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Mel & Kim: The Singles Box Set

The Appleby sisters’ brief reign of pop collected across seven CD singles

It’s time to get fresh for the weekend as Mel & Kim are to be celebrated with a new box set.

The Singles Box Set includes seven expanded CD singles, each in authentic replica sleeve artwork, and are housed in an outer box with gold foil-blocking. The set contains the four UK singles (‘Showing Out’, ‘Respectable’, ‘FLM’ and ‘That’s The Way it is’) with every conceivable mix, as well as the US only ‘I’m the One Who Really Loves You’, the Scandinavian single ‘More Than Words Can Say’ and the Europe-only ‘Megamix: Ninety!’

Featuring no less than 72 remastered tracks and many rare and unreleased mixes, this collection serves to highlight the pioneering pop/house crossover sound created especially for Mel & Kim by songwriting and production powerhouse Stock Aitken Waterman and the PWL studio team. ‘Respectable’ became SAW’s first own composition to top the UK charts (they’d merely produced Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round’ stomper) and while there are online debates about it, ‘Showing Out’ is widely considered the first ever British house record.

Sisters Melanie and Kim Appleby briefly lit up British pop when they first emerged in late 1986 with the Stock Aitken Waterman-produced ‘Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)’, becoming a top three smash in the UK and No.1 in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland as well as a No.1 in the US dance listings.

After the global No.1 success of the follow-up ‘Respectable’, the duo were barely out of the tabloids, especially when it emerged that Mel had done some earlier artistic shots where all her clothes had fallen off. The palaver only increased the public’s love for the sisters-next-door duo. All through their success Mel was also privately dealing with malignant paraganglioma, a form of cancer on her liver, and was undergoing treatment on her spine during their FLM album campaign. Mel actually discharged herself from hospital in order to record ‘That’s The Way it is’ and the duo carried on promoting it throughout her visits back and forth for treatment. Mel sadly died suddenly in 1990 leaving Kim to gamely carry on and launch a solo career with the hit ‘Don’t Worry’. She has recently come back into the public eye, popping up co-presenting pop documentaries.

Compiled with the blessing and involvement of Kim Appleby, the Singles Box Set also boasts a 24-page booklet featuring lyrics, discography, new sleeve notes and many classic and rare images. Tay-tay-tay-tay t-t-t-t-tay-tay take a look at the full track listing below.

Mel & Kim: The Singles Box Set is released on 11 October 2019 (was 30 August).

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CD ONE: SHOWING OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND)

  1. SHOWING OUT
  2. SYSTEM (HOUSE MIX)
  3. SHOWING OUT (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. SHOWING OUT (THE MORTGAGE MIX)
  5. SHOWING OUT (THE FREEHOLD MIX)
  6. SHOWING OUT (EDIT)
  7. SYSTEM (GARAGE VOCAL)
  8. SYSTEM (12” HOUSE MIX)
  9. SYSTEM (ALTERNATIVE MIX)
  10. SYSTEM (ORIGINAL 12” MIX)
  11. SYSTEM (U.S. ALBUM EDIT)
  12. SYSTEM (DUB)
  13. SYSTEM (INSTRUMENTAL)

CD TWO: RESPECTABLE

  1. RESPECTABLE
  2. RESPECTABLE (EXTENDED VERSION)
  3. RESPECTABLE (EXTRA BEATS VOCAL)
  4. RESPECTABLE (THE TABLOID MIX)
  5. RESPECTABLE (SHOP MIX)
  6. RESPECTABLE (FULL ALBUM VERSION)
  7. RESPECTABLE (ALTERNATIVE 12” MIX)
  8. RESPECTABLE (PETE HAMMOND MIX)
  9. RESPECTABLE (MEGA REMIX)
  10. RESPECTABLE (EXTRA BEATS VERSION)
  11. RESPECTABLE (INSTRUMENTAL)
  12. RESPECTABLE (12” INSTRUMENTAL)

CD THREE: F.L.M.

  1. F.L.M.
  2. F.L.M. (EXTENDED VERSION)
  3. F.L.M. (CLUB MIX)
  4. F.L.M. (SONIC REMIX)
  5. F.L.M. (AUTO MIX)
  6. F.L.M. (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION REMIX)
  7. F.L.M. (TWO GROOVES DUB)
  8. F.L.M. (TWO GROOVES UNDER ONE NATION 7” MIX)
  9. F.L.M. (PHIL HARDING MIX)
  10. F.L.M. (BEAT BOYS MIX)
  11. F.L.M. (BEAT BOYS DUB)
  12. SHOWING OUT / RESPECTABLE (MEGA MIX)

CD FOUR: I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU

  1. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (POP RADIO 7” MIX)
  2. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (HIP HOP RADIO MIX)
  3. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (STARDOM GROOVE CLUB MIX)
  4. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (KICK ’N LIVE MIX)
  5. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (GROOVE DUB)
  6. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (DONE PROPERLY DUB)
  7. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (POP RADIO MIX)
  8. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (CHICAGO CLUB MIX)
  9. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (CHICAGO DUBSTRUMENTAL)
  10. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (YOYO’S 12” MIX)
  11. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (ORIGINAL MIX)
  12. I’M THE ONE WHO REALLY LOVES YOU (INSTRUMENTAL)

CD FIVE: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS

  1. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS
  2. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE
  3. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (HOUSE REMIX)
  5. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID HOUSE REMIX)
  6. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID DUB)
  7. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID POP MIX)
  8. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ORIGINAL 12” MIX)
  9. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ORIGINAL DUB)
  10. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (INSTRUMENTAL)
  11. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (ACID POP INSTRUMENTAL)
  12. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE (INSTRUMENTAL)
  13. THAT’S THE WAY IT IS (RADIO JINGLES)

CD SIX: MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY

  1. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY
  2. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE (ALTERNATIVE MIX)
  3. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY (INSTRUMENTAL)

DISC SEVEN: MEGAMIX: NINETY!

  1. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX
  2. SHOWING OUT (THE ITALO HOUSE REMIX)
  3. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX (EXTENDED VERSION)
  4. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
  5. THE MEL & KIM 1990 MEGA-MIX (TECHNO VERSION)
  6. SHOWING OUT (THE ITALO HOUSE 12” REMIX)

 

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