Spice Girls

I think it is time for them to record 10 tracks and unleash a whole new album to tour with. It's time.

I've wanted it for xx amount of years but it still hasn't happened. The opportunities to do it have been there in abundance.

Sadly I think Forever is going to always be their final studio album.
 


I’m still not over getting to meet Melanie last night in the city. Gonna deep dive into this book like nobody’s business. She’s GLOWING in person and was so nice to everyone. If someone told my 8-year old self that this could’ve happened I would’ve laughed at you. Anybody else on PJ attend?
 
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I've never heard the Themis Ambient version of Viva Forever before, just gave it a listen on YouTube, and it's lovely, but why would you remove the strings! They're simply gorgeous and make the song so emotive. I'd love a version with the strings added

It's a more acoustic take, definitely more guitar and I believe the version they performed on the '98 tour.
 
I never knew Holler was performed at the 2000 Brits but wasn't shown on TV - the radio broadcast is inetersting. Poor Melanie C is struggling. I wonder if the footage exists.
 
I never knew Holler was performed at the 2000 Brits but wasn't shown on TV - the radio broadcast is inetersting. Poor Melanie C is struggling. I wonder if the footage exists.

Why did they perform it though. The single wasn’t out til October. Also performing it at their Christmas tour.
 
Why did they perform it though. The single wasn’t out til October. Also performing it at their Christmas tour.

I always got the feeling it was originally going to be released sooner hence that early performance. Melanie then got her huge hit with Never Be the Same Again and everything changed. I'm betting they had an era planned for 2000 and had Mels career not taken off like it did it likely would've happened. In the end one double A side was probably the compromise reached.
 
It's a slightly odd choice to include the Step to Me Extended Version on the vinyl and cassette rather than the 7" mix.

It annoys me that they excluded the B Sides from the vinyl in favour of live tracks. Outer Space Girls, Walk of Life and the shorter Step to Me would have been fun to play on vinyl!

I would have preferred this for the vinyl bonuses (out of the tracks they've included on the CD):

Vinyl Side C:
1. Step to Me (7" Mix) [4:05]
2. Outer Space Girls [3:58]
3. Walk of Life [4:16]
4. Too Much (SoulShock & Karlin Remix) [3:54]
5. Viva Forever (John Themis Ambient Mix) [5:43]
Total: 21m56s

Vinyl Side D:
1. Spice Up Your Life (Morales Radio Mix) [2:50]
2. Stop (Morales Remix / Edit) [5:52]
3. Spice Girls Party Mix [14:44]
Total: 23m26s

(i.e. leaving off the 5 live tracks, Step to Me Demo and Extended versions)


For me the live tracks would have served their purpose just being on the CD/Digital releases. The label could have saved the "live tracks on a vinyl" thing for a full blown live album release. I'm still amused that their store references that fans have "long clamoured for a live album" and think that we would apparently "delight" at them including a few live tracks on this instead... as if that's somehow even better than a live album? Ok then!

P.S. Somebody shared with me that apparently Universal checked their archives for the existence of a Morales remix of Never Give Up on the Good Times and otherwise reached out to try and locate it, but couldn't find it. Therefore they've concluded that its existence is a myth. Of course feel free to take this with a pinch of salt, it's just what I've been told! Out of interest, where do the rumours stem from that it exists?
 
At her book event in LA last night, Mel C once again said the 'B-Sides are B-Sides for a reason' thing, but also said they were so busy recording Spiceworld that there was less material to draw from for SW25, and also that stuff was recorded on tapes so trying to get it to sound good is trickier.
 
At her book event in LA last night, Mel C once again said the 'B-Sides are B-Sides for a reason' thing, but also said they were so busy recording Spiceworld that there was less material to draw from for SW25, and also that stuff was recorded on tapes so trying to get it to sound good is trickier.

She should've just shrugged, as that's what I got from this answer.

P.S. Somebody shared with me that apparently Universal checked their archives for the existence of a Morales remix of Never Give Up on the Good Times and otherwise reached out to try and locate it, but couldn't find it. Therefore they've concluded that its existence is a myth. Of course feel free to take this with a pinch of salt, it's just what I've been told! Out of interest, where do the rumours stem from that it exists?

Couple of things, in the early 00s there was an industry DJ/remixers site and Morales remix for 'Never Give Up On the Good Times' was listed that's where I remember first reading about it. Also it makes sense he would've done it as he had remixed all of their up-tempo singles from 1997 onward and as we know 'Never Give Up...' was intended to be part of a double A-Side.
 
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I can see what they tried to do with the 2LP and cassette - splitting Side C and Side D into "live" and "remixes" will make for better listening - but it's annoying for those that collect these formats since neither of them offer the complete release.
 
Couple of things, in the early 00s there was an industry DJ/remixers site and Morales remix for 'Never Give Up On the Good Times' was listed that's where I remember first reading about it. Also it makes sense he would've done it as he had remixed all of their up-tempo singles from 1997 onward and as we know 'Never Give Up...' was intended to be part of a double A-Side.
Maybe he was pencilled in but it never got finished once the plans were canceled (which I assume would’ve been around the time Geri left?).

I don’t know, the US didn’t get “Viva Forever”. Haha
 
Maybe he was pencilled in but it never got finished once the plans were canceled (which I assume would’ve been around the time Geri left?).

I don’t know, the US didn’t get “Viva Forever”. Haha

He likely remixed the potential singles choices early on. The 98 tour version apparently incorporates it and listening to it live it does sound like the intro and outro are parts of what could've been a remix.

 
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