"So Close" is the debut album by British soul-dance/R&B singer Dina Carroll, released in January 1993. The album made its chart debut at #2 and remained in the top 20 of the UK albums chart for six months.
It was shortlisted for the 1993 Mercury prize and ended the year as the fourth-best-selling album of the year in the UK. It's success continued into the following year as it remained in the top 20 for another three months and rose again to peak at #2. It eventually sold 1.5 million copies and was the highest selling debut album by a female singer in UK chart history, a record it held until 2001 when it was surpassed by Dido's "No Angel" and again in 2008 by Adele's "19".
Three tracks from "So Close" ("Ain't No Man", "Special Kind of Love" and "So Close") had already been top 20 hits in the UK singles chart during 1992, before the album was released in January 1993. "This Time" and "Express" also became top 30 hits after the release of the album; then towards the end of 1993 the ballad "Don't Be a Stranger" was released as a single and turned out to be the album's biggest seller, reaching #3 on the UK singles chart.
There are certain times when an album comes to the forefront of the music press, and just seems to come together perfectly: A singer-songwriter with an incredible rich and supple voice, Co-written and produced by Nigel Lowis, whose subtle arrangements compliment Carroll's vocal performance magnificently. Send them to Herb Albert's A&M recording studios, renown for spotting virtually unknown artists (like The Police in the late 1970's) and then promote the album correctly without over saturation.
Dina Carroll - So Close
1992 debut album on the A&M record label.
The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre label and rear album cover display a "Promo" sticker.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.
The original inner sleeve is excellently presented.
For full track listing see Own tab.