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The Very Best Of East 17

East 17

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It's hard to believe, considering the conflicting fortunes of their comebacks, but East 17 were once the major contenders to steal Take That's boy band crown. Although they didn't clock up as many number ones, they scored an impressive 18 Top 40 hits over a seven-year period, and on the basis of their second greatest-hits collection, time has actually been kinder to the boys from Walthamstow. Whereas the squeaky-clean Gary Barlow and co. relied mainly on karaoke covers and watered down soul-pop, the unpredictable East 17 were much more adventurous. Indeed their early sound owed just as much to the '90s rave scene as it did to manufactured pop, especially on the techno-encompassing storming choruses of "House of Love" and "It's Alright." Seen as infinitely "cooler" than their contemporaries, the mellow chillout of "Gold" and the quite raunchy trip-hop lite of "Deep" also revealed a much more mature side to Tony Mortimer's songwriting abilities. 1994's Steam album provided their biggest hit, the rather saccharine "Stay Another Day," which has been rendered almost unlistenable thanks to its overplay every Christmas, but it also produced their best single, the soulful "Around the World" which alerted audiences to the fact that Brian Harvey could really sing for perhaps the first time. Indeed, Harvey may now be more famous for his self-destructive streak but he was undoubtedly one of the most talented pop singers of the '90s. Mortimer seemed to recognize this for third album Up All Night and his soulful vocals were utilized more, albeit on its rather forgettable singles "Thunder," "Someone to Love," and "Do U Still." The Gabrielle duet "If You Ever," a faithful cover of a minor Shai hit, restored them to the upper reaches of the charts, but after Mortimer's departure following Harvey's ill-advised comments on ecstasy, the band seemed finished. But surprisingly, their first single as a trio "Each Time," was one of their best, a polished slice of blues-influenced R&B that repositioned them as a British Boyz II Men. But it was a slight red herring as its parent album Resurrection struggled to convince anyone of their new direction, as evident on their final single, the aimless and tuneless "Betcha Can't Wait." So they may have finished with a bit of a damp squib but overall, this collection cements their status as one of Britain's most intriguing and exciting boy bands.

© Jon O'Brien /TiVo

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1
House of Love (Pedigree Mix)
00:04:41

Mortimer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - R. Goodfellow, Composer - Robin Goodfellow, Composer, Production - Goodfellow, Author - A. Mortimer, Composer - Production: Robin Goodfellow for FFRZ, Production - Anthony Mortimer, Composer

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1992 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

2
Deep (Breath Mix)
00:04:02

Phil Harding, Remixer - Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Harding, Remix & Additional Production - Production: Robin Goodfellow, Production - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - A. Mortimer, Composer - Remix And Additional Production: Curnow/Harding for CHAPS, Additional Production & Remix - Curnow, Remix & Additional Production - Anthony Mortimer, Composer, Author - Ian Curnow, Remixer

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1992 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

3
It's Alright (The Guvnor Mix)
00:04:40

Phil Harding, Producer - Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - Production: Power Syndicate, Production - Tony Mortimer, Composer - A. Mortimer, Composer - Anthony Mortimer, Composer, Author - Ian Curnow, Producer - Power Syndicate, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1992 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

4
Stay Another Day (S.A.D. Mix)
00:04:26

Phil Harding, Produced & Mixed by - Mortimer, Author - East 17, MainArtist - Goodfellow, Author - Tony Mortimer, Writer - Phil Harding & Ian Curnow for CHAPS with Rob Kean. Assisted by Julian Gallagher, Produced & Mixed by - Anthony Mortimer, Composer - Dominic Hawken, Composer, Writer - Robert Kean, Composer - Rob Kean, Composer, Writer

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1994 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

5
Steam (Vapoureyes Mix)
00:03:23

Richard Stannard, Production - Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Rowe, Composer - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - Rowebottom, Composer - Stannard, Composer - Engineered by: Ollie J at Rollover Studio, Engineer - Production: Richard Stannard. Assisted by Matt Rowebottom, Production - Ollie J, Engineer - Matt Rowebottom, Assistant Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1994 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

6
Let It Rain (Thunder Radio Edit)
00:03:33

Phil Harding, Production - Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Kean, Composer - Harding, Composer - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - As Above, Composer - Curnow, Composer - Production: Phil Harding And Ian Curnow For Chaps, Production - Ian Curnow, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1995 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

7
Slow It Down
00:04:45

Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - Mykaell S Riley, Production - A. Mortimer, Composer - Anthony Mortimer, Composer, Author - Mykaell Riley, Producer

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1992 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

8
If You Ever (feat. Gabrielle) (Smoove Mix 7")
00:04:15

Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Paul Wright, MixingEngineer - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - Richard Lowe, MixingEngineer - Carl Martin, Composer, Lyricist, Writer - Engineered by: Kieran BB Baldwin. Assisted by Edwin Cox, Engineer - Mix Engineer: Richard Lowe and Paul Wright, MixingEngineer - Produced and Arranged by: Rose + Foster for On The Corner Productions, Produced & Arranged by - Gabrielle, Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Edwin Cox, AssistantEngineer - Kieran BB Baldwin, Engineer - Rose + Foster, Arranger, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1995 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

