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Whenever You Need Somebody

4.5 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the 1987 debut album from the British Pop/Soul vocalist. Rick Astley burst onto the pop scene in the summer of 1987 with 'Never Gonna Give You Up', which stormed to #1 in the UK and the U.S., selling a million copies in the US alone, and finished 1987 as the UK's best selling single that year. The album reached #1 in the UK in November, while selling two million copies in the US. This expanded edition features bonus non album tracks plus a multitude of remixes of the album's singles. The booklet features full annotation by Tom Parker as well as the singles sleeves. Edsel. 2010.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WAD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Back in 1988 when Rick Astley first came onto the music scene, I thought he would have his hit and then just fade away. True, the Stock Aitken and Waterman songs sound identical, but Rick's vocal and guitar work help to break some of the monotony. I have had this album since it was released and if you only listen to the S.A.W. hits, then you would not think this is a good effort at all.
Pass on those and listen to his originals like "Slipping Away," "No More Looking For Love," and "You Move Me," those three are just awesome! To end it all, he really gives a beautiful rendition of the standard "When I Fall In Love" that squashes the later version put out by Celine Dion. He does it a-la Nat King Cole style that pushes this record to the 4 star limit. Not quite 5 because of the cheesy S.A.W. production.
Rick deserves a hand for his TALENT. Enough said.
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Rick Astley stormed onto the pop scene in 1987 with Whenever You Need Somebody. Even 13 years later, "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Together Forever" are light rock radio station standards. However, if all you know are those two songs from this release, you are missing out on some fantastic music.
You probably are familiar with "Never Gonna Give You Up" - it's a pre-requisite if you're actually looking up Rick Astley here - so I won't analyze it. The title track "Whenever You Need Somebody" is just as up beat, fast paced and catchy and could have easily been another hit. If you loved NGGYU and TF, you will go crazy for this song. Next is "Together Forever" - again needing no analysis. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" was also released as a single, but it didn't quite have the success of the other two. That's a shame, because the song is incredibly strong and shows Rick's depth and sensitive side. "The Love Has Gone" is a groovin' song with an r&b feel that continues the momentum that has been building the entire album. "Don't Say Goodbye" goes back to the fun pop style so typical of this Stock Aitken Waterman production. While fun, "Slipping Away," to me, is the weakest song on the album. It lacks depth and direction; it doesn't know if it wants to be a pop song or an r&b song. Fabulous hooks and backup singing make "No More Looking for Love" another pop favorite that could have been a hit. Another good yet slightly below par song is "You Move Me." The song has fabulous orchestration, and the refrain is good, but the actual story of the song is a bit, well, strange (his boss at work firing him because he's infatuated?). The last song, "When I Fall In Love," I will leave to the listener to decide.
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Rick Astley was yet another client of the 1980's Stock-Aitken-Waterman bubblegum pop hit machine like Kylie Minogue and Bananarama. His debut, Whenever You Need Somebody, yielded three hit singles including "Never Gonna Give You Up" and its equally infectious twin "Together Forever." But despite their sound, Astley was a talented vocalist from the start. Imagine Tear For Fears's Roland Orzabal lightening up but losing the falsetto-that's Rick Astley.
That S-A-W disco sound meshed with the strings-synthesizer really enhanced Astley in his #1 hit single "Never Gonna Give You Up." It sounds like a real utopian promise for girls: "Never gonna give you up/never gonna tell a lie/never gonna break your heart and desert you." Ditto "Together Forever", which despite sounding so much like the previous song, deserves special mention of its own. Anyone wanting an upbeat wedding song should play this: "Together forever and never to pass/Together forever with two/And don't you know I would move heaven and earth/to be together forever with you." Awwwwww, isn't that sweet?
The engaging title track is a cousin of Bananarama's "I Heard A Rumour," though without the splashy oomph of the trio. The third single, "It Would Take A Strong Strong Man" veers into 70's soul like Aaron Neville or Barry White. How does he feel about this woman? Take the words of the title, then add "to ever let you go."
If the couple wed to "Together Forever" ended up on the skids, they could play "The Love Has Gone" in the divorce lawyer's office. Despite the usual backbeat, Rick displays a slightly subdued tone and small wonder. He also displays a unique pinched sound at a lower register.
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Since the first time I heard Rick's "Never gonna give you up", I knew that this guy had something different. Who would think that behind that powerful voice there was a 21's red-haired english? Following the great production of "Never gonna give you up", Rick rocks the house with Together Forever, Whenever you need somebody and Don't say goodbye. Rick shows all his talent singing It would take a strong, strong man, and the classic "When I fall in love"(In my opinion, better than the original Nat King Cole's song). Rick still has time to write some other songs and keep the great average of this album. That's why it sold over 8 million copies around the world. Simply one of the best singers and one of the best albuns in Pop music.
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