release details ‘The first of a million kisses’ CD booklet cover (85% size)
terr. label format pack. cat. no. rel. date
uk RCA CD J PD 71696 1988-05
uk RCA MC - PK 71696 1988-05
uk RCA LP in PL 71696 1988-05
us RCA CD J? 8596-2-R 1988
us RCA MC - 8596-4-R 1988
us RCA LP - 8596 1988
jp RCA CD (†) - ? 1988?
uk RCA CD J 74321 13439 2
mid-price reissue
1992?
  include two bonus tracks (see below)
note
sample LP groove run-out messages from the mastering unit are :
(PL 71696) side 1 (020 DMC-1810 A-2 IV): TOWNHOUSE DMM and PRAYERS ANSWERED; side 2 (020 DMC-1810 B-2 VI): TOWNHOUSE DMM
cover art : Laurence Stevens
(photo: Elliott Erwitt, 1955)

personnel
musicians
Eddi Reader vocals
Mark E. Nevin acoustic and electric guitars
Simon Edwards guitaron (Mexican acoustic bass)
Roy Dodds drum kit, percussion
with :
Roger Beaujolais vibraphone, glockenspiel
Kim Burton accordian [sic], tiny harp and piano
Steve Forster mandolin
Will Hastie   (credited as ‘Will Hasty’) clarinet
Ian Shaw backing vocals
Anthony Thistlethwaite mandolin
technical
produced by : Fairground Attraction and Kevin Moloney
recorded by : Kevin Moloney, assisted by Alistair Johnson at Chipping Norton Studios
mixed by : Kevin Moloney at ?
mastered by : Kevin Metcalf at The Townhouse

tracks
  1. A smile in a whisper   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:30
  2. Perfect   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:36
  3. Moon on the rain   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:56
  4. Find my love   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:46
  5. Fairground attraction   (Mark E. Nevin)   2:23
  6. The wind knows my name   (Mark E. Nevin)   4:10
  7. Clare   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:15
  8. Comedy waltz   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:28
  9. The moon is mine   (Mark E. Nevin)   2:40
  1. Station street   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:00
  2. Whispers   (Eddi Reader)   3:50
  3. Allelujah   (Mark E. Nevin)   3:24

additional tracks on CD releases PD 71696 (r.i. as 74321 13439 2)
and 8596-2-R (and presumably on Japanese CD also?) :

  1. Falling backwards   (Mark E. Nevin)   2:28
  2. Mythology   (Mark E. Nevin)   4:38

total time : 48:11


bibliography
reviews
Q [magazine], issue Q21, June 1988, page 75, featured review by Mat Snow
features
Q [magazine], issue Q22, July 1988, page 10, ‘Hand-made hits’ by Lloyd Bradley

commentary
the album title is taken from a line in the song Allelujah: “we’ll kiss the first of a million kisses / and let the past fall away”

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