- Close (album)
Close Studio album by Kim Wilde Released 1 June 1988 Recorded 1987–1988 Genre Pop Length 51:22 Label MCA Records Producer Ricky Wilde, Tony Swain Professional reviews Kim Wilde chronology Another Step
Produced by Ricky Wilde and Tony Swain, Close was the final album on which Marty Wilde had co-writer credits. The album is widely perceived by fans and critics (and Kim herself) as Wilde's most well-balanced, with many kinds of pop represented: dance, ballad, rock and midtempo.
The album's lead single was "Hey Mister Heartache", featuring backing vocals from Junior Giscombe — but its success was dwarfed by the follow-up single, "You Came", which hit the Top 10 in many countries and just missed the U.S. Top 40.
"Never Trust a Stranger" and "Four Letter Word" also reached the UK Top 10, although a fifth single "Love in the Natural Way" was less successful. Attention for the album was bolstered by Kim's support slot on Michael Jackson's European tour.
Close reached the Top 10 in the UK, almost all Scandinavian countries, Austria and Germany and went on to become Wilde's biggest selling album, being certified platinum in the UK and shifting more than 2 million units worldwide.
- "Hey Mister Heartache" (Kim Wilde, Steve Byrd)
- "You Came" (Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "Four Letter Word" (Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "Love in the Natural Way" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "Love's a No" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "Never Trust a Stranger" (Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "You'll Be the One Who'll Lose" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "European Soul" (Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "Stone" (Kim Wilde, Marty Wilde, Ricky Wilde)
- "Lucky Guy" (Todd Rundgren)
- Bonus track on cd: "Hey Mister Heartache" (12" version)
- Kim Wilde
- Ricky Wilde - guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals
- Steve Byrd - guitar
- Tony Swain - keyboards, programming
- Bias Boshell - keyboards on "Lucky Guy"
- Junior Giscombe, Nicci Sun - background vocals
Territory Certifier Certification Sales France SNEP Gold 100,000 Germany BVMI Gold 250,000 Netherlands NVPI Gold 35,000 Switzerland IFPI Platinum 50,000 Sweden IFPI Gold 20,000 United Kingdom BPI Platinum 300,000
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