Welcome! Log in or Register

Gold: Greatest Hits - Steps

  • image
£6.64 Best Offer by: amazon.co.uk See more offers
10 Reviews

Genre: Pop - Dance Pop / Artist: Steps / Audio CD released 2001-10-15 at Jive

  • Sort by:

    * Prices may differ from that shown

    More Offers
  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    10 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      27.09.2011 18:46
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      2 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      The Steps Music Story!

      Steps: Gold is a greatest hits album by British pop group Steps. The album was released in the United Kingdom in 2001 and so is quite old now. The album reached number one in the British Album Charts. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for a small price of £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.

      ~ * Song List * ~

      1) Tragedy 2) One For Sorrow 3) Stomp 4) Better Best Forgotten 5) Love's Got A Hold On My Heart 6) Deeper Shade Of Blue 7) Last Thing On My Mind 8) Better The Devil You Know 9) Summer Of Love 10) 5,6,7,8 11) Chain Reaction 12) Baby Don't Dance 13) It's The Way You Make Me Feel 14) After The Love Has Gone 15) Here And Now 16) Say You'll Be Mine 17) Only In My Dreams 18) Words Are Not Enough 19) When I Said Goodbye 20) Heartbeat

      This album is a great celebration of Steps music and so I would say that it is definitely a Steps must have as it features all of their hits.

      There are some really good songs on here, so it is really hard to pick a favourite. Although if I had to pick a couple as examples, I would probably choose 'Chain Reaction' 'Summer Of Love' and 'Here And Now'.

      There are some great party songs on here such as 'Stomp' and ' Tragedy', however there are some good 'laid back' songs on here too. These include 'When I Said Goodbye' and 'Words Are Not Enough'.

      I was disappointed that their single 'You'll Be Sorry' wasn't included on this album as it was one of my favourite Steps songs.

      Rather than add three new songs (Only In My Dreams, Baby Don't Dance and Words Are Not Enough), I would have preferred if they had put songs on here which Steps fans were familiar with (from their concerts) yet they never released. Such songs include 'Just Like The First Time' which Lisa performed on their 'Next Step Live Tour' and 'Bittersweet' which Lisa also performed on their 'Steps: The Last Dance' concert DVD. It would have been good to have H & Lee's duet of 'Things Can Only Get Better', Lee's songs 'Come On Get Together' and Faye's 'R Dancing'and Lee's other song 'Close To Me'. For me, these songs would have been good because I loved them from what I saw of them from their concerts, and because you can't get them anywhere else, it would have been nice to have had them on this CD.

      I find it interesting to see (or hear in this case) how much Steps have changed since the very beginning. Their songs just got better and better and they were at the top of their game when this album came out.

      What I like about this album is the fact that Steps waited until the end before releasing a greatest hits CD which is good because a lot of bands / artists these days release greatest hits albums when they haven't even 'finished' the band / their musical career which is annoying.

      Steps prove what great voices they have with this album. Faye, Claire and H really prove how well they can sing. As for Lee and Lisa it would have been better if they sang more.

      There are some covers on this album. There is Steps' version of Kylie's 'Better The Devil You Know', the Bee Gees 'Tragedy' and Diana Ross's 'Chain Reaction.' I much prefer Steps version of these three songs - they are much more poppy and there is more 'go; in them.

      If you like pop then you will definitely like this album.

      Thanks for reading!
      September 2011
      Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        07.11.2010 23:33
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Greatest hits album from Steps

        After three studio albums, Steps released Gold, their 'Best Of' album, in 2001 before they split. It's a collection of 20 songs, some of which were previously released by the band, as well as a couple of new ones.

        From the group's debut album Step One are One For Sorrow, Last Thing On My Mind and Better Best Forgotten, three cheery upbeat dance tracks. Also included is Heartbeat, the group's Christmas ballad, not forgetting line-dancing debut single 5,6,7,8 (hands up if you know the dance moves!). Songs from second album Steptacular include Bee Gees cover and smash hit Tragedy, vaguely angry Deeper Shade of Blue and Love's Got a Hold On My Heart, as well as After The Love Has Gone and When I Said Goodbye, a ballad that I'm not keen on. The group's final studio album Buzz contributes several tracks too: dancefloor smash Stomp, Kylie cover Better The Devil You Know, summer song Summer of Love and the ballads It's the Way You Make Me Feel and Here and Now.

        A catchy cover of Diana Ross's Chain Reaction is featured on the album: the song was previously released as a single. Two new dance hits are included which are up to the group's usual standards: Baby Don't Dance and Only In My Dreams, as well as a ballad, Words Are Not Enough, which I'm not too keen on.

