Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1

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Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1
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Greatest hits album / Studio album by Westlife
Released 11 November 2002
Recorded 1998-2002;
Rokstone Studios London
Cheiron Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
PWL Studios, London
Windmill Lane Studios Ireland
Olympic Studios, London
Genre Pop, teen pop
Length 77:56 (International/European Version)
74:31 (UK version)
Language English
Label Sony BMG
Westlife chronology
World of Our Own
(2001)
Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Vol. 1
(2002)
Turnaround
(2003)
Singles from Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1
  1. "Unbreakable"
    Released: 28 October 2002
  2. "Tonight / Miss You Nights"
    Released: 24 March 2003
Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2008 NZ Tour Edition)
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Greatest hits album by Westlife
Released 2008 (New Zealand)
Recorded 1998-2002, 2006
Genre Pop
Label Sony BMG
Westlife chronology
Back Home
(2007)
Unbreakable: 2008 NZ Tour Edition
(2008)
Where We Are
(2009)

Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1 is the fourth studio album and first greatest hits album by Irish boy band Westlife. The album was released on 11 November 2002. The album consists of all of the group's past singles, along with six brand new songs. Hit single "Flying Without Wings" was re-recorded as a duet with Korean superstar BoA and Mexican singer Cristian Castro, and each respective duet was included on the Asian and Spanish versions of the album respectively. The first single released from the album was "Unbreakable", a UK number-one single. The second single, the double A-side "Tonight / Miss You Nights" peaked at number three in the UK.

Unbreakable peaked at number one in the UK and at number 66 in Australia and sold close to 1.4 million copies in the UK alone. It is also the band's longest charting album. The album was the ninth best-selling album of 2002 in the UK. It managed to re-enter the year-end albums chart of 2007 at number 107. In October 2008, IFPI announced that the album was certified 2x Platinum, exceeding two million sales in Europe. On the year-end album charts of 2008, the album re-entered at number 79 with 191,000 copies sold within the year. The album spent 55 weeks on the UK Top 100 Albums chart.[1]

In 2008, the album was re-issued in an exclusive two disc edition, entitled "Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits - 2008 NZ Tour Edition". The package featured the album, with the same track listing, plus the "Live At Wembley" 2006 concert DVD. It peaked at #1 on the albums chart there, and achieved 2x Platinum status, with more than 30,000 copies sold. The album finished at #19 on the 2008 New Zealand Year-end charts.

Critical reception[edit]

BBC Music said: "They know how to ham it up for the ladies and are masters of the sentimental power..."[2] Yahoo Music gave 4/10 stars saying: With 11 number ones so far, it's good to see how they all stand up next to each other. Sure, 'Flying Without Wings' is a talent show staple, 'My Love' is great in a-bit-like-'Chicago' kinda way, and even 'If I Let You Go' is eminently more memorable than their debut 'Swear It Again', 'Fool Again' or 'Bop Bop Baby'. In fact, take away the obvious can't-fail covers of 'I Have A Dream', 'Uptown Girl', and make the boys look slightly uglier, and Westlife would have been lucky to get anywhere near the top ten with some of these tunes. A special mention must go out to the sadism of 'Against All Odds' though: Westlife + Mariah Carey + A Phil Collins song = pure evil, anyone? You get a taster of their new direction with the six (Six!) bonus new tracks, including the title track and new smash 'Unbreakable' and a version of Sir Clifford's 'Miss You Nights', which is this year's Christmas single. Hurrah, eh? Of the rest, it's a case of if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Westlife have certainly found their niche in pop, and by statistics alone look like becoming one of the all-time greats. It's just a shame the actual musical legacy displayed here is so wet and uninspiring.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Track
no.
Title Credits Length
1 "Swear It Again" from Westlife

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Steve Mac
Written By - Mac, Wayne Hector

4:07
2 "If I Let You Go" from Westlife

Produced, Arranged By - David Kreuger, Per Magnusson
Written By - Jörgen Elofsson, Magnusson, Kreuger

3:41
3 "Flying Without Wings" from Westlife

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - Mac, Hector

3:36
4 "I Have A Dream" from Coast to Coast

Produced - Dan Frampton, Pete Waterman
Remix, Producer [Additional] - John Holliday, Trevor Steel
Written By - B. Andersson, B. Ulvaeus

4:15
5 "Fool Again" from Westlife

Produced, Arranged By, Programmed By - Kreuger, Magnusson
Written By - Elofsson, Magnusson, Kreuger

