I'm Kiki Dee: The Fontana Years 1963-1968

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Kiki Dee is mostly known for her brief period of commercial success in the mid-'70s and her association with Elton John. So it comes as a surprise to most listeners to learn that her recording history stretched back more than a decade earlier, and that she issued quite a few records before making the charts. This compilation does a phenomenal job of compiling the output of her first five years or so as a recording artist, jamming 32 tracks and 79 minutes of material onto one disc. Some foreign-language recordings she did during the time are missing, but otherwise it has everything, adding three previously unreleased tracks from a 1967 radio session. It may also come ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Kiki Dee is mostly known for her brief period of commercial success in the mid-'70s and her association with Elton John. So it comes as a surprise to most listeners to learn that her recording history stretched back more than a decade earlier, and that she issued quite a few records before making the charts. This compilation does a phenomenal job of compiling the output of her first five years or so as a recording artist, jamming 32 tracks and 79 minutes of material onto one disc. Some foreign-language recordings she did during the time are missing, but otherwise it has everything, adding three previously unreleased tracks from a 1967 radio session. It may also come as a surprise to listeners familiar only with her mainstream '70s work to find that she was a pretty credible soul-pop singer in her youngest days, also mixing in elements of middle-of-the-road jazz, girl group, and early British Invasion sounds. She was at her best in this period, however, when working a somewhat blue-eyed soul vein, sometimes covering obscure American soul songs like "Why Don't I Run Away from You?" (originally cut by Tami Lynn as "I'm Gonna Run Away from You"). Much of this will appeal to fans of Dusty Springfield's lushly produced mid-'60s records -- uncoincidentally, as Dee often sang backup harmonies for Springfield at this time. True, she wasn't quite in Springfield's league as a singer, and didn't quite get the obviously hit-worthy tunes that Springfield did. Yet much of this is catchy, well-produced, and sung with commitment, making it a worthwhile and surprisingly consistent guilty pleasure for fans of this sort of British woman-sung '60s pop. The detailed liner notes include numerous comments from Dee herself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929598867
  • Catalog Number: 2959886
  • Sales rank: 82,709

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kiki Dee Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Composer
Lorraine Ellison Composer
Carole King Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Mac Gayden Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Bobby Gosh Composer
Mike Vickers Producer
Bob Crewe Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Buzz Cason Composer
Don Addrisi Composer
Dennis Bell Composer
Bert Berns Composer
Russell Brown Composer
David Cumming Composer
Jackie DeShannon Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Arthur Greenslade Producer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Irwin Levine Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Harry Robinson Producer
Sharon Sheeley Composer
Norman Whitfield Composer
Jimmy Williams Composer
Rick Jones Composer
Peter Lee Stirling Composer
Dick Addrisi Composer
Barbara Cooper Composer
Les Reed Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Kay Rogers Composer
Richard Ahlert Composer
Joy Byers Composer
Mitch Murray Composer
Paschal Byrne Remastering
Gary Knight Composer
Michael Robson Liner Notes, Artwork, Packaging
Victoria Pike Composer
Ray Jessel Composer
John MacLeod Composer
Barry Mason Composer
Larry Harrison Composer
Johnny Scott Composer
Frank Catana Composer
Phillip Springer Composer
T. Powers Composer
William Stevenson Composer
Marybell Lambert Composer
Judy Tree Composer
Sherman Ellis Composer
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