I LOVE Steps! Their music is so happy and positive. Who doesn't love them?!
I bought this album after seeing it on offer for £8.98, that was for a bonus DVD of their videos too. This album contains all of their most well known and popular hits. You have the country inspired 5,6,7,8 which makes you wanna get up and try your hand at line dancing. You have the beautiful Christmas ballad that is Heartbeat with gorgeous vocals from Faye and Claire. There's also the pop/ dance number Last Thing On My Mind which was my favourite Steps song and there's another favourite of mine on here too, their cover of Tragedy - originally sung by The Bee Gees. Another great cover on here is Chain Reaction.
Most of the songs on the album you will already be familiar with, obviously it depends how much of a Steps fan you were back in the day. Saying that, if you already own their previous albums there wouldn't be any point buying this as there's nothing really that new on it, unless you buy the deluxe version for the bonus DVD like I did. The album is a fantastic party album as songs like Stomp and Better The Devil You Know really wanna make you get up and dance. There's also a cover version of Dancing Queen on here that the band recorded especially for this album, so that's new I suppose!
Overall this is a fantastic greatest hits compilation that takes me back to the late 90s and early 2000s.
Well worth a listen.
STEPS are back! What could be any more exciting than that?
This album, the first to be released by the band in ten years, contains all of their single releases minus one (Words Are not Enough) in chronological order of release. This is of course a Greatest Hits album and not a studio album, therefore the material is old (but still as great as it always was) and it isn't ordered in a specifically 'stroy-telling' way, as many studio album track listings are. There is a little bit of everything here, from the cowboy-line dancing-ish floorfiller 5,6,7,8 to the slowed down, sway-a-thon cover of I Know Him So Well. This is all intertwined with the big, feel good dance numbers such as Last Thing On My Mind, Stomp and After The Love Has Gone. As well as all of their most well-known hits, such as One For Sorrow, Tragedy and Better The Devil You Know.
The full tracklisting is as follows,
"5, 6, 7, 8"
"Last Thing on My Mind"
"One for Sorrow"
"Better Best Forgotten"
"Love's Got a Hold on My Heart"
"After the Love Has Gone"
"Say You'll Be Mine"
"Better the Devil You Know"
"Deeper Shade of Blue"
"When I Said Goodbye"
"Summer of Love"
"It's the Way You Make Me Feel"
"Here and Now"
"You'll Be Sorry"
"I Know Him So Well"
And the bonus track, Dancing Queen, a cover of the ABBA classic recorded in 2011! (Not the 1990s version that they recorded) this is a special little bonus for all STEPS fans as it is the first time we have heard their modern day voices together on a record. If you are a big fan then it's worth it just for that song! Also, for older fans it's great to have all the singles here on one track.
There are two versions of the album, the black covered CD which contains the product as already described, and the white covered version, which contains all of the music videos for every single, including Words Are Not Enough, but not including Dancing Queen - as no video has been made for such track.
I personally own both, this was a matter of having a complete collection and I find it a great album, it's already my most played. The quality is excellent (especially the older tracks, I only had them ripped from old CDs and the sound quality just didn't match up to modern day MP3 downloads). The quality of the packaging is, of course, great. A strong case and well printed inlay (which contains lyrics and production information for each song).
Overall I recommend this album, either version, to both fans of old and new as well as anybody with a passion for pop music. Surely there can be nothing more enjoyable than listening to a STEPS track in 2012 and imagining them doing all the old routines? It's great value for money too! With the album being available for a fiver in most stores, and especially online.
I am so excited that the British pop group Steps have reunited and have just announced a new tour lined up for 2012. They have also announced a new greatest hits album.
The Ultimate Collection is the second greatest hits album from Steps; the last greatest hits album was 'Gold' and was released just before their split, ten years ago in 2001. The Ultimate Collection was released in the United Kingdom in October 2011 and so is very recent. There are two versions of the album; the first is with a white cover and is a CD with a DVD of all of their music videos, and the second is with a black cover and is just the music. Being a big fan (and wasting my money!) and having a huge Steps collection, I had to get both of them just to complete my collection. Today, I will be reviewing the white covered album which is the CD and DVD. It can be bought from Amazon for a price of £8.99 which sounds like good value for money.
