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Monster hits and key album tracks make this an ideal taste of Cyndi. Includes Girls Just Want to Have Fun; True Colors; Time After Time; She Bop; All Through the Night; Sisters of Avalon; Who Let in the Rain; Change of Heart; I Drove All Night; The Goonies 'R' Good Enough , and more. 14 tracks of some of the catchiest music of the '80s!
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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B00008PX8X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
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Sure, before you could buy the pricey imports, but "The Essential Cyndi Lauper" is much better than her previous American "hits" collections. It's not perfect, yet I think it's superior to "12 Deadly Cyns."
The big complaint was that for so long, american fans couldn't get "Good Enough" from "The goonies." Well, FINALLY it's included. Whether or not Cyndi likes the song, it's an 80's movie song classic and was a top 10 hit. Eight of Cyndi's top 10 hits are on here including the classic "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "She Bop", "All Through the Night" and "Time After Time" frm her debut. all four of these were massive radio hits and still heard to this day. "True Colors" and "Change of Heart" were big hits off of her sophomore album. Her last top 10 single is included too from "A Night to Remember" which is "I Drove All Night" *recently Celine Dion did an amazing cover of it.* "Money Changes Everything" is graciously included also which didn't hit the top 10, but was still a big top 40 hit. The non-hits are also very worthy. "Hat Full of Stars" is gorgeous and "Sisters of Avalon" is very catchy.
So why 4 stars? As outstanding as this collection is, "What's Going On" *a top 10 hit from "True Colors"* was left off as was the minor hit "Hole In My Heart." These are minor gripes but would've really put it over the top. Still, it's a great hits collection and well worth the money. Cyndi is awesome.
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By Robby on August 1, 2003
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Honestly I feel that this cd could have been better. I cannot give it less than 4 stars because it has all of her Big Hits, even the top 10 Goonies song which many have been craving here in the U.S. but it does lack a lot of other songs. Hole In My Heart, You Don't Know, Ballad Of Cleo And Joe, Disco Inferno, and Shine are all left out while Unhook The Stars, and Sisters Of Avalon are included. Not sure why they do not really make a collection with true hits and remixes of those latter hits. Well I guess you ahd to buy the singles when they came out to get it. Other than that it is almost the same as Twelve Deadly Cyns... And Then Some. So unless you want to collect them all you can live without it if you have all her albums.
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Both collections are 14 tracks, and both have the "essential" songs, but my vote is for this one. The other tracks on "Twelve Deadly Cyns" are good, but not as strong as the ones here. Specifically, this cd has "Who Let In The Rain", "When You Were Mine", and "Hat Full Of Stars", which the other does not. The other big inclusion here is "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough", which will make alot of people happy. Anyone who really misses "What's Going On", "Hole In My Heart (all the way to china)", and others, may want to order the "36 All Time Favorites" import. Overall though, if you're looking for an affordable single disc collection, I'd say this one IS the "Essential Cyndi Lauper".
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Cyndi Lauper has been another one of the most successful female solo artists of the early 80s. Her career started to take a fall with the release of 1989 album, A Night To Remember. After the unwanted failure of A Night To Remember (1989). In 1993, Cyndi released another album that failed entitled, Hat Full Of Stars.
In 2003, she was able to release, The Essential Cyndi Lauper, her second greatest hits compilation since Twelve Deadly Cyns ...And Then Some (1994). I definitely call it a must-have album.
GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN
From the album She's So Unusual (1983). I have loved this song since my years in middle school. I love it's fun-filled energy and I love it's crazed vibe. It's a classic all the way.
MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING
From the album She's So Unusual (1983). Another great song, but in my opinion, not among the best. I hope you know that it's true that money, in most ways, most certainly does change everything.
WHO LET IN THE RAIN
From the album Hat Full Of Stars (1993). The album Hat Full Of Stars (1993), as for I know, only had three songs I ever liked and they are That's What I Think, Hat Full Of Stars, and Who Let The Rain In. This is a moving ballad and I recommend that you all listen to it.
SHE BOP
From the album She's So Unusual (1983). I still can't get over the fact that this one talks about female masturbation. Nobody wagged their fingers at Cyndi for making a song like this, but if Madonna recorded this song, the critics and parents would have been down her throat. This is a great song. I remember watching Cyndi's Behind The Music on VH1. When they were talking about this track and all the controversey, Cyndi said that her mother called her up and said, "Is this song about... that?" I was laughing for days.
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This collection is hardly "essential" when it is missing one fo Cyndi's greatest... "Hole In My Heart (That Goes All The Way To China)" from the movie, VIBES.

Though I'm sure she'd love to forget that film!
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