Blue

Best of Blue [DVD]

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There is a mark of a sensible band: get out while still at the top, leave them wanting more, and pave the way for successful solo careers for any or possibly all four of the individual members. Having released one album during the final part of each of the three preceding years, and with ominous rumblings about the imminent arrival of the solo projects, the time was right for a summing up of the band's career and a best-of was released for the Christmas market 2004. For those who simply wanted an overview of the career of Blue, rather than delve deeply into the bands catalog (even though this only ran to three albums), Best of Blue ran chronologically through all of their hits from "All Rise" and the number one singles "Too Close" and "If You Come Back" from the debut album, through to the Elton John duet (quintet) with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," up to "Signed Sealed Delivered," "Breathe Easy," and "Bubblin" from the third album Guilty. Only four new tracks were added to the best of, "Curtain Falls" which features a sample of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" throughout (not Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise") and which became their final hit single, the ballad "Love at First Sight," a newly remixed version of "Best in Me," the final track from the first album All Rise, and yet another collaboration, this time with Lil' Kim and Kool & the Gang on their original song "Get Down on It" which is hardly changed from the hit version of 1982.

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