20 Apr

I remember in the 1980s, reading Rolling Stone‘s back page to see what the current UK top 20 album and singles charts were. They were almost always better than the equivalent US charts of the time. But I always wondered about the mysterious Now That’s What I Call Music volumes that generally hogged the number one album sales position. What the heck where they, glorified K-Tel? Well, sort of. Eventually the US version came out and, yup, they are what K-Tel used to be. Now there’s a website that discusses the first 20 UK Now! LPs in extreme detail. It’s a lot of fun. Despite some real howlers, they are pretty good compilations of their time.

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