Higher Than High

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Higher Than High
Studio album by Brotherhood of Man
Released May 1979
Genre Pop, MOR
Length 33:34
Label Pye
Producer Tony Hiller
Brotherhood of Man chronology
Twenty Greatest
(1978)
Higher Than High
(1978)
Singing a Song
(1979)
Singles from Higher Than High
  1. "Middle of the Night"
    Released: September 1978
  2. "Goodbye Goodbye"
    Released: January 1979
  3. "Papa Louis"
    Released: April 1979
  4. "Taxi"
    Released: June 1979

Higher Than High is the seventh album released by British pop group Brotherhood of Man. It was released in 1979 and contained four singles.

Background[edit]

The album was released in May 1979 on Pye Records. It featured four singles, "Middle of the Night", "Goodbye Goodbye", "Papa Louis" and "Taxi" but failed to chart.[1] "Middle of the Night" had already appeared on the group's Greatest Hits compilation released some months earlier and was the only single to chart.[2] At the time the group had a regular spot on the Rolf Harris show, Rolf on Saturday, OK?, where they sang several songs from the album (namely "Papa Louis", "Middle of the Night", "Taxi", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Olé Olé").[3]

The style of the album was in the group's familiar pop mould, but with a shift towards more lightweight themes. The single "Goodbye Goodbye" was a more sombre affair and its failure in the charts led to the next two singles being aimed more at the children's market. "Papa Louis" was about a circus, while "Taxi" was a tale of a man and woman meeting in a taxi. The album, like the group's others was produced by manager Tony Hiller.

According to member Sandra Stevens, the group had undertaken many photo shoots for the album cover, but ultimately, a painting of the group (in a hot air balloon) was used.

Track listing[edit]

Side One

  1. "Papa Louis" (2.27)
  2. "Sleeping Beauty" (2.29)
  3. "Light from Your Window" (2.57)
  4. "Tell Me How" (3.01)
  5. "Taxi" (2.33)
  6. "Middle of the Night" (3.07)

Side Two

  1. "Olé Olé" (2.32)
  2. "Higher Than High" (3.06)
  3. "Part of My Life" (3.00)
  4. "Lonely One" (2.42)
  5. "Gypsy" (2.36)
  6. "Goodbye Goodbye" (3.25)

All tracks composed by Hiller / Sheriden / Lee

Personnel[edit]

  • Martin Lee: Vocals (no lead vocals)
  • Lee Sheriden: Musical Director, Vocals (no lead vocals)
  • Nicky Stevens: Joint lead vocals on "Light from Your Window", "Taxi", "Middle of the Night"
  • Sandra Stevens: Lead vocals on "Gypsy" and joint lead vocals on "Light from Your Window", "Taxi", "Middle of the Night"
  • Tony Hiller - Producer

Singles[edit]

  • September 1978 — "Middle of the Night" / "When Summer's Gone"
  • January 1979 — "Goodbye Goodbye" / "Better to Have Loved"
  • April 1979 — "Papa Louis" / "For You"
  • June 1979 — "Taxi" / "Hi Ho (Together We Go)"

None of the B-sides were featured on the album. "When Summer's Gone" had featured on the group's previous studio album, B for Brotherhood. An alternate recording of "Hi Ho (Together We Go)" was released in countries outside the UK.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dutch Brotherhood of Man site. "Brotherhood of Man - Discography". Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  2. ^ Chartstats. ""Middle of the Night" UK Chart details". Retrieved 2008-08-20. 
  3. ^ BFI. "Rolf on Saturday, OK? air dates". Retrieved 2008-10-04.