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A pocketful of dreams (1990)


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Product details

  • Audio CD (9 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B000092B7F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Another essential release for pop aficionados, PWL boy band Big Fun s
1990 debut album receives the Special Edition treatment.
Featuring four classic Stock Aitken Waterman-produced hit singles - the
Jacksons cover "Blame It On The Boogie", "Can t Shake The Feeling",
"Handful Of Promises" and "Hey There Lonely Girl"
the album reached
#7 on its original release, going gold.
Digitally re-mastered direct from the original PWL studio tapes, this
Special Edition features seven exclusive bonus tracks.
A superb cover version of the Carole King classic "You ve Got A Friend",
recorded with fellow PWL star Sonia but unreleased until now, features
together with the SAW-penned 1990 hit of the same title.
A host of sought-after 12" mixes, several on CD for the first time, include
Big Fun s very first PWL recording: another King cover, "I Feel The Earth
Move". Planned as a 1989 single, it became a major club hit but was
ultimately withdrawn in favour of "Blame It On The Boogie".
The extensive CD booklet includes full lyrics, additional photos and
discography, brand new sleeve notes and commentary from Big Fun s Phil
Creswick.
Big Fun had built up a loyal following on the club scene before teaming
up with SAW sent them straight to the top of the pop charts around the
world. They supported Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue on the first two
Hitman Roadshow tours of the UK in 1989, before headlining their own in
1990.
"A Pocketful Of Dreams" is the latest classic Hit Factory album to be
reissued on Cherry Pop, following releases by Princess, Lonnie Gordon,
Mandy Smith, the London Boys, Hazell Dean, Sinitta and Haywoode. Look
out for more to come during 2010! --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wallace on 16 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
As much as I generally like this Album it is more because I like some of the songs. I wouldn't really describe Big Fun as great vocalists. However,they had UK chart hits with BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE(4) ,CAN'T SHAKE THE FEELING(8) and HANDFUL OF PROMISES(21). Big Fun and Sonia had a top 20 UK chart hit with the Stock Aitken Waterman written YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND(14 and nice Saxophone). This Album also has a cover of the Carole King YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND by Big Fun and Sonia. Big Fun also had a minor hit with their cover of HEY THERE LONELY GIRL (62).

HANDFUL OF PROMISES - One of the best songs on the Album,very catchy.
BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE - Cover of The Jacksons Classic.
CAN'T SHAKE THE FEELING - Synth city with an uplifting chorus.
FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO PARTY - 'Technotronic'
NOT THAT KINDA GUY - Average pop song.
WE'RE IN THIS LOVE FOREVER - Would have made a good single.Upbeat.
WHY DID YOU BREAK MY HEART - Boogie in the Kitchen with 'Conga'style
brass.
BRING YOUR LOVE BACK TO ME - Average pop song.
THE HEAVEN I NEED - 'The Three Degrees' had a hit with this song.
HEY THERE LONELY GIRL - Not keen.Boring Song.
I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE - This was a hit for 'Martika'.Big Funs version is
okay.
Both YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND songs are great.
Enjoy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Spaceball on 25 May 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Big Fun's album came just when Stock Aitken Waterman had hit their peak and were on the beginnings of their decline. Thankfully they were able to give Big Fun some great songs on "A Pocketful Of Dreams" before this happened and was their last big hit allbum besides Kylie and Jason. And this re-issue is incredible, complete with rare 12" mixes and an unreleased Carol King cover of "You've Got A Friend". A duet with Sonia, recorded shortly with SAW before they decided to shelve it, and write an original of the same name in it's place.
It's fair to say that the strength on this album is not in Big Fun's voices. SAW definitely had their work cut out for them in producing a good vocal. The strength is in the great production from SAW and PWL. Songs like "Can't Shake The Feeling", "Handful Of Promises" and "We're In This Love Forever" are classic SAW moments, as is the other SAW track "The Heaven I Need", previously recorded by The Three Degrees.
Big Fun wrote 4 songs on the album, and while the production by PWL's Harding & Curnow and Pete Hammond are flawless, the songs themselves aren't nearly as good as the SAW tracks.
The cover of "Blame It On The Boogie" charted higher than the original by The Jacksons, and despite a rather weak vocal the production makes up for it.
Nothing though, can save "Hey There Lonely Girl". It's just awful, and only charted in the 60s in the UK. "I Feel The Earth Move" is given a thumping Hi NRG treatment, and is included here in both the standard extended and an unreleased Acid House Mix.
Their best vocal is most probably the cover of "You've Got A Friend" where is sounds as if they are singing without that falsetto Bee Gees style, and it works much better. Great version too, and would have been a better single choice than the original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Manglaveras on 24 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I Own all of the groups' cd singles. If u have them also then don't buy this cd but if u don't then this cd is for u.
U get all the extended versions except the alternative mix of "hey there lonely girl".

TOP SONGS VERSIONS:

1. Handful of promises 12'
2. Can't shake the feeling 12' & 7'
3. Blame it on the boogie 12' pwl mix
4. You ve got a friend 12'
5. Hey there lonely girl Alternative 12' mix (not included in this cd)

EDIT NOTE:

Sadly the 12' version of "can't shake the feeling" is not the original extended version only a remix version and there is no extended version for "you've got a friend" in this cd.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Davis on 11 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is yet another wonderful flashback to when pop was fun and energetic, and also was considered not only radio hits but club gems. The vocals are pristine, and the production typical of Stock/Aitken/Waterman - and is now available with all the extended club remixes on one CD album.
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By AninhadaBest on 14 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I got the vinyl when it was released, back in 1990, and the Japanese edition CD about 10 years ago -this CD included the Childline single.
This edition with the additional songs, as well as Phil Creswick's conmentary and photos, is like a little treasure for the fans of the Fab Three.
Even if you have other editions, this one is still worth buying.
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