        Overall this is a great collection of Steps' hits from over the years. As their greatest hits it's the one album of theirs I do listen to nowadays, mainly when I'm getting ready to go out or having a party. It's a great reminder of their hits and worth having in any CD collection for those party moments!

        Track Listing
        1. Tragedy
        2. One For Sorrow
        3. Stomp
        4. Better Best Forgotten
        5. Love's Got A Hold On My Heart
        6. Deeper Shade Of Blue
        7. Last Thing On My Mind
        8. Better The Devil You know
        9. Summer Of Love
        10. 5,6,7,8
        11. Chain Reaction
        12. Baby Don't Dance
        13. Its The Way You Make Me Feel
        14. After The Love Has Gone
        15. Here & Now
        16. Say You'll Be Mine
        17. Only In My Dreams
        18. Words Are Not Enough
        19. When I Said Goodbye
        20. Heartbeat

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        20.06.2002 05:23

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Way to much like Abba!!! - Advantages: swinging, some smooch - Disadvantages: old news, copy cats

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        17.05.2002 19:06
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Steps were the biggest UK group since the Spice Girls. With over 4,000,000 singles and 4,000,000 albums sold in the UK alone in only four years. On Boxing Day, 2001 they announced their split. Being a fan, I was devastated. Now, 6 months on – I, like everyone else, am over it. Steps may be gone, but they won’t be forgotten. And a perfect reminder of them is their Greatest Hits- titled Gold. It includes 18 singles from 5678 to Words Are Not Enough, plus two unreleased new songs. The album flows nicely, with the first 11 songs being upbeat, popular Steps songs, finishing with nine mid tempo/ballad’s that are slightly less known maybe, but still as good, and the two new songs. Here, up first, is a track by track guide: *1* “Tragedy” (#1) Starting up with easily Steps most well known song. A dance cover of the Bee Gee’s number one smash, which Steps also managed to take to #1, and sell over 1,000,000 copies in the UK alone! It’s a very upbeat song, gets stuck in your head all day, and with a rather amusing video of the guys rescuing the girls at their weddings! Steps at their best. (10/10) *2* “One For Sorrow” (#2) Fan favourite “One For Sorrow” is up next. Hitting #2 in the UK back in August 1998. Similar, to a degree, to Abba’s “The Winner Takes It All”. A slow song (starting off with just the sound of rain), which becomes mid tempo from the chorus onwards. Showcasing Claire’s wonderful voice, which she delivers brilliantly. This is the kind of song that stands Steps apart from the likes of Hear’Say and S Club 7. (9/10) *3* “Stomp” (#1) Steps’ second #1 single, the disco-tastic “Stomp”. Obviously borrowing influences from Chic, this song is a great party song. Carefree lyrics, leading up to a catchy chorus. Not my personal favourite. Steps deserved to get another #1 considering they hav
        e had 5 #2’s, but this sold less than 90% of their other singles, so maybe not as deserving as their other singles. Still – it did it! (8/10) *4* “Better Best Forgotten” (#2) The final single lifted from their multi-platinum debut album. A nice slice of Europop. Nothing brilliant about it, nothing horrible about it. Well sung, I guess, and its rather catchy, but in all honesty it is no Steps highlight. You be the judge. (8/10) *5* “Loves Got A Hold On My Heart” (#2) The first single from their second album. Beaten at the post by Ricky Martin, having to settle for #2. It’s a happy song, suitable for Summer – when it was released. Once again, its not one of the highlights, but it’s nice enough, and pretty harmless. No highlight, not awful all the same. (7/10) *6* “Deeper Shade Of Blue” (#4) Now this is it! One of their most popular songs released, with a video starting a new “mature” phase of Steps! Its got dark lyrics, a brilliantly strong chorus. The verses are done by H and Claire – both with rather similar verses, making the song flow nicely. Disco-dance pop, at its best. (10/10) *7* “Last Thing On My Mind” (#6) Although this only made #6, it spent 6 weeks in the top ten and is their fourth biggest seller to date! A cover of Bananarama, pumped up to the max in cheese! High NRG Europop. The wonders Pete Waterman can do! The girls each get a part of this song, which showcases all of their voices, if from an early age of Steps. Catchy to no end, and it cant help but make you smile. A personal favourite. (10/10) *8* “Better The Devil You Know” (#4) The cover of Kylie’s signature tune. Steps did get a bit of criticism, from both fans and critics, claiming it to be a rather watered-down version with only Faye’s verse (the final one) showing strength. Many others loved it, amongst them me!
