Kite (2005 CD)

Kite (2005 CD) front cover
Kite (2005 CD) front cover

In 2005 EMI embarked on a reissue campaign covering ‘Electric Landlady’, ‘Titanic Days’ and this abum. The expanded listing brings in B side and alternative versions of its album tracks:

  • ‘Complainte pour Ste Catherine’ and ‘La Forêt de Mimosas’ are listed as bonus tracks
  • ‘The End of a Perfect Day (original demo version)’ first appeared as a ‘Free World’ B side
  • ‘Free World’ is the radio promo version, where the lyrics “get it up and shag it” were changed to “get it up and wag it”
  • ‘You Just Haven’t Earned it Yet Baby’ is in its ‘She’s Having a Baby’ soundtrack version, which is basically longer. Note that the original version from the 1989 CD release is dropped.
  • ‘Happy’ and ‘El Paso’ are ‘Days’ B sides
  • ‘Innocence (Guilt Mix)’ and ‘No Victims (Guitar Heroes mix)’ are ‘Innocence’ B sides
  • ‘Am I Right?’ is a ‘Cowboy’ B side

For original album commentary please see the page for the LP version.

Kite (2005 CD) back cover
Kite (2005 CD) back cover
Kite (2005 CD) disc
Kite (2005 CD) disc

The Collection

The Collection (2008 CD) front cover
The Collection (2008 CD) front cover

This slightly unusual collection largely blends the Kite and Electric Landlady albums, with some B sides. The CD release of Kite contributes tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 15, Electric Landlady contributes 5, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14. Topping things off are B sides from Free World (8), Days (16) and Cowboy (10). All the material dates roughly between 1989 and 1991.

All tracks digital remaster Ⓟ 2005 the copyright in these sound recordings is owned by Virgin Records Limited Ⓟ 2008 the copyright in this compilation is owned by EMI Records Limited Ⓟ 2008. The label copy information is the subject of copyright protection.  All rights reserved © 2008 EMI Records Limited.

The Collection (2008 CD) back cover
The Collection (2008 CD) back cover
The Collection (2008 CD) disc
The Collection (2008 CD) disc

Electric Landlady (2012 CD)

Electric Landlady (2012 CD) front cover
Electric Landlady (2012 CD) front cover

‘Electric Landlady’ was Kirsty MacColl’third album, first released in June 1991.

The tracks added by Salvo Records for this reissue were:

  • ‘The Hardest Word’, a previously unreleased alternative take from the sessions
  • ‘Don’t Go Near the Water’, originally a B side from ‘My Affair’
  • ‘One Good Thing’, a B side from ‘Walking Down Madison’
  • The single remix of ‘All I Ever Wanted’
  • 3 alternative mixes of ‘Madison’ from various versions of the single
  • 3 alternative mixes of ‘My Affair’ from various versions of the single
  • Two versions of ‘Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby’ (with Billy Bragg), one a Madison B side and the other from a 1989 BBC Session
  • The other 3 songs from the same session (The Nicky Campbell Show, broadcast on 26 June 1989)

The Guardian reviewed the 2012 reissue programme.

Electric Landlady (2012 CD) back cover
Electric Landlady (2012 CD) back cover

Electric Landlady (2012 CD) disc 1
Electric Landlady (2012 CD) disc 1

Electric Landlady (2012 CD) disc 2
Electric Landlady (2012 CD) disc 2

Electric Landlady (2005 CD)

Electric Landlady (2005 CD) front cover
Electric Landlady (2005 CD) front cover

Please see the LP version for the main album commentary.

The tracks added by EMI (Virgin) for this reissue were:

  • ‘One Good Thing’, a B side from ‘Walking Down Madison’
  • The ‘6am ambient mix’ of ‘Madison’ from its original 12” release
  • ‘Don’t Go Near the Water’, originally a B side from ‘My Affair’
  • The Bass Sexy mix of ‘My Affair’ from the original 12” release
  • ‘Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby’ (with Billy Bragg), another ‘Madison’ B side

Electric Landlady (2005 CD) back cover
Electric Landlady (2005 CD) back cover

Electric Landlady (2005 CD) disc
Electric Landlady (2005 CD) disc

The Essential Collection

The Essential Collection (1993 CD) front cover
The Essential Collection (1993 CD) front cover

As Kirsty famously referred to it, “The Inessential Collection” …

So we have songs from early singles (2, 5, 9, 12) and B sides (3, 4, 10, 11, 13), Desperate Character (1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 17) plus two 12” mixes (15, 16).

The Essential Collection (1993 CD) back cover
The Essential Collection (1993 CD) back cover

The Essential Collection (1993 CD) disc
The Essential Collection (1993 CD) disc

From Croydon to Cuba – An Anthology

From Croydon to Cuba - An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) front cover
From Croydon to Cuba – An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) front cover

From Croydon to Cuba - An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) back cover
From Croydon to Cuba – An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) back cover
From Croydon to Cuba - An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) disc 1
From Croydon to Cuba – An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) disc 1

From Croydon to Cuba - An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) disc 2
From Croydon to Cuba – An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) disc 2

From Croydon to Cuba - An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) disc 3
From Croydon to Cuba – An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) disc 3
From Croydon to Cuba - An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) booklet
From Croydon to Cuba – An Anthology (2005 CD Box Set) booklet

The Best of Kirsty MacColl

The Best of Kirsty MacColl (2005 CD) front cover
The Best of Kirsty MacColl (2005 CD) front cover

Sharing cover style with the 3CD box set From Croydon to Cuba, this came out at the same time as a starter for those unwilling to pick up the whole box in one sitting. As might be expected, therefore it focused firmly on Kirsty’s better known material:

Galore/ singles (1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 18), Desperate Character (2), Kite (6, 8, 9, 10), Electric Landlady (13, 14), Titanic Days (15, 16), Tropical Brainstorm (19, 20) plus a Free World B Side (11), a soundtrack offshoot (17) and a new mix of an unreleased track (21).

Ⓟ 2005 the copyright in this compilation is owned by Virgin Records Ltd. Ⓟ 2005 Virgin Records Ltd. The label copy information is the subject of copyright protection.  All rights reserved © 2005 Virgin Records Ltd.  Virgin Records is a Capitol Music company.

The Best of Kirsty MacColl (2005 CD) back cover
The Best of Kirsty MacColl (2005 CD) back cover
The Best of Kirsty MacColl (2005 CD) disc
The Best of Kirsty MacColl (2005 CD) disc