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This double-disc comp of Bonnie Tyler's early chart-happy period ranges from her first charting single, "Lost in France" in 1977, to 1981, when she was still a force at the beginning of the MTV era. It's a slew of A- and B-sides, and album tracks that give a solid picture of Tyler's career as a fine interpretive singer and an individualistic, if idiosyncratic, voice in pop. Her delivery is rugged yet vulnerable, assertive yet tender. She is capable of anthems such as her monumental worldwide smash "It's a Heartache," to the most lithe of love songs, as evidenced by her read of "Goodbye to the Island." There are some very compelling covers here as well, including Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City," the Goffin & King classic "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," Gary Brooker and Keith Reid's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," and even Jerry Ragovoy's "(Take a Little) Piece of My Heart" so closely associated with Janis Joplin. Truly, the only thing missing here is her movie smash "Holdin' Out for a Hero," which has been compiled in numerous other places. There are 30 cuts here, ranging from straight-up-and-down pop, to rock, to hybrids, to post-disco '80s new wave. All of them bear Tyler's indelible, utterly convincing stamp.


Born: 08 June 1953 in Swansea, Wales

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Before her well-known collaborations with Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman, Welsh-born singer Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins) performed off and on in her homeland with the R&B band Mumbles; nodules on her vocal cords prevented her from singing full-time until 1976, when she underwent an operation to have them removed. The surgery left her with a raspy, husky voice that proved an effective instrument and drew notice from writer/producers Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, who became her managers....
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