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Kim Wilde - The Collection mostly contains tracks from her first three albums released during 1981 - 1983 (Kim Wilde, Select, Catch as Catch Can), which was the period that Wilde was signed to Mickie Most's RAK Label.

This was her most commercially successful period in the UK, so there's plenty of familiar hits, such as Kids in America, Chequered Love, Water on Glass, Love Blonde, Cambodia and View From a Bridge. The bulk of the remainder of the two CDs feature album tracks and b-sides from the RAK years. Her later career is represented by a couple of tracks - a 2006 version of You Came and a new recording of You Keep Me Hanging On, a duet with Nena.

So although the collection isn't a comprehensive best-of, given the budget price it still provides a very good snapshot of her early albums and is well worth picking up.
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on 30 November 2014
I have Kim's first three albums either on vinyl or cassette from when they were originally released. But I've baulked at buying the more recent CD releases because of their relatively high price, much as I'd like them in that format.

However, this latest release largely comprises the cream of Kim's first three albums, and at a bargain basement price represents great value for anyone other than completeists and aficionados.

In fact it's probably easier to list what's not included from the first three albums rather than what's there, namely `You'll Never Be So Wrong', `Falling Out' and `Tuning In Tuning Out' from Kim's eponymous debut, `Words Fell Down', `Just A Feeling' and `Wendy Sadd' from Select, while Catch As Catch Can is included in its entirety.

Also included from the era are several non-album B-sides, namely `Boys', `Shane' and `Watching For Shapes'. The single-only `Child Come Away' also puts in an appearance, not to mention the rarity `Bitter is Better', which according to Wikipedia was originally used for a Japanese TV commercial.

The Double CD is completed by alternative versions of the slightly later chart classics `You Came' and `You Keep Me Hanging On', while in the overall context of the collection the inclusion of the remaining tracks - `Baby Obey Me' and `Together We Belong' from 2007- seems odder still.

Personally I would have simply preferred the first three albums in their entirety together with the B-sides and rarities from that time, but the inclusion of a few token tracks from the later era is perhaps intended to appeal to the more casual buyer, since The Collection seems to be appearing in the cheap section of the supermarket CD racks.

I'm also sure that Kim aficionados will take issue with the minutiae of what's included on the CDs (and indeed pick holes in my analysis above!), and the ordering of the tracks certainly seems very odd, but for the more casual fan who wants the classic-era albums on CD, for a fiver or less The Collection represents fantastic value for money.

(The above was originally drafted almost two years ago when the CD was first released and was perhaps a bit cheaper, although at the current Amazon price it's still good value, and may be available cheaper elsewhere.)
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on 2 August 2015
Tracks like "take me tonight" and "action city" I listened to over and over again.
Those two tracks are in my ear-view way above average. I hope that she picks
up that kind of sound, the day she decides to record new tunes again.
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on 14 April 2016
not a bad budget collection from the understated queen of pop, obviously it's leaning towards her early years, and as such is not a comprehensive collection, but has a few of the essentials, good introduction to Kim
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on 5 June 2012
love kim wilde but this complation is patchy there are some good tracks such as water on glass,camodia,chequered love,
ego,love blonde,action city amongst others however there are way too many album fillers or obsecure tracks.
This focuses on 1982-1983 kim has recorded so many great songs such as wotcha gonna do,never trust a stranger,you keep me hangin on which are all omitted the only saving grace is the new versions of you came & you keep me hangin on with nena.
Personally I would download the best tracks and buy her greatest hits instead.
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on 6 January 2014
Excellent album featuring lots of great tracks from a really good artist of her day. If you don't have any of her mainstream albums this is a great introduction to Kim.
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on 31 December 2015
good service and product
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on 8 November 2014
Brilliant, very pleased
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on 31 May 2015
Grimsby went Wilde!!!!
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on 28 August 2013
Here is a superb album, of some of the best of KW, she was and still is the pop queen of the 1980's.
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