Real Things (2 Unlimited album)

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Real Things
2 unlimited real things retail cd-front.jpg
Studio album by 2 Unlimited
Released June 6, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Eurodance, techno, dance-pop
Length 57:20
Label Byte Records (Sony / PWL) BYTE 103-9
Producer Jean-Paul de Coster (exec. prod.), Phil Wilde, et al.
2 Unlimited chronology
No Limits!
(1993)
Real Things
(1994)
Hits Unlimited
(1995)
Alternative cover
UK cover
UK cover
Singles from Real Things
  1. "The Real Thing"
    Released: May 9, 1994 (UK)
  2. "No One"
    Released: September 19, 1994 (UK)
  3. "Here I Go"
    Released: March 13, 1995 (UK)
  4. "Nothing Like the Rain"
    Released: 1995 (No UK release)

Real Things is the third album by Dutch Eurodance act 2 Unlimited, released in 1994.[1] It was the band's second number one album in the UK and despite spending just nine weeks in the UK Albums Chart Top 75, it was certified gold there[2] and platinum in The Netherlands.[3] "The Real Thing", "Here I Go", "No One" and "Nothing Like the Rain" were released as singles. Unlike their previous album, Ray Slijngaard's raps on the verses were not cut for the UK release.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits 3/5 stars[5]

Generally, the music press were kinder to this album than previous album No Limits!. In his review of this album, Smash Hits' Mark Sutherland stated that "every song is a potential top 10 record" and that "for techno [...] mayhem, you can't beat Real Things".[6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Real Thing" – 3:40
  2. "Do What I Like" – 4:07
  3. "Here I Go" – 5:10
  4. "Burning Like Fire" – 4:54
  5. "Info Superhighway" – 4:35
  6. "Hypnotised" – 4:22
  7. "Tuning Into Something Wild" – 4:05
  8. "Escape In Music" – 3:52
  9. "Sensuality" – 4:27
  10. "No One" – 3:25
  11. "Face To Face" – 4:03
  12. "What's Mine Is Mine" – 4:57
  13. "Nothing Like the Rain" – 4:39

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic[7]

  • 2 Unlimited - primary artist
  • Peter Bauwens - arranger, producer, vocal arrangement
  • Peter Bulkens - mixing
  • Jean-Paul DeCoster - arranger, executive producer, producer
  • Andy Janssens - remixing
  • Phil Wilde - arranger, composer, engineer, producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AllMusic: 2 Unlimited (Biography)". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  2. ^ BPI.co.uk Certification Real Things Accessed November 4, 2006
  3. ^ NVPI.nl Dutch certification database Accessed November 4, 2006
  4. ^ AllMusic review
  5. ^ The review in Smash Hits in 1994.
  6. ^ The Smash Hits review in 1994
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/real-things-mw0000625498/credits
Preceded by
Seal by Seal
UK number one album
June 18, 1994 – June 24, 1994
Succeeded by
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
by The Cranberries