Rick Astley 2019

NEWS: Rick Astley Releases New Single and ‘The Best Of Me’

Rick Astley reveals “Every One Of Us” and a new greatest hits album!

by Christopher Smith

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:
CD 1:
“Every One Of Us”
“Never Gonna Give You Up”
“When I Fall In Love”
“Whenever You Need Somebody”
“Together Forever”
“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”
“Lights Out”
“Keep Singing”
“Angels On My Side”
“This Old House”
“Beautiful Life”
“She Makes Me”
“Never Gonna Give You Up (Pianoforte)”
CD 2:
“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)”
“Try (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.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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