Whenever You Need Somebody (2022 Remaster) Rick Astley

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  • 1Never Gonna Give You Up (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:33
  • 2Whenever You Need Somebody (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:53
  • 3Together Forever (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:25
  • 4It Would Take a Strong Strong Man (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:40
  • 5The Love Has Gone (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)04:19
  • 6Don't Say Goodbye (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)04:08
  • 7Slipping Away (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:52
  • 8No More Looking for Love (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:12
  • 9You Move Me (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:42
  • 10When I Fall in Love (2022 - Remaster) (2022 - Remaster)03:04
  • Total Runtime36:48

Info for Whenever You Need Somebody (2022 Remaster)

Rick Astley, who has sold over 40 million records worldwide, is enjoying a remarkable career surgence and will celebrate the 35th anniversary of his landmark debut album Whenever You Need Somebody with a remastered and expanded edition to be released May 20 on BMG. Astley’s 1987 multi-platinum debut topped charts in 25 countries and featured one of the most recognizable singles ever - the worldwide #1 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” - plus hits “Together Forever” and the title track.

Astley returned to music in a big way in 2016, with 50. Entirely written and produced by Astley, the album is certified Platinum, was a #1 UK hit that sold over 400,000 copies and led to performances on Good Morning America, a feature in the New Yorker and far beyond. Beautiful Life in 2018 followed, a top 10 UK release. Astley has since played with the Foo Fighters, made international headlines for performing the songs The Smiths with Manchester band Blossoms, soundtracked a key late season scene on Ted Lasso, launched a lockdown video series that’s amassed 10.3 million views on YouTube with a growing catalog of cover songs (including the just-released “abcdefu”), and two fall 2021 concerts —at London’s Wembley Arena and in Manchester—benefitted the UK’s National Health Service.

Says Astley, “Whenever I sing these songs or even hear them on the radio, it brings back so many great memories. It makes me appreciate how lucky I was to have met all the people I worked with around making that first record. ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ established me in America and let me travel the world—which, for a 21-year-old from Newton-le-Willows, was mind-blowing. I’m still reaping the benefits from that today.”

Rick Astley, vocals, guitars (tracks 8, 9)
Mike Stock, keyboards, drum programming (Linn), production
Matt Aitken, keyboards, guitars, drum programming (Linn), production
Ian Curnow, Fairlight programming, keyboards (tracks 5, 7)
Daize Washbourn, keyboards, drums (tracks 8, 9)
Gary Barnacle, saxophone (track 7)
Shirley Lewis, backing vocals
Dee Lewis, backing vocals
Mae McKenna, backing vocals
Suzanne Rhatigan, backing vocals

Digitally remastered

Rick Astley
With his rich, deep voice, Rick Astley became an overnight sensation in the late '80s with his well-crafted dance-pop. Astley was discovered by the producer Pete Waterman in 1985 singing in the English soul band FBI. After that, Waterman's production team -- Stock, Aitken & Waterman -- took Astley under their wing, writing and producing such impeccably crafted pop singles as 'Never Gonna Give You Up' and 'Together Forever.' After two hugely successful albums in the U.S. and the U.K., Astley grew tired of being labeled Stock, Aitken & Waterman's 'puppet' and severed his connections with the team; he resurfaced in 1991 with the soul-injected Free, which contained the Top Ten hit, 'Cry for Help.' (Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AMG)

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