Review: "The CD Singles 1986 - 2014" - Belinda Carlisle

by Claudia A, Music-News.com

Heaven is indeed a place on earth for all you Belinda Carlisle fans out there thanks to the Edsel Records. The label has recently released Belinda’s CD singles (1986 to 2014) in a Deluxe box set, including her greatest hits, various remixes plus some other little gems. And for those still not content: the set also includes a 24-page booklet!

The 29 CD singles (yep, 29!) are presented in individual card sleeves and this magnificent box set gathers up the many B-sides and additional mixes that were issued across the different formats of the singles released in the US and UK. The bonus disc (CD29) includes two extra mixes, two promo edits and the film soundtrack song In My Wildest Dreams.

The former Go-Go’s singer presented us with some of the catchiest pop singles ever, from the aforementioned global number 1 hit Heaven Is A Place On Earth to Circle In The Sand, Leave A Light On and (We Want) The Same Thing which are, it goes without saying, all included here, and in various versions. Of course, Belinda’s recent releases Sun and Goodbye Just Go are also to be found.

Amongst the treasure from her musical past to her musical present are to incredibly upbeat live versions of Leave A Light On as well as the rocking Live Your Life Be Free. Also outstanding is the original version of Little Black Book and an 8-track demo version of Too Much Water which is both chilled-out and draws you in straight away. Tell Me is one of many examples of Belinda’s superb talents as a singer, as is the heartfelt Here Comes My Baby (another 8 track demo) with its particularly stunning arrangement. Talking about stunning: Track 16 on CD23 is a magnificent cover of John Lennon’s Jealous Guy!

On the subject of cover version, Belinda delights with another cover version, in this case the Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show song Ballad Of Lucy Jordan (Track 3, CD24) which proved to be a hit for Marianne Faithful back in the day. Here, Belinda’s slightly smoky-hued voice comes to particular good effect.

In total contrast stands opener Love In The Key Of C (Track 7, CD25) with its smooth and slick arrangement, followed by the dreamy Kneel At Your Feet. We get two fabulously atmospheric live acoustic versions with In Too Deep and Circle In The Sand – particularly inspiring thanks to the use of Spanish guitar sounds that add warmth and that special romantic feeling… one of my favorite tracks amongst the whole set.

On CD10 it is the Renaissance-inspired Shades Of Michelangelo (Track 3) that stirs the senses. Powerful vocals, subtle applied keys and poetic lyrics demonstrate what a versatile artist Belinda is.

As for all the countless Mixes and Remixes which this box set holds, one wonders where to begin (never mind where to end)! Take for example Heaven Is A Place On Earth: we get the Original version, the Live version, the Album version, the Single mix, the Heavenly version, the Down To Earth dub version, and the angelic A Capella/The Voice version which ends oh so abrupt. Phew! This box set sure is a treasure trove to cherish forever!

The track list:

Disc 1
  • Mad About You – Single mix
  • Mad About You – Extended mix
  • Mad About You – Instrumental mix
  • I Never Wanted A Rich Man
Disc 2
  • I Feel The Magic
  • From The Heart
  • Gotta Get To You
Disc 3
  • Band Of Gold [featuring Freda Payne] – Single mix
  • Band Of Gold [featuring Freda Payne] – Extended mix
  • Band Of Gold [featuring Freda Payne] – Dub mix
  • From The Heart
Disc 4
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Single mix
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Album version
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Heavenly version
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Down to Earth dub
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – A cappella (The Voice)
  • We Can Change

