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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 November 2013
You might be thinking to yourself: "How many compilations does Bonnie Tyler need?", and it is true that there are a LOT out there. But the guys at Music Club Deluxe have really pushed the boat out with this latest two CD set: 'The Collection'. For not only does it offer 'amazing' remastered sound quality on all 29 tracks, it allows casual fans instant access to SEVEN rare songs.

The set focuses almost exclusively on Bonnie's CBS (now Sony) recordings (recorded from 1983-1988), apart from two tracks that were from the RCA label. Therefore, the likes of 'Lost In France' and 'It's A Heartache' do NOT appear. However, the three big hits from this exciting period in Bonnie's career are here: 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' (the full-length version), 'Holding Out For A Hero' and 'A Rockin' Good Way', Bonnie's debut with fellow welsh artist Shakin' Stevens, as well as minor successes like 'Faster Than The Speed Of Night' and 'Have You Ever Seen The Rain'.

I have to emphasize on the remastering here, for never have I heard Bonnie's Jim Steinman produced gems like 'Rebel Without A Clue' and 'Loving You's A Dirty Job (But Somebody's Gotta Do It)' in such crystal clear quality. It's also very welcoming to have some of the best tracks from Bonnie's polished and criminally underrated 1988 album 'Hide Your Heart' included. This was a release which contained the hard rocking title track written by Kiss's Paul Stanley, and the superb 'Notes From America', one of her greatest recordings to date.

But what makes this set REALLY special, is the inclusion of seven rare goodies. A 70s' B side 'Get Out Of My Head' is a song that was actually better than some of her A sides at the time (I already owned it on a CD re-issue of her 'Goodbye To The Island' album, but here the remastering of the track is just perfect). Bonnie co-wrote a lot of her B sides in the early-mid 80s' and six of them are included here: 'Time', 'Gonna Get Better', 'I'm Not Foolin', 'It's Not Enough', 'I Do It For You' (which have only appeared once or twice on a CD before, making them very rare to the causal fan) and ... 'Under Suspicion', a great song and a real 'cult' among the more established Bonnie fans, but it was only previously available on one CD, which is now very hard to find. For me, and many others - this is the first time that we be able to own the track on CD format. The obscure recordings will give newbie fans a great introduction to Bonnie as a songwriter, as well as the chance to hear some superb music, that they probably didn't know existed.

There have been many Bonnie compilations before, but this one is very good indeed and should delight even the most devoted of fans, for the amazing sound quality, and the novelty factor that a budget label have used some imagination for once, and made seven rare B sides available again. Excellent sleeve notes, pictures and career map included.

However, as good as these songs are, Bonnie Tyler is still making some of the best music of life. If you have yet to hear her incredible new album Rocks And Honey, I highly recommend that you buy it, as I consider it the perfect companion to 'The Collection'.
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on 27 December 2013
I'm a massive Bonnie Tyler fan and this was my 18th album. Whilst it has a lot of great songs including a couple I didn't actually have on another album it is massively let down in my opinion by radio edits for a number of great songs, especially 'Faster than the speed on night'.

This album is great to bolster a Bonnie Tyler collection however as a first Bonnie Tyler album it doesn't provide a few songs the justice they deserve. 'Holding out for a hero' and 'band of gold' are also the shortened versions.
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on 30 November 2013
Great compilation with long liner notes, carreermap and rare tracks in slipcase! All songs digitally remastered and includes TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART album version 7:01.

Must-have for all fans!
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I have plenty of Bonnie Tyler's music on CD, including original albums, compilations and her later music recorded in Germany, although I occasionally find music I haven't heard before. Maybe some of the songs are radio edits as another reviewer indicates, but I don't mind that. Radio edits are usually done to keep the length within the attention span of listeners, which I can understand because sometimes tracks are a bit long. The most famous track here, Total eclipse of the heart, is definitely not a radio edit; it runs for more than 6 minutes.

With the RCA and CBS labels that Bonnie recorded for in the 70s and 80s now both being part of Sony, there is no particular reason for a compilation to be limited to tracks from one or the other. This one includes the occasional RCA track, but the most obvious ones (It's a heartache. Lost in France) are omitted. However, all the CBS hits are here, as well as less obvious tracks such as Turtle blues (a cover of a Janis Joplin song) and Bonnie's original recordings of songs that subsequently became hits for others. I saw Bonnie perform The best on TV while promoting the single and was disappointed when it flopped. Tina Turner had a huge hit with her cover about a year later.

This is not a definitive collection of Bonnie's 70s / 80s music, but it is an excellent collection at a budget price in the UK.
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on 18 February 2016
All the tracks you could ever want by Bonnie Tyler on one album including most of the much underrated Hide your heart album.
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on 26 January 2015
Love Bonnie good buy sounds great also love it
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on 31 October 2015
Not all of the hits. Bit disappointed
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on 12 September 2014
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on 29 January 2015
replacing an old tape
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