Studio | B-Sides | Live
This is the Girls Aloud collection box set. It comes in a fantastic and compact bound form, in a sleeve type box. The box is sturdy and features only the names of the albums and some shiny stripes across the surface. The booklet which slides out from once side contains the 7 CDs and features a mixture of Girls Aloud artwork on the cover.
Inside the book, the first set of pages are extended sleeve notes. The introduction by Peter Robinson celebrates Girls Aloud and the effort that was put into producing great albums. Not just hit songs that would get to number one, but an incredible 45 minutes of music that could be enjoyed by anyone. He describes how the Girls themselves and production team Xenomania fed off each other to produce greater and greater things.
The notes then go on to highlight each of the five albums in turn, each description flanked by original artwork from the time. It takes you on the decade long journey of Girls Aloud, from the rough edges of Sound of the Underground to the polished brillance of Out of Control, and all the many highlights in between. You even get a mention of “Christmas tree” and “Intro” as Chemistry is celebrated as a firm favourite with hardcore fans.
The notes conclude with a page by Xenomania’s Brian Higgins himself. He describes the process by which Girls Aloud’s B-sides came about and how they were part of the main body of work, competing to become singles themselves. Brian points out Hoxton Heroes as his favourite, and describes how remarkable it was to have major music press talking about a B-side! This is followed by the discs themselves, each tucked away in a cardboard sleeve.
Each sleeve is printed in homage to it’s original album artwork, and of course, contains the album itself on a CD. Please note that Sound of the Underground is the original album, with Don’t Want You Back, Love Bomb and Everything You Ever Wanted. So sadly the collection is missing You Freak Me Out and the cover of Duran Duran’s Girls On Film. The B-side CD not only contains all the original GA B-sides, but has Something Kinda Ooooh, I Think We’re Alone Now and Something New, completing the line-up of hit singles.
Overall it is a lovely collection, but there won’t be any music that the hardcore fan hasn’t heard before. For a more recent fan who maybe missed out on having physical copies of the early albums, this is much more worth the money. Overall I’d say it’s a must for anyone who loves Girls Aloud to pieces, and it’s worth considering if you still have some Girls Aloud missing in your life and fancy picking up (almost) everything they ever sang in one go.
Girls Aloud producer Brian Higgins has opened up about the group’s B-sides.
Higgins, who is the head of the former group’s production team Xenomania, described their popular B-side songs as “edgy hybrids” that were often in contention to be released as singles.
In the sleeve notes for the group’s new Collection boxset, Higgins said: “The first thing to point out is that the principle by which we wrote and created the GA albums was that of building a body of work – maybe 20 songs in total.
“We would not worry about specifically trying to write ‘hits’. We just wrote a load of stuff that covered all of the musical possibilities we wished to experiment with at that time with the band.
“On many occasions therefore, the B-sides were songs created within the main body of work – they were not afterthoughts, they were songs that at some stage were vying for a much greater prominence. ‘Androgynous Girls’ for instance was written in the same batch of songs as ‘Love Machine’ and ‘Wake Me Up’.”
He continued: “‘Dog Without A Bone’ and ‘Blow Your Cover’ were recorded in the late summer of 2006 as we looked for a song that would be the lead single from their first greatest hits. That song eventually became ‘Something Kinda Ooooh’, but it shows how seriously we were taking these future B-sides.”
Higgins also revealed that his favourite of the band’s B-sides is 2008′s ‘Hoxton Heroes’, which served as the B-side to ‘Can’t Speak French’, adding: “If for nothing else the coverage it received at the time of its release.
“I remember articles in the Guardian and NME commenting about the track ‘having a go’ at an indie scene. In many ways, this fuss was an example of how far the girls had come – from being put together on a reality TV show to having two of the top music magazines in the country discussing the lyrical content of one of their B-sides!”
He concluded: “Girls Aloud has always been about blurring the edges between pop and indie, creating confusion and breaking down artistic boundaries.
“If Girls Aloud ever have a legacy, I believe it will be that they show how pop music offers unlimited possibilities for artistic expression.”
Girls Aloud – The Collection, which includes all of their studio albums, B-sides as live recordings, is out now.
Girls Aloud The Collection is out now, and those of you that pre-ordered have been recieving them this week.
A whole lotta history in one stunning seven disc package featuring:
The Five Studio albums- Sound Of The Underground, What Will The Neighbours Say?, Chemistry, Tangled Up, Out Of Control
The complete Xenomania B-sides and more
‘Tangled Up’ Live From The O2- Audio Disc (previously unreleased)
All housed in a a beautiful slipcase with a hardback book filled with photos, memorabilia and exclusive new sleeve notes.
