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> REVIEW: Now That’s What I Call Music! 66, Released 2nd April 2007 | 44 Tracks | 7 #1 Singles
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Released: 2nd April 2007
Origin: United Kingdom
Label: Virgin / EMI / Universal
Format: Double CD, Digital MP3 Download
Duration: 2:33:50 (153 minutes 50 seconds)
Tracks: 44
#1’s: 7
Chart Peak: #1 (6 weeks)
Sales: TBC (3x Platinum)
    Tracklisting
1. MIKA – Grace Kelly 3:07 {1}
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby 3:22 {1}
3. Sugababes vs Girls Aloud – Walk This Way 2:54 {1}
4. Take That – Patience 3:20 {1}
5. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around...Comes Around 5:13 {4}
6. Nelly Furtado – Say It Right 3:35 {10}
7. Beyoncι – Irreplaceable 3:47 {4}
8. Kelis feat. Cee-Lo – Lil Star 3:14 {3}
9. Akon feat. Eminem – Smack That 2:44 {1}
10. Just Jack – Starz In Their Eyes 3:11 {2}
11. Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80’s 3:32 {10}
12. Mason vs Princess Superstar – Perfect (Exceeder) 2:41 {3}
13. Booty Luv – Boogie 2Nite 3:13 {2}
14. Eric Prydz vs Floyd – Proper Education 3:18 {2}
15. Sharam – P.A.T.T. (Party All The Time) 2:13 {8}
16. Cascada – Truly Madly Deeply 2:56 {4}
17. Girls Aloud – I Think We’re Alone Now 3:42 {4}
18. Seamus Haji feat. KayJay – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life 3:13 {13}
19. Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grand – The Creeps 2:26 {7}
20. Jamelia – Beware Of The Dog 3:10 {10}
21. Gwen Stefani – Wind It Up 3:10 {3}
22. JoJo – Too Little, Too Late 3:40 {4}
23. Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This 4:18 {1}
24. The Fray – How To Save A Life 4:23 {4}
25. The View – Same Jeans 3:33 {3}
26. Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control 3:24 {7}
27. Sophie Ellis-Bexter – Catch You 3:18 {8}
28. Klaxons – Golden Skans 2:46 {7}
29. Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race 3:32 {2}
30. The Killers – Read My Mind 4:05 {15}
31. U2 – Window In The Skies 4:00 {4}
32. Robbie Williams with Pet Shop Boys – She’s Madonna 4:17 {16}
33. The Fratellis – Whistle For The Choir 3:35 {9}
34. The Ordinary Boys – I Luv U 3:14 {7}
35. Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes 5:39 {26}
36. Razorlight – Before I Fall To Pieces 3:22 {17}
37. Scissor Sisters – She’s My Man 4:03 {29}
38. The Feeling – Love It When You Call 3:34 {18}
39. McFly – Sorry’s Not Good Enough 3:29 {3}
40. Lily Allen – Alfie 2:44 {15}
41. Jamie T – Calm Down Dearest 3:35 {9}
42. Sugababes – Easy 3:37 {8}
43. Amy Winehouse – You Know I’m No Good 3:36 {18}
44. The Proclaimers feat. Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) 3:40 {1}

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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: MIKA – Grace Kelly (5 weeks)
Lowest Charting Track: Scissor Sisters – She’s My Man {29}
Longest Song: Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes 5:39
Shortest Song: Sharam – P.A.T.T. (Party All The Time) 2:13
Edited Tracks: Unknown
Unedited Tracks: Unknown
Inlay Mistakes: None
Other Facts: None
    On This Day In History
No music news to report for 2nd April 2007.
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Official Now Music Website
Wikipedia
Everyhit
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post Dec 11 2017, 07:41 PM
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    Andrew's Review
Now That’s What I Call Music! 66 aka Now 66 was the first volume to be released in 2007. It contained 44 tracks and 7 UK #1 singles of the era. On this compilation we were introduced for the first time to artists like MIKA, Just Jack, Calvin Harris, Booty Luv, Leona Lewis, The Fray, Klaxons and Jamie T.

No missing #1 singles from this era which is impressive. There were a few surprising omissions though, such as the 2006 Children In Need single by Emma Bunton, along with other hits for Christina Aguilera, Kings Of Leon, Freemasons, Chris Cornell, 2Pac, My Chemical Romance, Nelly Furtado, Junior Jack and the ballad from Katie Price & Peter Andre.

This volume was the only one in the series to feature artists like Mason, Sharam, Seamus Haji, Camille Jones, The View and Gossip.

Artwork Rating: 8/10 Extremely Good
Such a fun design for this volume of a fairground of rides and colourful canopies depicting the start of Spring. Loving the bright, sunny feeling this gives me when I see it. Very original too unlike anything seen before. A very impressive artwork from the series.

Disc 1 Favourite: Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80’s
The debut single from one of the UK’s finest DJ’s. The sound produced on this song is so raw and sharp and unlike anything else around at the time. Also of course, as someone who was “born in the 80’s,” it takes on another personal appeal to me too!

Disc 2 Favourite: Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
My favourite song by Fall Out Boy which has slow parts and faster parts that works really well for the emotion of the song. Definitely one of the highlights of the bands career.

