The Number Ones Album[album]
Atomic KittenAnyone Who Had A Heart
Ones Album a twenty-
one Number One salute!
LIVERPOOL NEVER FAILS TO AMAZE with its seemingly never-ending stream of
talent emerging from the 'Capital of Pop' so called because,
according to the Guinness Book of Records, more artistes who originate from
Liverpool have had a number one hit than artistes from anywhere else in the
2008, Liverpool is acknowledged officially as The European Capital of Culture
and to celebrate the event EMI Catalogue Marketing will release Liverpool:
The Number Ones Album on 4 February (2008), featuring such esteemed names
as Atomic Kitten, Ray Quinn, Scaffold, Elvis Costello and the cast of Hollyoaks.
All profits from 'The Number One Project' will go to six local charities
Liverpool Echo Sun-rise Appeal; Marina Dalglish Appeal; Alder Hey Children's
Hospital; Radio City's Give A Child A Chance; Radio Merseyside's Charitable
Trust; and The Marie Curie Liverpool Hospice Appeal.
The physical album features 21 number one singles (the digital version includes
an extra seven number one recordings) and it brings together some of the best-loved
Liverpudlian artistes who have recorded some of the most famous Liverpudlian
songs of all time.
Atomic Kitten's version of Anyone Who Had A Heart is true to the orig-inal
as sung by Cilla Black, with a fresh squeeze of appeal that takes it enticingly
up to date. It is a striking first track for the album, sweetly sung with a
gentle intensity that makes it easy to listen to. We weren't surprised to find
out there will shortly be a single release 28 January (2008).
The rest of the album is well-chosen and has great listening appeal. For me,
The Farm's version of Needles And Pins didn't quite have the bite of
the Searchers but, having said that, they gave a good account of themselves
and this version is certainly worthy of mention. Woman is one of my favourite
tracks and Ian McNabb's version is beautiful, emotive and hits the right spot.
The evergreen Scaffold's 3 Shirts On A Line (washed and good as new!)
is fun. I am assured by our sports writer and life-long Liverpool supporter
Peter Brownlow that this is a jokey song referring to the David Baddiel/Frank
Skinner/Lightning Seeds Three Lions On A Shirt! Whatever... well done,
Other favourites: Whole Again (OMD) is great; Relax (Anthony Hannah)
is especially beautiful and uplifting; My Sweet Lord (Garry Christian
and Desa Basshead) is fantastic; You'll Never Walk Alone is particularly
haunting and Paperback Writer unforgettable. The rendition of Hey
Jude is also of note.
This album is more than worthy enough to represent Liverpool's tribute. One
thing's for sure the list of great songs will guarantee that Liverpool:
The Number Ones Album will be played time and time and time again. It is
rare that cover versions are ever as good as the originals in this case,
here are twenty-one fine examples.
Atomic Kitten's single Anyone Who Had
A Heart will be released on
28 January 2008. (The single will also feature Sonny J's recording of Hard
Days Night). Check out www.atomickitten.com.
Album tracklist: Anyone Who Had A Heart Atomic Kitten | Needles And
Pins The Farm | Woman Ian McNabb | You Spin Me Thea Gilmore
Mike Cave | Don't Throw Your Love Away Elvis Costello featuring
Amsterdam | 3 Shirts On A Line Scaffold | Whole Again OMD | Relax
Anthony Hannah | She Loves You Sonia | From Me To You Eton Road
| Starry Eyed China Crisis | Eleanor Rigby The Real Thing | You're
My World Kush featuring Natasha Hamilton | My Sweet Lord Garry Christian
And Desa Basshead | Hard Days Night Sonny J | Day Tripper Shack
| You'll Never Walk Alone Thomas Lang | The Power Of Love Frankie
Goes to Hollywood's Nasher featuring Connie Lush | Paperback Writer Digsy
and The Sums | Hey Jude The Real People | Imagine The Talkabouts
featuring Liz McClarnon.
Extra tracks on the digital album: Story Of My Life Clare Sweeney | How
Much Is That Doggy In The Window? Cast of Hollyoaks | 2 Tribes Dr.
and the Medics | Get Back The Towers of London | Don't Throw Your
Love Away The Weirdos | You To Me Are Everything Ray Quinn | Ferry
Across The Mersey Sense of Sound.