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Now That's What I Call Music! 97

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Working as a DJ I like to keep my music library up to date and this album does that with the current radio trends. Deleting this artist may remove other artists and scrobbles from your library - please handle this with caution! UK series, comprising: compact discs (CD), magnetic audio cassettes (AC), vinyl ( LP), VHS tape, DVD, and on other short-lived formats.

Towards the end of the series, 3-CD digipak sets were issued, but in 2010, the long-running title was retired, and all subsequent dance-themed Now collections have been issued under the Special Editions series.

Initially, a special edition of a Now compilation was quite rare, and between 1994 and 2002, there weren't any released at all. The Yearbook series are 4-CD and 3-LP vinyl sets, each representing a year of music, which launched in June 2021. Another strand of the Now Yearbook series, in August 2022, is the somewhat experimental release of a limited edition, extended play, 7" vinyl single, containing 2 tracks each from the 1983 and 1984 Yearbooks. These compilations are very similar to the anniversary series, however, they contain a lower amount of tracks and retailed much cheaper than the former series. Perhaps I’m being too critical given what was available to choose from during this time period, but definitely having the most talked about song of the moment by Ed Sheeran excluded for a second time (following its eligibility for Now 96) meant that this volume just lacked that spark, and there aren’t too many fond memories of this era for me, however, it is a better score given than the last volume.

The series is then moved forward again, with the release of Now Yearbook 1992 in July 2023 (an Extra followed in August). Released in association with the Official Chart Company to "celebrate 70 years of the official UK singles chart". This arrived as expected, fully sealed to UK standards, the car CD read all track information and the music played as expected. A triple-CD only release, Yearbook Extra: The Collectors Edition, is issued a few weeks later; these include lesser known tracks and more songs by big artists included on the main album and they are released only in standard gatefold wallet packaging.They are also notable as being the first time a Now series had released a compilation of hits from the years 1980 to 1982.

Most of the second disc in this volume hasn’t aged too well in time, and there’s not a lot I choose to come back to these days, but I’ve chosen another solid hit from Sigala to be the standout from this disc. Due to the higher cost of pressing vinyl and the limited time they are available, they are at least three times more expensive than their compact disc counterparts. first reissued 2009 for the 25th anniversary, then again 20 July 2018 to coincide with Now 100) re-issued on 2CD (gatefold in 2009, jewel case in 2018), audio cassette, and a 2LP vinyl release.November 2020) David Bowie, Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald, and the Real Roxanne are the tracks that are missing. The tie-in television programmes are a month by month video playlist of tracks, from one year previously featured on a Now Yearbook album, with Bruno Brookes presenting. Drake was also overlooked along with omissions from Charlie Puth, Captain SKA, Imagine Dragons, Major Lazer, ZAYN and others. A further release, The Final Chapter, a deluxe 4-CD and 3-LP set, was issued in December 2022, rounding off the Yearbook years 1980 to 1984. The first two volumes were not released on compact disc, and all subsequent releases were either single, double, or triple disc sets.

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