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Whenever You Need Somebody

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 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.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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1
Never Gonna Give You Up
00:03:33

Mark McGuire, Engineer - Mike Stock, Producer - Mike Stock, Lyricist - Mike Stock, Composer - Peter Waterman, Composer - Peter Waterman, Lyricist - Peter Waterman, Producer - Rick Astley, Performer - Matt Aitken, Lyricist - Matt Aitken, Producer - Matt Aitken, Composer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

2
Whenever You Need Somebody
00:03:53

Mark McGuire, Engineer - Stock/Aitken/Waterman, Composer - Stock/Aitken/Waterman, Lyricist - Stock/Aitken/Waterman, Producer - Rick Astley, Vocal - Pete Hammond, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1988 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

3
Together Forever 7"
00:03:25

Mike Stock, Producer - Mike Stock, Lyricist - Mike Stock, Composer - Mark McGuire, Engineer - Peter Waterman, Producer - Peter Waterman, Lyricist - Peter Waterman, Composer - Rick Astley, Vocal - Matt Aitken, Lyricist - Matt Aitken, Producer - Matt Aitken, Composer - Pete Hammond, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

4
It Would Take a Strong Strong Man
00:03:40

Mike Stock, Lyricist - Mike Stock, Producer - Mike Stock, Composer - Mark McGuire, Engineer - Peter Waterman, Producer - Peter Waterman, Lyricist - Peter Waterman, Composer - Rick Astley, Vocal - Matt Aitken, Lyricist - Matt Aitken, Producer - Matt Aitken, Composer - Pete Hammond, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

5
The Love Has Gone
00:04:20

Mark McGuire, Engineer - D. Spatsley, Composer - D. Spatsley, Lyricist - Rick Astley, Composer - Rick Astley, Lyricist - Rick Astley, Vocal - Phil Harding, Producer - Phil Harding, Mixing Engineer - Ian Curnow, Producer - Ian Curnow, Keyboards

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

6
Don't Say Goodbye
00:04:09

Mike Stock, Producer - Mike Stock, Lyricist - Mike Stock, Composer - Mark McGuire, Engineer - Peter Waterman, Producer - Peter Waterman, Lyricist - Peter Waterman, Composer - Rick Astley, Vocal - Matt Aitken, Lyricist - Matt Aitken, Producer - Matt Aitken, Composer - Pete Hammond, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

7
Slipping Away
00:03:52

Mark McGuire, Engineer - Rick Astley, Composer - Rick Astley, Lyricist - Rick Astley, Vocal - Gary Barnacle, Saxophone - Phil Harding, Producer - Phil Harding, Mixing Engineer - Ian Curnow, Producer - Ian Curnow, Keyboards

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

8
No More Looking for Love
00:03:12

Mark McGuire, Engineer - Mark McGuire, Mixing Engineer - Daize Washbourn, Producer - Daize Washbourn, Keyboards - Daize Washbourn, Drums - Rick Astley, Composer - Rick Astley, Lyricist - Rick Astley, Guitar - Rick Astley, Vocal

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

9
You Move Me
00:03:42

Mark McGuire, Mixing Engineer - Daize Washbourn, Producer - Daize Washbourn, Keyboards - Daize Washbourn, Drums - Rick Astley, Composer - Rick Astley, Lyricist - Rick Astley, Guitar - Rick Astley, Vocal

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

10
When I Fall in Love
00:03:03

Mark McGuire, Engineer - Victor Young, Composer - Victor Young, Lyricist - Edward Heyman, Composer - Edward Heyman, Lyricist - Gordon Jenkins, Arranger - Stock/Aitken/Waterman, Producer - Rick Astley, Vocal - Pete Hammond, Mixing Engineer

(P) 1987 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Album Description

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.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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