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NOW – Yearbook 1973

  • Released: 08/09/2023
  • Label: Now
  • Genre: Rock/Pop

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NOW is proud to present the next instalment in our ongoing ‘Yearbook’ series – and taking our longest trip back in Pop history so far – 50 Years – with 47 tracks on 3 LPs, pressed on Red Vinyl, to celebrate a landmark year of Pop singles… NOW – Yearbook 1973.

Opening with the iconic ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ from Elton John and followed by Paul McCartney & Wings’ Bond theme ‘Live And Let Die’, this epic beginning to this journey back to 1973 continues with a run of massive Glam-Rock infused hits from T. Rex, Mud, and #1s from Wizzard, 10cc, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’ from Slade and Sweet with ‘Blockbuster’. Flipping over to Side B, there’s an awe-inspiring run of legendary artists: John Lennon, Paul Simon and Elvis Presley, plus the debut single from Bruce Springsteen with ‘Blinded By The Light’ and timeless signature releases from Billy Joel with ‘Piano Man’ and ‘You’re So Vain’ from Carly Simon.

LP2 starts in sophisticated style from Roberta Flack with the peerless ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’, before Marvin Gaye ushers in an incredible line-up of Soul smashes including from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes feat. Teddy Pendergrass, The Temptations, The O’Jays and Ike & Tina Turner… whilst on the reverse side, 1973’s biggest seller - Dawn feat. Tony Orlando’s ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon...’ leads a fabulous Easy-Pop run including massive hits from Shirley Bassey, Olivia Newton-John, and #1s from Peters & Lee, Gilbert O’Sullivan and ‘Eye Level’ - the theme to one of the year’s most popular TV shows by the Simon Park Orchestra. The second LP closes with three of the year’s stellar Soul ballads from Diana Ross, Billy Paul and Gladys Knight & The Pips.

Stunning ballads also kick off the third disc, from Paul McCartney & Wings with ‘My Love’, and ‘Amoureuse’ from Kiki Dee – before ‘Albatross’ from Fleetwood Mac – a #1 in 1969 and a #2 when re-released in 1973. Rock classics from Thin Lizzy, Free, Electric Light Orchestra, and Faces follow, with the side winding up with Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door’. Moving to the final side it’s all about more huge Pop smashes, opening with the era-defining ‘The Ballroom Blitz’ from Sweet, ‘Can The Can’ - the first #1 smash for Suzi Quatro and Alvin Stardust’s ‘My Coo Ca Choo’, plus Mott The Hoople, Roxy Music, and the debut hit from David Essex, ‘Rock On’. Yearbook 1973 closes in magnificent style with two of the biggest and most loved Christmas classics of all time – Wizzard with ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ and ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ from Slade. NOW – Yearbook 1973 – A celebration of the diversity and wonderful creativity of a truly stellar year in Pop.

Tracklist

3LP - Side A
1 Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
2 Paul McCartney & Wings - Live And Let Die
3 Slade - Cum On Feel The Noize
4 T. Rex - 20th Century Boy
5 Sweet - Blockbuster
6 Mud - Dyna-Mite
7 Wizzard - See My Baby Jive
8 10cc – Rubber Bullets
Side B
1 John Lennon - Mind Games
2 Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light
3 Billy Joel - Piano Man
4 Carly Simon - You're So Vain
5 Paul Simon - Take Me To The Mardi Gras
6 Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
7 Elvis Presley - Always On My Mind
Side C
1 Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song
2 Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
3 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes feat. Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me By Now
4 The Spinners - Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
5 The O'Jays - Love Train
6 The Temptations - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
7 Ike & Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits
Side D
1 Dawn feat. Tony Orlando - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
2 Gilbert O’Sullivan - Get Down
3 Olivia Newton-John - Take Me Home Country Roads
4 Peters & Lee - Welcome Home
5 Simon Park Orchestra - Eye Level (Theme From The TV Series Van Der Valk)
6 Shirley Bassey - Never Never Never
7 Diana Ross - Touch Me In The Morning
8 Billy Paul - Me and Mrs. Jones
9 Gladys Knight & The Pips - Help Me Make It Through The Night
Side E
1 Paul McCartney & Wings - My Love
2 Kiki Dee - Amoureuse
3 Fleetwood Mac - Albatross
4 Electric Light Orchestra - Roll Over Beethoven
5 Thin Lizzy - Whiskey In The Jar
6 Free - Wishing Well
7 Faces - Cindy Incidentally
8 Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Side F
1 Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz
2 Suzi Quatro – Can The Can
3 Alvin Stardust - My Coo Ca Choo
4 Mott The Hoople - Roll Away The Stone
5 Roxy Music - Street Life
6 David Essex - Rock On
7 Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
8 Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody

