Rick Astley reveals “Every One Of Us” and a new greatest hits album!
Rick Astley has released his latest greatest hits album, “The Best Of Me” which features a brand new track “Every One Of Us”! The album, his first official best of package since 2002’s “Greatest Hits”, comes in a double CD format with some ‘reimagined’ recordings of his biggest hits, a popular vogue currently with the likes of Take That (“Odyssey“), Kylie (“The Abbey Road Sessions“) and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (“The Song Diaries“) all offering their own interpretations of their best loved and most popular songs.
At the age of 21, Rick emerged from the shadows of the Stock Aitken and Waterman production house to become one of the biggest stars on the planet. His era-defining classic “Never Gonna Give You Up” topped charts the world over and catapulted him on a journey that would encompass eight consecutive UK Top 10 hits and 40 million record sales. And after stepping aside to focus on his family, he shot back to No.1 almost 30 years later with his hit Platinum-selling album “50”. Now Rick celebrates his extraordinary story with the release of the new career-spanning compilation “The Best Of Me”.
“It’s been an amazing experience to rework “Never Gonna Give You Up” says Rick. “That song is part of my DNA and it means a lot to me. I hope people like what I’ve done with it as much as I do. And “Every One Of Us” is about the fire in all of us. We all have something to give, even if it doesn’t always feel like we do. I’m so lucky to feel that fire every time I’m on stage, and that helps me feel it in my everyday life too”.
Of course, all of Rick’s singles are on the new album from the very beginning through to the epic “Cry For Help” (1991), his ‘return’ to music with “Angels On My Side” (2006) and the recent and brilliant title track “Beautiful Life”. Making an appearance is his US hit “It Would Take A Strong, Strong Man”, the 2002 new track “Sleeping” and the sublime “Try”. The ‘reimagined’ disc features new recordings of “Together Forever”, “She Wants To Dance With Me” and “Hold Me In Your Arms!”, although, strangely, the iconic “Never Gonna Give You Up” does not feature among the ten ‘new’ tracks. Rick’s biggest and best known hit is, however, featured on CD1 in “pianoforte” form!
Tracklisting for the ‘anthology’ is as follows:
“Every One Of Us”
“Never Gonna Give You Up”
“When I Fall In Love”
“Whenever You Need Somebody”
“It Would Take A Strong, Strong Man”
“She Wants To Dance With Me”
“Take Me To Your Heart”
“Hold Me In Your Arms”
“Cry For Help”
“Angels On My Side”
“This Old House”
“She Makes Me”
“Never Gonna Give You Up (Pianoforte)”
“Together Forever (Reimagined)”
“Whenever You Need Somebody (Reimagined)”
“When I Fall In Love (Reimagined)”
“Beautiful Life (Reimagined)”
“She Wants To Dance With Me (Reimagined)”
“Hold Me In Your Arms (Reimagined)”
“Cry For Help (Reimagined)”
“Keep Singing (Reimagined)”
“Angels On My Side (Reimagined)”
Earlier this year, Rick completed a gargantuan 38-date stadium tour as special guest to Take That, during which he played to over 500,000 people. He also recently played the Isle of Wight Festival, Pub in the Park and Chris Evans’ Carfest. Rick will also take to the road in early 2020 playing dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan with dates announced in the UK, Europe and America from April onwards. Tickets can be booked through Rick’s official website.
“The Best Of Me” will be released in all formats (CD, LP and tape) with various bundle packages being offered for die-hard fans to savour and keep (all available from Rick’s store). Either way, for anyone that’s followed Rick for the past thirty two years, this will be a must have, an up-to-date collection of all his single releases AND ten new, ‘reimagined’ recordings charting his career from Stock Aitken Waterman through to all of his work since 1991 and his more recent, triumphant releases and his welcome return to the fold.