CD I'm Kiki Dee: The Fontana Years 1963-1968 * (CD 7010631),
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I'm Kiki Dee: The Fontana Years 1963-1968 *
1. Early Night
2. Lucky High Heels
3. Don't Put Your Heart In His Hand
4. I Was Only Kidding
6. That's Right Walk On By
7. (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am
8. Baby I Don't Care
9. Runnin' Out of Fools
10. There He Goes
11. Why Don't I Run Away From You?
12. Small Town
13. I Dig You Baby
14. With a Kiss
15. Stop and Think
16. Doctor In Clover
17. Take a Look At Me
18. I'm Going Out (the Same Way I Came In)
19. We've Got Everything Going For Us
21. Excuse Me
24. When We Get There
25. Don't Destroy Me
26. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' [1967 Radio Session] - (previously unreleased)
27. If I Loved You [1967 Radio Session] - (previously unreleased)
28. Excuse Me [1967 Radio Session] - (previously unreleased)
29. Can't Take My Eyes Off You
30. Hungry Heart
31. Now the Flowers Cry
32. On a Magic Carpet Ride
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Retro886
Harry Robinson; Les Reed; Mike Vickers; Arthur Greenslade
Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
Liner Note Authors: Michael Robson; Les Reed.
Kiki Dee is mostly known for her brief period of commercial success in the mid-'70s and her association with Elton John. So it comes as a surprise to most listeners to learn that her recording history stretched back more than a decade earlier, and that she issued quite a few records before making the charts. This compilation does a phenomenal job of compiling the output of her first five years or so as a recording artist, jamming 32 tracks and 79 minutes of material onto one disc. Some foreign-language recordings she did during the time are missing, but otherwise it has everything, adding three previously unreleased tracks from a 1967 radio session. It may also come as a surprise to listeners familiar only with her mainstream '70s work to find that she was a pretty credible soul-pop singer in her youngest days, also mixing in elements of middle-of-the-road jazz, girl group, and early British Invasion sounds. She was at her best in this period, however, when working a somewhat blue-eyed soul vein, sometimes covering obscure American soul songs like "Why Don't I Run Away from You?" (originally cut by Tami Lynn as "I'm Gonna Run Away from You"). Much of this will appeal to fans of Dusty Springfield's lushly produced mid-'60s records -- uncoincidentally, as Dee often sang backup harmonies for Springfield at this time. True, she wasn't quite in Springfield's league as a singer, and didn't quite get the obviously hit-worthy tunes that Springfield did. Yet much of this is catchy, well-produced, and sung with commitment, making it a worthwhile and surprisingly consistent guilty pleasure for fans of this sort of British woman-sung '60s pop. The detailed liner notes include numerous comments from Dee herself. ~ Richie Unterberger
Record Collector (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his collection is ample proof of her class, with many cuts that can stand proud beside any number of hits of the period."
Uncut (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A cover of Tami Lynn's Northern Soul classic 'Why Don't I Run Away From You' hits the same caucasian soul spots as the young Dusty Springfield....Here is where she had genuine fire in her belly."
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