        Its not ground-breaking, and it is very hard to hear he guys in this one, but they haven’t done it truly awfully. Its very dancey, and it’s a shame they didn’t make a video an just went for a clip from their tour. My favourite for about 9 months! (10/10) *9* “Summer Of Love” (#5) This Double A side was robbed of #2, sadly, and had to settle for #5. It was #2 all week – even on Friday, yet on Saturday Woolies ran out, and they slipped. The song itself it’s a happy slice of Steps take on Latino Pop. Underrated completely, its upbeat, once again “summery”, and has been likened to “What A Feeling” from “Flashdance”. Another of my favourites. (10/10) *10* “5678” (#14) Steps lowest peaking single, yet 5th highest selling! It’s a cheesy pop take on country music. Catchy, and very happy – this was meant to be their first and last single. After its success, they got the opportunity to keep recording, and blossomed into the fabulous group they were. Its kinda corny, but I will admit it drew me to them! (8/10) *11* “Chain Reaction” (#2) Steps’ second last single, and first single to go silver in two years! A cover of the Diana Ross classic, written by the Bee Gees. Very dancey, with layers of drumming going on ,making it a bit of a “Romper Stomper”, Steps style! Unbelievably catchy, my current favourite Steps song. Video is rather saucy with the girls dressed up as nurses in very revealing outfits! (10/10) *12* “Baby Don’t Dance” (n/a) One of the two songs not to get a release. Was originally scheduled to get a February 2002 release, but was cancelled after the split. Originally referred to as “Stomp part two”, it is a grower. Very simple verses, very catchy bridge and chorus. Disco flavoured, give it a few listens before you make your mind up. *13* “
        It’s the Way You Make Me Feel” (#2) Why this is so low down the track listing baffles me. A wonderful, flowing Mid Tempo-ballad that shows their true talent. Like Britney meets Backstreet Boys, but with actually a bit of class, and Steps’ trademark sound. My favourite Steps ballad, one of my favourite Steps songs of all time. (10/10) *14* “After The Love Has Gone” (#5) The single prior to Steptacular. A oriental-style mid temp ballad, sounding similar to “One For Sorrow”. Has nice Asian-flavoured music. Claire does the lead on this, and it once again sounds immaculate. Underrated, but a nice song – if nothing ground breaking. (8/10) *15* “Here And Now” (#4) American sounding pop here! Lifted from their third album, it was a Double A with “You’ll Be Sorry” which, much to my dismay, didn’t make the final cut here. It’s a solid pop song, much more mature than their previous efforts, and should have made much more of an impact than it did. Being on the same label as N Sync, Britney and co, this is where this song is coming from. Very good. (10/10) *16* “Say You’ll Be Mine” (#4) Kinda like a nursery rhyme in a way! A simple, happy ditty that was a Double A with “Better The Devil You Know”. A weird sound for the Christmas release, but one of my favourites. The video includes them acting out characters from the likes of Romeo And Juliet, Austin Powers and There’s Something About Mary. (10/10) *17* “Only In My Dreams” (n/a) We’re going back to their first album roots here with their second and final unreleased track. Co written by the group themselves. Its does actually have good lyrics. In my opinion, a mistake to take such a step back – but for the Greatest Hits, it kind of fits it. Nothing special, but once again – grows on you. (7/10) *18* “Word
        s Are Not Enough” (#5) The last Steps single. Possibly a bit weak to be a single. I quite like it, but it did get many bad reviews. It’s a pleasant ballad, that pops along, but something is missing. Not a patch on “It’s the Way You Make Me Feel”, but not bad. (8/10) *19* “When I Said Goodbye” (#5) My personal worst song on the album. Its their slowest, and it isn’t horrible. Doesn’t really build up to too much, and does get rather, well, boring! H and Claire once again take the lead. Might held more interest had it been Lee and Lisa on lead. (7/10) *20* “Heartbeat” (#1) We end with the other A side of “Tragedy”. Overshadowed by its other side, it was still known to people, and may have actually got more recognition had it been released. It’s another slowy (notice a pattern?!), but one of their best ones. Has a mini musical style chorus, and verses sung well by the girls. (10/10) My only moan is that “You’ll Be Sorry” didn’t make the cut. Neither did “I Know Him So Well”. Making it ideal, would be taking out “Only In My Dreams”, and replacing it with “I Know Him So Well”, moving “Heartbeat” up to track 19, and ending with “You’ll Be Sorry”, a massive dance single, with “When I Said Goodbye” getting the chop. But they can’t cater for everyone’s ideal track list, and they have done a very good job at this one. Most songs are recognisable, and none scream out “skip”. Overall, this is a very good Greatest Hits for a band only 4 years old. So many hits. Like them or not, they made music you could sing along to, smile to and basically enjoy yourself. They never claimed to be anything more, and it’s a great loss to the industry to see Steps go and be left with S Club 7, Hear’Say and Westlife.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        06.01.2002 23:07
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        4 Comments

