Together Forever - The Best Of
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Cast your mind back to the pop music of 1987 and chances are you’ll think of Rick Astley wearing that suit and doing that dance on Top Of The Pops, and you’ll find yourself humming Never Gonna Give You Up, a burst of danceable white soul so infectious, so melodically irresistible and rhythmically appealing that it found itself lodged at the top of the charts for weeks. It was the first of many hits, all of which are included here together with much more.
1) A comprehensive 2CD collection of this 80’s pop star’s best loved recordings.
2) Boasts 36 classic recordings including 8 UK top 10 singles.
|| ||Never Gonna Give You Up|
|| ||Whenever You Need Sombody|
|| ||When I Fall In Love|
|| ||Together Forever|
|| ||It Would Take A Strong Strong Man|
|| ||The Love Has Gone|
|| ||Don't Say Goodbye|
|| ||Slipping Away|
|| ||You Move Me|
|| ||No More Looking For Love|
|| ||She Wants To Dance With Me|
|| ||Take Me To Your Heart|
|| ||Hold Me In Your Arms|
|| ||Giving Up On Love|
|| ||Ain't Too Proud To Beg|
|| ||Till Then (Time Stands Still)|
|| ||Dial My Number|
|| ||I'll Never Let You Down|
|| ||Cry For Help|
|| ||Move Right Out|
|| ||Never Knew Love|
|| ||I Don't Want To Be Your Lover|
|| ||In The Name Of Love|
|| ||Be With You|
|| ||Really Got A Problem|
|| ||Is This Really Love?|
|| ||This Must Be Heaven|
|| ||The Bottom Line|
|| ||Wonderful You|
|| ||Behind The Smile|
|| ||The Ones You Love|
|| ||Waiting For The Bell To Ring|
|| ||A Dream For Us|
|| ||Body And Soul|
|| ||When You Love Someone|
Rick Astley, the 'Pop Prince' of the 1980s, will be forever remembered for his infamous dance that he did on Top of the Pops, which has become a part of pop history. With that aside and that performance airbrushed from memory, this 'Best of' CD shows something which is far more promising – a collection of quality, largely soulful, tracks spread over two CDs that charts Astley’s career from 1987 until 1993.
Astonishing, Astley notched up 8 top ten hits in the UK in less than four years, with his biggest hit, 'Never Gonna Give You Up' hitting No. 1 in 1987. This is the opening track on the first disc, and follows with hits including 'Whenever You Need Somebody, 'When I Fall in Love', 'Together Forever' all of which still sound amazingly fresh. In fact, all of the tracks from Astley’s debut album, 'Whenever You Need Somebody' are included in this collection, which are a very welcome inclusion as all of the tracks quite rightfully are justified to be here.
1988 arrived and a follow-up album was delivered, with many of the songs written by Astley himself, which brought the uplifting and catchy 'She Wants to Dance With Me', another Top 10 hit, 'Take Me To Your Heart' and 'Hold Me In Your Arms', the title track of his second album. Along side included in this collection are some strong album tracks including 'Dial My Number', 'Giving Up On Love' and 'Till Then (Time Stands Still)' – all worth a listen and no doubt, each would have made excellent single releases.
The second disc opens with Astley’s final Top 10 to date, 'Cry For Help' which seems rather ironic as after this his career seemed to take an unfortunate downturn, as after this single was released he wouldn’t break into the Top 40 for another 6 years. What this second disc does show is a maturity in Astley’s vocals, song writing, and a move away from the PWL stable. There are plenty of strong and expressive tracks, always flawlessly delivered by Astley. Highlights include the beautiful Michael McDonald penned, 'In The Name of Love' and 'Hopelessly', a solid and enchanting ballad, and Astley’s final chart entry to date.
If you’re looking for a quality and consistent collection of Rick Astley’s work, look no further, as this is definitely the album for you. Many of the tracks will be familiar, but hopefully you will enjoy some previously unheard tracks and wonder why you hadn’t discovered them before.
East Anglian Press, August 08
Old ‘slick Rick’ was a superstar back in the 80s and despite a crack at a comeback a couple of years ago has never reached the dizzy heights that he achieved whilst with the song writing-production team of Stock Aitken and Waterman. This two CD set is split into the two parts of the white soul boy’s career with disc one covering those halcyon SAW years during which he notched up hit after hit including Never Gonna Give You Up, Take Me To Your Heart, Together Forever and Whenever You Need Somebody. At the end of the 80s Rick moved to a new label and production deal, leaving SAW. Where he recorded Cry For Help and a slew of other titles that really didn’t do him any favours and never recreated those 8 top ten hits he enjoyed in the last third of the 80’s.
Trinity Mirror, September 08
About 10 years ago I stood in as drummer in the Jools Holland Band for a BBC TV Christmas special. As well as playing a couple of instrumental numbers, featuring Jools’ terrific piano playing, we also acted as backing band for Sam Brown, Lisa Stansfield Mica Paris and Rick Astley.
The story goes that Rick started out as tea boy and general dogsbody at the hit-making Stock Aitken Waterman recording studios before he was given his chance behind the microphone.
The boyish-looking young Northerner soon established himself as Britain’s premier pop Prince of the late 80s with a string of huge hit records, beginning with number one smash Never Gonna Give You Up.
More top tenners followed, including Whenever You Need Somebody, a re-make of Nat King Cole’s When I Fall In Love, Together Forever, She Wants To Dance With Me, Take Me To Your Heart, Hold Me In Your Arms and my particular favourite, Cry For Help.
All these are included on this 36-track, budget-priced double CD.