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Various Artists - NOW Yearbook – THE VAULT: 1983 [Standard 4CD]


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Format: Standard 4CD
Catalogue No.: CDYBVNOW83
Barcode: 0196588818127
Release Date: 31 May 2024
Genre: Pop

The year that NOW’s story began, and where we started our ‘Yearbook’ series back in 2021. An incredible year in Pop music, and between that first ‘Yearbook’, it’s ‘Extra’, and more of the year’s hits featuring on the ‘80-84 Final’ and it’s  ‘Extra’ we have featured over 150 tracks on CD so far in our appreciation of 1983.

Those tracks were generally the bigger hits of the year with their Chart achievement a factor in their inclusion - however – that’s not the whole story, and our celebration of 1983 wouldn’t be complete without shining a light on some of the year’s singles that have been compiled much less frequently over the past 40 years…

Welcome to the THE VAULT for 1983…Some of the tracks were Top 40 hits, some missed the Chart completely, and some were huge in the U.S. and not in the U.K. – but all are part of the wonderful Pop story of 1983.

80 tracks across 4-CDs - NOW Yearbook - The Vault: 1983

CD1 kicks off with a run of Synth-Pop gems from established artists Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Blancmange, Gary Numan and Talk Talk alongside some newer bands, The Lotus Eaters, H20, Freur and After The Fire… Japan released a live  instrumental, and Yello, Divine, Rockers Revenge and Freeez presented fantastic Electronic club tracks. Level 42 and Animal Nightlife produced sophisticated Jazz-Funk-Pop and Joe Jackson’s hit ‘Night And Day’ album included the final track on the first disc  – ‘Breaking Us In Two’….

The second disc opens with a stunning collection of Indie-Pop singles from Bauhaus, Marc And The Mambas, The Stranglers and The Glove – featuring members of both The Cure and Siouxsie And The Banshees….

US Indie-Pop from The B-52’s and Wall Of Voodoo leads into a run of pure Pop from Kim Wilde, Adam Ant, Bow Wow Wow, Altered Images, The Belle Stars and The Bluebells - before the CD moves towards it’s close with the Retro-Pop of Roman Holliday  and Tracie, plus Fun Boy Three and UB40 before finishing with Mari Wilson’s gorgeous take on ‘Cry Me A River’. 

CD3 features some huge and long-established superstars including Billy Joel with the stunning opener ‘Goodnight Saigon’, Bonnie Tyler, Electric Light Orchestra, Lionel Richie, Earth Wind & Fire, Mike Oldfield, The Kinks, Olivia Newton-John  and a massive U.S. hit for Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton with a cover of Bob Seger’s ‘We’ve Got Tonite’. Great tracks from Chris Rea, Robert Palmer and Marillion are followed by a run of influential floor-fillers including Man Parrish with ‘Hip Hop, Be Bop  (Don’t Stop)’, ‘Magic’s Wand’ from Whodini, and ‘Get Down Saturday Night’ from Oliver Cheatham – which would be sampled on the 2003 #1 single ‘Make Luv’ by Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham. And the disc concludes with ‘Lady Lady’ by Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito  taken from the soundtrack of one of 1983’s biggest movies, ‘Flashdance’. 

The final disc focuses on singles that found Chart success in the U.S, and opening with Culture Club and ‘I’ll Tumble 4 Ya’ – a U.S. single that wasn’t released in the UK, before a sequence of tracks that were all U.S. New-Wave hits led  by the collaboration between Sparks and the Go-go’s Jane Wiedlin and including The Romantics, The Fixx, The Motels, Modern English, Missing Persons and Naked Eyes. Taco’s Synth cover of ‘Puttin’ On The Ritz’ is up next before a run of Rock and FM radio hits  from Pat Benatar, Styx, Asia, Journey and John Mellencamp – and to close this amazing collection, 3 of 1983’s most beautiful ballads from Daryl Hall & John Oates, Toto, and ‘It Might Be You’, the theme from another smash hit film, ‘Tootsie’. 

NOW Yearbook – The Vault : 1983 – A continued celebration of the magical year in Pop!