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        I suppose that now because Steps have broken up their music will slowly disappear from the radio and television, but I think it will be as popular as ever at family parties, wedding receptions and anywhere else where a group of mixed aged people want to dance to easy to listen to pop music. This album has a collection of many of their popular dance music tunes, plus some of their slower, romantic numbers. I am sure it will be played for many years to come. The music on this album does not pretend to have any deep meanings, or is not trying to convey any message, or change the world, it is just good pop music. Of course most teenagers will tell you they dislike Steps music, but will happily sing along, when they think nobody else is around. On this album there are 20 tracks, over an hour and a quarter of music. A lot of the tracks are covers of songs previously released by other artists, but given the Steps special treatment. Tragedy. One of Steps most famous songs and a great way to start this album. This originally was a big hit for the Bee Gees, but they never had the dance routines that Steps perfected with this track. Almost everybody who hears this track puts their hands up either side of their head, as so many people do when this track is played. A great lively way to start off the album. One For Sorrow. Steps are often mistaken for Abba as the sound of some of their songs is so similar. This is so true with this track which definitely has that Swedish sound to it. A catchy little number. Stomp. An excellent track for encouraging people to get up and dance. The words are about how the weekend is the time to start enjoying yourself and to party all night. A good dance track. Better Best Forgotten. Another jolly track that encourages everybody to leave their troubles behind and to live for the future. “Take your chance on a happy ending”, a great sentiment. Love&#
        8217;s Got A Hold On My Heart. This track is OK, but not one of my favourites, a bit too repetitive. (Did I really say that about a Steps song?) Deeper Shade Of Blue. This is a slightly slower track that is very pleasant and relaxing. Last Thing On My Mind. This is definitely one of the classic Steps dance tunes. One of the facts that has made this group so popular was the easy to copy dance routines that they developed for most of their records and this must have been one of the most famous. Better The Devil You Know. Another popular sing along track. Summer Of Love. There is Latino feel to this track as they sing of Fiestas and dancing on hot Summer nights. 5,6,7,8. From the first couple of notes you know this is definitely a classic Steps tune. This song must have been one of the most popular numbers at every Line Dancing club and holiday camp over the past couple of years. Lines of people all over the country have been parading around to this tune. The country feel to this song is just addictive and it is almost impossible to listen to it without feeling that you want to tap your feet or get up and dance. Chain Reaction. This was a great hit for Diane Ross and the Bee Gees and now with the Steps touch it is a hit all over again. Although this is one of my favourite tracks on the album I still prefer the Diane Ross version which I have on a 45rpm vinyl single. However Steps put so much energy and vibrancy into this track that it is very good to listen to. Baby Don’t Dance. I must have missed this hit, because I do not ever remember hearing this track apart from on this album. It is also not one of my favourites and perhaps it was just a minor hit because it is not as good as a lot of the other Steps tunes. It’s The Way You Make Me Feel. This is one of the slower tracks on this album and is a song about love and the feelings that love provokes. <
        br> After The Love Has Gone. This is another very “Abba” sounding track and is again a slow song. This is the longest track on the album at just over four and a half minutes. Here And Now. There is a bit of a different sound to this track and it is not such a typical Steps song. I do like this track, it seems to have a bit more depth to the sound than a lot of the other tracks. Say You’ll Be Mine. This is another track that I had not heard before buying this album. This is a jolly, little song that is quite pleasant. Only In My Dreams. The album slows down for the last four tracks starting with this track, which is quite relaxing to listen to. Words Are Not Enough. This is smooth sounding track that is quite good for a slow dance, or just to chill out to. It is sung with a lot of feeling and passion. When I Said Goodbye. This is one of the few tracks that has a lot of orchestral sounds accompanying it and this fuller production makes this one of most powerful tracks on the album. Heartbeat. This slow love song finishes off the album nicely. Of the slower Steps numbers, this is definitely my favourite. Altogether this is a great album for pop music. I know that every time we have a bit of a party or a barbecue at home then this album will definitely be played. My favourite tracks are Last Thing On My Mind, Tragedy, 5,6,7,8 and Chain Reaction. These are all fast, dance tunes. When I am in a quieter mood then it is the tracks at the end of the album that I prefer to listen to, but mostly it is the dance tracks that I prefer. There are only a few tracks that I am not over keen on, but there are none that I dislike. I know I may be a bit old for all this pop music stuff, but Steps does seem to appeal to people under the age of 10 or over 40, and I just sneak into the second category, although when I listen to Steps my children believe I am ba
        ck in my childhood. This is an album of good, uncomplicated, innocent, pop music that anybody can enjoy and have a bit of a dance to. Well worth every penny.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          29.12.2001 20:53
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          9 Comments

