Shanks & Bigfoot Sweet Like Chocolate 3:33 {1}
5. S Club 7 Bring It All Back 3:31 {1}
6. Vengaboys Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom 3:22 {1}
7. ATB 9pm (Till I Come) 2:33 {1}
8. Phats & Small Turn Around 3:32 {2}
9. Basement Jaxx Red Alert 3:35 {5}
10. Dina Carroll Without Love 3:35 {13}
11. Geri Halliwell Look At Me 3:42 {2}
12. Adam Rickitt I Breathe Again 3:46 {5}
13. Lolly Viva La Radio 2:47 {6}
14. Cartoons DooDah 3:12 {7}
15. Precious Say It Again 2:59 {6}
16. Honeyz Love Of A Lifetime 3:37 {9}
17. 911 Private Number 3:32 {3}
18. Culture Club Your Kisses Are Charity 4:19 {25}
19. Beverley Knight The Greatest Day 4:00 {14}
20. Melanie G Word Up 3:40 {14}
21. Fierce Dayz Like That 3:47 {11}
22. Tina Cousins Forever 4:02 {45}
23. Baz Luhrmann Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen) 5:05 {1}
24. Texas In Our Lifetime 4:04 {4}
25. New Radicals You Get What You Give 4:40 {5}
26. Supergrass Pumping On Your Stereo 3:20 {11}
27. Madness Lovestruck 3:50 {10}
28. The Wiseguys Ooh La La 3:41 {2}
29. The Chemical Brothers Hey Boy Hey Girl 4:49 {3}
30. Fatboy Slim Right Here Right Now 5:56 {2}
31. Chicane feat. Maire Brennan Of Clannad Saltwater 3:23 {6}
32. Bryan Adams Cloud Number Nine 4:10 {6}
33. Blur Coffee & TV 5:02 {11}
34. Cast Beat Mama 3:40 {9}
35. Stereophonics Pick A Part That's New 3:31 {4}
36. Gomez Bring It On 3:56 {21}
37. Semisonic Secret Smile 3:47 {13}
38. James I Know What I'm Here For 3:56 {22}
39. Yomanda Synth & Strings 3:17 {8}
40. DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay Better Off Alone 3:03 {2}
41. Masters At Work Presents India To Be In Love 3:28 {23}

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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: Martine McCutcheon Perfect Moment / Shanks & Bigfoot Sweet Like Chocolate / ATB 9pm (Till I Come) (2 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Tina Cousins Forever {45}
Longest Song: Fatboy Slim Right Here Right Now 5:56
Shortest Song: ATB 9pm (Till I Come) 2:33
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: This was the first volume to be made available on mini disc.
    On This Day In History
A gunman who sprayed bullets at Westwood's car in Kensington, London, shot BBC Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood. A statement the following day said he was recovering at a London hospital.
    Other Resources
Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
Everyhit
Brandt Animation Archive
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    Andrew's Review
Now That's What I Call Music! 43 also known as Now 43 featured 41 summer hits of 1999 and included 8 UK #1 singles. For many artists, this was the platform on which they started their continued chart success and subsequent features in the series. These newbies were Martine McCutcheon, S Club 7, ATB, Basement Jaxx, Geri Halliwell, Lolly, Precious, Beverley Knight, Fierce, Chicane and Alice Deejay.

Just a couple of missing #1's from this era, one of them was the debut single by Westlife Swear It Again who would go on to achieve a further 13 UK #1 singles in their career. The other missing #1 was from Ricky Martin, who had previously featured in the series, but his best selling hit Livin La Vida Loca, which stayed at #1 for 3 weeks, was not included on this volume. Also missing from this volume were hits like Steps Love's Got A Hold On My Heart, Britney Spears Sometimes, TLC No Scrubs, Jennifer Lopez If You Had My Love, A1 Be The First To Believe along with the debut from controversial newcomer Eminem My Name Is.

The artists whose only appearance was on this volume were Shanks & Bigfoot, Phats & Small, Adam Rickitt, Baz Luhrmann, New Radicals, The Wiseguys, Gomez, Semisonic, Yomanda, DJ Jurgen and Masters At Work.

Artwork Rating: 7/10 Very Good
Striking artwork on this volume, with a very sunshine filled theme. The logo radiates in front of a sphere like object which I calling the sun! Very bright and inviting. The silky smooth blue around the edges, and on the reverse of the cover, makes for a very good piece of artwork.

