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Mel & Kim: The Singles Box Set

The Appleby sisters’ brief reign of pop collected across seven CD singles

It’s time to get fresh for the weekend as Mel & Kim are to be celebrated with a new box set.

The Singles Box Set includes seven expanded CD singles, each in authentic replica sleeve artwork, and are housed in an outer box with gold foil-blocking. The set contains the four UK singles (‘Showing Out’, ‘Respectable’, ‘FLM’ and ‘That’s The Way it is’) with every conceivable mix, as well as the US only ‘I’m the One Who Really Loves You’, the Scandinavian single ‘More Than Words Can Say’ and the Europe-only ‘Megamix: Ninety!’

Featuring no less than 72 remastered tracks and many rare and unreleased mixes, this collection serves to highlight the pioneering pop/house crossover sound created especially for Mel & Kim by songwriting and production powerhouse Stock Aitken Waterman and the PWL studio team. ‘Respectable’ became SAW’s first own composition to top the UK charts (they’d merely produced Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round’ stomper) and while there are online debates about it, ‘Showing Out’ is widely considered the first ever British house record.

Sisters Melanie and Kim Appleby briefly lit up British pop when they first emerged in late 1986 with the Stock Aitken Waterman-produced ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)’, becoming a top three smash in the UK and No.1 in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland as well as a No.1 in the US dance listings.

After the global No.1 success of the follow-up ‘Respectable’, the duo were barely out of the tabloids, especially when it emerged that Mel had done some earlier artistic shots where all her clothes had fallen off. The palaver only increased the public’s love for the sisters-next-door duo. All through their success Mel was also privately dealing with malignant paraganglioma, a form of cancer on her liver, and was undergoing treatment on her spine during their FLM album campaign. Mel actually discharged herself from hospital in order to record ‘That’s The Way it is’ and the duo carried on promoting it throughout her visits back and forth for treatment. Mel sadly died suddenly in 1990 leaving Kim to gamely carry on and launch a solo career with the hit ‘Don’t Worry’. She has recently come back into the public eye, popping up co-presenting pop documentaries.

Compiled with the blessing and involvement of Kim Appleby, the Singles Box Set also boasts a 24-page booklet featuring lyrics, discography, new sleeve notes and many classic and rare images. Tay-tay-tay-tay t-t-t-t-tay-tay take a look at the full track listing below.

Mel & Kim: The Singles Box Set is released on 11 October 2019 (was 30 August).

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CD ONE: SHOWING OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND)

  1. SHOWING OUT
  2. SYSTEM (HOUSE MIX)
  3. SHOWING OUT (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. SHOWING OUT (THE MORTGAGE MIX)
  5. SHOWING OUT (THE FREEHOLD MIX)
  6. SHOWING OUT (EDIT)
  7. SYSTEM (GARAGE VOCAL)
  8. SYSTEM (12” HOUSE MIX)
  9. SYSTEM (ALTERNATIVE MIX)
  10. SYSTEM (ORIGINAL 12” MIX)
  11. SYSTEM (U.S. ALBUM EDIT)
  12. SYSTEM (DUB)
  13. SYSTEM (INSTRUMENTAL)

CD TWO: RESPECTABLE

  1. RESPECTABLE
  2. RESPECTABLE (EXTENDED VERSION)
  3. RESPECTABLE (EXTRA BEATS VOCAL)
  4. RESPECTABLE (THE TABLOID MIX)
  5. RESPECTABLE (SHOP MIX)
  6. RESPECTABLE (FULL ALBUM VERSION)
  7. RESPECTABLE (ALTERNATIVE 12” MIX)
  8. RESPECTABLE (PETE HAMMOND MIX)
  9. RESPECTABLE (MEGA REMIX)
  10. RESPECTABLE (EXTRA BEATS VERSION)
  11. RESPECTABLE (INSTRUMENTAL)
  12. RESPECTABLE (12” INSTRUMENTAL)

CD THREE: F.L.M.

