Step One

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For the record label, see Step One Records.
Step One
Studio album by Steps
Released 11 September 1998
Recorded 1997–1998
Genre Pop
Length 39:08
Label Jive
Producer Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, Pete Waterman, Andrew Frampton, Dan Sanders, W.I.P
Steps chronology
Step One
(1998)
Steptacular
(1999)
Singles from Step One
  1. "5, 6, 7, 8"
    Released: 17 November 1997
  2. "Last Thing on My Mind"
    Released: 17 April 1998
  3. "One for Sorrow"
    Released: 31 August 1998
  4. "Heartbeat / Tragedy"
    Released: 6 November 1998
  5. "Better Best Forgotten"
    Released: 8 March 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Answers.com 3.5/5 stars[2]
DooYoo.co.uk 4/5 stars[3]

Step One is the debut album by British pop group Steps. It was released in the UK and Europe on 11 September 1998. The album charted at number two on UK Albums Chart upon its release. In 2000, the album was re-released in the US, containing songs from both Step One and its successor, Steptacular. The tracks "5, 6, 7, 8", "Last Thing on My Mind", "One for Sorrow", "Heartbeat" and "Better Best Forgotten" were released as the singles in UK. In 2000, the album was certified 5× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 1.4 million copies in UK.[4] It is also considered to be one of the biggest-selling albums in United Kingdom by a band/group.

The album contains some covers—"Last Thing on My Mind" was originally released as a single by female pop group Bananarama, while "Love U More" was originally recorded by techno/house band Sunscreem, "Experienced" was originally recorded by boyband Worlds Apart and "Stay With Me" appears on Romeo's Daughters' self-titled début album.

"Tragedy", which was recorded for the Bee Gees tribute album, was paired up with "Heartbeat" as a double A-side single and also featured as a bonus track on some international editions of the album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Steptro" (Mike Stock, Pete Waterman, Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward) — 0:56
  2. "Last Thing on My Mind" (Stock, Waterman, Dallin, Woodward) — 3:04
  3. "5, 6, 7, 8" (Barry Upton, Steve Crosby) — 3:22
  4. "One for Sorrow" (Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, Lance Ellington) — 4:20
  5. "Heartbeat" (Jackie James) — 4:24
  6. "This Heart Will Love Again" (Andrew Frampton, Waterman) — 3:48
  7. "Experienced" (H solo) (Stock, Waterman) — 3:27
  8. "Too Weak to Resist" (H solo) (Frampton, Waterman) — 3:50
  9. "Better Best Forgotten" (Frampton, Waterman) — 3:42
  10. "Back to You" (Faye and Claire duet) (Topham, Twigg) — 4:04
  11. "Love U More" (Faye and Claire duet) (Lucia Holm, Paul Cannell) — 3:57
  12. "Stay with Me" (Faye and Lisa duet) (Olga Lange, Leigh Matty, Craig Joiner, Anthony Mitman) — 4:04

Australian bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "One for Sorrow" (Remix) — 6:53
    • Also called the W.I.P Remix.
  2. "Tragedy" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) — 4:30 (hidden track)
    • Included on later prints.

Japanese bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Tragedy" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) — 4:30
  2. "5,6,7,8" (W.I.P. Remix)
  3. "One for Sorrow" (W.I.P. Remix)
  4. "Better Best Forgotten" (W.I.P. Remix)

American release[edit]

The United States version included several tracks from Steptacular, and also "Better the Devil You Know", while omitting most of the album-only tracks from the UK version of Step One. In this respect, it essentially serves as a Steps best of for their UK releases through to "Deeper Shade of Blue".

Notably, "Better Best Forgotten" was not included on this version, while the UK version of "One for Sorrow" was omitted to include Tony Moran's remixed track.

  1. "Tragedy" — 4:32
  2. "Say You'll Be Mine" — 3:33
  3. "One for Sorrow" (US Mix) — 3:30
  4. "Last Thing on My Mind" — 3:05
  5. "5, 6, 7, 8" — 3:23
  6. "Stay with Me" — 4:05
  7. "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart" — 3:20
  8. "After the Love Has Gone" — 4:35
  9. "Heartbeat" — 4:25
  10. "Deeper Shade of Blue" — 4:16
  11. "Better the Devil You Know" — 3:48

US singles:

  1. "One for Sorrow" (US Mix)
  2. "Tragedy"

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions and certifications[edit]

End-of-year charts[edit]

End-of-year chart (1998) Position
Australian Albums Chart[21] 35
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[22] 4

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label Catalogue
United Kingdom[23] 11 September 1998 Standard edition (CD) Jive / EBUL 015911-2
Standard edition (cassette) 015911-4
Australia[23] 11 September 1998 Limited edition (CD + Dance routine booklet) Jive / Liberation MUSH33147-2
Hong Kong[23] 11 September 1998 Limited edition (CD + VCD) Rock (HK) ROD-9115
Indonesia[23] 11 September 1998 Standard edition (CD) Zomba Z-CD-0110798
Netherlands[23] 11 September 1998 Jive / EBUL 015911-2
Japan[23] 1 January 1999 Jive / AVEX AVCZ-95107
Germany[23] 2 March 1999 Jive / EBUL
Canada[23] 9 July 1999 01241-44149-2
United States[23] 8 February 2000 Jive 01241-41688-4
Brazil[23] 21 August 2000 01241-41635-2

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Answers.com review
  3. ^ DooYoo.co.uk review
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  9. ^ "Swedish Charts > Steps". swedishcharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  10. ^ "Chart Stats > Steps". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  11. ^ "Steps Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  13. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 1998". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  14. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Steps – Seps One" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  15. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 1999年3月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. March 1999 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese) (Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan) 474: 9. May 10, 1999. Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart, 11 April 1999". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Steps – Seps One". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-09-28.  Enter Seps One in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Steps – Seps One". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ UK Pop Acts Have To Speak New Language. Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  20. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1999". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 1998". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  22. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
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