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The Complete Studio Albums Collection Box set, Limited Edition


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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B00M1LVJUG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All seven of Belinda Carlisle’s studio albums, in card wallets in a clamshell box, with a 28 page booklet. Recorded between 1986 and 2007, her twenty-three worldwide smash hits are featured, including “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”, “Leave A Light On”, “Live Your Life Be Free” and many more

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct 2014
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Following the completion of the re-issues series that started in 2013, it was only inevitable that a collective set would follow, too. So here it is, "The complete studio albums" box set by the iconic pop femme fatalle Belinda Carlisle. In the tradition of most similar releases, the set gathers all 7 studio BC albums in their standard editions (not the recent expanded ones), presented in gatefold sleeves, simply but nicely packaged in an elegant clamshell box. Anyone with an interest in Belinda will have heard the music on the original releases, however I will make a few comments about each album.

BELINDA, BC's solo debut, emerged in 1986, a year after former band - and America's most successful all-female group - the Go-Go's, were gone-gone. "I have a feeling of starting out again", she said at the time. "I don't know what's going to happen. But the Go-Go's went No. 1 on their first album, so anything's possible." As was proved, it was. Fresh from rehab, and in great contrast to the Go-Go's punk image, for her own image and sound Belinda adopted a more innocent and feminine look, successfully re-introducing and re-launching herself. The album was a promising first effort, which would lead to a fruitful solo career, as subsequent releases attested. Featuring hit singles "Mad about you" and "I feel the magic", the heartbreaking "Stuff and nonsense", and the achingly melancholic "Since you've gone", "Belinda" captured the essence of Belinda, and also many hearts (mine included) along the way. (3***)

HEAVEN ON EARTH (1987), proved to be Belinda's breakthrough album internationally, and also her most successful. Single "Heaven is a place on earth" reached No. 1 all around the world; "I get weak" and the hauntingly beautiful "Circle in the sand" were smashes, too.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward Baxendale on 9 Nov 2014
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the belinda carlisle album ever i sing along to every song thanks amazon
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Following the completion of the re-issues series that started in 2013, it was only inevitable that a collective set would follow, too. So here it is, "The complete studio albums" box set by the iconic pop femme fatalle Belinda Carlisle. In the tradition of most similar releases, the set gathers all 7 studio BC albums in their standard editions (not the recent expanded ones), presented in gatefold sleeves, simply but nicely packaged in an elegant clamshell box. Anyone with an interest in Belinda will have heard the music on the original releases, however I will make a few comments about each album.

BELINDA, BC's solo debut, emerged in 1986, a year after former band - and America's most successful all-female group - the Go-Go's, were gone-gone. "I have a feeling of starting out again", she said at the time. "I don't know what's going to happen. But the Go-Go's went No. 1 on their first album, so anything's possible." As was proved, it was. Fresh from rehab, and in great contrast to the Go-Go's punk image, for her own image and sound Belinda adopted a more innocent and feminine look, successfully re-introducing and re-launching herself. The album was a promising first effort, which would lead to a fruitful solo career, as subsequent releases attested. Featuring hit singles "Mad about you" and "I feel the magic", the heartbreaking "Stuff and nonsense", and the achingly melancholic "Since you've gone", "Belinda" captured the essence of Belinda, and also many hearts (mine included) along the way. (3***)

HEAVEN ON EARTH (1987), proved to be Belinda's breakthrough album internationally, and also her most successful. Single "Heaven is a place on earth" reached No. 1 all around the world; "I get weak" and the hauntingly beautiful "Circle in the sand" were smashes, too. Clean of drugs, happy with her husband, and basking in the adoration of millions of fans while on Good Heavens! tour, Belinda's confidence was newly restored since the Go-Go's split, taking her to great - personal as well as professional - heights. Along with Madonna and Michael Lackson, Belinda was on top of her game during those years, establishing her name for good with her slickly 1980's power pop-rock quality. "Nobody owns me", she claims on one of the album highlights, and that was possibly true then. "Heaven on earth" could not have been more prophetic as a title, a heavenly record in every sense. (4****)