4CD - Disc: 1
1 Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
2 Paul McCartney & Wings - Live And Let Die
3 Slade - Cum On Feel The Noize
4 T. Rex - 20th Century Boy
5 Sweet - Blockbuster
6 Mud - Dyna-Mite
7 Suzi Quatro – Can The Can
8 Wizzard - See My Baby Jive
9 Alvin Stardust - My Coo Ca Choo
10 10cc – Rubber Bullets
11 Gilbert O’Sullivan - Get Down
12 David Bowie - The Laughing Gnome
13 Jackson 5 - Doctor My Eyes
14 Limmie & Family Cookin' - You Can Do Magic
15 The Osmonds - Let Me In
16 The O'Jays - Love Train
17 First Choice – Smarty Pants
18 The Spinners - Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
19 Rod Stewart - Oh! No Not My Baby
20 Aretha Franklin - Angel
21 Gladys Knight & The Pips - Help Me Make It Through The Night
Disc: 2
1 John Lennon - Mind Games
2 Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light
3 Billy Joel - Piano Man
4 Bob Dylan - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
5 Carly Simon - You're So Vain
6 Paul Simon - Take Me To The Mardi Gras
7 Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
8 Faces - Cindy Incidentally
9 Ike & Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits
10 Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way
11 Electric Light Orchestra - Roll Over Beethoven
12 Thin Lizzy - Whiskey In The Jar
13 Free - Wishing Well
14 Nazareth - This Flight Tonight
15 Status Quo - Caroline
16 Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy
17 Bryan Ferry - A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
18 Mungo Jerry - Alright, Alright, Alright
19 Dave Edmunds - Born To Be With You
20 Clifford T. Ward - Gaye
21 Fleetwood Mac - Albatross
Disc: 3
1 Paul McCartney & Wings - My Love
2 Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song
3 Kiki Dee - Amoureuse
4 Elvis Presley - Always On My Mind
5 Diana Ross - Touch Me In The Morning
6 Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes feat. Teddy Pendergrass - If You Don't Know Me By Now
7 Billy Paul - Me and Mrs. Jones
8 Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
9 Barry White - I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby
10 Detroit Emeralds - Feel The Need In Me
11 The Isley Brothers - That Lady, Pt. 1
12 The Temptations - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
13 Deodato - Also Sprach Zarathustra
14 Michael Jackson - Morning Glow
15 Jimmy Helms - Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse
16 The Drifters - Like Sister And Brother
17 Junior Campbell - Sweet Illusion
18 Medicine Head - One And One Is One
19 The Hot Shots - Snoopy Versus The Red Baron
20 Strawbs - Part Of The Union
Disc: 4
1 Sweet - The Ballroom Blitz
2 Suzi Quatro - 48 Crash
3 Mott The Hoople - Roll Away The Stone
4 Roxy Music - Street Life
5 David Essex - Rock On
6 Mud - Crazy
7 Barry Blue - Dancin’ (On A Saturday Night)
8 Donny Osmond - Young Love
9 Dawn feat. Tony Orlando - Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
10 Olivia Newton-John - Take Me Home Country Roads
11 Marie Osmond - Paper Roses
12 Peters & Lee - Welcome Home
13 Anne-Marie David - Wonderful Dream
14 Cliff Richard - Power To All Our Friends
15 Shirley Bassey - Never Never Never
16 Bobby Goldsboro - Summer (The First Time)
17 Perry Como - And I Love You So
18 Simon Park Orchestra - Eye Level (Theme From The TV Series Van Der Valk)
19 Steeleye Span – Gaudete
20 Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
21 Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody