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All Hits
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2004
Greatest hits collection usually span around 5 or more albums - that's not the case with this one!
The All Saints collection 'All Hits' spans the best of just 2 amazing classic pop albums! This is a collection you can listen throughout the duration and not feel the need to skip any tracks. Nearly all of these songs are still played on radio and music channels which is pretty rare seeing as not many pop acts from 5 years ago can say they are a still a regular fixture on radio etc.
All Saints, at the time were so different from their other pop counterparts, they delivered pop with a dirty, slick urban feel and paved the way for future girl groups such as Sugababes, who themselves are yet to release a poor album or single.
The album is started with my personal All Saints favourite 'Pure Shores', the backing music, the harmonies, everything about this song is pure perfection.
This is followed by 'Never Ever', possibly one of the best pop ballads of all time, this was easily the Saints' biggest hit spending over 20 weeks on the UK chart alone and smashing into the US Billboard Top 10!
From there on the hits just keep coming! The best of which are the slick, sexy cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers' classic 'Under The Bridge', debut single 'I Know Where It's At' and the quite simply AMAZING 'Black Coffee'.
All Saints only released 8 singles (5 of which #1's) so the inclusion of Melanie Blatt's collaboration with Artful Dodger on the mesmerising 'Twentyfourseven' and the 'Pure Shores' remix are not too surprising but also don't tamper with the flow of the album.
Greatest Hits collections are a favourite with a lot of people and 'All Hits' is definately one of the best I've ever heard.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2001
Ok, All the All Saints hits from 'Bootie Call' to the excellent 'Twentyfourseven', Melanie Blatt's collaboration with the Artful Dodger. There are a couple of new remixes of old favourites like "Pure Shores" to spice the album up a bit (although personally I prefer the original version), and two solo songs by Shaznay. However if you're an All Saints fan you'll already have both of the albums that most of these songs are taken from, but I suppose if you're a truly ardent fan then these new additions are reason enough to buy this.
Yet if you don't have either of the previous All Saints records (maybe your ex took them in a nasty break up or something) then maybe this is the album for you. All the hits are here. "Pure Shores" and "Black Coffee" (both produced by William Orbit) still sound refreshingly different, you'll still find yourself bopping along to "I Know Where It's At" and "Lady Marmalade", whilst "Never Ever" will always be a classic ballad.
The album is beefed up with a couple of remixes and yes there are a couple of hidden new songs (which are penned by Shaznay at her best), but if you have the previous two albums you'll be wasting your money. If fact if you don't have the previous two album you'd be much better off getting them instead......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2010
Years ago, I bought this CD basically to find out a bit more about the lovable All Saints. Years later, I found the same CD on a shelf in my bedroom, put it in my stereo and pressed 'play' and waited for the glorious sounds to arrive - my god, what a great batch of tracks! "Pure Shores" has a soulful sound, whilst "Lady Marmalade (98 Remix)" is a superiour cover of the disco original, a definite must-have in my good-books! "I Know Where It's At (Original Mix)" has the ladies in fine vocal sounds, whilst "Pure Shores (2 Da Beach U Stop Remix)" gives listeners the impression that that the hip-hoppers are back in town and it's all over now, but a few minutes later, surprise surprise, two 'hidden' tracks appear in the form of "I Feel You" and "Dreams", and then, it's defintely the end - for now anyway. All in all, a superiour CD has just left the building, but if you want to find out a bit more about this top-notch girlie group, this is defintely your calling card! Brilliant - and definately recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2007
I can't believe it was over five years since I purchased a copy of "All Hits" - little did I know it would be lingering in bargain bins around the country months later for a fifth of the price I paid!

This was released in the same year All Saints famously split (2001), before reforming again(!). All the tunes are here, from the beautiful "Pure Shores" to the fiesty "I Know Where It's At". My problem? It's a blatant cash-in. If you own the first two albums, you own "All Hits". Bar an (albeit fantastic) solo track from Melanie Blatt and the Artful Dodger which isn't really affiliated with the group anyway, there isn't anything new here.

As I was a huge fan at the time I parted cash for this, but in hindsight it really wasn't worth it. Seems I'm not the only one who thought this - the album entered at a miserable number 19 in the charts on initial release. Hardly a worth-while investment for the record company.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"All Hits" by All Saints contains a great mix of their best musical work. This cd contains some upbeat pop music with themes relating to love, overcoming challenges, and happiness. I enjoyed listening to "Feel You" and "I Know Where It's At". "Feel You" is about being in love with someone that brings out the best in you through various ways. "I Know Where It's At" is a catchy musical track about having fun and knowing about making the best of life. My favorite overall favorite musical beat is "Pure Shores". "Pure Shores" is a unique melody about being close to a love interest. "All Hits" by All Saints is great to get for the many who enjoy pop music from the 1990s and the early millennium (2000s).
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on 2 March 2012
All Saints 4 piece all girl band in direct competition with the Spice Girls. This was not a good contest. At least all saints can actually sing with or without music.

Although this greatest hits collection was put together very quickly after two albums . The songs have a good mixture of funk soul and hip hop combined with there silky lyrics. But if you look at all saints albums properly this was the 5th album if you include the first album that did not get anywhere and the third album which was a remix album of the second.

The songs that are featured on this are exactly what made me compare them to girl groups like the bangles who actually wrote there own material. The songs such as never ever and black coffee are tow outstanding songs with I know where it's at and bootie call coming in a close second.

There are two great hidden tracks on the album I feel you and dreams that round the hits off very nicely. If you want a good sounding album that gives a good cross section of music this is the one for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2009
If you don't own Black Coffee and Pure Shores then this CD is a must, the other tracks are all pretty good, and you should be able to buy this for virtually the price of the postage if bought used.
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on 5 August 2014
i wanted to give this 5 stars i really did but the reason i didn't there 2 cover versions Lady Marmalade and Under the bridge. If these 2 tracks wasn't on i would adore this album!!! i know they was big hits but i never liked them....

Highlights are clearly Pure Shores,Black Coffee,Bootie Call and All Hooked Up.

I never heard the tracks at the end i feel you and dreams but i liked them not loved :/
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on 21 October 2012
This is my favourite All Saints disc. How long will it take before these four talented women are justly remembered as the finest girl group since the 1960s? Listen to these perfectly made songs, so sweetly sung. Simply unbeatable.
Note: After the last track there is a 5 minute blank run before the surprise bonuses I Feel You and Dreams.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2009
I bought this CD for my wife last year, as part of a grand scheme to recreate the 12 days of Christmas - this CD was supposed to represent the Four Calling Birds. This didn't go down too well, as my wife doesn't suffer fools gladly, and also has an IQ in triple figures (I know, we're not well matched).

I have to say, if the original Christmas song featured the line 'Four Wailing Bints' then it would be much nearer the mark. However, to quote alt-indie poetmeister DC Berman, 'all my favourite singers couldn't sing', so I'm actually well disposed to this slice of 90s disposable culture. Their version of Under the Bridge far surpasses the awful original, and their massive single 'Pure Shores' gave some much needed credibility to that dreadful film 'The Beach' (along with the casting of Paterson Joseph). It's a shame they're no longer together, but I'm still holding out hope for another reunion when they need some cash.

Anyway, in case your wondering I seriously had to grovel for my wife to take me back - happily, day five's book of Olympian heroes more than fixed things, until the leaping peers turned up.

Five stars - best record of the Naughties (Scottish pronunciation).
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