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Kite [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Kirsty MacColl Audio CD
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Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer-songwriter.

MacColl scored several pop hits from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. During this era, she often sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, notably those of The Smiths and the song "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues.

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI/Virgin
  • ASIN: B0007M8I6Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Innocence (2005 Digital Remaster)
2. Free World (2005 Digital Remaster)
3. Mother's Ruin (2005 Digital Remaster)
4. Days (2005 Digital Remaster)
5. No Victims (2005 Digital Remaster)
6. Fifteen Minutes (2005 Digital Remaster)
7. Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim! (2005 Digital Remaster)
8. Tread Lightly (2005 Digital Remaster)
9. What Do Pretty Girls Do? (2005 Digital Remaster)
10. Dancing In Limbo (2005 Digital Remaster)
11. The End Of A Perfect Day (2005 Digital Remaster)
12. You And Me Baby (2005 Digital Remaster)
13. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby (She's Having A Baby Soundtrack Version) (2005 Digital Remaster)
14. Happy (2005 Digital Remaster)
15. Am I Right? (2005 Digital Remaster)
16. El Paso (2005 Digital Remaster)
17. La Foret De Mimosas (2005 Digital Remaster)
18. Complainte Pour Ste Catherine (2005 Digital Remaster)
19. Freeworld (Radio Version) (2005 Digital Remaster)
20. Innocence (Guilt Mix) (2005 Digital Remaster)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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Product Description

Though Kirsty MacColl has appeared as a guest vocalist and backing singer with pretty much every musical act in Britain bar Wolfsbane and the Marching Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards, she has been oddly reticent about recording her own material. Kite, the first of her two solo albums, confirms what a shame that is. The songs on Kite were written alone or with collaborator Pete Glenister and betray the musical influences that might be expected, given her guest appearances, with particular reference to The Smiths (by way of acknowledgement, Johnny Marr co-writes one song here and plays on several). The vocals, too, are unsurprisingly immaculate--MacColl has a rare knack of sounding like nobody else on earth while never parting company with the tune. However, it's MacColl's words that are the real revelation--she's funny, sharp and clever, with a fondness for puns and wordplay that never quite runs away with itself. This rereleased version includes 10 rare bonus tracks. --Andrew Mueller

BBC Review

Start saving up: a series of albums from the legacy of the late and undoubtedly great singer / songwriter Kirsty MacColl is being released at last, in an unabashed and very welcome celebration of the artist.

MacColl, the maverick performer much loved by the Brit rock illuminati, has been described as 'a great British artist' by Bono, a 'genius' by Holly Johnson, and the forthcoming release From Croydon To Cuba...An Anthology has been described as a 'work of art' by art-rockers Talking Heads. Praise indeed and utterly deserved.

Here we have Kite, first released fifteen years ago. Kite is full of the honest purity and humour that was synonymous with MacColl, and is packed with hits, bonus tracks and remixes. That's before you even get to the mammoth box set From Croydon To Cuba or the eclectic explosion that is Electric Landlady, also released imminently (featuring the work of Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr). Make no mistake, this special lady left a mighty legacy.

Kite features her hit single, "Days", brimming with beautiful simplicity, and all the more poignant since her tragic death in 2000. Age has not withered this sweet song, it retains every ounce of uncynical magic that made it a hit in the first place.

"Free World" is a high octane track dominated by a distinctly U2-esque rhythm guitar. You can hear bands like The Cranberries have clearly taken note of every strata of her style in tracks such as this.

"No Victims", an unsugary ode to love gone wrong bursts with blatant truth but without bitterness. A similar feel is conjured by the trad jazz-infused stomp "Fifteen Minutes", where Kirstyplainly speaks out against hypocrisy and 'bozos'. But there is never a sting in the tail, just eyes-wide-open honesty and integrity: a quality particular to the likes of MacColl and punk poet Billy Bragg.

MacColl's trademark harmonies are wrapped around "The End Of A Perfect Day", a vibrant, complex song that I defy you not to bounce up and down to. This is followed by the shimmering ballad "You And Me Baby", sure to calm you down if all that bouncing gets a bit much...

A thing of simple beauty from a much missed troubadour. --Zoe Street

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Flying Kite 19 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favourite albums of all time and I do not know quite where to begin in describing it. Firstly, Kirsty's voice is one of the most original and beautiful voices you'll ever hear. In the darkest times I walk in the night and play this CD and it makes me feel very tearful yet that a close friend is with me. The opener 'Innocence' is a strong tirade against male chauvinism and is striding and grand. Listening to 'Free World' feels as if you are on a motorbike riding through tunnels of lights....it's hard to describe but when you hear it you'll know what I mean. The lyrics of this song, I suppose are against Thatcher but in this age thay could be equally against blair. 'Mother's Ruin' is an ode to hope from a dark situation; 'leave a light on and don't shut the door' a moving closing line. 'Days' has always sounded to me like a prayer but a spiritual one rather than religious. 'No Victims' is a tirade against love rats and I feel is one of the greatest white soul records ever made.

In this celebrity culture the lyrics of 'Fifteen Minutes'; 'Then there's always the fame, autographs now and again' is staggeringly significant and 'Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim' is a very special song about a guy trying to be like the gang but he can't change because there's 'a light in his eyes' that tells us 'there's somebody in'.

The closer 'You and Me Baby' is Kirsty at her most intimate. It's you and her at the end of the world holding hands to walk the final mile.

Do forgive me..I've run out of words..This album is staggering. Nothing else comes near it. Absolutely nothing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A genius sadly missed 30 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion this is Kirsty MacColl's finest hour. This is a brilliantly crafted collection of songs. The album combines folk, country and pop music perfectly. MacColl displays her lyrical ability here and the songs are cleverly written, much in the Ray Davies mould. The best known track on the album is probably the version of Davies' classic 'Days'.
There are many great songs here; standout tracks?? Innocence, Don't come the Cowboy with me Sonny Jim! and No victims.
However, all of the songs are great and there are many talented musicians guesting on the album. Notably Johnny Marr, Dave Gilmour and Robbie McIntosh.
You won't be disappointed with this purchase.
Its such a shame that she was took away when she clearly had much more to offer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kirsty at her Very Best 8 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Twenty years or so ago I had a copy of this on cassette and it lived in my car. It was the one album I would never tire of listening to. Her voice, the lyrics, the tunes; everything was perfect. Always fitting my mood, whatever it might be, regardless of the time of day. Kirsty made many more fine albums, but this is my favourite, closely followed by Electric Landlady and Titanic Days. She was the perfect interpreter of other artists' music, and in most cases her version would become the definitive version, most notably here with an amazing version of the Kinks' "Days".

The expanded material is mostly fine stuff, but to some extent, for me, it almosts detracts from the perfect pop album. But that seems churlish when we are able to enjoy more of a fantastic artist who is still sadly missed. If you're at all new to Kirsty MacColl, please start here. You won't be disappointed. Kite is one of those records that everyone should own.
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