  1. F.L.M.
  2. F.L.M. (EXTENDED VERSION)
  3. F.L.M. (CLUB MIX)
  4. F.L.M. (SONIC REMIX)
  5. F.L.M. (AUTO MIX)
  6. F.L.M. (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION REMIX)
  7. F.L.M. (TWO GROOVES DUB)
  8. F.L.M. (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION 7” MIX)
  9. F.L.M. (PHIL HARDING MIX)
  10. F.L.M. (BEAT BOYS MIX)
  11. F.L.M. (BEAT BOYS DUB)
  12. SHOWING OUT / RESPECTABLE (MEGA MIX)

CD FOUR: I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU

  1. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (POP RADIO 7” MIX)
  2. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (HIP HOP RADIO MIX)
  3. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (STARDOM GROOVE CLUB MIX)
  4. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (KICK ’N LIVE MIX)
  5. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (GROOVE DUB)
  6. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (DONE PROPERLY DUB)
  7. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (POP RADIO MIX)
  8. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (CHICAGO CLUB MIX)
  9. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (CHICAGO DUBSTRUMENTAL)
  10. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (YOYO’S 12” MIX)
  11. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (ORIGINAL MIX)
  12. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (INSTRUMENTAL)

CD FIVE: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS

  1. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS
  2. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE
  3. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (HOUSE REMIX)
  5. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID HOUSE REMIX)
  6. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID DUB)
  7. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID POP MIX)
  8. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ORIGINAL 12” MIX)
  9. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ORIGINAL DUB)
  10. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (INSTRUMENTAL)
  11. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID POP INSTRUMENTAL)
  12. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE (INSTRUMENTAL)
  13. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (RADIO JINGLES)

CD SIX: MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY

  1. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY
  2. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE (ALTERNATIVE MIX)
  3. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY (INSTRUMENTAL)

DISC SEVEN: MEGAMIX: NINETY!

  1. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX
  2. SHOWING OUT (THE ITALO HOUSE REMIX)
  3. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
  5. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX (TECHNO VERSION)
  6. SHOWING OUT (THE ITALO HOUSE 12” REMIX)

 

85 responses to Mel & Kim: The Singles Box Set

  1. Chrissi says:

    At the Moment in Amazon Germany 55€, damn that’s really expensive for 7 Single CD’s,i hope the Price will get lower at the Day of Release!

  2. Bill says:

    Release date pushed back to 11th October due to remastering issues! As per email from Cherry Red!

  3. fizzpop80s says:

    What about Kakko’s still unreleased PWL Album?

  4. Chris Squires says:

    As an aside to the part of the thread, way below, where someone is committing heresy by whining that they haven’t heard of an act therefore it should not be covered (I am paraphrasing) or maybe it is that Paul should cover more acts that this poor soul has heard of… either way it would be an interesting thread one day for people to list the music that they had a) never heard of, b) kinda heard of but never really listened to, c) heard once or twice but dismissed. (you get the idea)
    BUT since the intervention of SDE, it’s curator / editor / shopkeeper or even from other kindly souls of this parish, now can’t do without…..

    For me the list is quite hefty from group a) Can, Joan as Police Woman, Bobbie Gentry, Robert Reed, John Foxx. From b) Leonard Cohen, Sparks, Matt Berry and from c) Slade, Steve Hillage, XTC

    PLUS I have developed a bit of an obsession with Japanese Music entirely due to this bloody website and have just bought the Osamu Kitajima box set….

    Keep the weirdness and stuff I haven’t heard of coming. Who really wants an echo-chamber?

  5. Tyler Williams says:

    Mel & Kim may not have been in constant rotation on American radio, but you could not escape them in American clubs. It was always such a great time when the DJ would play them. If hearing “Respectable” doesn’t make you wanna move, you must be dead.

    Mel & Kim were anything but obscure.

    • Jules(Rules) says:

      “If hearing “Respectable” doesn’t make you wanna move, you must be dead.”

      It makes me wanna move… to get up and change the radio station. ^^ Seriously, I dislike that song with a passion like little else from the 80s. It annoys me as much as some Ed Sheeran songs! Still, great news for those who like it ;-*

  6. AdamW says:

    I remember seeing “Showing Out” and “Respectable” on MTV here in the US, and both of those songs hit #1 on the US Billboard “Dance Club Play” chart. So while they weren’t as big as many, they weren’t invisible here either.

    There’s lots of bands covered here that are outside my experience. I use it as a clue to something I might want to look into.

    I’m considering getting this, but I wouldn’t say it’s my top priority. “Showing Out” makes me smile (and bop around) every time I hear it, even 32 years later.

