Take That - Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection (Sony BMG)

Lisa Norman | Monday, 08 December 2008

Take That - Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection (Sony BMG)

Ooh, it's nice to see a good rehash, especially when it’s the lovely boys from Take That assaulting the charts once more. Not content with filling the shelves with latest studio album The Circus, these cheeky chappies have put out their Ultimate Collection once again - and just in time for Christmas.

A '90s pop sensation, they took the pop world with a bang, becoming the first band since the Beatles to score four consecutive number one singles with 'Pray', 'Relight My Fire', 'Babe', and 'Everything Changes'.

Originally released in November 2005, the album includes 19 tracks including a live recording, a remix and new song 'Today I've Lost You'. This was originally a follow-up to 'Back For Good' but was never released. Selling 90,000 copies in its first week, this release has sold over one million copies in the UK alone. 

Songwriter Gary Barlow brings the tracks to life - in particular 'A Million Love Songs', which he penned at 16. Despite Gary dominating the vocals, Mark schmoozes his way through the classic 'Babe'. Lulu features on 'Relight My Fire', though truth be told, her voice is just as irritating now as it was back in the day.

Meanwhile, Bee Gees cover 'How Deep Is Your Love' is a true highlight, with Gary's sultry vocals making you feel more than tingly. First number one 'Pray' features too, though it's a shame the video isn't viewable at the exact same time.

Though it received mixed reviews, non-charting 'Do What You Like' is still pretty cool. Pelvis thrusting 'Sure' is a notable highlight and though 'Everything Changes' is marred slightly by Robbie's whiny voice, it's still a top track.

Although this isn't an essential release for any serious Thatter, (probably because most will already have the old albums) it's a great piece of nostalgia, helping to recall how good Take That were back in the day. It's also a reminder of how good they are now without 'Big Ego' Williams inflicting his overbearing persona on TT fans. Lacking the bands' recent hits including 'Patience', 'Greatest Day' and 'Shine', this is still a fantastic release and a must have for any Take Thatter's collection. One thing is for sure, we'll Never Forget them.

Rating: 5/5