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The Rocket Years

Kiki Dee

The Rocket Years

Kiki Dee

The Rocket Years

Release information

Release information

Label: Edsel • Format: CD • Date: 29/03/2019 Cat#: EDSL0027X • Barcode: 740155723330 • Genre: Pop

Track Listing

  1. Loving And Free
  2. If It Rains
  3. Lonnie And Josie
  4. Travelling In Style
  5. You Put Something Better Inside Of Me
  6. Supercool
  7. Rest My Head
  8. Amoureuse
  9. Song For Adam
  10. Sugar On The Floor
  11. The Last Good Man In My Life
  12. Six Days On The Road
  1. I’ve Got The Music In Me
  2. Someone To Me
  3. Step By Step
  4. Water
  5. Out Of My Head
  6. Do It Right
  7. Little Frozen One
  8. Heart And Soul
  9. You Need Help
  10. Hard Luck Story
  11. Everyone Should Have Their Way
  12. Simple Melody
  13. How Glad I Am
  14. Peter
  1. Cage The Songbird
  2. Uphill Peace Of Mind
  3. Prince Of Fools
  4. Once A Fool
  5. Bright Medallion
  6. Chicago [original version]
  7. Man After My Own Heart
  8. Rock ‘N’ Roll Me Baby
  9. First Thing In The Morning [original version]
  10. Cry Like A Baby
  11. A Change Is Gonna Come
  12. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  13. Snow Queen
  1. How Much Fun
  2. Sweet Creation
  3. Into Eternity
  4. Standing Room Only
  5. Bad Day Child
  6. Chicago
  7. Night Hours
  8. Keep Right On
  9. In Return
  10. Walking
  11. First Thing In The Morning
  12. The Man Who Loved To Dance
  1. One Step
  2. Talk To Me
  3. Don’t Stop Loving Me
  4. Dark Side Of Your Soul
  5. Stay With Me
  6. One Jump Ahead Of The Storm
  7. You’re Holding Me Too Tight
  8. Love Is A Crazy Feeling
  9. Safe Harbor
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About this release

Kiki Dee’s recording career began in 1963, when she was signed to the Fontana label. Despite releasing twelve singles, an album (“I’m Kiki Dee”), film and TV appearances and numerous foreign language versions of her singles, major success eluded her. The Motown label was the next to spot her vocal talents – she was the first female UK artist to be signed to the label. Recorded with Motown’s finest, her sole album “Great Expectations” didn’t chart, and Kiki Dee returned to her day job as backing vocalist for Dusty Springfield, Elton John and others (and even Robert Plant on his debut solo single).

When Elton started up his Rocket Records label in 1973, Kiki was his first signing, and he produced the first album “Loving And Free”, utilising his own band and a “who’s who” of UK session musicians. The single “Amoureuse” reached # 13, and Kiki’s solo career finally took off. In 1974 she formed the Kiki Dee Band, and again hit the charts with the single and album “I’ve Got The Music In Me”. In 1975 she recorded an album in LA, “Cage The Songbird” – for reasons that will be revealed in the extensive annotation in this book set, this album was shelved and did not see a release until 2008. It now takes its correct place in this collection of Kiki’s recordings for the Rocket label.

The summer of 1976 saw Kiki occupy the UK # 1 singles spot for six weeks with her old friend Elton, with “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”. It was also # 1 in the US, where it sold over a million copies. Further success came with two more albums for Rocket, “Kiki Dee” (1977) and “Stay With Me” (1978), featuring the singles “Chicago” and “First Thing In The Morning”.

Containing all five albums and lavishly illustrated with photos and ephemera from Kiki’s own collection, and with annotation by Alan Robinson based on a brand new interview, this media book package also features ten bonus tracks, including “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, and its B-side “Snow Queen”, on CD for the first time outside Australia.