One of the best of the Platinum collection series of budget releases, this album includes Mari's hits, together with the tracks from her 1983 Showpeople album, the theme from Dance with a stranger (a biopic about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be given the death penalty in Britain), her cover of Perhaps perhaps perhaps (a song that Doris Day originally recorded) from BBC TV's Coupling and The love thing, a track from her 2005 album, Dolled up.
Mari first made the UK charts in 1982 with Beat the beat, following it up with Baby it's true. Her big hit, Just what I've always wanted, came next, but her cover of Julie London's Cry me a river became her signature song even though it wasn't a big hit. Demonstrating that the singles chart isn't always a guide to what's really happening, it sparked a revival of British interest in Julie's own music. Judging by all the re-issues of Julie's music on CD, that revival was sustained into the new millennium. Mari's own career as a hit-maker was short-lived, but she, like Julie before her, established a career as a jazz-pop singer, although album releases have been rare.
For those looking for Mari's early music from 1982 and 1983, this is the compilation you've been looking for. You get a few later tracks as a bonus. It is remarkable that such a fine compilation should appear on a budget release, especially as I'd been looking for years without success for Mari's music on CD.