  7. Shane says:

    I usually prefer to have all songs all tidied up together as issued here. Its difficult to recognize the sometimes-minor differences between versions if they were randomly sequenced. If one likes random they can suffle the songs i guess, when desired.

    I was also quite surprised at the lack of comment on Thom Yorke (yet regularly sold-out deluxe – scalpers?), but really pleasantly surprised at the big amount of almost-universal praise for Mel&Kim! Hurrah!

  8. Gareth Jones says:

    As someone who much prefers getting B-sides, demos, rarities, etc., in a box set, this isn’t for me. But I know there are plenty of people who love remixes. However, I would like to ask remix fans this question – would you actually listen to 12 versions of a song in row? Or do you put on the CD, listen to maybe 3-4 of them, then press stop and resume another time?! I have to say I even lost my patience listening to multiple takes of ‘Heroes & Villains’ on the Beach Boys Smile box set!

    • 2wicky says:

      @Gareth Jones
      I’m a big friend of remix versions and I love to have them bundled all together. However usually I don’t listen to all versions in a row regularly – rather I pick my favourite versions and add those to my playlists. But it’s nice to have them all in one box or on one cd.

      I just hope that we’ll get an improvement in sound quality compared to the SAW Singles box set ‘Say I’m Your Number One’ – that box set had been brickwalled heavily which disturbs my listening experience massively. I have resumed to listen to vinyl rips of my favourite mixes in that case.

    • Flex says:

      Hi Gareth

      I use CD like that for creating my own CDs to listen to or to give away to Friends……

      :)

  9. Tom says:

    Tay-tay-tay-tay t-t-t-t-tay-tay.
    This will sit right next to the Bananarama box.

  10. Kevin Galliford says:

    64 comments for Mel & Kim, only 11 for Thom Yorke’s new album!!! Mel & Kim’s label must be F##king Loving it Mate (FLM)

  11. Peter Muscutt says:

    “Artistic shouts where her clothes had fallen off” lolol – I nearly spat my Rice Krispies out then. Thanks for brightening my morning Paul!!!

  12. mattNYC says:

    instant sale for this PWL/SAW fan here across the pond.

  13. Griffin says:

    Many thanks for this post. I will order it. Also the Billy Ocean one, someone mentioned. Any info’s on that one, Paul?

  14. PaulM says:

    Super Deluxe Edition – A blog made in England andshown to the world may explain the odd “obscure” artists.

    Usually these artists are well known this side of the pond and in Europe, if not elsewhere.

    Please don’t change!

  15. Leonard Nel says:

    I’m a big fan of SAW / PWL and I ordered this box set when it was announced. It’s a pity that the SAWBOX1 did not sell that well to warrant a SAWBOX2 to be released. I wonder what the chances are for CD-single box sets for Hazell Dean, Sybil, Pat & Mick and other SAW / PWL artists.

    • Steven Roberts says:

      @Leonard Nel In truth, that first box set was something of a curate’s egg, mixing the mega-successful with some no-ones-ever heard-of-them-except-their-mum types (BoyKrazy? Michael Davidson? Jeb Million??)

      • CJ says:

        I was ecstatic for both the BoyKrazy (decent sized hit in America) and Michael Davidson (yeah, not a hit, but a personal favorite from the Who’s That Girl soundtrack that likely would not have gotten any attention otherwise) inclusions in the box. Besides, isn’t that the point of box set–to include the obscure alongside the well-known?

    • Kauwgompie says:

      To my knowledge that SAWBox “Say I’m Your Number One” sold out quite quickly. I do hope they make a “Say I’m Your Number Two” Box. It’s one of my favorite box sets and not sure why they haven’t followed up yet with a Part two.

  16. Arnie says:

    Thanks so much for posting this info. The world has many PWL SAW fans.

  17. Dirk says:

    This is great news! I’m a sucker for any PWL/SAW-related product, and Mel & Kim were one of their best acts, so this is an instant pre-order for me.

    Does anyone know what the alternate mix of You Changed My Life is? The version on the That’s The Way It Is comp is different from the one on the F.L.M. reissue. Is this the alternate version, or is it another mix entirely?

    • Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

      hi dirk, i have 2 versions of “you changed my life”. both were released on officially 12” singles. both have the same running time of 3:27. the only difference is the beginning: the “pete hammond edit” with drum start ( 2 seconds ) /the other version with “backwards” beginning
      ( 1 second ). sadly the “backwards” version has a sound error at the end on the “the way it is” compilation.

  18. Mark says:

    Throwback to happier times when PWL would give their in house remixes a name which meant something. But when I see ‘House mix’ or ‘Acid mix’ I always smile and think ‘yeah good times.’

  19. LOIS says:

    Mel & Kim: The Singles Box Set…VERY VERY HAPPY. Lot versions…good.
    I like the maxicd, the mastering will be great.
    This well is the singles box if the sound quality is exceptional.

    I dream soon singles box set with rarities, instrumental …
    I would like this:
    – PET SHOP BOYS – singles box set
    – KYLIE MINOGUE – singles box set (ultimate box)
    – JASON DONOVAN – singles box set
    – DEAD OR ALIVE – singles box set
    – KIM WILDE – singles box set
    …. others … 2019/2020 …

  20. Michel Banen says:

    Just played the deluxe CD of the F.L.M. album this week. Such a timeless classic and although Mel & Kim sadly only had 1 album it’s without a doubt one of the absolute 80’s classics (for me).

    I assume the Showing out / Respectable megamix is the version that was called the ‘Combimix’ on vinyl ?

    With CD 6 only having 4 tracks…. why not add the full album to this too and call it “The ultimate collection” ? But since I have the 2-CD album I will -already have- order this set anyway.

  21. Shane says:

    Yeah I think they were just 80s if you discount the usual occasional remix. I am very excited about this. And thank you for the manadory “too many remixes” comment: there was a great two-disc collection issued a few years ago with their only album expanded to include (what i fear is already too many remixes for some people) and singles. What would you actually expect frol this release? But i do wonder if the same sort of comment is posted when Bob Dylan releases his complete tour dates (something tells me he does not have a conpletely different set list every date…)

  22. Steve says:

    Pump Up The Volume would surely be the first British house record

  23. Aaron says:

    There is also a billy ocean remixes and rarities 2 disc set coming

  24. Ian McJannet says:

    Really never liked this pairs’ music but this is certainly the way to put out a package ..
    an unbelievable collection of tracks … Top marks to them !!!!

  25. Kauwgompie says:

    “…..where all her clothes had fallen off”…Haha!!
    I love this set. Will get it for sure. Would have been even better had they included “Don’t Worry” from Kim Appleby but ok, good enough.

  26. Richard says:

    I bought a stereo from Boots and with it I could choose a free cassette. I chose the Mel & Kim album at the time. I’m thinking of writing my memoires. This would be a top story :)

  27. Drew says:

    I loved Mel & Kim and bought Respectable the day of release before even hearing it. I was a huge fan.

  28. Bill says:

    Only this week I’ve been digitising their 12” singles I have. Then this shows up via email Wednesday.
    Boom!! Ordered from Cherry Red pronto!
    Those girls were my all in the 80’s, driving my mother mad playing the VHS over & over to Respectable copying their dance moovs.

    Happy childhood days are coming back.

  29. CJ Feeney says:

    Love the artwork.

  30. william says:

    I’ve only heard of one song of theirs. This is just remix overkill to me.

  31. Stephen K says:

    I need it.

  32. daveid76 says:

    I have never thought of Showing Out as a house record although it was very cutting edge at the time. Farley “Jackmaster” Funk’s Love Can’t Turn Around came out around the same time and that has more of the hallmarks.

    • David Simon says:

      Is that not American?

    • Ian Wade says:

      Aye, but Love Can’t Turn Around was made by Americans. The point here was that was deemed one of the first UK House hits made by actual Brits

      • daveid76 says:

        Yep he is American. I’m just drawing a comparison in terms of sound as they were released at virtually the same time

        • Ian Wade says:

          Well we could argue that by nature of equipment used, that Colonel Abrams’ Trapped was the first house ‘hit’ in the UK. However, I too was a bit sceptical when I first read that claim, and while there may have been several house numbers being made and released by Brits, such as Midnight Sunrise’s On The House which ripped off Love Can’t Turn Around, as regards being an actual chart hit made by Brits (ie: sold and charted) Showing Out was pretty much the first. It could be argued that SAW took the cue from the underground and made their variation on it, something they’ve done time and again, and created a Top Ten smash from that.

