With a career spanning more than four decades and with records sales of more than 8 million units worldwide - 3 million of them in the UK alone, Belinda Carlisle is without doubt one of the most successful pop artists in the world.
By way of celebration and coinciding with the 30th Anniversary release of Runaway Horses and Belinda’s 14 date solo tour, Demon Music Group is releasing Belinda Carlisle Gold on 6 September 2019 in two formats - a 56 track 3CD set on the Crimson label and a 20 track double Gold Vinyl LP collection on Demon Records, both with printed inner sleeves.
The 3CD set features, hits, classic tracks plus a new recording of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now and tracks from Belinda’s most recent album Wilder Shores and her 2007 outing Voila, an album of classic French chansons and pop standards. The vinyl albums feature 20 hits on 180g Gold coloured vinyl.
Ever since she stepped in front of the mic’ during the late 70s with her record-breaking bandmates in the Go-Go’s – the first all-female collective to write and produce their own chart-topping Billboard hits, Belinda Carlisle explored a variety of musical styles, all the while providing listeners with irresistible hooks and unforgettable story lines.
The Go-Go’s sold seven million albums and counted Kurt Cobain and British acts like The Specials and Madness amongst their biggest fans. But by 1985 Carlisle was ready for the fresh challenge of a solo career. Her Gold certified solo album debut, Belinda, was released in 1986 spawning the hit single, Mad About You, before her second album, Heaven On Earth, elevated her to the next level as one of the most successful female artists of the decade.
Heaven Is A Place On Earth which went Platinum on both sides of the Atlantic is one of those career records that transcends its place in time. The album delivered two more Top 10 80s classics that cemented Carlisle’s place in the pop firmament – the Dianne Warren I Get Weak and Nowels and Shipley’s Circle in the Sand.
Her 3rd solo album, the 1989 Runaway Horses, consolidated her position as one of the UK's most popular female artists with a further 6 UK Top 40 hits; the emotive Summer Rain (still her personal favourite), another Nowels/Shipley soft rock standard We Want The Same Thing, La Luna, Vision Of You, Runaway Horses and Leave A Light On with its career highlight a rare as hen's teeth post-Beatles musical contribution from George Harrison on guitar.
The reformation of the Go-Go’s in 1990, at the behest of Oscar winner and political activist Jane Fonda for an anti-fur concert for PETA, and a cover of The Crystals' Cool Jerk signalled a musical shift in Carlisle's solo work as collaborations with fellow Go-Go Charlotte Caffey took her back to the 1960s Americana of her youth with the 1991 studio album Live Your Life Be Free and the further UK Top 40 hits the title track, Do You Feel Like I Feel and Half The World, co-written by Shakespear’s Sister’s Marcella Detroit.
Her 1993 solo album, Real – her 5th consecutive Top 10 UK album - heralded a further back-to-basics approach with Caffey, yielding one of her most enduring hits, the quirky Big Scary Animal and her 15th UK Top 40 hit, Lay Down Your Arms.
The shock of the 1994 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles propelled Carlisle and her family to relocate to London and subsequently Provence. But her California roots were evident on her sixth solo studio album, A Woman and a Man in 1996 as she finally got to fulfil a lifelong dream to work in the studio with Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson who arranged and contributed backing vocals to the aptly titled track, California. “Working with Brian Wilson and George Harrison are my proudest collaborations,” says Belinda. “Being born and raised in Southern California and that beach culture, the Beach Boys are in my fibre and my being.”
A solo musical hiatus followed while Carlisle wrote her bestselling autobiography Lips Unsealed and continued to tour with the Go-Go’s before she reinvented herself as a French chanteuse singing Francoise Hardy and Edith Piaf classics on the 2007 album, Voila, with Brian Eno on keyboards.
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