1992 Kim Wilde – Love Is

Love Is is the eighth studio album by Kim Wilde, released in spring 1992. Kim Wilde found herself working with Rick Nowels on this album, the same songwriter who had written for Belinda Carlisle and later for Madonna amongst others. Three of the eleven tracks were produced by him while the remaining eight were produced by Ricky Wilde.

The majority of the tracks on this album were co-written by Kim. She’d taken a long hard look at herself, resulting in the song “Who Do You Think You Are?”, in which she reflects on how she had behaved through the years in her career. There were more love songs on this album; titles such as “Touched By Your Magic” and “Heart Over Mind” are an indication of the themes of the lyrics.

Nowels provided “Love Is Holy”, a song that immediately struck a chord with Kim when she heard it in his studio in America. It became the first single release, giving Kim her first UK Top 20 hit in nearly four years. Although the following two singles fell short of equalling its success, the project as a whole was well received by critics, who noted the Carlisle connection in some tracks. The rest of the album, however, was more consistent with the Wilde sound: guitar riffs over synths. Overall, the sound is more introspective and organic than the commercial pop of Love Moves, and especially haunting was the closing track, “Too Late”, in which the loss of love is described in mournful tones. Mick Karn was credited for the bass on “Try Again”.

Tracks

1  Love Is Holy (Ellen Shipley; Rick Nowels) 04:03
2  Who Do You Think You Are? (Kim Wilde; Ricky Wilde) 03:48
3  I Believe In You (Mick Silver; Ricky Wilde) 04:07
4  Touched By Your Magic (Mick Silver; Ricky Wilde) 04:35
5  I Won’t Change The Way That I Feel (Kim Wilde; Rick Nowels) 04:07
6  A Million Miles Away (Kim Wilde; Ricky Wilde) 04:07
7  The Light Of The Moon (Belongs To Me) (Kim Wilde; Ricky Wilde; Steve Byrd) 04:15
8  Heart Over Mind (David Munday; Jon Kingsley Hall; Nicholas Whitecross; Sandy Stewart) 04:06
9  A Miracle’s Coming (Kim Wilde; Rick Nowels; Ricky Wilde) 03:59
10  Try Again (Kim Wilde; Ricky Wilde) 04:22
11  Too Late (Kim Wilde; Steve Byrd) 03:59

Musicians

1 Love Is Holy

DrumsCurt Bisquera
GuitarRusty Anderson
KeyboardsCharles Judge
Background VocalsEllen Shipley
Background VocalsFrances Ruffelle
Background VocalsValery Pinkston Mayo
VocalsKim Wilde


2 Who Do You Think You Are?

BassRicky Wilde
DrumsGeoff Dugmore
GuitarRicky Wilde
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
VocalsKim Wilde


3 I Believe In You

BassRicky Wilde
GuitarSteve Byrd
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
VocalsKim Wilde


4 Touched By Your Magic

BassRicky Wilde
GuitarSteve Byrd
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
Background VocalsJunior Giscombe
Background VocalsRicky Wilde
VocalsKim Wilde


5 I Won’t Change The Way That I Feel

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsRudy Richman
GuitarRusty Anderson
MandolinDavey Johnstone
SitarDavey Johnstone
KeyboardsCharles Judge
Background VocalsEllen Shipley
MusicianFrances Ruffelle
Background VocalsValerie Pinkston
VocalsKim Wilde


6 A Million Miles Away

BassRicky Wilde
GuitarSteve Byrd
GuitarRicky Wilde
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
Background VocalsJordan Bailey
VocalsKim Wilde


7 The Light Of The Moon (Belongs To Me)

BassRicky Wilde
DrumsGeoff Dugmore
GuitarSteve Byrd
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
Background VocalsRoxanne Wilde
VocalsKim Wilde


8 Heart Over Mind

GuitarDavid Munday
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
KeyboardsDavid Munday
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
ProgrammingDavid Munday
Background VocalsDavid Munday
Background VocalsRicky Wilde
VocalsKim Wilde


9 A Miracle’s Coming

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsRudy Richman
GuitarRusty Anderson
KeyboardsCharles Judge
Background VocalsEllen Shipley
Background VocalsFrances Ruffelle
Background VocalsValerie Pinkston
VocalsKim Wilde


10 Try Again

BassMick Karn
DrumsGeoff Dugmore
GuitarSteve Byrd
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
Background VocalsRicky Wilde
VocalsKim Wilde


11 Too Late

BassRicky Wilde
DrumsGeoff Dugmore
GuitarSteve Byrd
KeyboardsRicky Wilde
ProgrammingRicky Wilde
VocalsKim Wilde

Liner Notes

Producer – Rick Nowels (Tracks 1, 5, 9)
Producer – Rick Wilde (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Producer (Coordinator) – Laura Harding (Tracks 1, 5, 9)
Arranged By – Rick Nowels (Track 5)
Arranged By (Strings) – Paul Buckmaster (Track 5)
Conductor – Paul Buckmaster (Track 5)
Engineer – Kevin Smith (Tracks 1, 5, 9)
Engineer – James Richards, Stephen Streater (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11)
Engineer (Additional) – John Kovarek (Tracks 1, 5, 9)
Engineer (Assistant) – Greg Grill (Track 1)
Engineer (Assistant) – Darian Sahanaja (Tracks 5, 9)
Mixed By – Steve MacMillan (Tracks 1, 5, 9)
Mixed By – Rick Wilde (Tracks 2 to 4, 6 to 8, 10, 11)
Mixed By – Tony Swain (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11)
Mixed By – James Richards (Track 4)
Mixed By – Pete Schwier (Track 8)
Mixed By (Assistant) – John Chamberlain (Tracks 1, 5, 9)

Design – Sammy Farrington
Photography – Zanna

Mixed At Select Sound Studios
Mixed At Larrabee Sound Studios
Recorded At Select Sound Studios
Phonographic Copyright MCA Records Ltd
Copyright MCA Records Ltd