Kylie Greatest Hits 87-97
Expanded international edition released by BMG in September 2003. Liner notes, recording data and discography (with Neil Rees and Tom Parker).
As the undisputed pop sensation of 1988, Kylie had arrived and three more worldwide hits followed in quick succession: Got To Be Certain, a new SAW version of The Loco-Motion and the sophisticated Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi, released as a double A-side with Made In Heaven.
Then, in time for Christmas, came Especially For You, Kylie’s classic duet with Neighbours co-star and now PWL label-mate Jason Donovan. In the UK alone, the ballad shifted a million copies and remained the best-selling single of Kylie’s career until the remarkable success of Can’t Get You Out Of My Head nearly thirteen years later.
The first album, simply entitled Kylie and released in July 1988, had predictably become one of the year’s biggest-sellers, making Kylie the youngest female and first Australian ever to have a number one LP in the UK, and going on to sell almost 6 million copies around the world. In 1989, the success story was to continue unabated. In May, a brand-new single, the infectious Hand On Your Heart, became Kylie’s third British number one and another global hit, just as she was about to turn 21 and wrap up work on her movie debut, The Delinquents.
In October 1989, as Kylie embarked on her first tour of Japan and the UK, the second album Enjoy Yourself was released, featuring two more hits, Wouldn’t Change A Thing and Never Too Late. Then, after scoring a number one UK box-office success with The Delinquents, Kylie released her cover version of Little Anthony & The Imperials’ Tears On My Pillow in January 1990, which promptly became her fourth British number one single in less than two years.
With the new decade, there came a marked development in both Kylie’s image and her music, as she sought to establish her own artistic identity. Released in April 1990, her tenth single Better The Devil You Know was a far more mature and edgy production than her previous hits and its stylish video hit the headlines. The song itself soon became Kylie’s signature anthem. Early 1990 also witnessed her first world tour, an experience which enabled Kylie to really get to know her audience, developing a broader and more fiercely loyal fan base in the process.
November 1990 saw the release of the third album Rhythm Of Love, which featured Kylie’s first songwriting credits and spawned three more international hit singles: the 70s pastiche Step Back In Time, What Do I Have To Do? and Shocked, all of which further endeared Kylie to dance aficionados, the gay scene and even music critics alike. Instantly hailed as classic pop songs, Better The Devil You Know and the other Rhythm Of Love singles quickly established themselves at the very heart of the Kylie canon. The nascent remix culture of the early 1990s was also reflected in What Do I Have To Do? and Shocked both being reworked especially for their single releases.
Kylie’s critically-acclaimed fourth LP Let’s Get To It was released in November 1991 and featured the hits Word Is Out and If You Were With Me Now, a duet with American soul star Keith Washington. Mainly co-written by Kylie in collaboration with Stock and Waterman, and combining dance, soul and urban influences within the pop idiom, hindsight reveals an album that was well ahead of its time.
In 1992, a cover of Chairmen Of The Board’s classic Give Me Just A Little More Time became yet another hit, swiftly followed by Finer Feelings, remixed by Brothers in Rhythm. By this time, it had become clear that despite their success together, Kylie’s musical future did not lie with PWL. Bringing together all the singles from her first four albums, Kylie’s original Greatest Hits album was released in August 1992 and debuted at number one in the UK, giving Kylie her third chart-topping LP. It also featured Where In The World? and two further hit singles; the rather ironic What Kind Of Fool? (Heard All That Before) and, appropriately, a cover version of Kool & The Gang’s 1980 classic Celebration…