Whenever You Need Somebody

Whenever You Need Somebody

by Rick AstleyRick 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
Label: K2 Hd
UPC: 0888430867628
catalogNumber: 8676
Rank: 84443

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Astley   Primary Artist
Mae McKenna   Background Vocals
Shirley Lewis   Background Vocals
Matt Aitken   Keyboards
Gary Barnacle   Saxophone
Ian Curnow   Keyboards,fairlight
Dee Lewis   Background Vocals
A. Linn   Drums
Suzanne Rhatigan   Background Vocals
Mike Stock   Keyboards
Daize Washburn   Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rick Astley   Composer
Matt Aitken   Composer,Producer
Ian Curnow   Programming,Producer
Mike Duffy   Engineer
Phil Harding   Producer,Engineer
Karen Hewitt   Engineer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Mark McGuire   Engineer
Mike Stock   Composer
Pete Waterman   Composer,Producer
Victor Young   Composer
Jamie Bromfield   Engineer
Daize Washburn   Producer
Dick Spatsley   Composer

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