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Title - 'Between the Lines: Expanded Edition' (Cherry Pop)
Artist - Five Star

Five Star were a hugely successful British pop, some might also say R&B group formed in 1983. Comprising of siblings Stedman, Lorraine, Denise, Doris and Delroy Pearson, they were known for their flamboyant images, matching costumes and heavily choreographed dance routines. Indeed, such was the love for this group that Five Star achieved a string of Top 40 singles and albums in the UK between 1985 and 1988.

After their debut album Luxury of Life reached #12 in the UK (#57 in the US), with 1986's lush Silk and Steel reaching #1 (UK), this now newly-remastered Between the Lines (1987) album reached #7 in the UK, and their last album of the '80s 'Rock The World' came out in 1988. Between The Lines paired the group with producer Dennis Lambert and songwriter Diane Warren, who penned the singles 'Strong As Steel,' 'Whenever You're Ready,' and 'Somewhere Somebody.'

In 1989 they released a Greatest Hits album, which was followed by Five Star (1990), Shine (1991), Heart and Soul (1994) and their final album come 2001, Eclipse.

For my money, out of all of Five Star's albums, I thought that 1986's Silk & Steel was their best. But, that said, this one's still pretty good too. The '80s formula that made that album such a great one is still mostly intact here. And the upbeat, feel-goodness of 'Ain't What'cha Do' certainly makes that one of their best songs here. Though they made a few albums in the '90s, the formula was starting to wear thin. So, people looking to get interested in this group should start with their '80s albums first, for sure.

Anyway, and with that all said, this brand new 14 track collection features the original ten tracks of the album plus four bonus tracks. Included now on this expanded CD is a 12" remix the single 'Whenever You're Ready,' which actually appears anywhere for the first time in the UK. Also included is the Shep Pettibone 12" remix of 'Somewhere Somebody,' which was only previously available on vinyl, a 1987 full vocal B-side song in 'How Dare You (Stay Out Of My Life)' (which was actually used as the theme tune to ITV's How Dare You, and is previously unreleased also), with the final track a monster eleven minute megamix - featuring nine of Five Star's biggest hits!

Also, as is Cherry Pop's way with such things, the new CD booklet contains comprehensive sleeve notes, including interviews with several writers and producers of the album, 1987 single discography, and a brand new exclusive interview with Five Star's very own Doris Pearson. And the complete tracklisting is as follows:

1. Somewhere Somebody
2. Whenever You're Ready
3. Strong As Steel
4. Read Between The Lines
5. Live Giving Love
6. Ain't Whatcha Do
7. Made Out Of Love
8. You Should Have Waited
9. Knock Twice
10. Hard Race
11. Whenever You're Ready - The New York Mix (Bonus Track)
12. Somebody Somewhere - The Pettibone Remix (Bonus Track)
13. How Dare You (Stay Out Of My Life) (Bonus Track)
14. The Five Star Hit Mix (Including Can't Wait Another Minute, Let Me Be The One, All Fall Down, Whenever You're Ready, Find The Time, If I Say Yes, R.S.V.P., Love Take Over, The Slightest Touch) (Bonus Track)

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