When Take That—sans Robbie Williams—reunited in 2005 and issued their first new material in a decade in 2006, the band as a four piece seemed entirely credible. After all, the Robster had split from the British group in its first incarnation in July 1995 and Gary Barlow and Co. managed to carry on with a giant tour, a brief flirtation with American success (see: “Back For Good”) and a greatest hits package without him. Now, 15 years to the month when he departed the That, they’ve announced that Robbie is back in the fold.
The following statement was posted on Take That’s website today:
“Following months of speculation Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams confirmed today that they have been recording a new studio album as a five piece, which they will release in November of this year. It is the first time they’ve recorded a full album together since the release of their number one album Nobody Else, back in 1995.
“The reunion of reunions took place in New York last September, following Take That’s record-breaking The Circus Live tour. Shortly afterwards all five of the original Take That secretly wrote and recorded the six songs which would set the foundation for the forthcoming album.
“Since then the band have been hard at work finishing their new, as yet untitled, record, which will be released through Polydor Records in November. The album has been produced by Stuart Price.”
TT also added the below video of the five grown-up boy band members strolling into a London recording studio and meeting up with producer Stuart Price (Kylie Minogue, Scissor Sisters, Madonna, Brandon Flowers).
“Ah, Mr. Price—I heard a rumor that you were in the building,” jokes Gary Barlow in the clip. On Take That’s previous two albums, Beautiful World (2006) and The Circus (2008), Gary, Mark, Jason and Howard flew to Los Angeles to work with producer John Shanks.
Really, though, Robbie joining back up with the others has been one of the worst-kept secrets in pop. Earlier this year they all just happened to coincidentlly be in the studio together when it came time to lay down vocals on the Helping Haiti all-star charity cover of “Everybody Hurts.”
Additionally, it had already been announced that Williams’ strategically-timed upcoming collection, In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990 – 2010, would contain a duet with Barlow called “Shine.”
At any rate, here are the lads getting down and dirty in younger days…