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on 27 March 2017
Awesome service will use again
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on 23 August 2017
lots of well-known singles all on one CD. really good listening.
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on 13 September 2017
Love Kim Wilde,love this CD.
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on 14 January 2009
For everyone who never bothered to see beyond the blonde bombshell image, Kim Wilde ruled the charts with an unassuming, totally infectious, unpretentious, hook-filled, melody-strong bunch of songs that doesn't even show her at her true worth as, not only are many decent singles cut on this collection, but many of her great tunes (songs often at major variance with the ones picked for singles) annoyingly stayed on the albums. Plus sadly there's a whole bunch of singles not on here-'The Touch', 'House Of Salome', 'Hey Mister Heartache', 'Say You Really Want Me', 'It's Here' etc. But no one could be disappointed by the quality of the material on offer.

From the opening (if overrated ditty) 'Kids In America' onwards each blazes a trail with each displaying a totally different sound and style, but not one losing any important ingredient that characterises her. 'Chequered Love' rocks you round the nightclub, dramatic 'View From A Bridge's' edgy, tinkling hooks distract from the depressive lyrics, 'Child Come Away' send shivers through it's folk-style arrangements, 'Love Blonde' sizzles, the energetic pounding of 'You Keep Me Hangin'On' and 'Rage To Love' would fill a stadium, while aggressive numbers like 'Never Trust A Stranger' and 'The Second Time' put the weak accusation to bed at once she was ever just a little pop princess tuning out mush for the masses. Nowhere makes that more clear than the daring 'Cambodia' with its complete opposition to a run-of-the-mill pop song setup.

There's barely any 90s stuff on here-just the rousing and symbolic 'Love Is Holy' and crisp remake of 'If I Can't Have You' but if anything this wonderful yet clipped and fractured collection so make you run out and get all those Kim albums now. Oh and 'You Came' is gorgeous-but would be even more so if it wasn't cut from 4.33 to 3.29. Trust me, she is the Queen. This may be an introduction-and a good one, but get her albums! No record collection should lack them-she really is THE albums girl.
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Kim Wilde was one of the many Eighties girl wonders, but she had hit after hit after hit, and was on a much higher level than many of her contemporaries. There can't be many people out there who aren't familiar with at least a handful of her signature songs, including those people who weren't even born when she released her debut record (of which I am one).

This classic compilation, a top twenty hit upon it's 1993 release in the UK, contains the very best of her most commercially successful singles, beginning with her 1981 debut 'Kids in America', and finishing with her top twenty hit 'Love is Holy', from her 1992 studio album 'Love Is'. At the time, devoted fans will have wanted to snap this CD up for the two previously unreleased tracks, 'If I Can't Have You' (released as a single shortly after, and it became her biggest hit of the Nineties, peaking at no.12 in Britain, and even higher in other countries), and the album version of 'In My Life'.

Kim began her recording career on Mickie Most's label RAK, and scored many successes between 1981 to 1983 with songs written by her famous father Marty, and brother Ricky. My favourites were the ones which dealt with very serious, dark subjects, notably 'Cambodia', 'View from the Bridge', and 'Child Come Away'. A change of record labels to MCA in 1984, saw her score further chart busters with her cover of the Supremes' 'You Keep Me Hanging On', 'Another Step (Closer To You)', and 'You Came'. All of these pop pearls, and lots more are included here.

This was one Eighties pop princess who had real talent, and as early as 1984 branched out as a songwriter, penning and singing her own songs. Her early songs still sound timeless today, and 'The Singles Collection 1981-1993' is a very good collection of Kim Wilde's lengthy time as a major chart artist.

A video tape companion is also available: Kim Wilde-Singles Col.81-9 [VHS]
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on 19 February 2016
Dirty windows Kim those were fab times.
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on 22 June 2017
Fantastic CD. Brings back good memories.
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on 19 September 2016
Great collection of songs & amazing sound.
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on 7 December 2014
An excellent CD. Sound quality is very good, all original single edits. Kim's cover version of The Supremes "You Keep Me Hanging On" is exceptional. I don't usually think that cover versions are ever as good as the original, but in this case I think that it is equal. "Cambodia", "You Came", "Chequered Love", and "Water On Glass" are all top class singles. 10/10
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on 22 April 2015
FAB-U-LOUS. The production is second to none. Shame Kim and family aren't given higher profile, they've given us some really brilliant tracks to enjoy over the years. Thank you.
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