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Title - 'Rock The World - 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), and 1987's Between the Lines reaching #7 in the UK, their last album of the '80s 'Rock The World' came out in 1988. The album yielded two UK top 30 hits in 'Another Weekend' and 'Rock My World' - which would become the group's final chart hit. Indeed, two further singles from the album, 'There's A Brand New World' and 'Let Me Be Yours' sadly failed to reached the UK top 40.

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.

In truth, their previous releases each had several good tracks, but also had many tracks that were poorly produced, contained corny lyrics and, in my opinion, should not been on the albums. On Rock The World they did a great job, especially on tracks like 'Godsend,' 'Rescue Me,' and 'There's A Brand New World.' It's just too bad that by the time this super talented group began to do the quality work all knew they could do the public was done with them - because of their previous below par releases.

Anyway, this brand new 17 track collection features the original ten tracks of the album plus seven bonus tracks. Indeed, one of the most interesting additions to this Special Edition is the David Morales 7" remix of the US single 'Someone's In Love,' which (amazingly) is available for the first time in the UK here on this release.

Luckily for all those avid Five Star fans still out there, included here are two 1989 tracks from their aborted fifth album for RCA: the single 'With Every Heartbeat' and the highly-appreciated-by-fans 'Something About My Baby.' Also, as is Cherry Pop's way with such things, the new CD booklet contains comprehensive sleeve notes. These include interviews with key figures involved in the making of the album, 1988-89 single discography, rare photographs and exclusive comments from Five Star's very own Doris Pearson. And the complete tracklisting is as follows:

1. Another Weekend
2. Rock My World
3. Godsend
4. Are You Really The One
5. Let Me Be Yours
6. Free Time
7. Physical Attraction
8. Someone's In Love
9. There's A Brand New World
10. Rescue Me
11. Another Weekend (Saturday Night Mix)
12. Rock My World (Extra Terrestrial Dub)
13. There's A Brand New World (12" Version)
14. Let Me Be Yours (Remix)
15. Someone's In Love (David Morales Us 7" Radio Mix)
16. With Every Heartbeat (7" Mix)
17. Something About My Baby

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