Bananarama - Greatest Hits Import, Original recording remastered
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For most 80's music fans, their barn-burning cover of Shocking Blue's "Venus" and "Cruel Summer" are their two most famous songs. Don't worry--they're here. Their fourth album Wow boasted five singles, all here, and that was when they exploded, becoming part of the Stock-Aitken-Waterman bubblegum machine. However, I would like to point out that the single versions of "I Want You Back" and their cover of the Supremes' post-Diana Ross hit "Nathan Jones" are on this collection, and are much better than the originals on Wow.
The song distribution per album is as follows, with (C) indicating cover songs:
Deep Sea Skiving (4)--"Aie A Mwana" (C), "He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'", "Shy Boy", "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" (C)
Bananarama (2)--"Cruel Summer", "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
True Confessions (2)--"Venus" (C), "Trick Of The Night"
Wow (5)--"I Heard A Rumour", "Love In The First Degree", "I Can't Help It", "I Want You Back", "Nathan Jones" (C)
(New) (2)--"Love Truth And Honesty", "Help!" (C)
That's consistent with how I feel--Wow and Deep Sea Skiving were Bananarama at their best, their self-titled album being the worst.Read more ›
Then came the album simply titled "Bananarama." It had "Cruel Summer" on it, but for me the slide had begun. Gone was the exuberant fun, replaced with a much slicker face (both in the music itself and in the girls' new glamorous appearance). It took away most of the fun for me.
If you can find "Deep Sea Skiving" anywhere, get it. That's the best Bananarama.
Siobhan Fahey left the group is excellent. Although they hit the Hot 100 11 times, only 3 of those songs made the Top 40 (Cruel Summer, Venus, and I Heard a Rumour). Those songs plus many of their other hits are included here. However, one thing I do hate is when a record company puts out a Greatest Hits package and leaves off some of the songs that were released as singles. Most Greatest Hits packages do this, and this one is no exception. The key tracks missing here are the title song from the movie "The Wild Life" (which peaked at #70 in 1984) and "More Than Physical" (which peaked at #73 in 1986). Since this was issued, they have issued a package called "The Essentials" which includes all of their Hot 100 hits (including the 2 songs missing on this CD). So, if you want all the Hot 100 hits, skip this one and buy "The Essentials". If you just want the Top 40 hits plus some great dance tunes, this will suffice.
bananarama, in my opinion, stood the test of time. all their hits are still cropping up in radio stations, cd players, ipods, computers, and what not.
they are fun, the songs are catchy and dancable. and though they are slowly being overtaken by the artists of today, they were unbelievably great, and atill aew...
this album represents a collection of their very first hits in the 1980s. and it is with great pleasure that i review them for the fun, lightness, dancability and staying power that they have in my collective memory.
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Good album. I don't feel as excited about the music now as I did before but I am glad to have it.Published 3 months ago by Jose Cervantes
loved them all keep them all coming thanks and have a happy and wonderful but safe New Year.Published 13 months ago by Richad Marsh