by Blue

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By the third year of their existence, Blue had gotten into a rhythm, released a single in early November, watched it become a radio favorite and hopefully a big hit, too (which of course they nearly always were), and then before anybody forgets, they dropped the album into the mix and hey presto, another number one. And so it was with the third album, Guilty, which arrived at the end of 2003, in almost exactly the same week of the year as the first two albums, All Rise and One Love. And it followed the same pattern as its predecessors, hitting number one in its first week, but unlike those albums, it had a pretty speedy ascension to the upper regions of the chart, leaving the Top Ten just as December turned. Despite being the band's third consecutive number one, the reason for its comparative failure was the track chosen for the second single. On the previous album, Elton John had made a guest appearance on his original track, "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," and it easily sailed to number one, but on Guilty, the equivalent track was "Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours," which featured the original singer, Stevie Wonder and also Angie Stone. "Signed Sealed Delivered" became their first single not to reach the Top Ten. Perhaps it was just not as strong a song as the Elton John collaboration. Also, Blue had moved in a different direction, with the funk-soul tracks "Bubblin," "Taste It," and "Back It Up" more prominent than their smooth soul/R&B-like "Rock the Night" and "Breathe Easy," which they had become known for on the first two albums. Finally, even the debut single and title track taken from Guilty and the final song "No Goodbyes" were straying perilously close to Westlife territory and to many Blue fans, the most important thing about them was that they were not as bland as Westlife.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2003
Label: Imports
UPC: 0724359562025
catalogNumber: 332674

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue   Primary Artist
Martin Harrington   Keyboards
Henrik Janson   Conductor
Steve Lewinson   Bass
John Themis   Guitar
Stevie Wonder   Keyboards,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Simon Hale   Conductor
Joe Belmaati   Guitar,Keyboards
Ash Howes   Keyboards
Keith Uddin   Keyboards
Michael Hansen   Percussion
Yvonne John Lewis   Background Vocals
Ulf Forsberg   Concert Master
Jesper Riis   Horn
Seton Daunt   Electric Guitar
Kenji Suzuki   Guitar
Vince Sipprell   Viola
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings
Uli Janson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Harry James   Composer
Dave James   Composer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Cutfather   Producer
Martin Harrington   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Derrick James   Composer
Henrik Janson   String Arrangements
Eliot Kennedy   Composer,Instrumentation
Matt Rowe   Programming,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
Simon Hale   Brass Arrangment
Femi Jiya   Engineer
Hakan Wollgard   Engineer
Robbie Adams   Engineer
Gary Barlow   Composer,Instrumentation
Tim Donovan   Engineer
Joe Belmaati   Composer,Programming
Ash Howes   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Lars Jensen   Producer,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Kjell Arne Joergensen   Composer
Stargate   Producer
Martin Larsson   Producer,Instrumentation
Neil Tucker   Vocal Engineer
Rik Simpson   Engineer
Keith Uddin   Engineer
Hallgeir Rustan   Instrumentation
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
Josh   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Supaflyas   Instrumentation
Jesper Riis   Horn Arrangements
Tim Woodcock   Composer
Duncan James   Composer
Rasmus Billie Bähncke   Vocal Producer
Hugh Goldsmith   Executive Producer
Reece Gilmore   drum programming
Rohan Thomas   Programming
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Instrumentation
Uli Janson   String Arrangements

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