The Ultimate Collection (Steps album)

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The Ultimate Collection
Steps - The Ultimate Collection.jpg
Greatest hits album by Steps
Released 10 October 2011
Recorded 1997-2001; 2011
Genre Pop
Length 76:16
Label Sony
Producer Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, Pete Waterman, Dan Frampton, David Kreuger, Jörgen Elofsson, Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane, Ali Thomson, Eliot Kennedy
Steps chronology
The Last Dance
(2002)
The Ultimate Collection
(2011)
Light Up the World
(2012)
Alternative cover
Tour Edition cover[1]

The Ultimate Collection is the second greatest hits album released by pop group Steps. The album was released on 10 October 2011 through Sony Music Entertainment.[2] The album was released to mark the tenth anniversary of the group's split back in 2001. The album features Steps' first recording in ten years, a cover of the ABBA hit "Dancing Queen".

The album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom selling 34,000 copies within its first week.[3] On 22 July 2013, the album was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry selling over 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[4]

Background and release[edit]

In 2011, Steps appeared on the Sky Living documentary Steps Reunion depicting their split and the interim years leading them to bury old wounds and reunite for their second greatest hits album The Ultimate Collection.[5] It marked ten years since the group released their first greatest hits album Gold: Greatest Hits and was Steps' first release since the release of their 2002 compilation, The Last Dance. On 10 October 2011, Steps appeared for the first time on This Morning, performing "It's the Way You Make Me Feel" and "Tragedy" and announced their 14-date 2012 arena tour The Ultimate Tour. They also announced that they had reformed as a band full term.[6]

The track listing places the singles in chronological order and is similar to the 2001 Gold: Greatest Hits compilation. However, The Ultimate Collection includes the singles "I Know Him So Well" and "You'll Be Sorry", not featured on Gold but excludes the single "Words Are Not Enough" (although the music video is included on the DVD edition). The release features a version of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" featured as a bonus track. The deluxe edition of the album includes a DVD containing all of Steps' music videos and a live recording of "I Know Him So Well" from the Abbamania TV Special. The standard version of the album featured a black cover while the deluxe edition has a white cover and both have a cardboard sleeve surrounding the jewel case.[7] Steps have signed the booklets on both CD and deluxe editions.

The Ultimate Collection: Tour Edition was released on 27 April 2012[8] to coincide with their first arena tour in ten years since their Gold Tour. The release includes a bonus disc of karaoke versions of the singles.

Tour[edit]

During the Steps Reunion TV show plans for a tour started to develop with each member of the group having mixed feeling whether or not to release tickets, they sold out all of their initial dates which led to adding more dates. The group filmed another TV documentary entitled Steps: On The Road Again which followed the group on tour and showed the issues they faced whilst touring together as a band.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 16 October 2011, the album debuted at number one in the United Kingdom[10] and Scotland[11] selling 34,000 copies within its first week.[3] The album also charted at number thirteen in Ireland.[12] In its second and third week the album charted at numbers three and nine.[13][14] The album spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart leaving at number seventy-seven on 29 January 2012.[15] The album re-entered the chart at number sixty-four on 29 April 2012[16] and remained in the chart for another six weeks before leaving the chart at number seventy-six on 3 June 2012.[17] The album was certified Gold in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry on 22 July 2013.[4]

Following their return for their 20th Anniversary, the album entered the chart at number fifty-one on 17 March 2017.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Standard[19]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "5,6,7,8" (from Step One)
3:21
2. "Last Thing on My Mind" (from Step One) 3:04
3. "One for Sorrow" (from Step One)
4:21
4. "Heartbeat" (from Step One) Jackie James 4:23
5. "Tragedy" (from Steptacular)
  • Barry Gibb
  • Robin Gibb
  • Maurice Gibb
4:30
6. "Better Best Forgotten" (Radio edit, from Step One) 3:42
7. "Love's Got a Hold on My Heart" (from Steptacular)
  • Frampton
  • Waterman
3:19
8. "After the Love Has Gone" (from Steptacular)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
  • Ellington
4:34
9. "Say You'll Be Mine" (from Steptacular)
  • Frampton
  • Waterman
3:31
10. "Better the Devil You Know" (from Buzz)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
3:48
11. "Deeper Shade of Blue" (Radio edit, from Steptacular)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
3:45
12. "When I Said Goodbye" (from Steptacular)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
3:32
13. "Summer Of Love" (from Buzz)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
3:52
14. "Stomp" (from Buzz)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
  • Rita Campbell
3:22
15. "It's the Way You Make Me Feel" (from Buzz) Jörgen Elofsson 3:18
16. "Here And Now" (from Buzz)
3:52
17. "You'll Be Sorry" (from Buzz)
  • Topham
  • Twigg
3:44
18. "Chain Reaction" (from Gold: Greatest Hits)
  • Barry Gibb
  • Robin Gibb
  • Maurice Gibb
3:56
19. "I Know Him So Well" (from The Last Dance)
  • Benny Andersson
  • Tim Rice
  • Björn Ulvaeus
4:15
20. "Dancing Queen" (bonus track)
  • Benny Andersson
  • Björn Ulvaeus
  • Stig Anderson
3:25
Total length: 76:16

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref
United Kingdom 10 October 2011
  • CD
  • CD/DVD
  • Digital Download
  • Standard
  • Deluxe Edition
Sony Music [19][20][2]
27 April 2012
  • CD
  • Digital Download
Tour Edition [1][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION (TOUR EDITION)". Ultimate Steps. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "The Ultimate Collection by Steps". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Sexton, Paul. "Rihanna Tops U.K. Singles Chart For Second Week; Steps Have No. 1 Album". Billboard. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Steps - The Ultimate Collection Certification - BPI". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 July 2013. Enter The Ultimate Collection in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search 
  5. ^ Eames, Tom (21 July 2011). "Steps to reunite for Sky Living documentary series". Digital Spy. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Steps announce first arena tour in ten years - Music News - Digital Spy". Digitalspy.co. 
  7. ^ "Steps – The Ultimate Collection". Discogs. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "he Ultimate Collection (Tour Edition) by Steps". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Steps On The Road Again Preview". Digital Spy (UK). Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100 16 October 2011 - 22 October 2011". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 16 October 2011 - 22 October 2011". Official Charts Company (Scotland). Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "The Ultimate Collection by Steps - Music Charts". A Charts. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 23 October 2011 - 29 October 2011". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 30 October 2011 - 05 November 2011". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 29 January 2012 - 04 February 2012". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 29 April 2012 - 05 May 2012". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 03 June 2012 - 09 June 2012". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Official Albums Chart Top 100 17 March 2017 - 23 March 2017". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "The Ultimate Collection by Steps". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  20. ^ a b "The Ultimate Collection CD/DVD by Steps". Amazon (UK). Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – Steps – The Ultimate Collection". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2017-03-24.  Enter The Ultimate Collection in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search