By Request [UK]

By Request [UK]

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by Boyzone
     
 

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The title By Request was chosen from many entries submitted through a Boyzone fan contest. The songs themselves were chosen from Boyzone's three albums with several new ones added for good measure. By Request reminds one of how quickly the group shot to the top and how many hits they achieved in only four years. Every song here will ring a

Overview

The title By Request was chosen from many entries submitted through a Boyzone fan contest. The songs themselves were chosen from Boyzone's three albums with several new ones added for good measure. By Request reminds one of how quickly the group shot to the top and how many hits they achieved in only four years. Every song here will ring a bell with pop listeners from Europe and Asia, though Americans will only recognize one or two if they are lucky. For much of the world, the album nearly plays as a Top 40 soundtrack to the latter half of the '90s. With each album it is clear that the quality in voice, production, and choice of song has increased. Beginning with "Key to My Life" from the first album to the group's anthem "Different Beat" to the exceptional Andrew Lloyd Webber song "No Matter What," the group has remained focused on good old-fashioned "music." They have stripped down to the essentials, using sincere lyrics, simple melodies and no heavy synthetic distractions. Their decision to sound more like a band and less like a pop fabrication is admirable and probably the reason why their fellow Dublin band U2 used them on backup for the song and video "Sweetest Thing" (which does not appear on this album).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0731454759922
catalogNumber:
547599

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boyzone   Primary Artist
Paul Martin   Viola
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Nick Cooper   Cello
Danny G.   Keyboards
Susan Dench   Viola
Andy Duncan   Drums
Simon Franglen   Keyboards
Steve Lipson   Bass,Mandolin
Mike Mangini   Guitar
James McNally   Accordion,Whistle (Instrument)
Ann Morfee   Violin
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Audrey Riley   Cello
Miriam Stockley   Background Vocals
Philip Todd   Saxophone
Peter-John Vettese   Keyboards
Warren Wiebe   Background Vocals
Nigel Wright   Keyboards
Guy Baker   Trumpet
Clare Finnimore   Viola
Gillian Kent   Violin
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Clare Thompson   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
John Matthews   Background Vocals
Ben H. Allen   Guitar
John R. Angier   Keyboards
Emma Black   Cello
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Nastee   DJ
Anna Hemery   Violin
Wayne Hector   Background Vocals
Yvonne John Lewis   Background Vocals
Richard George   Violin
Skoti-Alain Elliot   Bass
Laura Melhuish   Violin
Steve Morris   Violin

Technical Credits

Jim Steinman   Producer,Executive Producer
Andy Bradfield   Remixing
Ian Curnow   Producer
Simon Franglen   Programming,Engineer
Scott Gordon   Vocal Engineer
Mark Hudson   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Steve Lipson   Programming,Producer
Mike Mangini   Producer
Trevor Steel   Programming,Producer
Carl Sturken   Arranger,Producer
Gavyn Wright   String Director
Nigel Wright   Producer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Wayne Hector   Vocal Arrangements
Absolute   Producer
Skoti-Alain Elliot   Programming
Orla Quirke   Direction

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