Cumbria Times
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Graham Clark
Music Features Writer
12:00 AM 29th February 2024

Albums: Now - Yearbook 1990

Now - Yearbook 1990

CD1: George Michael - Praying For Time; Elton John – Sacrifice; Roxette - It Must Have Been Love; New Order - World In Motion; The KLF - What Time Is Love (Live At Trancentral); The B-52'S - Love Shack; Belinda Carlisle - (We Want) The Same Thing; Duran Duran - Violence Of Summer (Love's Taking Over); New Kids On The Block - Hangin' Tough; Kylie Minogue - Better The Devil You Know; Kim Appleby - Don't Worry; Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight; Sting - Englishman In New York (The Ben Liebrand Mix); Paul Simon - The Obvious Child; Steve Miller Band - The Joker; The Beautiful South - A Little Time; Julee Cruise - Falling; Chris Isaak - Wicked Game; Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring

CD2: Deee-Lite - Groove Is in The Heart; SNAP! - The Power; Adamski & Seal – Killer; Mantronix & Wondress - Got to Have Your Love; Bass-O-Matic - Fascinating Rhythm; Innocence - Natural Thing; Soul II Soul - A Dream's A Dream; DNA & Suzanne Vega - Tom's Diner; The Family Stand - Ghetto Heaven; Adventures Of Stevie V - Dirty Cash (Money Talks); Rob 'N' Raz Feat. Leila K. - Got To Get; Guru Josh – Infinity; Primal Scream – Loaded; Happy Mondays - Step On; The Stone Roses - One Love; The Charlatans - The Only One I Know; The Cure - Never Enough; They Might Be Giants - Birdhouse In Your Soul; Candy Flip - Strawberry Fields Forever; The Farm - All Together Now

CD 3 Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U; Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven (From Days Of Thunder Soundtrack); Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory (From Young Guns II Soundtrack); Skid Row - 18 And Life; Faith No More – Epic; Tina Turner - Steamy Windows; Alannah Myles - Black Velvet; Cher - Just Like Jesse James; Heart - All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You; Wilson Phillips - Hold On; Paul Young - Oh Girl; UB40 - Kingston Town; Maxi Priest - Close to You; Betty Boo - Where Are You Baby?; Paula Abdul & The Wild Pair - Opposites Attract; Technotronic - Get Up (Before The Night Is Over); Partners In Kryme - Turtle Power; M.C. Hammer - U Can't Touch This; Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby

CD 4 Pet Shop Boys - So Hard; Jimmy Somerville - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real); Kylie Minogue - Step Back In Time; Lonnie Gordon - Happenin’ All Over Again (Hip House Radio Mix); 49ers - Touch Me; Blue Pearl - Naked In The Rain; Bananarama - Only Your Love; En Vogue - Hold On; Londonbeat - I've Been Thinking About You; The Human League - Heart Like A Wheel; Dusty Springfield – Reputation; Halo James - Could Have Told You So; Jason Donovan - Hang On To Your Love; Martika - More Than You Know; New Kids On The Block – Tonight; Adam Ant - Room At The Top; Go West - The King Of Wishful Thinking; Deacon Blue - I'll Never Fall In Love Again; A-Ha - Crying In The Rain; Bobby Vinton - Blue Velvet; The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
(Sony Music/EMI) CDYBXNOW90

This new compilation of the Now music series concentrates on the year 1990. The year was a transitional one for popular music: the songs from the Madchester scene were beginning to infiltrate the charts, as witnessed here with The Stone Roses' One Love, and Happy Mondays' Step On, while the sparks of the immerging dance music scene were beginning to ignite with crossover tracks like Naked in the Rain by Blue Pearl and What Time is Love by KLF.

The diversity and creativity of a stellar year in pop continue with rock gems from Skid Row and Faith No More. The production and writing trio Stock, Aitken, and Waterman still had a hold on the singles chart with hits from Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, though they too started to diversify by combing the resurging Italian house music scene with their traditional pop approach on Lonnie Gordon's Happen' All Over Again.

A number of tracks here include some of the one-hit wonders from 1990, including Black Velvet by Alannah Myles, Hold On by Wilson Phillips, and Could Have Told You So by Halo James.

While some of the tracks have stood the test of time, there are others that sound dated in 2024, such as Technotronic and Partners in Kryme.

For anyone who fondly remembers 1990 or who wants to discover what the charts contained in this particular year, this is a good representation.