~ * Song List - Disc 1 The Music * ~
1) 5,6,7,8 2) Last Thing On My Mind 3) One For Sorrow 4) Heartbeat 5) Tragedy 6) Better Best Forgotten 7) Love's Got A Hold On My Heart 8) After The Love Has Gone 9) Say You'll Be Mine 10) Better The Devil You Know 11) Deeper Shade Of Blue 12) When I Said Goodbye 13) Summer Of Love 14) Stomp 15) It's The Way You Make Me Feel 16) Here And Now 17) You'll Be Sorry 18) Chain Reaction 19) I Know Him So Well 20) Dancing Queen (Bonus Track)
The songs on this album were recorded between 1997 and 2011 - how times have changed since then.
I like how the songs are in order as they were released as it feels like you are listening to the steps story through music. I think it is interesting how they have managed to keep the same kind of sound (that distinctive Steps sound) throughout).
Whilst I obviously had to get this album because my collection would not be complete otherwise, I am a little bit disappointed that it is exactly the same as their first greatest hits.
The only changes are that they have taken away three songs from Gold (Words Are Not Enough, Baby Don't Dance and Only In My Dreams) and added 'I Know Him So Well and You'll Be Sorry).
Although, what I can't make out is why wasn't 'You'll Be Sorry' and 'I Know Him So Well' on Gold anyway, as they were singles. Also, why was 'Words Are Not Enough' taken off this album (and was on Gold) because it was a single.
I had thought that maybe they had changed some of the songs to make them a little more 'now' - just so that the album was a little bit different to Gold, although it is exactly same. Then again, I suppose that it is a good thing because it means that their songs are remembered for how they were.
Some of the songs on here (You'll Be Sorry for example) are album versions rather than single versions - however, I actually prefer some of the album versions compared to the single versions, and so for me that is a good thing.
They all sound good on this CD - totally different and much better to how they sounded when they sang live on This Morning the other day - especially Lisa.
It has to be said - Steps were the best band ever. No band has ever come close, not even in their absence and I don't think that there will ever be a band as good as Steps.
~ * Video List * ~
1) 5,6,7,8 2) Last Thing On My Mind 3) One For Sorrow 4) Heartbeat 5) Tragedy 6) Better Best Forgotten 7) Love's Got A Hold On My Heart 8) After The Love Has Gone 9) Say You'll Be Mine 10) Better The Devil You Know 11) Deeper Shade Of Blue 12) When I Said Goodbye 13) Summer Of Love 14) Stomp 15) It's The Way You Make Me Feel 16) Here And Now 17) You'll Be Sorry 18) Chain Reaction 19) Words Are Not Enough 20) I Know Him So Well
My favourite videos are:
One For Sorrow - I love the scenery as it is beautiful and it reminds me of summer.
After The Love Has Gone - I love the Chinese theme and the dance routine...oh and their pretty green outfits.
Better The Devil You Know - I like the fact that the video is their live performance of the song from their 'Next Step Live Tour' as I was in the audience and it reminds me of the great night I had!
Tragedy - What a great video. I like the fact that the girls are all dressed up as brides and the boys are the groom - very interesting video.
Heartbeat - because it was the first Steps song I ever bought and the video always reminds me of Christmas because of it's great winter theme.
My least favourite videos are:
Words Are Not Enough - because it is a cartoon and steps aren't in the majority of the video - just their cartoon versions.
I like how the videos are in order of release - especially as it feels as though are watching the Steps story through videos.
I like how each video is different and tells a different story. What I think is funny is that most of the time the videos have nothing to do with the songs - although you can't disagree that they are fun-to-watch videos.
It makes me wonder why Words Are Not Enough (which was a Steps single) is not on the CD yet the video is on the DVD.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 5, 6, 7, 8
2 Last Thing on My Mind
3 One for Sorrow
6 Better Best Forgotten
7 Love's Got a Hold on My Heart
8 After the Love Has Gone
9 Say You'll Be Mine
10 Better the Devil You Know
11 Deeper Shade of Blue
12 When I Said Goodbye
13 Summer of Love
15 It's the Way You Make Me Feel
16 Here And Now
17 Youâ??ll Be Sorry
18 Chain Reaction
19 I Know Him So Well
20 Bonus Track