Greatest Hits (2008 Ace of Base album)

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Greatest Hits
Ace of Base-Greatest Hits Classic Remixes.jpg
Box set by Ace of Base
Released 14 November 2008
Recorded 1991–2008
Genre Pop
Label Playground Music
Ace of Base chronology
The Ultimate Collection
(2005)The Ultimate Collection2005
Greatest Hits
(2008)
Platinum & Gold
(2010)Platinum & Gold2010

Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by the Swedish group Ace of Base. It is their second compilation with this title, the first being Arista's 2000 US release Greatest Hits (2000). It was released under Playground Music on 14 November 2008, and is the last album to be released under the original contract of 5 original albums.[1] The compilation was released in multiple formats, including a single disc edition and a 2CD+DVD compilation which includes 16 of their hits, 13 previously released remixes, and 17 music videos. The set also includes four newly recorded remakes of hit songs.

This is the last Ace of Base album to date with new material to feature vocalist Jenny Berggren.

Background[edit]

The project was initially conceived as Ace of Base's fifth studio album, to consist of seven new songs and seven re-recordings of hit songs.[2] The remakes were created to give the songs a more modern feel. According to Ulf Ekberg, the compilation was a contract obligation and halted plans for the band's then-upcoming album.[3] Though Linn's image appears on the cover of the compilation, she is not featured on any of the new material.

The set includes re-recorded versions of the songs "Wheel of Fortune" and "Don't Turn Around", while the version released internationally on iTunes includes a remake of "Lucky Love",[4] and the Japanese edition includes a new version of "The Sign". An expanded version of the remixes portion called "Classic Remixes Extended" was later released to iTunes, consisting of 44 previously released remixes.

Track listings[edit]

Greatest Hits

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Sign" (from Happy Nation/The Sign)
  • Denniz Pop
  • Joker
  • Douglas Carr
3:09
2. "All That She Wants" (from Happy Nation/The Sign)
  • Pop
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
3:30
3. "Wheel of Fortune" (from Happy Nation/The Sign)
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • TOEC
3:40
4. "Lucky Love" (from The Bridge)
  • Joker
  • Billy Steinberg
2:52
5. "Beautiful Life" (from The Bridge)
  • Joker
  • John Ballard
  • Pop
  • Martin
  • Joker
3:39
6. "Happy Nation (Radio Edit)" (from Happy Nation/The Sign)
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
3:32
7. "Life Is a Flower" (from Flowers)
  • Joker
  • Joker
  • Per Adebratt
  • Tommy Ekman
3:47
8. "Don't Turn Around" (from Happy Nation/The Sign)
  • Albert Hammond
  • Diane Warren
  • Per Adebratt
  • Tommy Ekman
3:51
9. "Hallo Hallo" (from Singles of the 90s)
  • Joker
The Trinity Boys 2:51
10. "Always Have, Always Will" (from Flowers/Cruel Summer)
  • Joker
  • Mike Chapman
Ole Evenrude 3:46
11. "Cruel Summer (Big Bonus Mix)" (from Flowers)
  • Sara Dallin
  • Siobhan Fahey
  • Keren Woodward
  • Anthony Swain
  • Steve Jolley
  • Stephen Hague
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • Johnny Jam & Delgado
4:07
12. "Unspeakable" (from Da Capo)
  • Joker
  • Adam Anders
  • Nicklas von der Burg
  • Magnus Lindsten
  • von der Burg
  • Harry Sommerdahl
  • Joker
 
13. "C'est la Vie (Always 21)" (from Singles of the 90s/Greatest Hits) Joker
  • J. Ekgren
  • S. Pettersen
  • S. Rösnes
3:27
14. "Living in Danger" (from Happy Nation/The Sign)
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • Adebratt
  • Ekman
3:10
15. "Beautiful Morning" (from Da Capo)
  • Pontus Söderqvist
  • Axel Breitung[a]
  • Kay Nickold[b]
 
16. "Da Capo" (from Da Capo) Joker
  • Thorsten Brötzmann
  • Jeo
  • von der Burg[c]
  • Sommerdahl[c]
  • Håkan Christoffersson[d]
  • Joker[d]
3:10

Classic Remixes

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Wheel of Fortune 2009" (new recording)
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • Karl-Johan Råsmark
3:46
2. "Don't Turn Around 2009" (new recording)
  • Hammond
  • Warren
  • Råsmark
3:06
3. "The Sign" (The Remix)
  • Joker
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • TOEC
5:42
4. "Cruel Summer" (Soul Poets House Bust)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Swain
  • Jolley
3:46
5. "Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry" (Sweetbox Funky Mix)
  • Joker
  • Pop
  • Martin
  • Joker
  • Sweetbox[a]
6:47
6. "Life Is a Flower" (Soul Poets Night Club Mix)
  • Joker
  • Joker
  • Adebratt
  • Ekman
  • Soul Poets[a]
5:14
7. "All That She Wants" (Madness Version)
  • Joker
  • Pop
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
3:30
8. "Lucky Love" (Raggasol Version)
  • Joker
  • Steinberg
  • Pop
  • Martin
  • Joker
2:53
9. "Travel to Romantis" (Love To Infinity Master Mix)
  • Joker
7:22
10. "C'est la Vie (Always 21)" (Remix)
  • Joker
  • J. Ekgren
  • S. Pettersen
  • S. Rösnes
  • Discomatic[a]
3:58
11. "Happy Nation" (Moody Gold Mix)
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
  • Joker
  • Ekberg
4:02
12. "Hallo Hallo" (Dub)
  • Joker
  • Jonas von der Burg
6:04
13. "Living in Danger" (D-House Mix - Short Version)
  • Joker
3:27
14. "Beautiful LIfe" (Lenny B's House of Joy Club Mix)
  • Joker
  • Ballard
  • Pop
  • Martin
  • Joker
  • Lenny B[a]
6:57
15. "Megamix" (Long Version)  
  • Glenn Olsson[a]
  • Mathias Enberg[a]
 