3:53
6 "Against All Odds" from Coast to Coast

Produced - Mariah Carey, Mac
Vocals [Featuring], Arranged By [Vocals] - Carey
Written By - Phil Collins

3:21
7 "My Love" from Coast to Coast

Produced, Arranged By - Kreuger, Magnusson
Written By - Elofsson, Pelle Nylén, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson

3:53
8 "What Makes a Man" from Coast to Coast Produced by - Mac

Written by: Mac, Hector

3:52
9 "Uptown Girl" from World of Our Own

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - Billy Joel

3:07
10 "Queen of My Heart" from World of Our Own

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - McLaughlin, Robson, Mac, Hector

4:19
11 "World of Our Own" from World of Our Own Produced, Arranged By - Mac

Mastered By - Ted Jensen
Remix, Producer [Additional] - Andy Zulla, Stevie 2 Bars
Written By - Mac, Hector

3:32
12 "Bop Bop Baby" from World of Our Own

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - McFadden, Filan, Murphy, O'Brien

4:30
13 "When You're Looking Like That" from World of Our Own

Produced, Engineer - Rami Yacoub
Written By - Rami, Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin

3:54
14 "Unbreakable"

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - Jörgen Elofsson, John Reid

4:33
15 "Written In The Stars"

Produced, Recorded By - David Stenmarck, Nick Jarl
Written By - Nick Jarl, Stenmarck, Andreas Carlsson

4:10
16 "How Does It Feel"

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - McFadden, Filan, Romdhane, Larossi

4:19
17 "Tonight"

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - Mac, Hector, Elofsson

4:32
18 "Love Takes Two"

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - Mac, Hector

3:49
19 "Miss You Nights"

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - Dave Townsend

3:22
Bonus tracks
8 "I Lay My Love on You" Replaces 'What Makes A Man' on the Asian Edition

Produced, Arranged By - Kreuger, Magnusson
Written By - Elofsson, Magnusson, Kreuger

3:29
11 "World of Our Own" (US Mix) Replaces 'World Of Our Own' on the Asian Edition

Produced, Arranged By - Mac
Mastered By - Ted Jensen
Remix, Producer [Additional] - Andy Zulla, Stevie 2 Bars
Written By - Mac, Hector

3:28
20 "Flying Without Wings" (Featuring BoA) Additional track on the Asian Edition

Produced, Arranged By, Mixed By - Mac
Written By - Mac, Hector
Vocals [Featuring], Arranged By [Vocals] - BoA

3:09
20.2 "Flying Without Wings" (Featuring Cristian Castro) Additional track on the Spanish Edition

Produced, arranged by, mixed by - Mac
Written By - Mac, Hector
Vocals [Featuring], arranged by [Vocals] - Castro

3:36
Additional Bonus Disc (available at Woolworths via a Daily Mirror promotion)[4]
  1. "World Of Our Own" (US Mix) - 3:30
  2. "More Than Words" - 3:58
  3. "Forever" - 5:05
  4. "You Don't Know" - 4:12
  5. "Interview With Westlife" - 5:00

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[18] Platinum 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[19] Gold 150,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[20] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[21] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[22] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[23] Gold 25,000*
Sweden (GLF)[24] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[25] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] 6× Platinum 1,827,903[27]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[28] Platinum 1,000,000*

^shipments figures based on certification alone

The Greatest Hits Tour[edit]

Video album[edit]

Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1
Video by Westlife
Released 15 November 2002
Genre Pop
Length 158
Label Sony BMG
Director Brett Turnbull
Westlife chronology
World Of Our Own
(2002)
Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1
(2002)
Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits
(2003)
  1. "Swear It Again"
  2. "If I Let You Go"
  3. "Flying Without Wings"
  4. "Seasons In The Sun"
  5. "I Have A Dream"
  6. "Fool Again"
  7. "My Love"
  8. "What Makes A Man"
  9. "Uptown Girl"
  10. "I Lay My Love On You"
  11. "When You're Looking Like That"
  12. "Queen Of My Heart"
  13. "Angel"
  14. "World Of Our Own" (US Version)
  15. "World Of Our Own"
  16. "Bop Bop Baby"
  17. "Unbreakable"
  18. "Behind The Scenes Documentary"
  19. "Before They Were Famous..."
  20. "Swear It Again" (US Version)

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