Kite (Kirsty MacColl album)

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Kite
Studio album by Kirsty MacColl
Released 8 May 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock, folk rock, country rock, blues rock
Length 49:14
Label Virgin
Producer Steve Lillywhite
Kirsty MacColl chronology
Kirsty MacColl
(1985)
Kite
(1989)
Electric Landlady
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

Kite is the breakthrough second album by Kirsty MacColl, released in 1989. Produced by her then-husband Steve Lillywhite, it was her first album for Virgin Records. The album including MacColl's hit cover of The Kinks' "Days", as well as two tracks written with Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. The album was re-released in 2005 with five bonus tracks and alternate mixes of 4 songs on the album. On 6 October 1989 it was certified silver by the BPI[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Kirsty MacColl; except where indicated.

Original track listing:

  1. "Innocence" 4:09 (MacColl, Pete Glenister)
  2. "Free World" 2:38
  3. "Mother's Ruin" 3:57
  4. "Days" 3:00 (Ray Davies)
  5. "No Victims" 3:50
  6. "Fifteen Minutes" 3:12
  7. "Don't Come the Cowboy With Me Sonny Jim!" 3:47
  8. "Tread Lightly" 3:20
  9. "What Do Pretty Girls Do?" 2:37
  10. "Dancing in Limbo" 2:51
  11. "The End of a Perfect Day" 3:23 (MacColl, Johnny Marr)
  12. "You and Me Baby" 2:31 (MacColl, Marr)

Bonus tracks on the CD re-issue:

  1. "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" 2:50 (Morrissey, Marr)
  2. "La Forêt de Mímosas" 3:36
  3. "Complainte Pour Ste Catherine" 3:33 (Anna McGarrigle, Philippe Tatartchef)

Personnel[edit]

  • Kirsty MacColl - vocals, guitar, acoustic bass, steel guitar, autoharp, percussion
  • Mark Berrow - violin
  • Stuart Brooks - trumpet
  • Paul Crowder - percussion, tambourine
  • Ben Cruft - violin
  • James Eller - bass
  • Mel Gaynor - drums
  • Wilfred Gibson - violin
  • Roy Gillard - violin
  • David Gilmour - guitar on "No Victims" & "You and Me Baby"
  • Pete Glenister - guitar
  • Malcolm Griffiths - trombone
  • Steve Lillywhite - bass on "Fifteen Minutes"
  • Robbie McIntosh - guitar on "Mother's Ruin", "Free World" & "Fifteen Minutes"
  • Johnny Marr - guitar, harmonica
  • Yves N'Djock - guitar, vocals
  • Pino Palladino - bass
  • Guy Pratt - bass
  • Jamie Talbot - tenor saxophone on "Fifteen Minutes"
  • Philip Todd - clarinet on "Fifteen Minutes"
  • Fiachra Trench - string & brass arrangements
  • Steve Turner - harmonica, guitar, effects on "Don't Come the Cowboy"
  • Dave Woodcock - violin
  • Gavyn Wright - violin
  • Guy Barker - trumpet
  • Colin Stuart - guitar
  • David Palmer - drums, percussion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Platinum Awards Content

External links[edit]

  • Kite at Kirsty MacColl.com