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First of a Million Kisses Import

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1. A Smile In A Whisper
2. Perfect
3. Moon On The Rain
4. Find My Love
5. Fairground Attraction
6. The Wind Knows My Name
7. Clare
8. Comedy Waltz
9. The Moon Is Mine
10. Station Street
11. Whispers
12. Allelujah
13. Falling Backwards
14. Mythology

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: RCA Victor Europe
  • ASIN: B000025L5H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,476 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "t-5" on December 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"First Of a Million Kisses" is my go-to album when someone asks me to name my favorite. Others come and go, but this music is timelessly inviting. Edie Reader's voice is enchanting, and Mark E. Nevin's guitar sounds are sublime. "Kisses" blends folk and acoustic pop with a dash of jazz into a mix that is warm, intimate, and wonderfully listenable. This is the sort of music that will make you want to take the hand of the one you love and invite them to dance on your living room floor. At the very least, this music will make you slow down and smile, and take deep, satisfied breaths. And afterwards, life might seem to contain more wonder than it did before you listened.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I picked this disc up after catching a fleeting glimpse of "Perfect" late one evening on VH-1. What a wonderful surprise it was--and is! Words simply cannot begin to describe the power and beauty of this recording. One of the finest things I have ever heard; I recommend it wholeheartedly. Eddi Reader's voice is simply remarkable and the subtle arrangements only add to its power. A final note: I've recommended this to a few people, and all of them have come away with unusually strong (overwhelmingly positive) feelings about this particular disc. Anyone with a taste for great music can't help but enjoy it. Now, quit reading and BUY THIS DISC NOW! I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hinde on June 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was first made aware of Fairground Attraction when their first single was released. Most people have heard "Perfect". After all, it was the theme of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. So I bought the album and got a major surprise. Every single track was brilliant. Eddi Reader's voice is a powerful instrument. She has a range that would put an opera diva to shame and a style that seems to come from a fusion of Jazz, Blues and Celtic tones. This CD is one for all those people that want to listen, cry and laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alisa M. Stewart on October 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It is a shame that Fairground Attraction isn't around anymore. I understand they were a big hit in the UK, and never achieved that level of success in the U.S.A., which is a SHAME! Listen to any of the songs on this album and you are wisked away with sensuous sounds and lucious rhythms. Eddi Reader's voice is like that of an angels, wishing you well and at the same time enveloping you in a blanket of warmth and love. The instrumentation of the band, along with their wonderfully written songs, truly takes your hand and holds it throughout the lovely journey of melody and time.
This album's lovely tunes really were before their time, and if the band were to get together today, I think they'd find themselves a whole other audience and level of success in the USA, particularly since artists nowadays seem to have a very limited vision (or anything new for that matter). I highly recommend this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snap, Crackle and Pop on May 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I also bought this album about 1988, after hearing the catchy pop single "Perfect." I can't imagine ever tiring of it, it is not the slightest bit dated. The pop sensibility, blending of traditional sounds, and musical skill are timeless.
The album has it all - lyric, melody, music, vocals, variety. "A Smile in A Whisper" is one of the great love songs of all time. Several energetic, fun songs - like "Find My Love," "Clare," and "Falling Backwards" are mixed with some wonderful slower songs - "Moon on the Rain," "Whispers" and "Allelujah." Then there's just plain unique stuff: "Fairground Attraction" , "Mythology."
Sample the songs in the order I mentioned them, see what you think!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By yawnysan on May 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
hearing this for the first time in many years i am still utterly charmed by eddi reader's voice and the interesting and yet unobtrusive arrangements."allelujiah" is simply one of the most beautiful vocal performances i have ever heard.i bought this in england in '88 or so and gave it to my then girlfriend. i bought other copies for my sister and my best friend and...i need one now! i suggest if you have it, give it to somebody you really like and then go get another one! wonderful and lovely
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gizmola on December 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Fairground Attraction paired scottish songwriter Mark Nevin's jazz and pop inflected acoustic guitar,base and drums setup, with singer Eddie Reader's distinctive voice. While Reader makes the songs her own, it's Nevin's hooks and clever wordplay that make this a memorable and catchy album, that surprisingly hasn't been imitated effectively since its release in 1998.

Many people will remember the number one UK hit Perfect, but that's only one of the many great songs in the collection, that went Platinum. It's a great CD to play at a party, where you'd like to set a mellow mood and allow people to talk. In terms of pure listenability, the acoustic setup doesn't allow for a lot of instrumental variety, although this was clearly meant to be the first salvo. While lacking variety, the song writing and performances are good enough to keep you listening.

For a taste of Nevin's lyrics consider this stanza and chorus from "Smile and a Whisper"

"All of the letters and all of the words

in all of the books all over the world

they're nothing but sounds and vowels and nouns

for talking to strangers, that's all they're worth.

Words are unable to speak of love

like a smile in a whisper does."

As the title suggests this is a deeply romantic and at times wistful album, that speaks very much to the universal themes of the importance of love in the lives of young adults, that has a universal resonance.

In a not unusual story, after touring the world (in particular Japan where they were a sensation) and working on a second album, Reader grew angry with Nevin and her lack of creative input into the composition of songs. Rader quit the band and a second album was never released.

While she's had a successful solo career, she's never managed to approach the level of success she achieved with Nevin's band and this album.
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