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          Boxing Day 2001. Scores of children everywhere had their Christmas's ruined. Tears could be heard up and down the land. But, hey, enough of being forced to watch 'Cilla's Christmas Surprise Surprise, this is about the album 'Gold' by 'Steps'. Steps's split didn't come as much of a shock, due to the recent release of their greatest hits, garnered off only 3 albums. It includes all of the singles which Steps have released. Apart from their debut '5,6,7,8' (which incidently is the biggest selling song never to reach the Top 10 in chart history!), all of their hits have gone Top 5. They have also had #1's with 'Heartbeat/Tragedy' and 'Stomp'. The formula is simple. Claire sings lead vocals, Faye and Lisa do backing vocals, whilst H and Lee do the occasional bits in between. Of course, they all dance as well. Having done fantastically well for themselves considering they started out as a novelty one-hit act, the reasons for the success of the band is quite plain to see in retrospect. Their songs are simple and easy to sing (thereby appealing to youngsters), and of course, there is the winning key-change in EVERY song. They also mastered the art of releasing double A-sides - usually a happy/quickie song and a not-so-happy/not-as-quickie song. Of course, the band have been compared to Abba. Calling their Greatest Hits 'Gold' is testimony to that. Whether they'll go on to be successful in solo projects is anyone's guess. However, you get the impression that Lee will end up being the Jason Orange of the group rather than the Robbie Williams. It's a hard call to say what their best song was, but it was their covers that worked best. Of course, everyone know that 'Tragedy' was originally by the Bee Gess, and 'Chain-reaction' was Diana Ross, but did you know that 'Last Thing On My Mind' was by Bananarama? Oth
          er highlights include the slightly darker 'Deeper Shade of Blue' and 'Summer of Love', whose final 30 seconds is so high, it can only be detected by dolphins. The lowlights are '5,6,7,8', a song which makes Emmerdale's Woolpackers look like Garth Brooks, and 'Heartbeat', which may have been better if it were the namesake you associate with high crime rates in 1960's Yorkshire. Recently announced as one of the Top 100 acts of all time in the UK, 'Gold' is the definitive collection of the creative talents of the fivesome, and of course Pete Waterman, that lovely bloke from 'Pop Idol', who I could never have a grudge against, as he discovered 'Mel & Kim', possibly (no, definitely!) the best pop band ever. It is a good purchase for anyone who is a casual fan (i.e. having never bought the full albums), or for those who can now 'ironically' like Steps now that they have gone to that vinyl place in the sky. I'm sure in 5 years time, we'll have Lisa on 'When They Were Famous' explaining why she now feels greater fulfillment as a chanting Buddisht in Nepal than when she was signing photos in Our Price in Bromley. H will finally declare that the 'H' didn't really stand for 'hyperactive', and Faye will recall the moment when she was forced into having those hair extensions... Until then, 'Everybody clap their hands, get on up and dance...'

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            01.12.2001 22:28

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            You'll Like The Album If You're A Keen Pop Fan, Otherwise I'd Stay Away! - Advantages: Cover Versions Are Better Than Originals, Girls Have Good Vocals - Disadvantages: A Bit Early For A Greatest Hits Album, Many Songs Sound The Same

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            26.10.2001 22:28

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            They started off as a "one hit wonder, line dancing, novelty act" when 5678 brewed up a storm. And now look at them. Chain Reaction looks set to blast into the top 5 - giving them 12 in a row! So - is it too early for a greatest hits? Quite simply - no! They have had 18 singles counting Chain Reaction (which does raise the question of why You'll Be Sorry was missed out off the album) - plus three new ones especially for the Greatest Hits CD. The album features all of their well known tunes from the dancey Deeper Shade Of Blue and Here And Now - through to the cheesy Last Thing On My Mind and 5678, and the power ballads When I Said Goodbye, Heartbeat and Its The Way You Make Me Feel. And who could forget Tragedy?! Theie first number one which has done over one million copies! So here is to a career of a band - who although are only four years old - have given us one heck of a Greatest Hits!

