Higher (The Overtones album)

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Studio album by The Overtones
Released October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)
Recorded 2011-2012, Thesamplefactory, London
Sarm Studios, Notting Hill, London
Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
WallyWorld Studios, Studio City, CA; Northern Sky Studios
Genre Doo-wop
Length 37:18
Label Rhino Entertainment
Producer Trevor Horn, Future Cut, Walter Afanasieff, Steve Robson, Steve Booker
The Overtones chronology
Good Ol' Fashioned Love
(2011)Good Ol' Fashioned Love2011
Singles from Higher
  1. "Loving the Sound"
    Released: September 14, 2012
  2. "Higher"
    Released: November 30, 2012
  3. "Love Song"
    Released: February 18, 2013

Higher is the second studio album by the five-piece British-Irish doo-wop boy band The Overtones. The album was released on October 1, 2012 in the UK via Rhino Entertainment.[1] The album was preceded by the release of the lead single, "Loving the Sound". The band worked with a number of well-known producers on the album, including Trevor Horn, Walter Afanasieff and Steve Robson, as well as production team Future Cut, who produced most of the original tracks on the album.


On September 29, 2012, the band appeared on an episode of Red or Black?, appearing as part of a challenge involving using a handkerchief in their performance. They performed three songs in a medley, including the album's lead single "Loving the Sound". On December 9, 2012, they appeared as special guest performers in the final episode of the ninth series of The Xtra Factor. Despite not being a single from the album, "Runaround Sue" has been a staple of the band's live set since its inception and is one of the crowd favourites on tour. On October 4, 2012, Higher entered the Irish Albums Chart at #19, before entering the UK Albums Chart at #6 two days later, becoming the band's second top ten album in the UK.


  • "Loving the Sound" was released as the lead single from the album on September 14, 2012. It charted at 100 on the Official UK Charts on October 7, 2012 and became their second top 100 single to date. The band promoted the song with performances on The National Lottery, This Morning and The Xtra Factor.
  • "Higher" was released as the second single from the album on November 30, 2012. It was the second original song to be released as a single from the album. The track was co-written by the band and Steve Booker and produced by Future Cut.
  • "Love Song" was released as the third and final single from the album on February 18, 2013. It was the third original song to be released as a single from the album. The track was again co-written by the band and produced by Future Cut.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Loving the Sound" Jon GreenPhil Thornalley Future Cut 3:13
2. "Perfect" Mark E. Nevin Trevor Horn 3:36
3. "Call Me Up" Edvard Førre Erfjord • Henrik B. Michelsen • Marco Bernardis • Mark Franks • Michael Craig Davis • Paul Martin Burton • Timmy Matley Future Cut 3:09
4. "Runaround Sue" Dion DiMucciErnie Maresca Trevor Horn 3:05
5. "When You Say My Name" Matley • Lachie Chapman • Steve RobsonWayne Hector Steve Robson 3:11
6. "Groovin'" Felix CavaliereEddie Brigati Walter Afanasieff 4:12
7. "Unforgettable" Irving Gordon Walter Afanasieff 3:33
8. "Love Song" Erfjord • Michelsen • Bernardis • Franks • Davis • Burton • Matley • Chapman • Darren Everest • Mike Crawshaw Future Cut 3:26
9. "The Glory of Love" Billy Hill Walter Afanasieff 2:10
10. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" Phil SpectorBarry MannCynthia Weil Trevor Horn 4:34
11. "Reet Petite" Berry GordyTyran Carlo Trevor Horn 2:42
12. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" Holland–Dozier–Holland Trevor Horn 3:25
13. "Higher" Franks • Matley • Chapman • Everest • Crawshaw • Steve Booker Future Cut 3:50


Chart (2012) Peak
UK Albums Chart 6
Irish Albums Chart[2] 19

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)[3][4] CD, Digital download Rhino Entertainment