I can't say that I was a fan and bought this to complete my Steps collection. Fact is someone gave me this CD - but, hey, it's great (well half of it is).
CD 1 is a bit of a mish-mash of (presumably) stuff that wasn't good enough to released before Steps split up - 'I Know Him So Well' and 'Merry Xmas Everybody' - urgh! But in there is a great version of 'Lay All Your Love On Me', which suits the Steps make-over perfectly and a couple of decent, if short, remixes. The rest of it would go down great at a kiddies' party. (I'd give this a generous three stars on its own.)
CD2, however, is something else. Ten great pop-dance anthems of perfectly produced extended versions, kicking off with a surprisingly good remix of the previously dire '5, 6, 7, 8'. 'Deeper Shade Of Blue' chuggs along with an almost trance-like quality and I defy anyone who says that it's not a great song. Other high points include nicely stretched-out versions of 'Tragedy' and 'Last Thing On My Mind'. Also the complication is cunningly sliced together with barely a gap between the tracks and is enough to get even the most hard-nosed party goer tapping his or her feet. (Got to be a five-star compilation.)
The thing that impresses me the most is that if you actually listen to the words then the majority of the songs are a little on the miserable side (prefect for fuelling teenage angst). Pete Waterwan, you're a genius... what have you got for us next?