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Title - 'The Big Kiss: Deluxe Edition'
Artist - Thereza Bazar

For those not in the know, Thereza Bazar made her name first with '70s act Guys 'N' Dolls and then, alongside David Van Day, as one half of '70s/'80s Pop sensations Dollar (who scored numerous hits across the first half of the decade).

The Canadian-born, British-based singer then made a solo album, entitled The Big Kiss, for MCA in 1985, produced by the legendary Arif Mardin at Atlantic Studios. The Big Kiss includes the singles eThe Big Kissf and eToo Much In Lovef and adds the non-album single eGotchaf, the theme from the US comedy movie of the same name.

This highly impressive new package boasts 19 bonus tracks, many of them previously unissued, with the entire album in 12 format on disc 2 (which is a true first in my line of work!), as well as previously unissued demos.

Also containing detailed liner notes, and track-by- track commentary, this Deluxe Edition of her solo album is as perfect now as it is ever going to get.

CD 1: The Big Kiss
1. 'The Big Kiss'
2. 'I See It in Your Eyes'
3. 'Too Much in Love'
4. 'English Girl (Should Not No! No!)'
5. 'Give Me Back My Heart'
6. 'Never Make the Same Mistake'
7. 'Traitor of the Heart'
8. 'Save Me'
9. 'Give Yourself Up'
10. 'You're All I Ever Wanted'
11. Gotcha'
12. Right or Wrong' (Demo)
13. Touch Sensitive' (Demo)
14. Traitor of the Heart' (Demo)
15. You're All I Ever Wanted' (Demo)
16. Traitor of the Heart' (7" Mix)
17. The Big Kiss' (7" Mix)
18. The Big Kiss' (Arif Mardin Special New Mix)

CD 2: Extra Kisses
1. 'The Big Kiss' (PWL Extended Version)
2. 'I See It in Your Eyes' (Dance Mix)
3. 'Too Much in Love' (Smooch Mix)
4. 'English Girl (Should Not No! No!)' (Extreme Mix)
5. 'Give Me Back My Heart' (Extended Version)
6. 'Never Make the Same Mistake' (Extended Version)
7. 'Traitor of the Heart' (Dance Mix)
8. 'Save Me' (Stretch Mix)
9. 'Give Yourself Up' (The Go Mix)
10. 'You're All I Ever Wanted' (Extended Version)
11. 'Traitor of the Heart' (Domination Remix)

Kicking things off with the lead cut itself, 'The Big Kiss,' just listening to it again after all these years flashes me right back to an era when I was head over heels n love with the more beautiful half of Dollar!

Oh, and for those not in the know, their hits started with the uber catchy 'Shooting Star' in 1978 and they went on and had several other big hits; including 'Love's Gotta Hold on Me' (1979), the brilliant 'Mirror Mirror' (1981), 'Give Me Back My Heart' (1982), and then 'Oh L'amour' - which hit the Top 10 across Europe in 1987.

Anyway, back on Bazar track and each track here is a beloved sound of an era long since gone. The album reportedly cost half a million pounds to produce and generated media attention, but according to Bazar, the album's circulation was poor due to a mix-up at the record company; with the album unavailable at the time of its advertised release.

That certainly explains why it wasn't as big a hit as it should have been because coupled with some brilliant pop dance tunes and a very beautiful, very sexy front lady, the album should have definitely done a lot more chart damage across the world than it did.

The second disc holds the entire album, but in remix and extended forms and I think that's rather lovely to behold, in truth. Never have I come across such a thing and for that I applaud Cherry Red Records wholeheartely.

2CD Purchase Link

www.cherryred.co.uk





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