Greatest Hits (Kylie Minogue album)

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Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Kylie Minogue
Released 24 August 1992
Recorded 1987-1992
Genre
Length 77:26
Label
Producer
Kylie Minogue chronology
Greatest Hits
(1992)
Hits+
(2000)
Alternate cover
Australian cover
Singles from Greatest Hits
  1. "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"
    Released: 10 August 1992
  2. "Celebration"
    Released: 16 November 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, released in 1992. It contains nineteen singles from her first four studio albums Kylie, Enjoy Yourself, Rhythm of Love and Let's Get to It, as well as three new songs recorded specifically for inclusion on this album. The album was largely written and produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman team, and its release marked the end of Minogue's professional relationship with them. It contained all her single releases to date including the Japan only single, "Turn It into Love", featured on Kylie's first studio album in 1988.

Greatest Hits entered the UK Albums Chart at number-one, becoming Minogue's third number-one album in the United Kingdom. It charted there for ten weeks and was later certified platinum for shipments of 300,000 copies. The album was also successful in Australia, debuting and peaking at number three and charting for fifteen weeks.[2] It was later certified double platinum for shipments of 140,000 copies, by Australian Recording Industry Association.

The album was re-released in 2002, remastered, to celebrate not only ten years since its original release, but also fifteen years since her first single. For the re-release, there were two discs. Disc one included her early hits from the late '80s and early '90s, whereas the second disc featured remixes of some of her biggest hits, including the Techno Rave Remix of "Celebration (Kool & the Gang song)". The tracks on disc one are in different order and the album cover is different. There were two extra songs included. "Made in Heaven", released with "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" in 1988 and a b-side called "Say The Word - I'll Be There", originally featured on the "Word Is Out" single in 1991.

This compilation was superseded by 2004's Ultimate Kylie collection, with only seven tracks not being included on that 2-CD set.

Background[edit]

The album was promoted with two singles, "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)" and "Celebration", originally a hit for Kool & The Gang in 1980. In Australia, the album was released with completely different artwork and was available as a limited edition digi-pack. A limited edition was also available in Australia with the Kylie's Non-Stop History 50+1 remix album as a bonus disc and the original album was later re-issued again with the original UK artwork in 1998.

Unlike the rest of the tracks, "Shocked" is featured in its single form. Whereas "The Loco-Motion", "What Do I Have to Do" and "Finer Feelings", although receiving remix treatment for single release, are apparent in their original album versions. It is unknown as to why the correct single versions were excluded from the original release.

In the 2009 iTunes re-release, the single versions of the tracks have been put in place of the album versions, including a rare single version of "It's No Secret" put in place of the original album version. The album was re-issued again in 2011 with an altered tracklist for the South African leg of Kylie's Aphrodite World Tour.

Singles[edit]

The first single was "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)". It was released in the United Kingdom in August 1992 and peaked at number fourteen in the UK Singles Chart. The release was backed with the fan-favourite "Things Can Only Get Better".

The second and final single was "Celebration", a cover of Kool & the Gang's hit. It was released in November 1992 and peaked at number twenty in the UK Singles Chart. It was also Minogue's last single for PWL.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Greatest Hits.

Standard edition[3][4]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Should Be So Lucky" (from Kylie, 1988) Stock Aitken Waterman 3:23
2. "Got to Be Certain" (from Kylie, 1988)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:20
3. "The Loco-Motion" (from Kylie, 1988) Stock Aitken Waterman 3:14
4. "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" (from Kylie, 1988)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 4:01
5. "Especially for You" (with Jason Donovan, from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:58
6. "Turn It into Love" (from Kylie, 1988)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:36
7. "It's No Secret" (from Kylie, 1988)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:59
8. "Hand on Your Heart" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:51
9. "Wouldn't Change a Thing" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:14
10. "Never Too Late" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:23
11. "Tears on My Pillow" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
Stock Aitken Waterman 2:28
12. "Better the Devil You Know" (from Rhythm of Love, 1990)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:55
13. "Step Back in Time" (from Rhythm of Love, 1990)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:05
14. "What Do I Have to Do" (from Rhythm of Love, 1990)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:44
15. "Shocked" (DNA 7" Mix; original version from Rhythm of Love, 1990)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman 3:10
16. "Word Is Out" (from Let's Get to It, 1991)
  • Stock
  • Waterman
  • Stock
  • Waterman
3:35
17. "If You Were with Me Now" (with Keith Washington, from Let's Get to It, 1991)
  • Stock
  • Waterman
  • Minogue
  • Washington
  • Stock
  • Waterman
3:11
18. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" (from Let's Get to It, 1991)
  • Edyth Wayne
  • Ronald Dunbar
  • Stock
  • Waterman
3:07
19. "Finer Feelings" (from Let's Get to It, 1991)
  • Stock
  • Waterman
  • Stock
  • Waterman
3:53
20. "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"  
  • Stock
  • Waterman
  • Minogue
  • Stock
  • Waterman
3:41
21. "Where in the World?"  
  • Stock
  • Waterman
  • Minogue
  • Stock
  • Waterman
3:34
22. "Celebration"  
  • Phil Harding
  • Ian Curnow
3:57
Total length:
77:26