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            18.10.2001 15:54
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            3 Comments

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            Lisa, Claire, Lee and Faye….. Steps and H...sorry I forgot him first time around but then thats easily done..lol. With a huge string of hits under their belts they have now released Gold, their greatest hits album. Steps have gone from strength to strength both musically and style wise, proved to everyone that they can keep up with any new comers and still produce number one hits. Gold boasts 20 tracks, 3 of which are new, so here is a rundown of what you will get on Gold: ~~ 1.Tragedy (Released 6th November 1998 , peaked at 1) ~~ An excellent remix of the old Bee Gee’s track, this modern version was huge and gave Steps their truly deserved first number 1, complete with wacky dance called the shampoo, it was a must for every Christmas party that year and remained popular long after. ~~2. One For Sorrow (Released 21st August 1998, peaked at 2)~~ By the time this was released steps were finally being taken seriously after 2 previous hits, One For Sorrow was the first track to show off just how powerful Claire’s voice was, again complete with catchy dance it was more of an up temp ballad than dance track ~~3.Stomp (Released 16th October, peaked at 1)~~ This was a very different approach for Steps, more of the old 80’s style boogie, a disco beat runs throughout the track in the background and this is one that will have you tapping your feet and just wanting to get on the dance floor. ~~4.Better Best Forgotten (Released 8th March 1999, peaked at 2)~~ Perhaps one of the more memorable earlier tracks, this gives each member a chance to do their own thing, where as previously it was more heavily reliant on Claire, a very catchy up tempo number one that seems to stick. ~~5.Loves Got A Hold On My Heart(Released 12th July 1999, peaked at 2)~ ~ This one never really appealed to me, neither a dance
            track nor a ballad really somewhere in the middle, but offered nothing fresh and was weak in style, plus I found Claire’s vocals on this track particularly overpowering. ~~ 6.Deeper Shade Of Blue (Released 3rd April 2000, peaked at 4)~~ A personal favourite of mine, well one of them!, I was surprised that it only reached number 4, an excellent fresh feel to this song from their previous singles, a catchy beat runs throughout and some excellent harmonies in this dance track. Plus a super video that went with it. ~~7.The last Thing On My mind (Released 17th April 1998, peaked at 6) ~~ The second single to follow 5678, this was again aimed more at the younger audience and relied heavily on it’s dance moves, catchy up tempo number but nothing grand by all accounts. ~~ 8. Better The Devil You Know( Released 13th December 1999,peaked at 4)~ The old kylie song revamped, Steps did this cover version admirably, although it still somehow sounds Kylie’ish!, upped the tempo a little and added their usual trademark dance, this one you just have to like, its soo catchy. ~~9.Summer Of Love (Released 3rd July 200,peaked at 5)~~ . Steps jumped on the then craze of Latino with this track, not their usual style at all, has that foreign summer holiday beat right the way through, the perfect party dance track to get you in the mood, and of course was also a double A side with the wishy washy ballad, When I say Goodbye. Goodbye being appropriate for that particular one! ~~10. 5678 (released 17th November 1997,peaked at 14)~~ Oh dear this sounds dated now, the very first offering that introduced us to Steps, complete with corny video and line dancing or Country dance to accompany it, yes it’s a foot tapper but a cringe able one at that, however not that bad for a first single, I’ve heard worse! ~~11. Chain
            Reaction (Released 24th September 2001, peaked 2)~~ The latest offering of the old Diana Ross track, this is an excellent cover version, a heavy dance track, this is done with a strong drum beat throughout, which gives it a perfect beat and makes it extremely catchy and appealing, in fact I think it would definitely have been number one if kylie hadn’t pipped them at the post. ~~12.Baby Don’t Dance~~ The first of 3 new tracks included, very 70’s this one in fact even more so than any previous, has that boogie on down feel, mellow and easy to listen to, but very simple and plain, in fact not really memorable at all, weak, weak, weak. ~~13.The Way You Make Me Feel (Released 1st January 2001, peaked at 2)~~ One of my least favourites again, this is a real ballad, even the vocals are wishy-washy and after seeing the video…ewww ,this song is good if you prefer the ballads but for me it was way too corny! ~~14.After The Love Has gone (Released 11th October 1999, peaked at 5) ~~ Another not a lot to say track, more of a ballad that tries to liven up but fails, has that trademark steps vibe in the background but with an added oriental theme that didn’t really work…next ~~15. Here And Now (Released 4th June 2001, peaked at 4) ~~ I love this track too, another favourite, again up tempo but just bursting with energy, not really a dance track more a sing a long, but some very strong vocals and harmonies give this particular track pure depth and excellence, a double A side too with You’ll be sorry which is even better. ~~16. Say You’ll Be mine (Released 13th December 1999, peaked at 4) ~~ The double A side Better the Devil you know being the other track, this song again slower for Steps and again a bit to corny for me, but it did have a funny video of them dressed as film stars
            from various films, not a bad song but it just lacks that something special. ~~ 17.Only In My Dreams ~~ The second new track included. .hmmm again clinging to the disco days gone by style, mixed vocals on this one turn by turn ,it has nothing new to offer at all , in fact very poor again and can’t see it growing on me either. ~~18. Words Are Not enough ~~ The third new track, and a ballad this time, very soft for Steps, probably the slowest track they have done yet, quite frankly its very dreary, I complained about older Ballads but this one is even worse…hit the skip button fast! ~~19.When I said Goodbye (Released 3rd July 2000, peaked at 5)~~ The Other side of Summer of love, one of the few Steps ballads that is memorable, in this they really show their true talent , no harsh vocals even by Claire, but one by one they add their mark and make this sound very polished and worthy of any CD player. ~~ 20. Heartbeat (Released 6th November 1998, peaked at 1) ~~ The Double A side with Tragedy, Heartbeat was a huge hit in itself, had a very Christmassy appeal, a romantic ballad but more up tempo in it’s chorus, it has that added oomph to make it special, a very appealing track that utilises each member individually for its vocals. Well that’s it, Gold is an excellent hits album if you like Steps, but I’m disappointed that You’ll Be Sorry is missing, as I think it is better than some of the included tracks. The three new additions are also a bit of a let down, by no means prime examples of Steps, in fact more of a stocking filler than anything else, very poor indeed. But It is worth buying and not bad value with 20 tracks on, and hopefully there will be more Steps Hits to follow….Plus you get a free poster book with it at the moment at Woolworth’s!

