BlogPost : Album Review : The Hit Factory (The Best Of Stock, Aitken and Waterman)

We're taking a look at the latest album we are featuring in the "That Feature Where We Listen To An Album Track by Track, Week By Week" feature, which marks the halfway point on our Tuesday evening show on Iconic Extra

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Tue 09 Nov 2021

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We're taking a look at the latest album we are featuring in the "That Feature Where We Listen To An Album Track by Track, Week By Week" feature, which marks the halfway point on our Tuesday evening show on Iconic Extra

As always, whether reviewing a New Release or a Classic Album these reviews are written in one shot, whilst listening to the album in the Vinyl Vault Studio and then gone through for spelling and punctuation errors. After the review is written, the informational section of the review is added, and whether my views conflict with those, or are repeated, the review is not changed. I may of course have to stop the record for a moment in between tracks to catch up.

Don't forget to tune in to the Vinyl Vault on every Tuesday for the next few weeks to hear tracks from this album!

About The Album

"Hit Factory" is a 14 track look at the career of one of the most prolific music production teams of the mid-1980s and early 1990s.  Pete Waterman, Mike Stock, Matt Aitken (AKA S.A.W.) wrote songs and produced music for both PWL (their in-house label) and for acts on other labels.

Despite not appearing on this album, PWL / SAW were instrumental in introducing the likes of Kylie Minogue, and Jason Donovan to the UK.

Track By Track

Side 1

  1. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley

    What can I say about this track? The Iconic Rick-Roll.  Back in 1987, it topped the charts for 5 weeks.

  2. Toy Boy (Extra Muscle Mix) - Sinitta

    The second top ten hit single from Sinitta.

  3. I'll Keep On Loving You - Princess

    One of 5 SAW penned hits, reportedly it is the singers favourite recording.

  4. I Heard A Rumour - Bananarama

    A top 20 in the UK and the US, reportedly Pete Waterman's favourite SAW track.

  5. Whatever I Do - Hazell Dean

    The first SAW production that had a measure of success.

  6. New York Afternoon - Mondo Kane

    Although not a huge hit for SAW "New York Afternoon" featured the legendary Georgie Fame on vocals.

  7. Let It Be - Ferry Aid
    Ferry Aid sold over 1million copies worldwide and was also a UK number 1.  Ferry Aid were a British-American ensemble group, brought together to record the song "Let It Be" in 1987. The single was released following the Zeebrugge Disaster; on 6 March 1987 the ferry MS Herald of Free Enterprise had capsized, killing 193 passengers and crew. All proceeds from sales of the single were donated to the charity set up in the aftermath of the disaster

Side 2

  1. FLM - Mel & Kim

    3rd Single from Mel & Kim, also their 3rd straight top-ten single.

  2. Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now - Samantha Fox

    1st single from Samantha Fox's second album.  Reached number 8 in the UK chart.

  3. Venus - Bananarama

    "Venus" is a song by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue,  Bananarama covered "Venus" for their third studio album, True Confessions, reaching number one in six countries

  4. Get Ready - Carol Hitchcock

    A Europe wide hit, and a cover of The Temptations hit.

  5. Say I'm Your Number One - Princess

    "Say I'm Your Number One" is the lead single from her self-titled debut studio album, the song peaked at number seven.

  6. I Just Can't Wait - Mandy Smith

    Although "I Just Can't Wait" wasn't a chart success for Mandy Smith, it was a clubland hit and a chart hit across Europe.

  7. Roadblock - Stock, Aitken & Waterman

    Stock Aitken Waterman released 9 singles being credited as either "featuring..." or the named artists.  Roadblock was their first release, being a top-10 hit.

Closing Thoughts

Whilst this album isn't wall-to-wall monster hits, which it easily could have been, most of the tracks on the album are good listens.

If I had been putting this album together, remembering that it was released in 1987 there are tracks that I would have added from the SAW back catalogue, that are more well known than some of the tracks on this album.  That being said, the less well known tracks on this record, are certainly forgotten gems.

As ever, I'll catch you on the flip side and keep putting that needle on the records, (carefully) and we'll see you on air!

The Vinyl Vault Rating

6.0 / 10

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