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on 4 November 2001
Ever since the tragic death of the glorious Kirsty MacColl, I have been in mourning. I was very pleased to find that a compilation album had been issued in rememberance. Unfortunately, this album does not have anything to special that fans would find all that enticing. The best part is the 'Libertango' which has previously been unavailable on CD. It would be great to see 'Desperate Character' available on CD with the extra songs from the compilation album 'Kirsty MacColl' released. I would recommend 'The One and Only' to any one out there interested in her earlier work, but for die hard fans, more rare songs are required.
Still, Kirsty was a genius.
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on 13 September 2001
This compilation of Kirsty's Stiff singles is an enjoyable listen without being the essential compilation of rare material that fans would enjoy. 12" versions of 'A New England' and 'Terry' and a few of other songs lift this above the average, but there are also one or two songs that probably shouldn't have been included. What would be really worthwhile would be for some nice record company to reissue her 1994 album 'Titanic Days', criminally overlooked and practically impossible to purchase. Still, one can but wish...
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on 17 April 2009
If you only want to have one Kirsty MacColl album in your collection then get "From Croydon to Cuba", But if you are a collector of her music then this album throws up 3 treats.
1)I.m going out with an 80 year old millionaire
2)Terry(12inch mix)
3)A new England(12inch mix)

And for that reason its well worth the price.
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on 16 January 2013
Singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl died in 2000 after being struck and killed by a boat whilst diving in Cozumel, Mexico. This god-awful looking, budget-priced CD - with a very similar track-listing to 1993's The Essential Collection - looks to pay tribute to her talent.

Pleasingly, it includes a couple of her very best songs from her back catalogue of new-wave rock and girl-group pop: 'A New England'; 'They Don't Know', and 'Greetings To The New Brunette'.

But this batch of A- and B-sides, and other miscellany, from the early part of her musical career, in the 1980s, when she was signed to the indie Stiff Records, shouldn't be confused with a Greatest Hits - there's no 'Walking Down Madison', 'There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis' or 'Fairytale of New York' to be found here. B-sides like 'Please Go to Sleep' and 'Quietly Alone' are tracks that might be sought by her more rabid fans - but they won't be judged by many as among her best work. Whereas quirky efforts like new wave rocker 'Turn My Motor On' and the whimsical, Latin-flavoured 'I'm Going Out With An Eighty Year Old Millionaire' outshine A-sides like 'Terry' and 'He's On The Beach'. MacColl was a frequent collaborator, and a couple of the more interesting but less well-known tracks on this rather eccentric compilation are by other artists on whose work she has guested. Appearances on her absent father Ewan MacColl's 1983 traditional folk song 'The Manchester Rambler', and Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon's rendition of the much-covered 'Libertango', are welcome reminders of her skilled work as a session vocalist for a host of British rock luminaries. Whilst the duplication of 2 tracks - in single and extended 12" mixes - wouldn't be quite so jarring if this 14 song, 55 minute, single disc collection was longer.

Still, The One and Only - one of many compilations of MacColl's work - is a collection of occasionally diverting, radio-friendly tunes.
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on 10 April 2013
This may be the one and only Kirsty MaCcoll, but it's definitely not the only compilation out there, and I think there are better ones on the market. However, this is still a nice album to have, with many fine tracks, from the classic 'They Don't Know' to her fabulous cover of Billy Bragg's 'New England' and a personal favourite of mine, the humorous 'I'm Going Out With and Eighty Year Old Millionaire.'
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on 28 December 2014
I bought this as a present for my wife who is a fan of Kirsty McColl's music. Now I am also. It is such a tragedy there won't be any more.
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