9
West End Girls (Faces on Posters Mix)
00:04:27

Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Tennant, Composer - NEIL TENNANT, Composer - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - Mixed By: Mykaell Riley & Jeremy Allom, Mixer, Remixer - Production: Groove Corporation & Mykaell Riley, Production - Lowe, Composer - Chris Lowe, Composer - Jeremy Allom, Remixer - Groove Corporation, Production - Mykaell Riley, Mixer, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1992 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

10
Around the World (Ourworld Master 7")
00:04:37

Richard Stannard, Composer, Production - Matthew Rowbottom, Composer - Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - HARVEY, Composer - Rowe, Composer - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - Rowebottom, Composer - Stannard, Composer - Production: Richard Stannard, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1994 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

11
Thunder (Radio Edit)
00:04:16

Phil Harding, Production - Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, MainArtist - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - A. Mortimer, Composer - Anthony Mortimer, Composer, Production - Ian Curnow, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1995 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

12
Gold (7" Collar Size)
00:04:20

Phil Harding, Production - Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - A. Mortimer, Composer - Anthony Mortimer, Composer, Author - Production: Ian Curnow & Phil Harding, Production - Ian Curnow, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1992 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

13
Do U Still (Single Remix)
00:04:18

Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - A. Mortimer, Composer - Production: Harding Curnow Mortimer, Production - Harding Curnow Mortimer, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1995 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

14
Someone to Love (Summer of Love Mix)
00:04:00

Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, MainArtist - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - A. Mortimer, Composer - Production: Harding Curnow Mortimer, Production - Mortimer Kean Hawken, Composer - Harding Curnow Mortimer, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1995 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

15
Hey Child
00:04:33

Mortimer, Composer, Author - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Foster, Composer, Production - Goodfellow, Composer, Author - Anthony Mortimer, Composer - Production: Rose + Foster, Production - Nick Foster, Composer - Mike Rose, Composer - Rose, Composer, Production

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1995 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

16
Hold My Body Tight (7" Radio Edit)
00:03:39

Richard Stannard, Composer - Matthew Rowbottom, Composer - Mortimer, Composer - East 17, Composer, MainArtist - Rowebottom, Composer - Stannard, Composer - Anthony Mortimer, Composer - Engineered by: Phil Harding at CHAPS Studio & The Strongroom, Engineer - Produced & Mixed: Phil Harding & Ian Curnow for CHAPS with Rob Kean. Assisted by Julian Gallagher, Produced & Mixed by - Stannard and Rowebottom, Composer

© 2005 London Records Ltd ℗ 1994 London Music Stream Ltd. LC77554

Album review

It's hard to believe, considering the conflicting fortunes of their comebacks, but East 17 were once the major contenders to steal Take That's boy band crown. Although they didn't clock up as many number ones, they scored an impressive 18 Top 40 hits over a seven-year period, and on the basis of their second greatest-hits collection, time has actually been kinder to the boys from Walthamstow. Whereas the squeaky-clean Gary Barlow and co. relied mainly on karaoke covers and watered down soul-pop, the unpredictable East 17 were much more adventurous. Indeed their early sound owed just as much to the '90s rave scene as it did to manufactured pop, especially on the techno-encompassing storming choruses of "House of Love" and "It's Alright." Seen as infinitely "cooler" than their contemporaries, the mellow chillout of "Gold" and the quite raunchy trip-hop lite of "Deep" also revealed a much more mature side to Tony Mortimer's songwriting abilities. 1994's Steam album provided their biggest hit, the rather saccharine "Stay Another Day," which has been rendered almost unlistenable thanks to its overplay every Christmas, but it also produced their best single, the soulful "Around the World" which alerted audiences to the fact that Brian Harvey could really sing for perhaps the first time. Indeed, Harvey may now be more famous for his self-destructive streak but he was undoubtedly one of the most talented pop singers of the '90s. Mortimer seemed to recognize this for third album Up All Night and his soulful vocals were utilized more, albeit on its rather forgettable singles "Thunder," "Someone to Love," and "Do U Still." The Gabrielle duet "If You Ever," a faithful cover of a minor Shai hit, restored them to the upper reaches of the charts, but after Mortimer's departure following Harvey's ill-advised comments on ecstasy, the band seemed finished. But surprisingly, their first single as a trio "Each Time," was one of their best, a polished slice of blues-influenced R&B that repositioned them as a British Boyz II Men. But it was a slight red herring as its parent album Resurrection struggled to convince anyone of their new direction, as evident on their final single, the aimless and tuneless "Betcha Can't Wait." So they may have finished with a bit of a damp squib but overall, this collection cements their status as one of Britain's most intriguing and exciting boy bands.

© Jon O'Brien /TiVo

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