  33. TOM RICHARDSON says:

    A fine set from a sadly very brief career! So good to see Kim at Let’s Rock shows recently – I felt quite emotional hearing her do the songs without her sister. Such a beautiful soul. RIP Mel.

  34. Larry Davis says:

    This set looks cool, but being they only released 2 albums, they shoulda thrown them into this box as a two-fer and made it a complete Mel & Kim package, but I digress…

    • Uncle Ru says:

      In fact, they released only one album….

    • Kauwgompie says:

      I think they only made one album Larry: “FLM”.
      Cherry Pop reissued that album a few years ago in 2010 as a 2cd with lots of remixes(but not as many as the above release, LOL).

  35. James Giraffe says:

    This does look exciting. It was announced a some weeks ago. I commented on Cherry Pop’s original FB post asking if the UK promo only 13:32 Leave It Out John Mega Mix of “Megamix: Ninety” was going to be included. No reply from the label, but a few people commented and thought it would be nice to include it, if possible.

    https://www.discogs.com/Mel-Kim-Megamix-Ninety/release/1415827

    But as a poster mentioned above, you get bonus postcards if you order direct from Cherry Red. Plus it’s cheaper than Amazon.

    I’m very much looking forward to it.

    • GatecrasherUK says:

      Hey James, the megamix you mentioned as you probaly already know was a DJ Only Music Factory mix, getting permission from that type of set up to add it to a company release would never be an easy thing to get I suppose.. all the best

      • James Giraffe says:

        Hi GatecrasherUk,

        That promo looked real on discogs, but I now realise that you’re right. It was one of those unofficial mix things, like Razormaid or Hot Tracks. I wasn’t aware of this, so I thank you for pointing this out. :-)

    • pwlcds says:

      “Leave It Out John Mega Mix” is awful.

  36. Arthur O'Brien says:

    WHO??? More mystery artists for those of us in North America….

    • kook says:

      If only there were some sort of worldwide search engine…

      • Arthur O'Brien says:

        My point is that there are too many obscure European acts represented on this site that appear to BE niche acts even over there. If that’s how it’s going to be, how about more representation of obscure North American acts that YOU’VE never heard of? Of course I could search it, but I have no desire to do so.

        a better option would be to focus on moderate to more well-known Acts that more people might have heard of around the world other than four people in Cornwall.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          We’ve had these kinds of comments MANY times before. Just because you’ve never heard of someone doesn’t necessarily mean only four people in Cornwall have…

        • Stan Butler says:

          Though I’m not big fan (having said that I did tape my sister’s LP back in 87), Mel & Kim were huge at the time and had tragedy not struck, may well have gone on to produce much more music.
          It would be ridiculous for Paul not to include this release on SDE.
          I think when Mr Sinclair needs any tips on running a SDE site, he’ll ask.

        • kook says:

          I really don’t understand the “if I don’t already know about it then I’m not interested” mindset. I’ve long since lost count of how many albums I’ve got, let alone heard, but I’m still open to discovering new things. It’s a bit arrogant to assume you’re familiar with every musician that might be worth listening to.

          If you want to know more about an “obscure” artist, it’s never been easier to find out.
          If you don’t, fine – get on with your life.

          (Incidentally, how would the guys who run this website go about representing North American acts that they’ve never heard of, if they’ve never heard of them??)

        • CJ says:

          Arthur, if you feel “North Americans” are underrepresented, why don’t you curate your own website to do so? This is Paul’s site, and he does an amazing job, but it’s also HIS site. He isn’t some commercialized extension of a record company posing as an independent fan site for the purpose of hyping their own product nor is he a media conglomerate that needs to be “impartial” in his representation.

          And as a “North American” myself, I really hate the loudest voices among us being people who seem to have an entitled viewpoint that everything needs to be about “us.” I have found more new music that I was unaware of and now love precisely BECAUSE Paul does such an excellent job of curating this site and putting forth what he considers to be the best in new reissues and releases. Every time an act comes up on here that I am not personally aware if, my next step is to go directly to either Spotify or YouTube to find out what I’ve been missing. Sometimes I decide the music isn’t for me, but more often than not, I find out that Paul’s excellent taste has turned me on to an act that I have been woefully neglectful of (and my music collection grows a bit more as a result).

