Kim Wilde

The Gold Collection

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Those who are into irony have to appreciate the fact that Kim Wilde, England's top female pop-rocker of the 1980s, enjoyed her first major hit with the anthemic "Kids in America" -- for someone who was born and raised in the U.K., she sang quite convincingly about American youth. But Wilde had a lot more than a taste for the ironic going for her in the early to mid-1980s; the singer was very much in her prime when the recordings on this CD came out in 1981 and 1982. At the time, Wilde's forte was synthesizer-minded new wave -- an approach that serves her well on "Kids in America," "Water on Glass," "View from a Bridge" and other melodic yet exuberant hits found on Greatest Hits. Other high points of this collection, which EMI put out in 1996, range from the ska-influenced "2-6-5-8-0" to the angry "Ego" and the gutsy "Words Fell Down." As much as Greatest Hits has going for it, however, it's far from the last word on Wilde; essential hits like "Love Blonde" and "Child Gone Away" are missing. Nonetheless, Greatest Hits can serve as a rewarding introduction to her Rak output of the early 1980s.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:25 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:21 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:35 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:42 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
7 4:10 SpotifyAmazon
8 4:02 SpotifyAmazon
9 4:24 SpotifyAmazon
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11 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:23 SpotifyAmazon
14 4:09 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:51 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:34 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:48 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:47 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:19 SpotifyAmazon
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