CD 1
1.           Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Telegraph   
2.           Blancmange - That’s Love, That It Is 
3.           Thompson Twins - Watching
4.           Talk Talk - My Foolish Friend            
5.           A Flock Of Seagulls - Nightmares 
6.           After The Fire - Der Kommissar  
7.           Gary Numan - Sister Surprise  
8.           John Foxx - Endlessly  
9.           The Lotus Eaters - You Don't Need Someone New   
10.         China Crisis - Tragedy And Mystery 
11.         H2O - Just Outside Heaven  
12.         Freur - Doot Doot 
13.         Japan - Canton  
14.         Yello - I Love You  
15.         Divine - Love Reaction  
16.         Rockers Revenge - The Harder They Come  
17.         Freeez - Pop Goes My Love  
18.         Level 42 - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind  
19.         Animal Nightlife - Native Boy '83 
20.         Joe Jackson - Breaking Us In Two  

CD 2 
1.           Bauhaus - Lagartija Nick
2.           Marc And The Mambas - Black Heart 
3.           The Stranglers - Midnight Summer Dream  
4.           Spear Of Destiny - The Wheel 
5.           The Glove - Like An Animal 
6.           The B-52's - Song For A Future Generation   
7.           Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio  
8.           The Teardrop Explodes - You Disappear From View 
9.           Kim Wilde – Dancing In The Dark  
10.         Haysi Fantayzee - Sister Friction  
11.         Adam Ant - Strip  
12.         Bow Wow Wow - Do You Wanna Hold Me? 
13.         Altered Images - Bring Me Closer 
14.         The Belle Stars - Indian Summer 
15.         XTC - Love On A Farmboy's Wages  
16.         The Bluebells - Cath 
17.         Roman Holliday - Motor Mania 
18.         Tracie - Give It Some Emotion 
19.         Fun Boy Three – The More I See (The Less I Believe)
20.         UB40 - I've Got Mine 
21.         Mari Wilson - Cry Me A River 

CD 3  
1.           Billy Joel - Goodnight Saigon  
2.           Bonnie Tyler - Faster Than The Speed Of Night   
3.           Men At Work - Overkill 
4.           Chris Rea - I Can Hear Your Heartbeat            
5.           Electric Light Orchestra - Secret Messages  
6.           Robert Palmer - You Are In My System  
7.           Mike Oldfield - Shadow On The Wall 
8.           Marillion - He Knows You Know  
9.           The Kinks - Don’t Forget To Dance  
10.         Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton - We've Got Tonight 
11.         Lionel Richie - You Are  
12.         Earth, Wind & Fire - Fall In Love With Me  
13.         Oliver Cheatham - Get Down Saturday Night   
14.         Malcolm McLaren - Soweto 
15.         Set The Tone - Dancesucker 
16.         Man Parrish - Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop)    
17.         Whodini - Magic's Wand 
18.         Olivia Newton-John - Twist Of Fate  
19.         Giorgio Moroder & Joe Esposito - Lady, Lady     

CD 4
1.           Culture Club - I'll Tumble 4 Ya 
2.           Sparks & Jane Wiedlin - Cool Places  
3.           The Romantics - Talking In Your Sleep 
4.           The Fixx - Saved By Zero  
5.           The Motels - Suddenly Last Summer 
6.           Modern English - I Melt With You  
7.           Missing Persons - Walking In L.A.  
8.           Naked Eyes - Always Something There to Remind Me  
9.           Taco – Puttin On The Ritz
10.         Styx - Mr. Roboto  
11.         Laura Branigan - Solitaire                
12.         Pat Benatar - Little Too Late 
13.         Rick Springfield - Affair Of The Heart 
14.         Huey Lewis & The News - Heart And Soul 
15.         Asia - Don't Cry  
16.         Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)  
17.         John Mellencamp - Crumblin' Down 
18.         Daryl Hall & John Oates - One On One 
19.         Toto - I Won't Hold You Back 
20.         Stephen Bishop - It Might Be You     

More From This Artist: A Flock Of Seagulls Adam Ant After The Fire Altered Images Animal Nightlife Asia Bauhaus Billy Joel Blancmange Bonnie Tyler Bow Wow Wow China Crisis Chris Rea Culture Club Daryl Hall & John Oates Divine Earth Wind & Fire Electric Light Orchestra Freeez Freur Fun Boy Three Gary Numan Giorgio Moroder H2O Haysi Fantayzee Huey Lewis & The News Japan Joe Esposito Joe Jackson John Foxx John Mellencamp Journey Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton Kim Wilde Laura Branigan Level 42 Lionel Richie Malcolm McLaren Man Parrish Marc And The Mambas Mari Wilson Marillion Men At Work Mike Oldfield Missing Persons Modern English Naked Eyes Oliver Cheatham Olivia Newton-John Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Pat Benatar Rick Springfield Robert Palmer Rockers Revenge Roman Holliday Set The Tone Sparks & Jane Wiedlin Spear Of Destiny Stephen Bishop Styx Taco Talk Talk The B-52's The Belle Stars The Bluebells The Fixx The Glove The Kinks The Lotus Eaters The Motels The Romantics The Stranglers The Teardrop Explodes Thompson Twins Toto Tracie UB40 Wall Of Voodoo Whodini XTC Yello

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