Disc 1 Favourite: S Club 7 Bring It All Back
This is such a fun song to listen to, and I'm not ashamed in the least you like it. The message in the lyrics are positive and uplifting, and the upbeat sound and summer freshness make this a great S Club song. The first of many to come.

Disc 2 Favourite: Bryan Adams Cloud Number 9
One of my favourite songs growing up, I absolutely loved the vibes this song was giving off, and it wasn't until later in life I discovered it was produced by Chicane, who worked with Bryan Adams again the following year. This is my favourite Bryan Adams song and it is a feel good anthem for me.

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

1. Westlife Swear It Again 4:06 {1}
2. Ricky Martin Livin' La Vida Loca 4:03 {1}
3. A1 Be The First To Believe 3:19 {6}
4. *Nsync Tearin' Up My Heart 3:31 {9}
5. Steps Loves Got A Hold On My Heart 3:22 {2}
6. Britney Spears Sometimes 3:55 {3}
7. Cher Strong Enough 3:29 {5}
8. Powerhouse feat. Duane Harden What You Need 3:20 {13}
9. Gouryella Gouryella 3:38 {15}
10. DJ Sakin & Friends Nomansland (David's Song) 2:40 {14}
11. Pete Heller Big Love 4:04 {12}
12. The Three Amigos Louie Louie 3:40 {15}
13. Will Smith feat. Dru Hill Wild Wild West 4:06 {2}
14. Destiny's Child Bills Bills Bills 4:16 {6}
15. TLC No Scrubs 3:53 {3}
16. Jennifer Lopez If You Had My Love 4:24 {4}
17. The Offspring Why Don't You Get A Job? 2:52 {2}
18. Shed Seven Disco Down 3:51 {13}
19. Suede Electricity 4:39 {5}
20. Hepburn I Quit 3:56 {8}
21. Catatonia Dead From The Waist Down 3:41 {7}
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Total time: 1:18:45

Overall Rating: 8/10 Extremely Good
Loads and loads of good things to say about this volume, and it's a massive improvement on the previous release. One of my all time favourites, and one of the best summer releases we've ever had. Just great.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of May 2017)
1. Bryan Adams Cloud Number Nine
2. DJ Jurgen Presents Alice Deejay Better Off Alone
3. Chicane feat. Maire Brennan Of Clannad Saltwater
4. S Club 7 Bring It All Back
5. ATB 9pm (Till I Come)

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of May 2017)
1. Gomez Bring It On
2. Lolly Viva La Radio
3. Cartoons DooDah
4. Culture Club Your Kisses Are Charity
5. James I Know What I'm Here For


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post May 28 2017, 07:31 PM
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cover art: 6/10
disc one: ATB - 9PM (Till I Come) heart.gif
disc two: DJ Jurgen & Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone heart.gif
overall 6/10 - some v good songs here mixed with a fair bit of unknown/crap as usual
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post May 28 2017, 09:03 PM
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I typed out a long post and my computer failed when posting...

So in a nutshell, just to say that this is my favourite ever compilation probably, I bought it on the day of release mainly for Better Off Alone, which had entered the chart the day before Now 43 was released. It was at the time the only way to get hold of the radio edit of the track as the CD single bizarrely only had long dance mixes, which made its success even more impressive!. But there are so many other highlights throughout, particularly 9PM (Till I Come), Say It Again, In Our Lifetime and You Get What You Give <3
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ May 28 2017, 10:03 PM) *
I typed out a long post and my computer failed when posting...

That's annoying, well if you remember anything else you typed before, please share. happy.gif
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post May 29 2017, 09:50 AM
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Great summery pop dance Now. Voted for Sweet Like Chocolate and Better Off Alone.
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I agree this is the best summer Now by a long way. I chose S Club 7 from disc 1 - Bring it All Back was such a classic and reminds me of watching Miami 7 for the first time on CBBC that summer and becoming obsessed thereon in! ATB and Backstreet Boys a close second and third for me. Disc 2 choice for me was again, Fatboy Slim - every single he released at this time was a classic. Close second and third would be New Radicals and Blur.
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Disc 2 is so much better than Disc 1 for this one. My favourites:

9pm (Till I Come)
Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
You Get What You Give
Hey Boy Hey Girl
Right Here Right Now
Saltwater
Cloud Number 9
Synth & Strings
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I'm interested to know if anyone here actually bought this volume on minidisc? What was the short term appeal at the time? ohmy.gif
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QUOTE(awardinary @ May 30 2017, 07:34 PM) *
I'm interested to know if anyone here actually bought this volume on minidisc? What was the short term appeal at the time? ohmy.gif


Nope, but I do have a Minidisc player, though the only album I actually bought on that format was Thunderbugs' debut/only album, which was curiously only available on Minidisc laugh.gif

I think it was a precursor to an MP3 player in some way, a portable device that was much smaller than a Discman and more versatile than a walkman. You could make your own compilations or albums with by recording songs onto blank minidiscs and have features like skipping and fast forwarding through tracks etc, it seemed quite revolutionary prior to people burning their own CDs at home! But would be seen as tedious and fiddly now.

It was also a good format to record your own music onto from a computer or keyboard input, I have a whole album of songs I made back in 2003 on Minidisc.


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QUOTE(gooddelta @ May 30 2017, 09:21 PM) *
Nope, but I do have a Minidisc player, though the only album I actually bought on that format was Thunderbugs' debut/only album, which was curiously only available on Minidisc laugh.gif

I think it was a precursor to an MP3 player in some way, a portable device that was much smaller than a Discman and more versatile than a walkman. You could make your own compilations or albums with by recording songs onto blank minidiscs and have features like skipping and fast forwarding through tracks etc, it seemed quite revolutionary prior to people burning their own CDs at home! But would be seen as tedious and fiddly now.

It was also a good format to record your own music onto from a computer or keyboard input, I have a whole album of songs I made back in 2003 on Minidisc.


I have the Thunderbugs album on CD (imported from the Netherlands, mind) biggrin.gif

I'm surprised that Minidisc never took off, but I guess with Napster rearing its then illegal head a year on from this Now it was a doomed format. One of my friends at school had a player and made his own mixtapes with it though, and I succinctly remember him having Will Smith's "Willennium" album for it.

Also interesting fact: when McFly were in their infancy, Tom used to send Minidiscs of demos to Danny of songs he'd written with James from Busted.
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Had no idea it was out on CD, I thought it was folklore that that album only came out on Minidisc!
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ May 30 2017, 11:08 PM) *
Had no idea it was out on CD, I thought it was folklore that that album only came out on Minidisc!


The cover of "Angel of the Morning" on it is really quite lovely. Up there with the Chrissie Hynde version!
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Rather than just listing out all of my favourites, I just do the Top 5 thing.


Top 15:
  1. Red Alert
  2. Right Here Right Now
  3. Pick A Part That's New
  4. Coffee And TV
  5. Better Off Alone
  6. Hey Boy Hey Girl
  7. You Get What You Give
  8. Pumping On Your Stereo
  9. Turn Around
  10. Ooh La La
  11. Saltwater
  12. 9PM (Till I Come)
  13. Sweet Like Chocolate
  14. Bring It On
  15. I Know What I'm Here For
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Right then, it's catch up time cheer.gif

Artwork: LOVE that. Explosive & perfect for the Summer! 9/10.

Disc 1 Fave: OH MY WORD what a Side! One of the best in the edition's history I would say. If I had to pick a fave here it would be Vengaboys again but these are also all 10/10 songs: I Want It That Way, Sweet Like Chocolate, 9PM, Turn Around, Red Alert, I Breathe Again & Doodah (ph34r.gif)

Disc 2 Fave: Better Off Alone. The greatest single of all time.

Overall: Hesistant to call this the greatest volume ever in case there's a better one yet to come but this is comfortably top 5. I give this a 9/10!
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Disc 1 faves :

1. Precious Say It Again wub.gif
2. Beverley Knight The Greatest Day cool.gif
3. Geri Halliwell Look At Me cheer.gif
4. Vengaboys Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom
5. Dina Carroll Without Love


Disc 2 is terrible so only list 1 fav :
1. New Radicals You Get What You Give


Fantasy Disc 3 faves :
1. Jennifer Lopez If You Had My Love (why can't her other songs be this good ?)
2. Cher Strong Enough (ANTHEM ! music.gif )
3. Hepburn I Quit (''I'm so sorry I can't be your......MUVVA !'' biggrin.gif )
4. A1 Be The First To Believe
5. Catatonia Dead From The Waist Down
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