"Initially, I purchased this disc to add the hits "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and "Mad About You" to my collection. Then, as so often happens, I found that the best music on the album lay elsewhere.Belinda Carlisle possesses an incredibly smooth, powerful voice, equally effective in mainstream rock/pop efforts and more sedate ballads. Probably the best track on this album is the enchanting, hypnotically intricate "Circle in the Sand". However, there are two magnificent ballads, "Summer Rain" and the touching "Vision of You".Belinda isn't at her best with hard-charging rock but, for those who like that sound, the punchy "Live Your Life Be Free" is included, alongwith "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" and "Gotta Get to You." There is also the catchy, regae-influenced "I Feel Fine."Any Greatest Hits album is a dicey effort for a record label, but when you combine Belinda Carlisle's beautiful, sensual voice with one terrific track after another, you've got a winner. Belinda Carlisle-Her Greatest Hits takes home the Blue Ribbon."
giles corey | CA, USA | 03/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Belinda Carlisle possesses a unique pop voice and style that might've been more at home in the swinging sixties than the late eighties. As such, much of her solo music capitalized on her trilling delivery and poured on the sixties-style melodies. There's some great solo work here, unmatched by cookie-cutter girls on today's charts. The packaging is cheap and useless - Belinda was blacklisted from MTV during a dispute, her sales plunged, MCA dropped her like a rock and rushed out this collection. Bet you didn't know that, did you? Funny thing, the European hits package debuted at number one in the U.K. and guaranteed a new beginning for Carlisle abroad. Incredibly underrated singer, but that tide has changed somewhat in the past few years."
Truly one of the great women of modern rock songs!
Renate Reichenbacher | Maine, USA | 01/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had known of Belinda's formerly being the lead singer of the Go-Go's for a while, hearing their popular early '80's staple "We Got The Beat" at the beginning of the movie "Fast Times At Ridgemont High". Anyway, I am very glad that Ms. Carlisle decided to pursue a solo career in the mid and late '80's, because she has a great sounding voice and has made some truly cool rock songs, most of which are included here on this album. Of course, her biggest solo hit is here first, being "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", but I do admit that I've grown a little tired of hearing it quite a few times over. Then there's "I Get Weak", "Circle In The Sand", and "Mad About You", all of which I heard on the radio before. However, my top three favorites are ""Half The World" (very dreamy), "Summer Rain" (very funky), and my absolute favorite, the last track, but the very best, the excellent rock ballad "Do You Feel What I Feel?". But since this was relased in 1992, I'm am not aware of Belinda's more recent material, and I read that there was a temporary reunion (! ) with the Go-Go's sometime in the '90's. Why, I wonder? She's a lot better-sounding on her own, I think. Get this CD today!"
Why Did I Wait So Long To Buy This?
Aaron | Ohio, USA | 03/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was always a fan of Belinda's power-pop masterpiece of a song "Heaven Is A Place On Earth," but never got around to buying this despite that. But after purchasing this, it has quickly become one of my favorite Cds in my collection *and it's a very large collection.* An awesome "Greatest Hits" album if ever there was and one of the best pop singers of the last few decades. This covers the best of her first four solo albums Belinda (1986), Heaven Is A Place On Earth (1987), Runaway Hourses (1989), and Live Your Life Be Free (1991).Of course, you get Belinda's signature hit, the #1 80's classic "Heaven Is A Place On Earth" which still sounds fun and fresh to this day. Two other top 5 hits are present and those are the Diane Warren penned power ballad "I Get Weak" and Belinda's breakthrough hit, the upbeat "Mad About You." And who can forget the top 10 hit "Circle In the Sand?" But these aren't the only good songs. "Leave A Light On" from the Runaway Horses album was a moderate hit back in '89 and ranks right up there with HIAPOE. Very catchy and uplifting. "Summer Rain" was also a top 40 single and a good inclusion. The 50's-ish "I Feel the Magic" was a minor hit for Ms Carlisle and is also present. One of my favorites has to be the beautiful lush ballad "Half the World." It was taken from Live Your Life Be Free which never got the attention it deserved due to the altering music climate of the early 90's. A real shame. "Vision of You" is also a very pleasent ballad that adds to the set.Sure, Belinda Carlisle wasn't the best vocalist ever or anything, but her voice had such a distinct quality making her and her songs instantly recognizable. She was a real joy to the pop charts and with the right song, I'd love to see her make a comeback to the mainstream. Do not hesitate on this one!!"
Wonderful Greatest Hits Collection
Donna Grayson | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Belinda Carlisle is one of the best pop singers. At times, her voice sounds absolutely angelic. This greatest hits collections is a great CD of her work as an individual artist. She sounds better than she ever did with the Go-Gos. You can feel the emotion she is putting behind her vocals as she sings, especially on "Mad About You" and "I Get Weak". I loved her version of "Live Your Life Be Free". A great CD for any fan of Belinda's or the Go-Gos."