The Hits: Chapter One [Bonus CD]

The Hits: Chapter One [Bonus CD]

by Backstreet Boys


The Backstreet Boys were the first and best of the boy bands of the great teen pop bands of the late '90s/early 2000s, even if 'N Sync eventually usurped their title of "the biggest boy band." Their reign seemed long, but it really wasn't -- only three albums before the bottom started to fall out with 2000's Black & Blue. If everything had gone right, Black & Blue would have ruled the charts for about two years, but about a year after its release, the group and their label unleashed The Hits, Chapter One, a sure sign not only that Black & Blue didn't perform to expectations, but they were worried about the shifting tastes of their audience. Instead of reviving interest in the group, the collection instead felt like it was closing the door on their period of dominance (and it initially sold that way, too, barely making a dent on the charts). Even if it is a bit of an inadvertent last will and testament, it's a hell of a summation of the group's glory days, offering definitive proof that the group wasn't just the best of their breed (boy bands, that is; thrushes like Britney, Christina, Mandy, and Jessica are not taken into account here), but that their best moments transcend their era -- and there's really no other way to describe such lovely pop tunes as "I Want It That Way," "As Long As You Love Me," and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," three songs that would have sounded perfect in any era (and their vocals would have worked in any era, too). Those are just the ballads -- the dance-pop numbers may be more tied to their era, but "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" and "Larger Than Life" are infectious pop nonetheless. If the rest of the singles that fill out this 13-track collection aren't quite as good as those five songs (although "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" is), they nevertheless are well-crafted, and those aforementioned singles are among the best mainstream pop of its time -- which is not only reason enough for this collection to exist, it's reason enough for pop lovers of any age or generation to have this as part of their library. [The international edition includes three more songs than the standard edition -- "We've Got It Goin' On," "Get Down (You're the One for Me)," and "Anywhere for You" -- and a bonus disc that includes several remixes.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2001
Label: Jive / Sbme Europe
UPC: 0638592224025
catalogNumber: 22240

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Backstreet Boys   Primary Artist
Full Force   Vocals
Chuck Anthony   Guitar
Henrik Janson   Guitar
Max Martin   Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Tomas Lindberg   Bass
Peter Svensson   Bass,Guitar
Bonnie Brewster   Talking
Andrea M. Majied   Talking
Susan McCall   Talking
S.N.Y.K.O.   Performing Ensemble
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius   Guitar
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Full Force   Arranger,Producer
James Allen   Engineer
Timmy Allen   Producer,Instrumentation
Jack Murphy   Art Direction
Denniz Pop   Producer
Chris Trevett   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Producer,Remixing
Hakan Wollgard   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Recording
Jamie Allen   Engineer
Nick Gamma   Art Direction
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Veit Renn   Producer,Instrumentation
Adam Barber   Engineer
Bülent Aris   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrument Sequencing
Linda Thompson-Jenner   Composer
John Amatiello   Engineer
Toni Cottura   Composer,Producer,Instrument Sequencing
Andreas Carlsson   Composer
Tommie Hicks   Engineer
Kristian Lundin   Producer,Engineer
Rami   Producer,Engineer
Stefan Boman   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Recording
Dave Poler   Engineer
Bo Reimer   Engineer
Johan Gunnarsson   Engineer

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