This 18-track compilation includes everything from Kiki Dee's early-'70s Motown album Great Expectations, as well as two additional tracks from her time with the label that surfaced on the rare budget Kiki Dee album in the mid-'70s, along with four previously unreleased 1969-1970 outtakes. While it's good to have this fairly rare material thoughtfully combined into one package, it reinforces the sense that neither Motown nor Dee realized the potential from their unusual association.
is an album of great substance by Kiki Dee, surrounding herself with more top-notch players and very strong material. Elton John duets on the Stevie Wonder/Ivy Hunter gem, and of course it's good, but other songs are the standouts here: Chris Bradford's "Wild Eyes"; Dee's co-write with Eric Kaz, "There's a Need"; pianist Bias Boshell's "You Are My Hope in This World"; and the beautiful title track, "Perfect Timing."
Making its first ever appearance some three decades after being recorded, Kiki Dee's "Cage The Songbird" album was made during the period of Kiki's recording career when she was enjoying phenomenal pop chart success around the world, via her duet with Elton John of “Don't Go Breaking My Heart” and shortly after the break up of the Kiki Dee Band. The "Cage The Songbird" album, unreleased for so many years, serves as an intriguing bridge between Kiki's 1973-1975 recording output for Rocket Records, and her subsequent solo recordings.
There was a two-year gap between the release of the s/t "Kiki Dee" album in 1977 and 1979's "Stay With Me". The latter however proved that Kiki had lost none of her unique and powerful vocal range, and featured nine songs that underlined the considerable experiences that she had gone through in the preceding six years.
This 1987 release is absolutely one of Kiki's very best albums. She makes a welcome return back to doing rock songs, but it also has other influences as well.
The 3 CD limited edition box set contains 34 tracks over two discs, plus 17 bonus tracks of personal favourites curated by Elton himself.