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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
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...
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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731454759922
  • Catalog Number: 547599

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
Eric Lijestrand Digital Editing
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best boy bands ever!

    Listened to the music way back in the mid to late 90's. These were songs that were played on the radio in Nepal (while I studied my bachelor of Medicine/Surgery). At that time and place CD's were rare so cassettes was the only possibility.

    The music grew into me!

    Recommended to all those who love soft rock. Lots of catchy tunes. Kinda old with the way music is going with all the new releases but you'll enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Ever

    Boyzone, in my oppinion, is one of the greatest music bands of the 90's! They are not just another boy band... They, for example, changed my life (a lot). The way they sing is amazing! - it's plain and simple and about love. As you can guess, I am a very big fan of Boyzone, and yes, I really really love them! ''By Request'' is the best choice for those who would like to get familiar with Boyzone because this album contains all of their greatest hits and more! It is a perfect choice because Boyzone are shown at their best (of course they were always very very very good). Too bad there are rumors of them splitting up - they are a really good band!

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