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4.7 out of 5 stars
The Collection
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on 22 April 2018
son loves this cd
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on 2 August 2015
Tracks like "take me tonight" and "action city" I listened to over and over again.
Those two tracks are in my ear-view way above average. I hope that she picks
up that kind of sound, the day she decides to record new tunes again.
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on 12 November 2016
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on 31 December 2015
good service and product
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on 5 December 2017
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on 31 May 2015
Grimsby went Wilde!!!!
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on 8 November 2014
Brilliant, very pleased
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on 6 January 2014
Excellent album featuring lots of great tracks from a really good artist of her day. If you don't have any of her mainstream albums this is a great introduction to Kim.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 22 October 2016
This 2012 compilation from Music Club really is wonderful, although it isn't a definitive career-spanning 'best of' (for that you will have to buy The Very Best Of Kim Wilde), as it only really sets it's sights on the years 1981-1983 collectively, but what successful years they were!

The story of Kim is told quite brilliantly in the essay written by Charles Waring (a writer for the magazines 'MOJO' and 'Record Collector), which can be found in the package's booklet. For those of you who aren't already familiar with this very talented pop icon, her high-tying career as a UK (and indeed world) chart artist from 1981 to 1996, and later as a high profile celebrity gardener, his biography provides a fantastic history lesson.

As I've already stated, 'The Collection' focuses almost entirely on where it all began, on hit-making producer Mickie Most's record label RAK. This fruitful association saw Kim chalk up an impressive string of major UK chart hits, all of which were penned by her talented brother Ricky (who worked as her producer), and famous father Marty Wilde. When listening to these gems now, most are aged exceptionally well. '80s anthems like 'Kids in America' and 'Chequered Love', as well as interesting story songs like 'Water on the Glass', 'Cambodia', 'Child Come Away', and 'View From the Bridge' (the latter are a trio of which deal with very dark subjects, especially for someone who was such a young, but instantly shining star), are all classics, and although Kim continued to have many more hits, are still probably the most prized amongst her legions of fans.

As well as the obvious selections, this set also extensively covers from the ample highlights from her first three studio albums, and some collectable B sides to make things even more interesting. The flip sides were good songs as well, especially the could-have-been-A-side 'Boys', 'Shane', and the foreign single 'Bitter is Better', which also makes a welcome appearance. For me, it's particularly satisfying to see her overlooked, strongly synthesized third studio album, 1983's 'Catch As Catch Can' represented with all of it's tracks: 'House of Salome', 'Love Blonde', 'Stay A While', one of her best ballads, 'Dream Sequence', 'Dancing in the Dark', 'Shoot to Disable', 'Can You Hear It', 'Sparks', and 'Sing It Out For Love', which are scattered around the CDs.

There are two other hits which bottom up both CDs, 'You Came', and 'You Keep Me Hanging On, but they are the versions which were recorded for her 2006 comeback album 'Never Say Never'. The former is, in my opinion, even stronger than the original, and the latter, a duet with '80s pop band Nena, is a nice collaboration. Another song from that record, the lovely, contemporary 'Baby Obey Me', was released as a single in 2007, and also has a place on here. Whilst the inclusion of these more recent tracks is notable in that they do sound quite out of place amidst the unmistakable '80s production, they do at least help to make other people who haven't kept up with her career (or not at all), hear just how strong her voice is now.

With 33 tracks, each sounding marvellous in their digitally remastered glory, 'The Collection' not only provides excellent value, but a solid start in becoming antiquated with Kim Wilde, the most successful British female recording artist of the 1980s, and my opinion, the absolute greatest. For a budget release, Music Club did manage to give Kim a marvellous retrospective.
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on 28 August 2013
Here is a superb album, of some of the best of KW, she was and still is the pop queen of the 1980's.
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