Disc 5
  • I Get Weak – 7″ version
  • I Get Weak – Album version
  • I Get Weak – 12″ version
  • I Get Weak – Instrumental
  • I Get Weak US – 7″ mix
  • Should I Let You In
Disc 6
  • Circle In The Sand – 7″ version
  • Circle In The Sand – Seaside mood groove mix
  • Circle In The Sand – Beach party mix
  • Circle In The Sand – Sandblast Multi-mix
Disc 7
  • I Feel Free – 7″ version
  • I Feel Free – Extended version
  • I Feel Free – Dub
Disc 8
  • World Without You – 7″ remix
  • World Without You – Extended worldwide mix
  • World Without You – Panavision mix
  • Nobody Owns Me
Disc 9
  • Love Never Dies – Single version
  • Love Never Dies – Full length version
  • I Feel Free – Live
  • Circle In The Sand – Live
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Live
Disc 10
  • Leave A Light On – 7″ version
  • Leave A Light On – Extended mix
  • Shades Of Michelangelo
Disc 11
  • La Luna – 7″ version
  • La Luna – Album version
  • La Luna – Extended dance mix
  • La Luna – 12″ Dub mix
  • La Luna – A Capella
  • Whatever It Takes
  • Leave A Light On – Kamikazee single mix
Disc 12
  • Runaway Horses – Single version
  • Runaway Horses – Album version
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Live
  • Circle In The Sand – Beach party Mix
Disc 13
  • Vision Of You – 7″ version
  • Leave A Light On – Kamikazee mix
  • I Feel Free – 12″ extended mix
Disc 14
  • (We Want) The Same Thing – Summer remix
  • (We Want) The Same Thing – Extended summer remix
  • Shades Of Michelangelo
  • Circle In The Sand – Sandblast multimix
Disc 15
  • Summer Rain – 7″ edit
  • Summer Rain – Album version
  • Summer Rain – Extended version
  • Summer Rain – Dub mix
  • Summer Rain – Justin Strauss radio edit
  • Leave A Light On – Kamikazee mix
Disc 16
  • Vision Of You – Remix ’91
  • Vision Of You – Original 7″ version
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth [live]
Disc 17
  • Live Your Life Be Free – Single version
  • Live Your Life Be Free – LP version
  • Live Your Life Be Free – Club mix
  • Loneliness Game
Disc 18
  • Do You Feel Like I Feel – Single version
  • Do You Feel Like I Feel – Album version
  • Do You Feel Like I Feel – Dance mix
  • World Of Love
  • Live Your Life Be Free – Dance instrumental
Disc 19
  • Half The World
  • Only A Dream
  • Live Your Life Be Free – Original intro version
  • Vision Of You – Remix ’91
  • Circle In The Sand
  • Love Never Dies
Disc 20
  • Little Black Book
  • Little Black Book – Little Black mix
  • Little Black Book – Belinda’s in the house mix
  • The Air You Breathe
  • Only A Dream
Disc 21
  • Big Scary Animal
  • Windows Of The World
  • Change – 8 track demo
  • Too Much Water – 8 track demo
Disc 22
  • Lay Down Your Arms – Single edit
  • Tell Me
  • Wrap My Arms – 8 track demo
  • Here Comes My Baby – 8 track demo
Disc 23
  • In Too Deep
  • I See No Ships
  • Jealous Guy
  • (We Want) The Same Thing – Summer remix
Disc 24
  • Always Breaking My Heart
  • Love Walks In
  • Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth
  • Circle In The Sand
  • I Get Weak
Disc 25
  • Love In The Key Of C
  • Kneel At Your Feet
  • In Too Deep – Live acoustic
  • Circle In The Sand – Live acoustic
  • Too Much Water – Demo
  • Whatcha Doin’ To Me – Demo
  • Don’t Cry – Demo
Disc 26
  • California
  • Leave A Light On – Live
  • Live Your Life Be Free – Live
  • Heaven Is A Place On Earth – Live
  • Big Scary Animal – Live
  • I Get Weak – Live
  • In Too Deep – Live
Disc 27
  • All God’s Children – Edit
  • All God’s Children -Full version
  • Runaway Horses
  • Only A Dream
Disc 28
  • Sun – Edit
  • Sun – Original version
  • Goodbye Just Go
Disc 29
  • Live Your Life Be Free – Macmillan Mix
  • Do You Feel Like I Feel – Macmillan Mix
  • A Prayer For Everyone – Edit
  • I Still Love Him – Edit
  • In My Wildest Dreams


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