The Hits: Chapter One [Bonus CD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Backstreet Boys were the first and best of the boy bands of the great teen pop bands of the late '90s/early 2000s, even if 'N Sync eventually usurped their title of "the biggest boy band." Their reign seemed long, but it really wasn't -- only three albums before the bottom started to fall out with 2000's Black & Blue. If everything had gone right, Black & Blue would have ruled the charts for about two years, but about a year after its release, the group and their label unleashed The Hits, Chapter One, a sure sign not only that Black & Blue didn't perform to expectations, but they were worried about the shifting tastes of their audience. Instead ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Backstreet Boys were the first and best of the boy bands of the great teen pop bands of the late '90s/early 2000s, even if 'N Sync eventually usurped their title of "the biggest boy band." Their reign seemed long, but it really wasn't -- only three albums before the bottom started to fall out with 2000's Black & Blue. If everything had gone right, Black & Blue would have ruled the charts for about two years, but about a year after its release, the group and their label unleashed The Hits, Chapter One, a sure sign not only that Black & Blue didn't perform to expectations, but they were worried about the shifting tastes of their audience. Instead of reviving interest in the group, the collection instead felt like it was closing the door on their period of dominance and it initially sold that way, too, barely making a dent on the charts. Even if it is a bit of an inadvertent last will and testament, it's a hell of a summation of the group's glory days, offering definitive proof that the group wasn't just the best of their breed boy bands, that is; thrushes like Britney, Christina, Mandy, and Jessica are not taken into account here, but that their best moments transcend their era -- and there's really no other way to describe such lovely pop tunes as "I Want It That Way," "As Long As You Love Me," and "Quit Playing Games With My Heart," three songs that would have sounded perfect in any era and their vocals would have worked in any era, too. Those are just the ballads -- the dance-pop numbers may be more tied to their era, but "Everybody Backstreet's Back" and "Larger Than Life" are infectious pop nonetheless. If the rest of the singles that fill out this 13-track collection aren't quite as good as those five songs although "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" is, they nevertheless are well-crafted, and those aforementioned singles are among the best mainstream pop of its time -- which is not only reason enough for this collection to exist, it's reason enough for pop lovers of any age or generation to have this as part of their library. [The international edition includes three more songs than the standard edition -- "We've Got It Goin' On," "Get Down You're the One for Me," and "Anywhere for You" -- and a bonus disc that includes several remixes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2001
  • Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
  • UPC: 638592224025
  • Catalog Number: 22240
  • Sales rank: 119,331

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Backstreet Boys Primary Artist
Full Force Vocals
Chuck Anthony Guitar
Henrik Janson Guitar
Max Martin Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Thomas Lindberg Bass
Tomas Lindberg Bass
Peter Svensson Bass, Guitar
Bonnie Brewster Talking
Andrea M. Majied Talking
Susan McCall Talking
S.N.Y.K.O. Performing Ensemble
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius Guitar
Stockholm Session Strings Strings
Technical Credits
Full Force Arranger, Producer
James Allen Engineer
Timmy Allen Producer, Instrumentation
Jack Murphy Art Direction
Denniz Pop Producer
Chris Trevett Engineer
Rodney Jerkins Producer, Remixing
Hakan Wollgard Vocal Engineer, Vocal Recording
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jamie Allen Engineer
Nick Gamma Art Direction
Max Martin Producer, Engineer
Jackie Murphy Art Direction
Veit Renn Producer, Instrumentation
Adam Barber Engineer
Bülent Aris Programming, Producer, Instrument Sequencing
John Amatiello Engineer, Digital Editing
Toni Cottura Producer, Instrument Sequencing
Tommie Hicks Jr. Engineer
Kristian Lundin Producer, Engineer
Rami Producer, Engineer
Stefan Boman Vocal Engineer, Vocal Recording
Dave Poler Engineer
Bo Reimer Engineer
Johan Gunnarsson Engineer
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