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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In their efforts to conquer the American pop scene, perhaps this quartet of London lads doesn't realize their name is the same as one of our famous steak sauces A1. Hopefully, they won't be inundated by questions about it. But that's not their real competition. Bolstered by the huge European smash "Caught in the Middle," these guys are definitely going to compete for chart space with *N'Sync and The Backstreet Boys. Their voices harmonize magically together and their hooks are equally infectious. As hard as it may seem to believe, however, they're not a zillion dollar packaging coup, assembled as a product; they met four years ago while pursuing separate careers in ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In their efforts to conquer the American pop scene, perhaps this quartet of London lads doesn't realize their name is the same as one of our famous steak sauces A1. Hopefully, they won't be inundated by questions about it. But that's not their real competition. Bolstered by the huge European smash "Caught in the Middle," these guys are definitely going to compete for chart space with *N'Sync and The Backstreet Boys. Their voices harmonize magically together and their hooks are equally infectious. As hard as it may seem to believe, however, they're not a zillion dollar packaging coup, assembled as a product; they met four years ago while pursuing separate careers in London, and they write or co-write all their material. This seven-track sampler album features selected highlights from their U.K. releases "Here We Come," "The A-List" and "Make It Good." The song "Make It Good" offers a soaring mix of their soothing vocal presence, a string section, and even a hint of Celtic influence. "When I'm Missing You" is a bit more acoustic-based. Mark Read takes the lead on "Everytime" and shows a strong leadership ability, even if otherwise the vocals are mostly done in unison. As the songs are friendly, of-the-moment pop, it's hard to predict staying power. But being a legit group, and strong songwriters, is a good start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998662827
  • Catalog Number: 86628

Album Credits

Performance Credits
A1 Primary Artist
Gini Ball Violin
Dinah Beamish Cello
Mark Berrow Violin
Chris Cameron Conductor
Martin Ditcham Percussion
John Giblin Bass
Sally Herbert Violin
Dan Petty Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Anne Stephenson Violin
Neil Taylor Guitar
Chris Tombling Violin
Kate Wilkinson Viola
Dave Woodcock Violin
Gavyn Wright Violin
Vaughan Armon Violin
Peter Lale Viola
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Frank Schaefer Cello
Claire Orsler Viola
Julia Singleton Violin
Sophie Harris Cello
Simon Fischer Violin
Makoto Sakamoto Drums
Christian Ingebrigtsen Guitar
Marc Reed Piano, Keyboards
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Danny Cummings Percussion
Technical Credits
Chris Cameron String Arrangements
Sally Herbert Arranger
Chris Porter Producer, Engineer
Mike Ross Engineer
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Mike Hedges Producer
Paul Hicks Engineer
Ger McDonnell Engineer
James Sanger Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a cool collection!!!!!!!!!

    All the tracks here are relly good!!!! The guys are the most talented bands to come out in the UK. I have to admit, I'm in love with the guy named Paul Thomas Leo Marazzi... the guys did a great job!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1- Making it good...AGAIN! A must have album

    Hi, Ive been an a1 fan for 2 years now. Ive seen them change their style on their albums, the style in the clothes they wear and their over all style they have changed so much. The difference between all three albums is amazing and you can tell when they stopped being ''Just another boy band''. The album they have just debuted in the US has alot of effort from all three of their UK albums put in, so if you havent heard all three musical masterpieces you can get a taste of each. There arent as many songs as i thought there would be but they have worked so hard over the last few months they probably will give the US an even better(if thats possible)2nd album when they are all refreshed. Trust me, its worth the wait. Songs like 'Make it good' and 'Same old Brand New You' will get you tapping your feet and nodding your head. But songs like 'Everytime' and 'Caught in the middle' will make you swoon. The best tunes are on this album, the melodys are brillant. All their songs have meaning becuase they wrote them. They write their own songs, play their own instruments, they are nice people and their very good looking. What more could you ask for? So but this album, it will make you dance it will make you cry and it will certainly take your breath away at how talented these four young musicians are. Fresh funky and full of Talent!The US dont know whats hit them....Yet...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 is awesome

    This is a great cd. All of the songs are really good. I listen to it almost everyday and never get tired of it. I give it two thumbs way up!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 ROCK

    i have loved and supported a1 ever since they released there first single, which i think is either summertime of our lives or be the first to believe. they just keep getting better i totally love paul he is lush.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 is what you need

    Hey peeps! A1 is what you need. Their songs can just brighten up ur mood in one puff. Believe me! You got to. Feeling bore, unhappy or confused? Just listen to a1's songs, and when I say songs, it means not only from their lattest album , MAke it good but also from the A-list album and Here We Come album. Their songs will tell you your next step in life and also it will make you feel better. Well, it worked for me, why don't you try it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1's new brilliant cd...

    if u are goin to buy a cd this is the rite cd for u.. u can find everything from funky cool tunes to ballads....u can find the mega hit caught in the middle on it... buy it and check out a1's new work.. it's worth it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 Releases Awesome Album!