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              11.10.2001 07:01
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              14 Comments

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Time to be begin - let's count 'em in: Lisa, Claire, Faye, Lee & H! In four short years Steps have become one of the most sucessful pop chart acts in the UK, as well as breaking numerous records for their sell-out concert tours. Although their first tentative line-dancing steps into the charts with '5, 6, 7, 8' did not suggest greatness, they have progressed to pop superstardom with their catchy brand of infectious pop singles, highly successful albums and sell-out tours. The great thing about Steps is that they're completely inoffensive (although I'm sure to get some comments to the contrary after saying that!) Their music and their collective persona appeals to youngsters, teenagers, adults as well as plenty of people from the older generation, and it is this wide appeal that appears to have been the driving force for their success. So, after three studio albums ('Step One', 'Steptacular' and 'Buzz') Steps have finally accumulated enough single releases (albeit with a several AA sided singles along the way) to warrant a 'Best Of.' Packed with hits galore, and a few new tracks, 'Gold' (presumably an ironic reference to the Abba Greatest Hits collection of the same name) is hitting the shelves of your local record shops just in time for the lead up to Christmas. Expect this one to fly like the proverbial 'hot cakes', as who could possibly resist such a pop-pourri of recent pop history. The tracks are as follows, and as this is a 'Greatest Hits' most of the songs will probably be quite familiar to you already. • Tragedy Steps camped it up with their excellent version of the Bee Gees classic, featuring the boys rescuing the girls from getting married in the video. This eventually became a UK Number One in January 1999 and was also a million seller in the UK. • One For Sorrow A number two
              hit the first time around in 1998 this certainly included Abba influences, as well as subtle strains of the Jackson 5 'Can You Feel It' / The Tamperer 'Feel It' in the instrumental middle section of the song. This song was also remixed for the AA side (can we still call it that on a CD?) to the latest single 'Chain Reaction.' • Stomp Steps' second number one and a stomping tribute to the work of Nile Rodgers (Chic, Sister Sledge etc.) who was once of the great writers and producers of the late 1970s / early 1980s. • Better Best Forgotten My favourite track from the debut album 'Step One' and a slice of pure pop perfection which only just missed out on a number one placing in the spring of 1999. • Love's Got A Hold On My Heart From my favourite track from 'Step One' to my personal pick from the second album 'Steptacular.' Yet another number two single and a rousing pop masterpiece complemented by a surging verse and an even more rousing chorus that will get lodged in your brain for ever more! • Deeper Shade Of Blue Originally recorded by Tina Cousins (but never officially released as a single) Steps re-recorded the track and were rewarded with a top five hit in the early part of 2000. The video showed a little bit of the group's darker side, although as you might expect Step's darker side is still not too far removed from reality. • Last Thing On My Mind The follow-up to their debut single '5, 6, 7, 8', this song was Step's first top ten hit, just missing out on a top five placing when it peaked at number six in the summer of 1998. The song had originally been a hit for Bananarama in 1992, but had stalled at number 71. • Better The Devil You know Nothing could ever compare to Kylie Minogue's original, but Steps paid this tribute by recording the
              songs as the accompanying track for the single 'Say You'll be Mine', which was their offering for the Christmas 1999 chart. • Summer Of Love This song has a very 'latin' feel to it as well as its unmistakeable pop structure. Parts of this song remind me of the song 'Flashdance (What A Feeling)' although this has been done in such a way not to be plagiristic, instead retaining a comparable feel to this well known track. • 5,6,7,8 Pop met line dancing in a harmonious, albeit slightly tacky rendition of this song as Steps' introduction to life in the charts. Although it peaked at number fourteen it sold in excess of 300,000 copies during an extended stay in the top thirty. • Chain Reaction Take a Diana Ross classic from 1986 (which was also written by the Bee Gees, incidentally) add copious layers of drumming (in the style of Safri Duo) and finally set the video in a hospital with