Steptacular

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Steptacular
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Studio album by Steps
Released 25 October 1999
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Pop
Length 55:25
Label Jive
Producer Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, Pete Waterman, Andrew Frampton, Dan Sanders, W.I.P
Steps chronology
Step One
(1998)
Steptacular
(1999)
Buzz
(2000)
Singles from Steptacular
  1. "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart"
    Released: 12 July 1999
  2. "After the Love Has Gone"
    Released: 11 October 1999
  3. "Say You'll Be Mine"
    Released: 13 December 1999
  4. "Deeper Shade of Blue"
    Released: 3 April 2000
  5. "When I Said Goodbye"
    Released: 3 July 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Yahoo! Music UK 4/10 stars[2]

Steptacular is the second studio album by British pop group Steps, released in the United Kingdom on 25 October 1999. It entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, where it remained on the position for three weeks, selling 260,000 copies in the same time frame. "Tragedy", "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart", "After the Love Has Gone", "Say You'll Be Mine", "Deeper Shade of Blue" and "When I Said Goodbye" were released as singles, all hitting the UK top 5, making Steptacular the first album to contain 6 consecutive UK top 5 hits. Many of the songs also appeared on the track list of the US version of their debut album Step One.

Like the group's debut album, Steptacular also contains covers, including a song originally released by female pop group Bananarama entitled "Movin' On", "Make It Easy On Me" originally recorded by Sybil and "Deeper Shade of Blue" originally recorded by Tina Cousins. The album also includes the group's version of Tragedy, which was originally recorded for the Bee Gees tribute album "Gotta Get A Message To You", which was released shortly after Step One.

It entered the UK Albums Chart at number one, selling 84,000 units in its first week – only 1,000 copies ahead of Westlife's debut album, Westlife, beating the Irish boy band. Early UK copies of the album featured a holographic silver "STEPS" logo on front. It was also released in cardboard and tin boxed sets, internationally.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tragedy" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) – 4:30
  2. "After the Love Has Gone" (Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, Lance Ellington) – 4:35
  3. "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart" (Andrew Frampton, Pete Waterman) – 3:19
  4. "Say You'll Be Mine" (Frampton, Waterman) – 3:33
  5. "I Think It's Love" (Claire solo) (Topham, Twigg, Ellington) – 4:28
  6. "Make It Easy on Me" (Lisa solo) (Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Waterman) – 3:34
  7. "Deeper Shade of Blue" (Topham, Twigg) – 4:16
  8. "Movin' On" (Stock, Waterman, Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward) – 3:29
  9. "Never Say Never Again" (Frampton, Waterman) – 3:51
  10. "When I Said Goodbye" (Topham, Twigg) – 3:30
  11. "I Surrender" (Topham, Twigg) – 3:42
  12. "Since You Took Your Love Away" (Faye solo) (Frampton, Waterman) – 4:35
  13. "My Best Friend's Girl" (H solo) (Topham, Twigg, Ellington) – 3:40
  14. "You're Everything That Matters to Me" (Jackie James) – 4:23

Canadian bonus tracks[edit]

     15. "Last Thing on My Mind" (Stock, Waterman, Dallin, Woodward) – 3:04
     16. "5, 6, 7, 8" (Barry Upton, Steve Crosby) – 3:22

Japanese bonus tracks[edit]

     15. "Just Like the First Time" (Frampton, Waterman) – 3:28
     16. "One for Sorrow" (Tony Moran's 7-inch remix) (Topham, Twigg, Ellington) – 3:30

Australian edition[edit]

Steptacular was released in Australia with a revised track listing, including two bonus tracks.

  1. "After the Love Has Gone" – 4:35
  2. "Say You'll Be Mine" – 3:33
  3. "Tragedy" – 4:30
  4. "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart" – 3:19
  5. "I Think It's Love" – 4:28
  6. "Make It Easy on Me" – 3:34
  7. "Deeper Shade of Blue" – 4:16
  8. "Movin' On" – 3:29
  9. "Never Say Never Again" – 3:51
  10. "When I Said Goodbye" – 3:30
  11. "I Surrender" – 3:42
  12. "Since You Took Your Love Away" – 4:35
  13. "My Best Friend's Girl" – 3:40
  14. "You're Everything That Matters to Me" – 4:23
  15. "Just Like the First Time" – 3:28 (bonus track)
  16. "One for Sorrow" (Tony Moran's 7-inch Remix) – 3:30 (bonus track)

Limited edition boxed set[edit]

Steptacular was released in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Taiwan in a boxed set limited edition, containing the UK track list of the album and the CD single for "After the Love Has Gone".

  1. "After the Love Has Gone" – 4:35
  2. "After the Love Has Gone" (W.I.P. mix) – 5:37
  3. "To Be Your Hero" (Frampton, Waterman) – 3:50
  4. "One for Sorrow" (Tony Moran's 7-inch remix) – 3:30

B-sides and remixes[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label Catalogue
Japan[13] 13 October 1999 Standard edition (CD + bonus tracks) Jive / AVEX AVCZ-95126
UK 25 October 1999 Limited Edition/Holographic logo (CD) Jive / Ebul 0519442
Standard edition (CD) 051994-2
Standard edition (cassette) 051994-4
Australia[13] 25 October 1999 Limited edition (CD + collector card and sticker) Jive / Zomba 051956-2
Netherlands[13] 25 October 1999 Standard edition (CD) Jive / EBUL 051994-2
Hong Kong[13] November 1999 Limited edition (2 CD + cardboard boxed set) ROD 9145-4
Taiwan[13] November 1999 Limited edition (2 CD + tin boxed set)
Canada[13] 22 February 2000 Standard edition (CD + bonus tracks) Jive / EBUL 01241-44167-2
Germany[13] 20 March 2000 Standard edition (CD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Strickland, Andy (1999-10-21). "Yahoo Music UK review". Archived from the original on 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Australian Charts > Steps". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Belgian Charts > Steps". ultratop.be Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Irish Charts > Steps". irish-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Oricon Style". Retrieved 2010-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Dutch Album Chart > Steps". dutchcharts.nl Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  8. ^ "Chart Stats > Steps". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  9. ^ 1999 in British music#Top 40 Singles
  10. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 1999". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  11. ^ "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
  12. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1999". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Steptacular release dates, editions, tracks and information" gensteps.co.uk Retrieved 6 March 2010
  • "AllMusicGuide". Track listings, formats and chart positions. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
Preceded by
Come on Over by Shania Twain
All the Way... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion
UK number-one album
6 November 1999 – 26 November 1999
4 December 1999 – 10 December 1999
Succeeded by
All the Way... A Decade of Song by Celine Dion
Come on Over by Shania Twain