    Thinking about buying this album, but you're not really sure? Well, let me just tell you, chances are you'll love it. Whether you're a fan of rock, pop, country or whatever else, you'll find something you like on A1's newest release. This hot group from Europe showcases their voices on such songs as Caught In The Middle, Make It Good and If I Can't Have You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A refreshing album!

    After anyone takes the time to listen to some of these tracks, I truly hope that hearing the name A1 won't remind you of only the tasty steak sauce. This album has everything the pop scene NEEDS right now: catchy beats and meaningful lyrics. ''Caught in the Middle'' and ''Make it Good'' are mind-blowing, but if ''If I Can't Have You'' doesn't manage to wipe a few tears off your face, you have no heart. This is an album you have to buy if you love that blend of pop rock that's been fabulously done by artists like BBMak and the (defunct) Savage Garden. Even though it's only seven songs, these are the songs that spotlight what A1's all about. This is only the beginning for A1's American debut and there's tons more of great music from them if you give A1 a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a1 is for real

    This is a great 7 song CD with just a sampling of the wonderful songs from the UK group a1. These 4 UK lads have outdone themselves on this debut and have some new songs as well as some of their older material on it. Their vocal harmonies are fabulous and knowing they wrote the songs themselves makes it even more enjoyable. This group is a surefire HOT group. Watch out USA as their first CD in the UK is titled Here We Come. Buy this CD and you will see their talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful US Debut!

    After several years of success in the UK and Asia, A1 have finally released an album in the US. Their self-titled debut includes hits from their three international albums. It is merely a small sample of the wonderful music that A1 has to offer. The songs on this album will provide an enjoyable listening experience for people of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 sure to be a USA hit

    After making several number 1 hits all over, they've finally decided to grace us w/ ther presence. These four hot talented guys have a unique sound that has something for everyone. I highly reccommend buying this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 - what you see IS what you get

    Hi, my name is Tone. I'm 18 years old and I come from Norway. I've been a fan of A1 for 3 years now. I've watched them change their style from album to album and it has just kept getting better and better. This album is just great. Even if you're not a fan of A1, I'm sure you might be after this. On this album there's everything from epic ballads to upbeat tempo songs which will make you go nuts :) So if you're thinking of buying it, don't think - just do! And while you're at it, you might wanna get your hands on the previous 2 albums, or else you're missing out on something GREAT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 - The Ultimate In Music

    Ok listen up! A1 are four hugely taleted guys from the UK. They pride themselves on the fact that they are not the average 'boy band' and that they can sing, songwrite, produce and play their own instruments! This is an album to listen to and if you don't find your self loving it then there is sumthing up! This is the start of something big.... ~*~*ENJOY*~*~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 are back in town, new and improved!!!

    the album is excellent. a breath of fresh air for the band. this album has come about from their new image and sound. it shows a more sophisticated side to the lads. all the songs have been personally written by the band members and it reallly is an album not to be missed. there is a mixture of the pop, rock and some R+B. it has melow, slow, winding down tracks as well as the upbeat, get up and dance music. theres somehting for everyone so go and BUY BUY BUY!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a1 - Always SImply The Best!

    if you're thinking of buying gthis album then why? its the best album eva, with a1's infectious catchy songs to suit all ages and styles of music, with something for everyone, you should ask yourself not why should i buy it, but why not! Deffinately not your average boy band!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    If this is your first time hearing a1, then this Cd is definitly for you. Ben, Christian, Mark, and Paul once again share their talent with the world (particularly in the US) with this album. It has toe tapping beats and harmonizing melodies for everyone! I would suggest to anyone to pick up this album immediately! I got it over a month ago, and I still can't stop listening!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a1 is the best

    if u don't know a1 u r losing the best group of the world of course, they're very good-looking but this isn't all they dance very very very well and sing like angels if u have heard them u think the same and if u haven't heard them, what r u doing here? turn the radio on and listen to a1!!!!!! Be The First To Believe In a1 And Treat Them Like A Rose!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Fabulous British Import!!!!

    A1's first American CD, albeit short, is absolutely amazing! I have been following A1 for years now via the internet and British magazines, and unlike many prefabricated pop acts, A1 has the talent to make it work stateside! Not only do all 4 guys have amazing voices and personalities, but they play their own instruments and do a lot of the writing themselves as well! Their pop songs are catchy, their ballads are meaningful, and they're just so adorable you can't help falling in love with them! Their first offering to American audiences has us all hungry for more! Congratulations A1, long may they reign!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A1 Make It Good Again

    A1 once again amaze the world of fans with a self-written album ''Make it good'' The guys use their talent and determination to prove that they are exceedingly more than just an average boyband but a ''live act''! The album consists of great guiter-led tracks, such as the rocktastic ''Make it good'' mixed in with classic A1 swoonsome ballads such as ''If I cant have you'' and ''one last song''! The 12 new guitery-based tracks, penned, played and produced by the lads has defied the critics, beaten the odds and a1 have emerged the true winners!! Keep it up lads!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best yet...

    a1 hav really done us proud this time, n thats sayin somethin cos the other 2 albs were amazin! U dont need me 2 tell u that a1 wrote alll the songs n even played on the traks, so wat ru waitin 4, buy the alb! Even if u dont usually like a1 this alb is 4 everybody - trust me!!

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