Video compilation[edit]

Greatest Video Hits
Video by Kylie Minogue
Released August 1992
Genre
Label
Kylie Minogue chronology
Kylie - Live in Dublin
(1992)
Greatest Hits
(1992)
The Kylie Tapes 94–98
(1998)
Alternate cover
Australian cover

An accompanying video compilation called Greatest Video Hits was released alongside the album. The video featured all Minogue's music videos to date except the in-house promo video for "Made in Heaven". The Australian version keeps the original title, Greatest Hits, and was released with the same cover as the Australian edition of its audio counterpart. The Japanese Laserdisc edition also includes the video for "Celebration".

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[7][8]
No. Title Director(s) Length
1. "I Should Be So Lucky"   Chris Langman 3:23
2. "Got to Be Certain"   Langman 3:20
3. "The Loco-Motion" (7" Mix) Langman 3:14
4. "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi"   Langman 4:22
5. "Especially for You" (With Jason Donovan) Langman 3:58
6. "It's No Secret"   Langman 4:43
7. "Hand on Your Heart" (Video Mix) Langman 3:49
8. "Wouldn't Change a Thing"   Pete Cornish 3:14
9. "Never Too Late"   Cornish 3:23
10. "Tears on My Pillow"   Cornish 2:28
11. "Better the Devil You Know"   Paul Goldman 3:55
12. "Step Back in Time"   Nick Egan 3:05
13. "What Do I Have to Do" (7" Mix) Dave Hogan 3:44
14. "Shocked" (DNA 7" Mix) Hogan 3:10
15. "Word Is Out"   James LeBon 3:35
16. "If You Were with Me Now" (With Keith Washington) Greg Masuak 3:11
17. "Give Me Just a Little More Time"   Masuak 3:07
18. "Finer Feelings" (Brothers in Rhythm 7" Mix) Hogan 3:53
19. "What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)"   Masuak 3:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[2] 3
Spanish Albums Chart 19
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[10] 23
German Albums Chart[11] 81
New Zealand Albums Chart[2] 49
UK Albums Chart 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Country Position
1992 Australian Albums Chart[12] 51
2002 UK Albums Chart[13] 73

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[14]
CD
2× Platinum 140,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[15]
CD
Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ True, Chris. "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Steffen Hung (1998). "australian-charts.com". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kylie-Greatest-Hits/release/1236325
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kylie-Minogue-Greatest-Hits/release/3140678
  5. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kylie-minogue-greatest-hits/id313011084
  6. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kylie-Greatest-Hits/release/2992367
  7. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kylie-Minogue-Greatest-Video-Hits/master/336016
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kylie-Greatest-Hits/release/2818195
  9. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Kylie-Minogue-Greatest-Video-Hits/release/2673253
  10. ^ "Greatest Hits/ORICON". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  11. ^ "German Charts > Kylie Minogue" (in German). charts.de Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  12. ^ "Australian Albums Chart". Fortunecity.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  13. ^ "UK Singles 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  14. ^ NO certyear WAS PROVIDED for AUSTRALIAN CERTIFICATION.
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Kylie Minogue – KYLIE MINOGUE - GREATEST HITS". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter KYLIE MINOGUE - GREATEST HITS in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go