Forum member Tails001 has already added the scans on the forum for us all, so go check them out if you want to see whats inside the booklet. http://www.girlsaloudmedia.com/smf/index.php?topic=46103
Sadly, fans of the famous British girl group Girls Aloud are forced from now on to settle only with “whole lotta history” of their music together, so they should never expect “something new” anymore. Following the memorable live performance at Echo Arena in Liverpool on March 20th, 2013, as the last show of their sixth concert tour entitled “Ten: The Hits Tour”, the all-girl pop group officially announced their split.
Nevertheless, the group s commitment, gratefulness and respect for their dedicated fans in the UK should be acknowledged and saluted – back in November 2002, Girls Aloud formed live on television, in front of millions of British viewers who voted for them and ten years later, the group decided to disband in full glory, but only after performing live, for the last time together, in front of their supportive fans in the UK. Their sixth and final tour was Girls Aloud s first concert tour in four years, after “Out of Control Tour” 2009, due to a three-year hiatus.
After a little over a decade together, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts have decided to part ways and pursue exclusively solo careers. Cheryl Cole has been already very successful as a solo artist since 2009, when she released her first studio album entitled “3 Words”. Except for Kimberley, who currently focuses on a television and film career, the rest of Cheryl s former band mates are working at the moment on their own music albums.
Their last concert tour together, aimed at the promotion of their second greatest hits album entitled “Ten” ( released in 2012) turned out to be an unannounced farewell tour, which was presented by the famous British jewellery manufacturer Pandora and it consisted of 20 shows in the UK and Ireland. The first show took place on February 21st, 2013 at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle and until March 7th, 2013 the girls continued their tour in England, performing louder than ever in Sheffield, Birmingham (2 shows), London (3 shows) and Manchester ( 3 shows).
On March 9th, 10th and 11th the girls performed in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 13th and 14th in Belfast, Northern Ireland and on March 16th they performed for the last time in front of their Dublin fans. The girls returned to England on March 19th when they showed “something kinda ooh” , Aloud-style, to their Nottingham fans. The girls ended their tour on March 20th, when they performed “The Show” of their lifetime, marking the end of the music of a generation, whose legacy will undoubtedly live on for decades to come – that s a “Promise” from the UK s biggest selling all-girl group of the 21st century!
It’s been 2 months since we got news of the split, but only now is Paul O’Grady speaking out how upset he is that the girls will no longer be together as a group.
In this weeks Star magazine, Paul revealed that he that he was left “bereft” after the girls made their announcement but is very “proud” of them all for what they achieved together.
“I was bereft. I had to go to bed for a weekend. I was the same when Take That split up. But I’m so proud of every one in Girls Aloud, they’re sweethearts, Cheryl [Cole] in particular. And Nadine [Coyle] is one of my favourites”
Girls Aloud were regulars on his chat show through the years and this meant he got quite close to them, even starring in their TV Special ‘Girls Aloud Party‘ in 2008.
He also stuck up for Nadine, after recent critics claims stating shes been keeping her distance, saying “She’s got guts.”
“[Nadine] doesn’t deserve [any criticism] because when I was doing the Paul O’Grady Live shows, she sang a song she’d never heard before, live. Learnt it in half an hour and sang it beautifully!”
I assume it was when she appeared on his show for her Instiable promo and sung ‘I Put A Spell On You‘
He was questioned on his thoughts about the rumours of Cheryl returning for X Factor USA this year, and stated “Why would she want to do that after the first time? I think she should just leave that”.
Paul O’Grady is set to return to our screens at the end of the year, with a new chat show. So hopefully he can get some (or all!) the girls back on his show for a catch up.
Louis Walsh appeared on The Late Late Show in Ireland recently, and he still seems bitter about the Girls dropping him as a manager back in 03.
Skip ahead in the video to 1min 26secs (If you don’t you will get to hear how hes looking to make yet another boy band *yawn*)
He says hes done with girlbands and mentions Girls Aloud were hard work “because they didn’t like me and I didn’t like them.”.
He also explains that when he said Nadine was the best singer, “the others hated me immediately”.
Cheryl told us last year how he wasn’t even a manager ‘just took a cheque’.
Let the row continue :p
Girls Aloud – The Collection has turned up on Amazon with a cheaper price than the Official Store.
Released May 27th, this collection of studio albums, b-sides and a live 2008 tour cd also includes a hardback book filled with photos and memorabilia covering the last ten years. The album includes full sleeve notes written by Peter Robinson.
Girls Aloud feature in ‘Nero’ prior to their performance of Sexy! No No No…, one of several interludes created for the Ten: The Hits Tour 2013. Directed by Paul Caslin. Edited by Tom Watson.
Full version of Girls Aloud’s ‘Models’ music video, filmed as tour visuals for the Ten Tour 2013. Directed by Paul Caslin. Edited by Tom Watson.
Hopefully we get the others, if so they will be added here!