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The Greatest Day – Take That Present: The Circus Live
The Greatest Day (Take That album - cover art).jpg
Live album by Take That
Released 30 November 2009
Recorded July 2009 at Wembley Stadium, London
Genre Live pop
Length 122:36
Label Polydor
Producer John Shanks
Take That chronology
The Circus
(2008)The Circus2008
The Greatest Day
Alternative cover
Promo sleeve
Promo sleeve

The Greatest Day – Take That Present: The Circus Live is the ninth album by English pop band Take That. It is the band's first of two live albums, and has to date only been released in the UK. The album was accompanied by a similar DVD release.

Background and promotion[edit]

The album was released on 30 November 2009. No singles were released from the album, although "Hold Up a Light", the fifth single to be released from Take That's previous album, The Circus, encouraged fans to purchase the live album. The video for "Hold Up a Light" featured footage of the band live on the Wembley Leg of the tour, also promoting the album itself. To date, the album has only been released in the UK and Ireland.

The album became the fastest-selling live album since 1994, selling over 123,000 copies in its first week.[1] This was Take That's last album as a four-piece before Robbie Williams returned to the group in 2010.

A DVD, featuring footage of the concert itself, was released on 23 November 2009. This was followed by the audio recording a week later. The DVD topped the music DVD chart, with the audio recording placing #3 in the UK Albums Chart. The video of "Hold Up a Light" was premiered on The One Show on 12 November 2009.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[2]
The Times 4/5 stars[3]

The album was received well, with positive reviews by The Sun, BBC News and the Daily Mail. The Sun called the album "exciting, different, with the distinct style of live music". BBC News said "The album was a fresh burst of energy, keeping fans of Take That happy while a new album is being written." The Daily Mail quoted that "The album has a brilliant selection of new and old Take That hits - just what a fan would want." Digital Spy also reviewed it as 'almost perfect'.[2]

Commercial reception[edit]

The Greatest Day sold 98,000 copies on its first day of release. This was roughly 35,000 copies below the first-day sales of their previous album, The Circus. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart,[4] and was certified Platinum in Ireland in December 2009. As of December 2011, the album had sold 514,403 copies in the UK.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
The Circus – Live at Wembley
  1. "Greatest Day" – 4:18
  2. "Hello" – 3:49
  3. "Pray" – 4:00
  4. "Back for Good" – 4:01
  5. "The Garden" – 5:18
  6. "Shine" – 3:46
  7. "Up All Night" – 3:58
  8. "How Did It Come to This" – 4:07
  9. "The Circus" – 3:36
  10. "What Is Love" – 5:55
  11. "Said It All" – 4:07
  12. "Never Forget" – 5:28
  13. "Patience" – 3:20
  14. "Relight My Fire" – 4:34
  15. "Hold Up a Light" – 4:29
  16. "Rule the World" – 5:42
Disc two
In Session – At Abbey Road
  1. "The Garden" – 4:54
  2. "How Did It Come to This" – 2:42
  3. "Greatest Day" – 3:24
  4. "Up All Night" – 3:22
  5. "Patience" – 3:20
  6. "What Is Love" – 3:42
  7. "The Circus" – 3:47
  8. "Shine" – 3:42
  9. "Rule the World" – 3:54
  10. "Julie" – 3:54
  11. "Said It All" – 4:17



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Ireland (IRMA)[8] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 514,403[5]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdom[10] 30 November 2009 Polydor CD, digital download


  1. ^ Wightman, Catriona (6 December 2009). "Boyle stays on top with huge album sales". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  2. ^ a b Nissim, Mayer (30 November 2009). "Take That: 'The Greatest Day'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  3. ^ The Times review Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b "The Greatest Day - The Circus Live". Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Jones, Alan (4 December 2011). "Official Album Chart analysis: Olly Murs becomes 10th X Factor No.1". Music Week. Retrieved 4 December 2011. (Subscription required (help)). 
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  7. ^ "Official Album Chart 2009" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  8. ^ "Irish album certifications – Take That – The Greatest Day". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  9. ^ "British live album certifications – Take That – The Greatest Day". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter The Greatest Day in the search field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "The Greatest Day - Take That Present The Circus Live [Live]". Retrieved 26 September 2011.