          On a related note, all gripes from certain parties about “North American” representation aside, I’m sure the moment Paul started detailing Mexican box sets and reissues, these same people would still be complaining about how they felt they weren’t being represented. I think the same gripe would come even if they were reissues of Canadian artists (as much as I would love to see comprehensive box sets for Corey Hart and some of my other favorite Canadian acts). What it comes down to, in many cases, is griping from my fellow American countrymen who have this ethnocentric idea in their heads that the beginning and ending of culture comes from whatever has charted in America at some point, and that anything else is somehow a waste of time. There’s a much larger world out there, as many of my fellow Americans would do well to learn.

    • Derek Langsford says:

      I moved from the UK to US in 85 and barely heard them as their UK success didn’t translate across the Atlantic. But then again, it’s SAW and so they sound like every other SAW artist, IMO of course.

    • Mark says:

      Believe it or not there is a whole world of music outside of North America.

    • Philip says:

      Notice how it’s only ever Americans who feel the need to comment something like this, God forbid they have to read about something that doesn’t come from their shores on the WORLD WIDE web.

    • A Linn says:

      For SOME of us, apparently.

      • Tim Abbott says:

        The day this site starts covering such big-in-America bilge as The Grateful Dead or .38 Special or any of that sort of rubbish to ensure more equal representation is the day I stop reading.

        • Paul Sinclair says:

          Well, I have covered The Grateful Dead already :) but glad you are enjoying SDE as it currently exists!

  37. Kevin says:

    I’m not sure I’d want that many versions of anything—usually one remix is spot-on and the rest are rather dodgy—but “Showing Out” and “Respectable” are definite classics.

  38. Jan V. says:

    I am missing the lost single (and all of its mixes) “Where Is Love”. But I will order this box anyway.

    • Kiki_ says:

      I’m so happy to find this box set had appear ! I will order it for sure !

      I’m still hoping for the same treatment for Kylie,n Sonia and all the PWL stuff …

      As Jan V Says, it’s unlikely to see that the last single “Where Is The Love” isn’t on it, because the Cds (3 for that single !) are very scarce and expensive… Even though, that’s not a suprise, because it wasn’t signed on the same record company…

  39. John Simmons says:

    This is making me feel nostalgic for the golden era of CD Singles although their peak was in the 90’s, i always loved the fact that you could get about 40 minutes of music, new tracks and mixes on 2 CD’s for about £4 all in if you bought a new release in it’s first week.

    • David regan says:

      90’s…don’t remember them being massive in the 90’s Maybe 80’s..I know Kim was a big solo artist in the early 90’s after her sister passed away..I might have to check one of my copies of the Guinness book of hit single for clarification.

      • Neil says:

        He was talking about CD Singles hitting their peak in the 90’s not Mel & Kim.

        • CJ says:

          I really miss CD singles. To me, singles helped to create an album’s “era.” Now we get the album release and some videos if we’re lucky, but there isn’t much expanding the era of an album beyond it’s initial announcement and release. Singles gave you more to look forward to–remixes and b-sides. I know the UK chart rules created limitations on the amount of content after a certain point, but in the US there were times when a “single” had more content (at least in terms of run time) than the parent album did. By the end of an album “era,” you could assemble something approximating a super-deluxe set of your own between all the b-side and remixes that came out on singles. Downloads just don’t feel the same for me.

  40. MichaelB says:

    Oh wow! I always loved Mel and Kim!
    Im so happy to see this!

  41. Daniel ( from Berlin ) says:

    i read this 2 weeks ago on the cherry records page and was totally happy!
    an amazing set! can’t be better!!!

  42. James Blair says:

    I still think “Showing Out” sounds (forgive me) fresh to this day!

    I believe this is another Tom Parker project, so the remastering & packaging should be top notch, to go with the completists’ track-listing.
    It may be worth mentioning that orders placed directly via the Cherry Red webstore will include an exclusive bonus set of six postcards, featuring alternative single artwork from around the world (while stocks last).

  43. Lee says:

    This is great. I’m still hopeful one day they’ll do a Five Star singles boxset

  44. Aaron says:

    No “Rockin Around The Christmas Tree”?? :)

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