RUNAWAY HORSES arrived 2 years later. Although it maintained Belinda's popularity, it did not reach the commercial peak of "Heaven". Apparently, there were disagreements regarding promotional tactics; it did not help either that US so-called music experts snubbed it at the time. Still, "Horses" sold very well worldwide, reaching gold, platinum and double platinum status in many markets. It spawned 6 (!) hit singles (arguably all 10 songs could have been released as singles), an impressive accomplishment on its own, even more so considering the circumstances. The pop brilliance encountered on this record is unparalleled, that is why it is considered to be Belinda's magnum opus, a bona-fide record, a pop landmark; it is indeed all of the above. Her personal favourite song is included here ("Summer rain"), mine, too ("Vision of you"). 1989 was a great year for pop music, "Horses" is one of the reasons. Hop on and enjoy the ride. (5*****)

1991's LIVE YOUR LIFE BE FREE found Belinda in the midst of a severe drug problem. Interestingly, and ironically enough, this set of songs is her most optimistic and carefree; plus, she looks at her absolute best on videos and photo shoots from that era (the unforgettable "Do you feel like I feel" video is simply iconic). Dangerously poptastic, full of catchy choruses and addictive melodies, the album sounds effortlessly engaging. Considering the cancellation of the promo tour due to her pregnancy, it faired pretty well, despite Belinda claiming later on that this is her least favorite record. Obviously this has to do with the fact that she was not pleased with how her label was handling her music at the time. But with so many brilliantly crafted pop gems one after another, "LYLBF" is one of her all-time best, a close second to "Horses". And what a great statement the anthemic title track makes, thanks for that Belinda! (5*****)

REAL followed in 1993. More guitar-based and raw, it was a departure from the perfectly polished pop of previous albums. Affected by motherhood, Belinda consciously chose to change direction with this, offering a more personal and mature set of songs, which lacked the immediate, broad commercial appeal of past albums. A change on her image was obvious, too, hardly wearing any make-up on the stark cover and inside photos, as if trying to strip altogether (hmmm, please do!). Contributing to the overall sincerity is the fact that she co-wrote most of the songs, which also explains the intensity of her delivery. "Lay down your arms" and "One with you" are the record's instant grabbers, the rest of the album calls for repeated listenings before coming to appreciate it. "Too much water" and the almost religious "Where love hides" are favourites. Although it failed to make an impact, "Real" is the real deal ...real-ly. (4****)

After briefly re-uniting with the Go-Go's, Belinda returned to the recording studio, and resumed working. In 1996, she released her 6th solo album, A WOMAN AND A MAN. Consisting of sleek, finely-crafted, perfectly accessible songs, this is Belinda's most safe and balanced album. This was her gift to the faithful fans, who stood be her since the very beginning (thanks, our pleasure!). Showcasing an artist at her most confident and alluring state, on this album she shines vocally, exhibiting precision and emotion simultaneously. I fondly remember her tres-chic UK TV appearances for the promo of "Always breaking my heart", where she wore some lovely dresses with cherry prints on them, what a classy lady! The album included several hits, and revitalized her solo career in Europe. As a result of this success, it was released in the US, a year later, but with no much luck. A fan-favourite. (4****)

In 2007, Belinda released her 7th album, VOILA, her first full-length solo studio album in more than 10 years. "After discovering and coming to love French music, I decided to record these amazing songs myself, with a playful, contemporary feel.", she said. The result is a most unexpected surprise, but a rather pleasant one! Living in France explains her almost impeccable pronounciation, but it is her trademark tremulous vibrato that matches perfectly those songs, breathing sexiness and sophistication to standards which have been re-interpreted countless times, such as "Ne me quitte pass" and "Avec le temps". This was certainly an out-of-the-box choice, one risky task which she skillfully accomplished. "Voila" is magnificent, just like Belinda herself. Merci et bravo, Belinda, vous êtes une chanteuse magnifique! Felicitations! (4****)

From her punk roots to a French language album, Belinda Carlisle has certainly come a long way. Regardless of her personal weaknesses, her remarkable artistic progression, and the fact that she kept a healthy distance from the demands of the industry (occasionally paying the price for it), they say a lot. Pop may be frivolous and fleeting, but she is acknowledged as an iconic popstress, though an underrated one. This is a collection guaranteed to entertain casual listeners, and excite pop fannatics. Anyone who is in for a pop trip, they will treasure this forever. Me, I will be forever in love with this flame-haired beauty with the razor sharp cheekbones.

PS: For those who wish to explore further Belinda's catralogue, I would recommend the recent expanded re-mastered 2CD+DVD combos. All 7 of them are immaculate, thoroughly comprehensive and meticulously assembled, without doubt the best re-issues of recent years.
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