Mandy Special Edition
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Previously long out of print and commanding high collector's prices, this CD is now expanded with bonus tracks. The album is classic Stock Aitken Waterman/PWL, so if you like Kylie, Sinitta, Sonia, and similar frothy pop then you'll love this. The singles "I Just Can't Wait", "Victim Of Pleasure", "Boys And Girls", "Positive Reaction" and "Don't You Want Me" (the latter here as a bonus track) are all great and so are the album tracks. One particular standout for me is Mandy's cover version of Propaganda's "Duel", which on paper sounds like a nightmare idea, but sounds fantastic (I love both artists versions). What I love about Cherry Pop is they really understand what the fans want, so the bonus tracks are mainly carefully selected tracks that were not previously available on CD. For instance, instead of choosing the 12" mix of "Boys And Girls" they have chosen the Acid Mix from the B-Side of the French 12" which is an interesting alternative. "Victim Of Pleasure (Daize On Nights Mix)" is the original UK 12" version, which was previously very hard to come by on CD. Plus "Terry (12" mix)" is a previously unreleased track (a good update of the 60's hit by Twinkle). In an ideal world this would have been a double CD including all the mixes, but I feel Cherry Pop have made best use of the available space on one CD. Even if you don't like the PWL sound, there is something here for you in the shape of the balearic classic "I Just Can't Wait (Cool And Breezy Jazz mix)" which was an anthem for those in Ibiza in 1988 and here in the full 8 minute version from the remix 12". This shows another side to Stock Aitken Waterman and how versatile they were in creating perfect pop songs and also credible club tracks too.
Best songs are: Positive Reaction, Don't You Want Me Baby, Dual, I Just Can't Wait, Boys & Girls and Victim of Pleasure!!!
There are also 2 unreleased bonus songs "Terry" and "Got to be Certain".
Contained on here are some shockingly overlooked tracks, ignored by the record buying public of the day, such as ' I Just Can't Wait' and her storming cover of Human League's 'Don't You Want Me'. There are also some great 'unknown' tracks, heard first here, such as the very Euro-trash 80's-tastic 'Positive Reaction'. She didn't have a single top 75 hit and it's a true mystery why?
Sandwiched in here is also a version of one of Kylie's early hits ('Got To Be Certain') and an SAW staple-track - 'If It Makes You Feel Good' - recorded by, it seems, ALL their other artists including Donna Summer, Princess and Lonnie Gordon.
Mandy didn't have the best voice, but she looked fantastic and could carry a tune. In fact, her voice suited the very style of SAW well and, I'm sure, she could've been HUGE at the time (late 80's/90's) but unfortunately she was already too well known as being Bill Wyman's teenage bride and I think that, alone, overshadowed her potential singing star status. Shame really... but enjoy this slice of pop-culture anyway!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its good but not brilliant. An essential Saw album. The cover of duel was very good though.Published 8 months ago by Richard Howarth
This cd is fantastic, I bought the singles in the 80s but this is great listen to Terry ,Don't you want me etc love this and anyone that comes round cant believe this is who it is... Read morePublished on 3 May 2014 by david m
I'm largely a fan of PWL stuff and recently discovered this album, but I can't see what all the fuss is about. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by pethead
I'm a huge Mandy Smith fan, and I can't resist the Stock Aitken Waterman disco-pop sound of the 80's and early 90's, so this is the perfect reissue of an already great album. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2011 by Dennis Alexis Hellström
Great edition of this album but shame they did not include all the remixes that were made at the time, like --Don't You Want Me Baby (Cocktail Mix) --Positive Reaction (Miami Mix)... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2011 by J. H. J. Theuns