This Japanese compilation was issued in 1992 and should have been familiar to Gilbert fans except for Too Long and I’ll Never Let You Go which were believed to been left over from his ‘A Stranger In My Own Back Yard’ album session and were ‘Previously Un-Released’. The rest had been issued in one form or another on vinyl and would have been heard back then for the first time CD.
The bulk of these tracks had been lifted from the last four years of Gilbert’s MAM Singles 1975-1978
To Each His Own, Doing What I Know and I’ll Believe It When I See It were A-Sides, whilst Our Own Baby, As Long As I Can, Just As You Are and That’s A Fact were B-Sides.
What You See Is What You Get whilst also being a B-Side, had the distinction of Being Gilbert’s last ever UK vinyl B-Side from 1990, plus As Long As I Can is a different mix to the original vinyl issue which had a saxophone break, this has a piano instrumental break.
What’s In A Kiss and Can’t Get Enough Of You are other versions of Single releases. The final alternate version here is The Niceness Of It All, the UK version was issued on the album Off Centre 1980, the version here had been issued on a German EP around 1978. Finally, Forever Wondering is the only song lifted from an album again from Germany called Frobisher Drive 1987, an album which morphed into In The Key Of G two years later 1989.
If, like me, you miss those days of vinyl or thought you had all that Gilbert had to offer from his MAM days, think again. Most of these songs can be found spread among Gilbert’s later releases, but they were here first and I guess I think of them as belonging together as they were back in 1992, but now we can hear them again, Remastered in all their glory.
- Original Release Date: 10 April 1992
- Release Date: 1 Mar. 2019
- Label: Union Square
- Copyright: ℗© 1992 Grand Upright Music Ltd. under exclusive licence to Union Square Music Limited, a BMG Company
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- Total Length: 53:09
- ASIN: B07P383NL9
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