nurses uniforms and cleavage-a-plenty and you have Steps' version of 'Chain Reaction.' Released just prior to 'Gold' it was yet another number two single after failing to knock Kylie Minogue from the top spot. • Baby Don't Dance The first of the new tracks, this certainly has been influenced by the disco movement of the 1970s, and is reportedly being prepared as a single for the new year. • It's The Way You Make Me Feel This single marked a departure for Steps, as it was their first venture away from Pete Waterman's stable of writer/producers. Steps turned to a number of different collaborators for their third album, and this track was recorded at the world famous Cheiron studios in Sweden where hits by Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and N'Sync have also originated. • After The Love Has Gone An oriental flavour graced this track, which was a slight departure from the traditional up-t
              empo numbers and the ballads, instead having more of a mid-tempo feel to it. Needless to say, another top five single. • Here & Now Steps in AOR shocker! Perhaps not quite, but this song was certainly more in the Radio 2 mould than Radio 1. Yet another top five single earlier this year, it was another product of former producers and writers from the now disbanded Cheiron collective in Sweden. • Say You'll Be Mine Mid-Tempo was the flavour of the day with this song, which graced the Christmas charts despite having no real relevance to the festive season. The video, with Steps dressed up as some of their favourite movie stars and re-enacting scenes from famous films was a sight to behold - particularly the 'Something About Mary' spoof. • Only In My Dreams The second new track on 'Gold' and thankfully not the Debbie Gibson song of the same name. There are no plans as yet to release this song as a single, so perhaps it may just remain the odd one out as the only 'filler' in an album resplendent with so many hit singles. Initial listens do not suggest that a later single release may be forthcomning. • Words Are Not Enough The third and final new track, and reportedly the choice for the 2001 Christmas single. Steps are back in ballad territory with this song, and with a very creditable vocal performance it is sure to be one of the front runners for the annual race for the Christmas number one. The video is also an expensive animated affair with more than a passing resemblance to the 'style' of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider games. • When I Said Goodbye A sophisticated change in direction and an arty black and white video had us all fooled (if only for a few minutes) that Steps were not in fact the happy-go-lucky pop group that we thought they were. A quick listen the other track with equal billing on the single release (&#
              39;Summer Of Love') will soon set you straight again! • Heartbeat This was one of the first Steps ballads to be released as a single, and complemented the more upbeat 'Tragedy' perfectly as the two songs received equal billing on the single release. The tacky snow scene video was definitely OTT, although the song was certainly a commendable effort. All in all this CD is a virtually comprehensive collection of Steps' singles output to date. The only missing tracks are the remixed version of 'One For Sorrow' as well as 'You'll Be Sorry', which had been the AA side to 'Here And Now.' If you're only ever going to buy one Steps album, then this has to be it and if you already have the other three - then how can you resist? Whether people remember Steps in twenty years time with the same fondness that they remember Abba now is debatable, but needless to say they have etched their names in their very own chapter of pop history in a relatively short period of time, and I doubt whether this is the last we hear of them. {An original Dooyoo opinion © Blackjane 2001}

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
                More Comments
            • Product Details

              Disc #1 Tracklisting
              1 Tragedy
              2 One For Sorrow
              3 Stomp
              4 Better Best Forgotten
              5 Love's Got A Hold On My Heart
              6 Deeper Shade Of Blue
              7 Last Thing On My Mind
              8 Better The Devil You Know
              9 Summer Of Love
              10 5678
              11 Chain Reaction
              12 Baby Don't Dance
              13 It's The Way You Make Me Feel
              14 After The Love Has Gone
              15 Here And Now
              16 Say You'll Be Mine
              17 Only In My Dreams
              18 Words Are Not Enough
              19 When I Said Goodbye
              20 Heartbeat