Whenever You Need Somebody

Whenever You Need Somebody

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by Rick Astley
     
 

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In the '80s and '90s, England's dance music team Stock, Aitken & Waterman was often accused of being too slick for its own good, and favoring style over substance. But the producers/songwriters (also known for their work with Dead or Alive and Samantha Fox) should

Overview

In the '80s and '90s, England's dance music team Stock, Aitken & Waterman was often accused of being too slick for its own good, and favoring style over substance. But the producers/songwriters (also known for their work with Dead or Alive and Samantha Fox) should definitely be proud of their work on fellow Briton Rick Astley's often captivating debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody. While the high-tech production is very '80s, Astley's soul/pop/dance music approach is very much a production of the '70s -- sort of the Average White Band meets Philly soul/disco meets Tom Jones. The best dance music works both on and off the dancefloor, and this certainly holds true on such slick yet gritty fare as "Together Forever," "Never Gonna Give You Up," and "Don't Say Goodbye." There are a few weak moments -- the lackluster "No More Looking for Love" being a glaring example -- but overall, this CD proved Astley to be a welcome addition to the British R&B scene.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972954424
catalogNumber:
729544
Rank:
48382

Tracks

  1. Never Gonna Give You Up
  2. Whenever You Need Somebody
  3. Together Forever
  4. It Would Take a Strong, Strong Man
  5. The Love Has Gone
  6. Don't Say Goodbye
  7. Slipping Away
  8. No More Looking for Love
  9. You Move Me
  10. When I Fall in Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Astley   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Shirley Lewis   Background Vocals
Matt Aitken   Guitar,Keyboards
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
Ian Curnow   Keyboards,fairlight
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
A. Linn   Drums
Suzanne Rhatigan   Background Vocals
Mike Stock   Keyboards
Daize Washbourn   Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rick Astley   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Matt Aitken   Composer
Ian Curnow   Programming,Producer
Mike Duffy   Engineer
Phil Harding   Producer,Engineer
Karen Hewitt   Engineer
Scott Kempner   Composer
Mark McGuire   Engineer
Mike Stock   Composer
Daize Washbourn   Producer
Pete Waterman   Composer
Theodore Wang   Composer
Theodore Wiggs   Composer
Harry Pratt   Composer

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Whenever You Need Somebody 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album that features Rick's booming and soulful voice. Some of his best known songs are here including ''Never Gonna Give You Up'', ''Together Forever'' and ''It Would Take a Strong Man''. This is a prime example of white soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember this CD when I was in college.I sing and I wanted to sound just like Rick. If my vocals were as strong, smooth and sincere as the ones Astley reveals on this CD I would have been a ledgen by now. He's not and I often wonder why. If you need a man's man view listen, dance and discover with this work. Its one of the best. And yes at 34 I still pull out this CD, remember the romantic times, and apply the genres of this CD to todays situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago