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Close (1988) [Import]

Kim Wilde Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B00000762A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Kim Wilde - Close

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back On Form 9 Dec 2010
By pethead
Format:Audio CD
Close marked a return to form for Kim Wilde and is her best work since the early 80s RAK albums. The tracks You Came and Never Trust A Stanger are arguably amongst Kim's strongest singles. Though the production is decidedly 80s, the album still sounds fresh today which is down to the quality of the songs. It would be great to see this album re-issued with the inclusion of bonus tracks as has happened with previous albums.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'CLOSE' 2 DISC 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION! 4 July 2013
By Franky
Format:Audio CD
Kim Wilde's 1988 "Close" album is being re-issued 2nd September 2013 as a 2 Disc Expanded '25th Anniversary Edition'.

Full Track Listing

CD1
1.Hey Mister Heartache
2.You Came
3.Four Letter Word
4.Love In The Natural Way
5.Lovefs A No
6.Never Trust A Stranger
7.Youfll Be The One Whofll Lose
8.European Soul
9.Stone
10.Lucky Guy
11.Tell Me Where You Are
12.Wotcha Gonna Do?
13.She Hasnft Got Time For You f88
14.Hey Mister Heartache (Single Version)
15.You Came (Single Version)
16.Never Trust A Stranger (Single Version)
17.Love In The Natural Way (Video Edit)
18.You Came (Shep Pettibone US Single Version)

CD2
1.Hey Mister Heartache (12 Version)
2.Hey Mister Heartache (Kilo Watt Remix)
3.Hey Mister Heartache (Bonus Beats) *
4.Hey Mister Heartache (Acapella With Percussion) *
5.You Came (12 Version)
6.You Came (Shep Pettibone 12 Mix)
7.You Came (Dub Version #1)
8.You Came (Dub Version #2)
9.Never Trust A Stranger (12 Version)
10.Never Trust A Stranger (Sanjazz Mix)
11.Four Letter Word (12 Version)
12.Four Letter Word (Late Night Mix)
13.Love In The Natural Way (Extended Version)

* These 2 tracks have not been previously released!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The real 'Greatest Hits' 26 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The 25th anniversary re-issue of Close was a welcome reminder of my 80s pop roots, as much as it was an unwelcome reminder that 25 years had passed since I bought it on vinyl the first time round at the tail end of my primary school days.

I've dabbled in Kim's work over the years and indulged in a Greatest Hits collection since then, but it was Close that for me represents her finest work - and it was far from the start of her career. The set list hangs together perfectly and produced rich pickings for singles, though arguably most tracks on the album could have been put out as a seven-inch. Hey Mr Heartache sounds a little tame these days when memory told me it was a bit more experimental in its day, but it's good to hear it again. You Came remains a great song, as does Four Letter Word, but it was always Never Trust a Stranger that did it for me. One of the most perfect pop records ever made, it's nice to have the extended version included here on a set so far expanded that it more than doubles the track listing.

Some of the extended mixes are little too similar to warrant inclusion but you get the impression that a lot of thought went into this package and that fans of Kim, and good old fashioned 80s pop in general will love it.

If you remember the singles charts of 1988 in all their glory, or the school discos, buy this re-issue and take a trip down memory lane. Definitely one to bring a smile to your face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 16 Nov 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've always loved this album and have it on vinyl and few 12" singles also. It's great to finally own it on CD and the 2nd CD is a welcome addition, as all the 12" remixes are all on it and sounds amazing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is Close no longer available? 24 Jun 2004
By Dabronz
Format:Audio CD
Close is one of Ms. Wilde's better albums out of print. The album features mostly upbeat catchy melodies and fine arrangements, like Hey Mr Heartache (both the album and 12" versions), You Came, and Love In The Natural Way. Hopefully, the label will see fit to release a remastered version (with additional tracks!) soon.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close... But No Master Tapes! 3 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
A great album and an almost great re-issue. I came here to say only one thing - Two of the tracks are not sourced from master tapes;

'Hey Mister Heartache [7" Version]' is a vinyl rip. You can hear crackling at the start and end.

'You Came [Shep Pettibone 7" US Edit]' is from... I don't know what! It sounds like they downloaded the audio from YouTube. There's distortion and a definite dip in quality.

These are two of the rarer tracks to be included so if you're buying for these tracks in particular, perhaps reconsider. If you can't tell, I'm rather disappointed myself.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Kim Wilde 27 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
'Close' is arguably the best album from Kim Wilde. With 'Close' she finally finished maturing her sound into a sophisticated mix of dancefloor and lounge. It was a pity though that this album also saw the effective end of her chart career.
Tracks like 'Never Trust a Stranger' and You Came' are fairly well known but there are other tracks such as the 'European Soul' and 'Four Letter Word' which are well worth a listen also.
This album was a fitting finale to my 1980s schoolboy crush on the spike-haired faux-Punk goddess that gave us 'Kiss In America' and 'Water On Glass'. Ah, me ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars close with all the trimmings 16 Feb 2014
By J. Lee
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
all the remixes and original songs at last with bonus tracks all together - with some not seen on record either - expanded and remastered a gem to last for years
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Kim Wilde:Close - All Classic Tracks & Extra's (2cd)
I remember all classic track's from 80s and now all digitally remastered.Recommended.
The name Kim Wilde stand's alone,still gigging & releasing new album's now. Read more
Published 4 months ago by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kim
Like every song on the original album so had to get the deluxe issue all the mixes and b-sides together YAY
Published 7 months ago by Richard M Garton
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm Kim Wilde and I'll never be proper famous. Etc.
This was out before she got drunk and sang on the tube train. That's what she does now, forever, til the rest of our lives. Kim. Wilde. Yeah.
Published 7 months ago by Count St Germain
4.0 out of 5 stars kim wilde close
Finally!!! The remastered version of Close, one of the best Kim Wilde album.
Excellent Mixes & B-Sides..Most of All, Never trust a stranger!!!
Published 8 months ago by luke
5.0 out of 5 stars KIM IS BACK!!!
althoug it's not a new release i' ve been waiting so long that this gorgeous album will be released. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rob
4.0 out of 5 stars Kim's best album
Released in 1988, got the 25th anniversary edition including the remixes of all the singles . Kim's best album and includes the fab Shep Pettibone remix of You Came. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daz
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
Good work.
Master digital ...
To my 40's friends ...
We must have a CD like this in our colection :-)
Published 9 months ago by Joćo Neves
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 80s album revamped
One of my favourite albums from the 80's. Remastered and expanded. Have waited ages for this. Sounds amazing plus all the hard to find mixes.
Published 9 months ago by wayne parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear this album again
I was wondering when someone would get around to releasing Close in an extended format like this. I had this album when it came out (bought on vinyl, copied onto a blank tape to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Cowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great production that hasn't dated.
I bought all 5 singles from this album, all 5 were UK Top 40 hits (3 of them Top 10). Bizarrely the weakest track (in my opinion Hey Mr Heartache) was chosen as the first single. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rupert
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