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a remixer
  • ^[b] signifies an assistant producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[d] signifies a co-producer

Classic Remixes Extended (iTunes)

  1. The Sign – Ultimix – 6:48
  2. The Sign – Dub Version – 5:08
  3. All That She Wants – 12" Version – 6:46
  4. Lucky Love – Frankie Knuckles Classic Club Mix – 7:23
  5. Lucky Love – Amadin Remix – 5:43
  6. Lucky Love – Armand's British Nites Remix – 11:22
  7. Lucky Love – Vission Lorimer Funkdified Mix – 6:04
  8. Lucky Love – Lenny B's Club Mix – 7:09
  9. Happy Nation – Gold Zone Club Mix – 5:41
  10. Everytime It Rains – Soul Poets Club Mix – 4:22
  11. Life Is a Flower – Absolom Short Edit – 5:19
  12. Life Is a Flower – Milk Long Edit – 5:14
  13. Life Is a Flower – Sweetbox Mix 1 – 6:16
  14. Wheel of Fortune – 12" Mix – 5:27
  15. Hallo Hallo – Hitvision Radio Edit – 3:06
  16. Hallo Hallo – Dub – 4:46
  17. Beautiful Life – Junior's Circuit Bump Mix – 8:20
  18. Beautiful Life – Vission Lorimer Club Mix – 7:01
  19. Beautiful Life – Uno Clio Mix – 8:23
  20. Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Lenny B's Club Mix – 8:25
  21. Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Lenny B's Organ-ic House Mix – 7:15
  22. Don't Turn Around – Turned Out Eurodub – 7:26
  23. Don't Turn Around – Groove Mix Extended – 5:19
  24. Cruel Summer – Cutfather & Joe Mix – 3:341
  25. Cruel Summer – Hartmann & Langhoff Short Mix – 3:21
  26. Cruel Summer – KLM Club Mix – 10:29
  27. Cruel Summer – Hani Num Club Mix – 8:13
  28. Cruel Summer – Blazin' Rhythm Remix – 3:21
  29. Whenever You're Near Me – Strobe's Radio Remix – 3:23
  30. Whenever You're Near Me – Strobe's Lollipop Mix – 3:27
  31. Whenever You're Near Me – Nikolas & Sibley Dance Mix – 8:55
  32. Living in Danger – Old School Mix – 4:49
  33. Living in Danger – Principle Mix – 8:53
  34. Living in Danger – Buddha Mix – 3:38
  35. Beautiful Morning – Spanish Fly Radio Edit – 2:57
  36. Beautiful Morning – Groove Radio Edit – 2:47
  37. Unspeakable – Junk&Function/M12 Club Mix – 3:05
  38. Unspeakable – Fairlite Radio Mix – 3:18
  39. Unspeakable – Filur Radio Mix – 3:28
  40. Travel to Romantis – Josef Larossi Mix – 5:35
  41. Travel to Romantis – Love to Infinity Mix – 7:22
  42. Travel to Romantis – Wolf Mix – 4:03
  43. Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Long Version – 6:34
  44. Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry – Rock Version – 4:02

1Cruel Summer – Cutfather & Joe Mix is the album version of the song

DVD[edit]

  1. All That She Wants
  2. Wheel of fortune
  3. Happy Nation
  4. The Sign
  5. Don’t Turn Around
  6. Living in Danger
  7. Lucky Love
  8. Beautiful Life
  9. Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry
  10. Life Is a Flower
  11. Cruel Summer (Big Bonus Mix)
  12. Travel to romantis
  13. Always Have, Always Will
  14. C’est la vie (Always 21)
  15. Beautiful Morning
  16. Lucky Love (Acoustic)1
  17. Unspeakable
Notes
  • DVD is in NTSC format only.

1This is not the US version of the video. Instead, it is an alternate edit of the original European video featuring the acoustic version of the song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aceofbase.com
  2. ^ Ace of Base come to Bulgaria (radio interview). 18 April 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2016. The album will contain 7 remakes and 7 new songs. The reason why we decided on those remakes is that most of our hits are now 20 years old. Back then we really enjoyed electro music, BUT, electro music was not what the record companies liked and when finally we released our first album the songs were more or less pop-reggae, which we also liked. 
  3. ^ "Ulf's Letter Part 1". Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. We have done a few remakes of our biggest hits and three of those will be released on different AoB Greatest Hits albums. WOF 2009 and Don't Turn Around 2009 being the two first followed by The Sign 2009. We never wanted another Greatest Hits to be released but we had no choice being the last obligation in the contract. This has also changed our original New album release plan. 
  4. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=293814573&id=293814571&s=143456