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Kite [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Kirsty MacCollAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer-songwriter.
MacColl scored several pop hits from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. During this era, she often sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, notably those of The Smiths and the song "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues.
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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B0007M8I6Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Innocence
2. Free World
3. Mother's Ruin
4. Days
5. No Victims
6. Fifteen Minutes
7. Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!
8. Tread Lightly
9. What Do Pretty Girls Do?
10. Dancing In Limbo
11. End Of A Perfect Day
12. You & Me Baby
13. You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby (She's Having A Baby Soundtrack Version)
14. Happy
15. Am I Right?
16. El Paso [*]
17. La Foret De Mimosas
18. Complainte Pour Ste Catherine
19. Freeworld (Radio Version)
20. Innocence (Guilt Mix)
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

British remastered reissue of 1989 album, scheduled to include 10 bonus tracks. EMI. 2005.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When "Kite" first came out in the US, I was mystified when it didn't become a hughe hit. It was catchy, intelligently written with the ringing tones of power pop and witty lyrics to boot. I was dumbfounded to find out that hardly anyone bought it. I was even more surprised when I heard that this was trading for big bucks on Ebay. I'm pleased to see that it's available again (if only as an import)to be rediscovered by a world that's undeserving if they don't make this a huge seller.

I miss Kirsty's wit, songwriting chops and singing. There's few songwriters that were at the top of their craft so soon. This expanded edition mirrors the original US version in that it features "You Just Haven't Earned It Baby", "La Foret De Mimosas" and "Complainte Pour Ste Catherine" which were also on the US released in additon to the original 12 tracks of the album. Also included are a killer B-side "Happy", "Am I Right?", a cover of Marty Robbin's "El Paso" three remixes of album tracks and the original demo of the MacColl/Marr original song "The End of a Perfect Day".

There's a note by producer/ex-husband and friend Steve Lilywhite about the recording of the album as well as the original album lyrics. So if you have the original US release (like myself), this is worth upgrading for the four songs not on the original CD. The three remixes are OK the real gem, though, is the original album. Sadly, Kirsty MacColl was killed at the young age of 41 while swimming. She was hit by a boat in waters where boats were restricted. I miss her wit and I only spoke to her once in an interview by phone. I can't imagine what those who were close to her feel. Pick up this great album, enjoy her music and enjoy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Used to merely love it, now in my top 10 August 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This re-mastering, re-sequencing and re-visiting of this unbelievably fulfilling album has made me understand how much I missed the first time I loved it. Musically and lyrically there is not a weak link here. Kirsty's own songs are probably the strongest, despite the amazing co-scriptings by Johnny Marr and Pete Glenister. I want to know who, besides Joni, can write such densely involving and engaging lyrics, with traditional rhyming patterns, where no rhyme is forced, no cliché is unintended, and you recognize the life around you in every image, sound and inflection. Let's please not even talk about the vocal harmonies, that's a novel right there. What you come away with more than anything is a tiny pie slice of who this woman must have been. I admit it, when I listened to it before, I thought, the world can't be that bad, if it has Kirsty in it. Without her, the world is still better for her, and for this unbelievable record. As soon as I finish listening to it right now, I'm going to listen to it again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Late Great Kirsty MacColl February 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Before the Internet, before sampling stations at the major record chains, the only way to judge a cd was either a recommendation or by judging a book by its cover and just buying it and listening to it. I bought this cd when it first came out just because I liked the cover, and boy what a find. This is a great pop cd by an extremely talented artist whom we lost too soon. Soaring pop, some pseudo-country ("Don't Come the Cowboy"), plaintive ballads. Highlights are "The End of a Perfect Day," "Free World" (which zooms by at a breathtaking pace), "Innocence," "Tread Lightly," "Don't Come The Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim." Excellent and highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring "Kite" December 18, 2005
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The Album:

Some rock fans have tended to accuse their favorite artists of becoming insufferable softies in the wake of marriage and parenthood, as if any perceived decline in the quality of the artist's music is blamed on the artist losing his or her mysteriousness and "cool," instead of on the listener's own inability to identify with the artist's new mental state. That said, singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl made 1989's Kite -- only her second full-length album of all-new material to be released in her first 11 years as a recording artist -- after marrying record producer Steve Lillywhite in 1984 and then devoting the next few years to raising their two young sons... The former pub-rocker mostly works in Smiths-style Brit-pop here, except for detours into country (the weary-but-hopeful single "Don't Come the Cowboy With Me, Sonny Jim!") and jazz ("Fifteen Minutes"), and a sweet cover of the Kinks' "Days" (one of MacColl's biggest UK hits); HOWEVER, a look through the lyric sheet should assure you that becoming a wife and mum didn't turn Kirsty soft.

Kite kicks off with the 1-2 punch of "Innocence," a bouncy single packed with wickedly funny put-down lyrics ("Your pornographic priestess left you for another guy / You frighten little children and you always wonder why"), and the ferocious single "Free World," an attack on Margaret Thatcher's England. Other standouts include: "Fifteen Minutes," a wry comment on the crassness of fame ("In Sunday papers every week / The silly words you love to speak / The tacky photos and the phony smiles / Well, it's a bozo's world and you're a bozo's child ... Your 15 minutes start now"); its less-snide flip-side, the jangly "What Do Pretty Girls Do?
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