Now! That’s What I Call a List of Now! That’s What I Call Music Predecessors: The Not So Perfect Ten

In a galaxy far far away, before a pig, Gary Crowley and Brian Glover introduced us to a seminal series of compilation albums

The Now! That’s What I Call Music series of compilations have been going for 30 years. We not only have Sir Richard Branson to thank for this, but another person who made this possible: Ashley Abram. Continue reading “Now! That’s What I Call a List of Now! That’s What I Call Music Predecessors: The Not So Perfect Ten”

In the Beginning, There was Ronco…

East of the M60 look back at the heady days when Ronco and K-Tel were noted for compilation albums

Before the iPod became popular, we used to make our own mixtapes, or buy compilation albums. They would usually have a prosaic title like ‘Hit Explosion’ or thematic ones like ‘Space Invasion’. Some may have had original artists, others at the lower end of the price scale had session musicians trying to be Cliff Richard and the Shadows.

The compilation album itself is probably older than you think. Continue reading “In the Beginning, There was Ronco…”