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

1. Emma Bunton – Downtown 3:25 {3}
2. Nelly Furtado – All Good Things (Come To An End) 4:23 {4}
3. Christina Aguilera – Hurt 4:03 {11}
4. Beyoncι – Listen 3:39 {16}
5. Katie Price & Peter Andre – A Whole New World 4:35 {12}
6. Lemar – Someone Should Tell You 3:43 {21}
7. Andy Abraham feat. Michael Underwood – December Brings Me Back To You 3:17 {18}
8. The Twang – Wide Awake 4:48 {15}
9. Bloc Party – The Prayer 3:42 {4}
10. The Killers – Bones 3:47 {15}
11. Biffy Clyro – Saturday Superhero 3:19 {13}
12. Chris Cornell – You Know My Name 4:01 {7}
13. Kings Of Leon – On Call 3:22 {18}
14. Kasabian – Me Plus One 2:28 {22}
15. Lily Allen – Littlest Things 3:02 {21}
16. Fish Go Deep feat. Tracey K – The Cure & The Cause 2:37 {23}
17. Cascada – Miracle 3:46 {8}
18. Junior Jack – Dare Me (Stupidisco) 2:36 {20}
19. The Freemasons feat. Sideah Garrett – Rain Down Love 3:17 {12}
20. LazyTown – Bang Bang 3:16 {4}
21. 2Pac feat. Ashanti & T.I. – Pac’s Life3:37 {21}
22. Omarion – Ice Box 4:17 {14}
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Total time: 1:19:00

Overall Rating: 7/10 Very Good
There are some great highlights from this volume in the series. Great job featuring all eligible #1 singles from the era, and that included the first hit for Take That in some 10 years, who themselves last appeared on Now 29. X Factor Winner 2006 Leona Lewis became the first female to win the show and her winners single featured on here, and so did both #1 Comic Relief singles from 2007. There’s not much that could have been done to improve this volume and I’m very pleased with how it still sounds all these years later.

Andrew's Best 5 (as of December 2017)
1. Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80’s
2. Booty Luv – Boogie 2Nite
3. Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
4. Eric Prydz vs Floyd – Proper Education
5. Fall Out Boy – This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race

Andrew's Worst 5 (as of December 2017)
1. U2 – Window In The Skies
2. Lily Allen – Alfie
3. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Catch You
4. Gwen Stefani – Wind It Up
5. Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes
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post Dec 11 2017, 07:42 PM
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    Other Omissions
Cliff Richard – 21st Century Christmas / Move It {2}
Iron Maiden – Different World {3}
My Chemical Romance – Famous Last Words {8}
P Diddy feat. Christina Aguilera – Tell Me {8}
Maxοmo Park – Our Velocity {9}
Muse – Knights Of Cydonia {10}
P Diddy feat. Keyshia Cole – Last Night {14}
Crazy Frog – Last Christmas {16}
Morrissey – I Just Want To See The Boy Happy {16}
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Ho) {16}
Lil’ Chris – Gettin’ Enough {17}
David Gilmour feat. David Bowie – Arnold Layne {19}
Matt Willis – Don’t Let It Go To Waste {19}
Pigeon Detectives – Romantic Type {19}
Scissor Sisters – Land Of A Thousand Words {19}
Jessica Simpson – A Public Affair {20}
Little Man Tate – Sexy In Latin {20}
The Good The Bad & The Queen – Kingdom Of Doom {20}
Ugly Rumours – War {21}
Good Charlotte – Keep Your Hands Off My Girl {23}
Keane – A Bad Dream {23}
Madness – Sorry {23}
Melanie C – I Want Candy {24}
The Fratellis – Baby Fratelli {24}
Ericke – The Beat Is Rockin’ {25}
Ghosts – Stay The Night {25}
Ricky Tomlinson – Christmas My Arse {25}
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post Dec 11 2017, 09:51 PM
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Voted for Sharam - PATT as my fave track from disc 1, one of the last and one of the best imo, 80s remixes to do well in the chart. Boogie 2 Nite by Booty Luv is a close second for me, also a great dance track imo.

Amy Winehouse, the Fray and Gossip outshine everything else on disc 2, went with 'How To Save A Life' as it a beautiful song and one I liked at the time. I also liked 'You Know I'm No Good' and still do, very close second for me. The Gossip tune I really liked at the time too.

Love Rain Down Love, Dare Me (Stupidisco), The Cure And The Cause and The Beat Is Rocking from the omissions. There was also another one not on your omissions list (as it only made #27 which it peaked at for 2 weeks) which is Big Bass vs Michelle Narine - What You Do (Playing With Stones), wonderful dance tune imo.


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Went for one of my faves of all time ‘Say it right’ wub.gif
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post Dec 12 2017, 05:48 PM
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Yep, Say It Right is the clear standout track on the whole album.
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post Dec 13 2017, 12:49 AM
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Went for Lil' Star on Disc 1. What a pop gem!
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A great edition here.

Disc 1:
1. Camille Jones vs Fedde Le Grand – The Creeps
2. Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80’s
3. Mason vs Princess Superstar – Perfect (Exceeder)
4. Eric Prydz vs Floyd – Proper Education
5. Seamus Haji feat. KayJay – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
a lot of top quality tunes in this disc though, it would be easier to mention the ones I'm not a fan of (Walk This Way, I Think We're Alone Now, A Moment Like This)

Disc 2:
1. The Killers – Read My Mind
2. Klaxons – Golden Skans
3. Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control
4. Snow Patrol – Open Your Eyes
5. Razorlight – Before I Fall To Pieces
a few more fillers here but still a decent disc overall.
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