on 12 July 2009
What the Amazon listing doesn't tell you and it ought to, is that the second disc is a DVD, and the man reason for buying this Special Edition of Belinda Carlisle's best selling solo album.
If you are a fan of Belinda you probably already have this CD in your collection and in all honesty there isn't a great deal of difference to the quality of sound on this re-mastered edition. However, the package is worth owning for the extras that make this a Special Edition.
There are five remixes of the hit singles taken from this album, by the likes of Shep Pettibone and William Orbit, originally available as 12 inch singles, or "b" sides. Plus the DVD, which was previously only available as a VHS tape. This is a live performance in Philadelphia from May 1988 from the Good Heavens! tour. The playing time is 60 minutes and includes Belinda performing all the hits from the album and several Go-Go's hits as well. Definitely worth buying this package for, as the quality is so much better than the VHS tape, if you still own it.
The whole high-quality package comes in a lovely gatefold sleeve.
This album represents Belinda Carlisle at the most popular, most confident stage of her career. Following the success of her solo album release, she tells us "I'm not afraid anymore," and declares that "nobody owns me." After all, "our love is all we need," and Belinda was basking in the love of both a rather newly-wed husband and a legion of new fans. This album is a declaration of self-worth and possesses some really anthem-like qualities, although the central theme is still love, of course. I love this album so much that I can still remember when and where I bought it when it was initially released.
If you accidentally program your CD player to select tracks randomly, that will not be a problem with this CD; every song is wonderful, and there is always a good chance you will hit one of Belinda's biggest hits. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" topped the charts, while "I Get Weak" and "Circle in the Sand" were top ten smashes. As good as these three hits are, I personally don't think they are the best songs on the album; in fact, I consider the wonderful song "Circle in the Sand" one of the weaker tracks on the CD. My favorites are "Should I Let You In?" "World Without You," and "Nobody Owns Me." Most of these songs are fast and beat-driven, which is somewhat unusual for a Belinda CD. "Nobody Owns Me" is definitely a song to get you pumped up and ready to tackle the world again. Still, though--and this is an eternal theme with Belinda Carlisle--love is what is really important. Personal strength requires love, she seems to say: "I Get Weak" celebrates rather than condemns such weakness; "Should I Let You In?" addresses the importance of making your own choices and avoiding bad relationships; "Fool For Love" declares that love is worth making a fool out of yourself for. Heaven on Earth is a little unusual in that it features only one slow, romantic song from Belinda; but after an album full of upbeat, energetic tracks, the soft and sweet "Love Never Dies" is a perfect culmination to this artist's most successful album.
on 30 November 1999
This album was Belinda's first successful break in the UK. This is her second solo album and boasts 5 chart smashing hits (including the No.1 Heaven is a place on Earth).
Each and every song is a favourite. The classic I Get Weak and the hauntingly brilliant Circle in the Sand. Other favourites on the album are We Can Change and the moody and stubborn Nobody Owns Me.
A classic album worth every penny.
I first bought the cassette version in 1987 when I was in Canada. 28 (twenty eight!) years later I can still put it on (now CD of course), turn it up and rattle the crockery with joy. Sometimes pop songs can sound dated after a few years. But this is a timeless album. A perfect storm of pop, rock and Belinda's distinctive singing makes this such a great aural experience.
Yes, it is middle of the road commercial pop. But in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with that. I'd rather have polished hooks than moany self indulgent songs about being lonely in a bedsit.
My favourite track varies according to mood. The big singles are there of course but I also adore Nobody Owns Me and Fool For Love, the latter being such a brilliant top-down-on-your-convertible-driving-along-the-Californian-coast song. It would have made a brilliant single.
I have much love for this album as you can tell!
on 14 May 2004
Belinda shines at her best here. Bright, confident, drug free and looking fantastic. Heaven Is A Place On Earth the worldwide smash hit and lead single sets the pace for a well produced, well written collection of tracks. The best tracks on the album include the singles I Get Weak, World Without You & Circle In The Sand. But don't over look the album tracks like Fool For Love, Should I Let You In & Nobody Owns Me, these could have just as easily been singles. A great voice, a great album!!
The Grammy nominated 'Heaven On Earth' was Belinda Carlisle's second solo album, released in 1987, and the one which really put her on the international stage. It spawned her most famous song, the chart-topping stateside single 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth', and a string of other hits including the catchy 'Circle in the Sand' and emotional 'I Get Weak'. This guitar-driven release also contains some solid album-only songs including the infectious 'Fool for Love', and the inspiring 'We Can Change'.
I'll always have a soft spot for this landmark album, and Belinda Carlisle. She delivered some great, 'heavenly' mainstream pop music which was never all that cheesy, and certainly doesn't sound dated today, as well as processing a wonderful singing voice. Despite the success of 'Heaven On Earth' though, I wouldn't consider this album to her personal best because, for me, that title firmly belongs to 'Runaway Horses', it's follow-up which hit the shelves two years later in 1989. I regard that one as something of a pop-rock masterpiece, and one of my favourite albums by any female vocalist. Getting back to the album in question though, this is one record that really will transport you right back to 1987, though casual listeners and newbie fans would probably be better off with a greatest hits collection.
Following her self-titled solo debut of 1986, "Heaven on earth" (1987), proved to be Belinda Carlisle's breakthrough album internationally, and also her most successful. "Heaven is a place on earth" reached No. 1 all around the world; "I get weak", and the hauntingly beautiful "Circle in the sand" were smashes, too. Clean of drugs, happy with her husband, and basking in the adoration of millions of fans while on the Good Heavens! Tour, Belinda's confidence was newly restored since the Go-Go's split, taking her to great - personal as well as professional - heights. Along with Madonna and Michael Lackson, Belinda was on top of her game during those years, establishing her name with her sleek '80s power pop-rock quality. "Nobody owns me", she claims on one of the album highlights, and that was possibly true then. The brilliantly remastered 2CD+DVD combo is nothing less than essential, featuring mixes and remixes, a full live concert previously available only on VHS, the videos to the singles, a brand new interview with Belinda, plus an extensive booklet with fantastic liner notes and rare photos. This is the album which subsequent releases had to compete against, and even though commercially it remained unsurpassed, the next 3 albums all improved on this, song-wise. "Heaven on earth" could not have been more fitting and prophetic a title, this is a heavenly record in every sense.
**** for the album
***** for this edition
on 1 February 2003
With her song „Heaven Is A Place On Earth", Belinda Carlisle definitely has deserved a place in Heaven, be that on Earth or anywhere else. Other great songs are „Circle In The Sand", „I Feel Free", „Fool For Love" and „Love Never Dies". Belinda Carlisle has Punk Rock roots and New Age wings, a beautiful combination! And her singing comes straight from the heart, just as it should be.
on 15 October 2014
great great GREAT are the words to describe this c.d. two great c.ds with so many extras and one dve all the videos from the singles and a concert too i bought this back in the day 1985 on record back the and all the singles this is so much more i even went to see her in the coincert for this record at hammersmith odeon which was super i say if you just buy one of her c,d.s this is the one followed by runaway horses which has also been remastered with 2cds and one dvd 5 stars for both if not 100
on 18 September 2013
Excellent album and superb vinyl quality. Worth every bit spent on it. The record and the sleeve were in a condition as per the description. Wish Belinda had cut more albums like Madonna. Her albums Belinda, Heaven on Earth and Runaway Horses are worth in gold with Belinda's husky and sensual voice.