11 September 1998
Step One is the debut album by British pop group Steps. It was released in the UK and Europe on 14 September 1998. The album charted at #2 on the UK Albums Chart upon its release, going on to spend 64 weeks in the chart. It was beaten to #1 by This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours by Manic Street Preachers, who also beat Steps' single "One for Sorrow" to #1 on the UK Singles Chart with the song "If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next".
In February 2000, the album was re-released in the US, containing songs from both Step One and its successor, Steptacular. The tracks "5,6,7,8", "Last Thing on My Mind", "One for Sorrow", "Heartbeat" and "Better Best Forgotten" were released as the singles in UK. In 2000, the album was certified 5× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry, and has sold over 1.4 million copies in the UK.
The album contains some covers: "Last Thing on My Mind" was originally released as a single by female pop group Bananarama, while "Love U More" was originally recorded by techno/house band Sunscreem, "Experienced" was originally recorded by the boybands Bario Boys and Worlds Apart, and "Stay With Me" appears on Romeo's Daughter's self-titled début album.
"Tragedy", which was recorded for the Bee Gees tribute album, was paired up with "Heartbeat" as a double A-side single and released on the next album, Steptacular, but is also featured as a bonus track on some international editions of this album.
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