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True Confessions Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered

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2007 digitally remastered and expanded reissue of this 1986 album by the most successful British girl group in Pop history featuring seven bonus tracks: 'Ghost', 'White Train', 'More Than Physical' (Single Version), 'Scarlett', 'A Trick Of The Night' (Single Version), 'Set On You' and 'Riskin' A Romance' 18 tracks total including the hits' Venus', 'More Than Physical' and more. Warner

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. True Confessions
  2. Ready Or Not
  3. Trick Of The Night
  4. Dance With A Stranger
  5. Perfect World
  6. Venus
  7. Do Not Disturb
  8. Cut Above The Rest
  9. Promised Land
  10. More Than Physical
  11. Hooked On Love
  12. Ghost (Bonus Track)
  13. White Train (Bonus Track)
  14. More Than Physical (Single Version) (Bonus Track)
  15. Scarlett (Bonus Track)
  16. Trick Of The Night (Single Version) (Bonus Track
  17. Set On You (Bonus Track)
  18. Riskin' A Romance (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B000N2G1G2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This one is even darker in tone than Bananarama (1984), although Venus & More Than Physical are dance-pop classics, the rest of the album is still very worth while and more bonus tracks make this a must for die-hard Bananarama fans (like me). Skip the US reissue and get this one instead, you won't be dissapointed.
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This was the 'Rams transformational period, going from the production teams of Swain and Jolley to the Stock, Aitken, Waterman stable. This album contains contributions from both.
Although S.A.W. provide the 'Rams with the hit (Venus, which is the one the girls will always be remembered for), it is Swain and Jolley who inevitabley steal the album, with a collection of songs about life, but with a pop edge.
I have all of the albums the girls have released in Britain and this cerainly stands out as the best. Gone are the girls weeknesses and insecurities. This album brims with confidence. Even though it was recorded in the mid-eighties, it can easily be listened to over and over again with the enjoyment it provided originally.
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I thought that this was a superb followup to their '84 album! Bananarama matured a lot on this one! I liked the dramatic first song that clocks in at 6 minutes, a departure from their mostly dance music. Venus is still a hot song to this day. One other song I like is More Than Physical. The rest of the album contains some very smart and breezy pop songs. They really came through on this album.
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Following hard on their self-titled album, True Confessions still found Keren Woodward, Siobhan Fahey, and Sarah Dallin sticking with producers Mike Jolley and Tony Swain, with the notable exception of two songs, one of which would break them into the US in a big way, even more than their earlier hit "Cruel Summer." There are a few surprises on this album, including their tackling jazz and rap.
The title track sports a bass rhythm synth and drum machine and the instrumentation seems smoother and richer, although with a reduced tempo compared to adrenalized burst of their Deep Sea Skiving songs. With string-synths and other keyboards slightly reminiscent of Eurythmics, "Ready Or Not" seem to drown out the girls' harmonies in this mid-paced dance number.
With a weird swirling keyboards opening, followed by a sax, the drum-machine backed ballad "Trick Of The Night" was the Rams' third single here on the night life, focusing on a lady's man who has a different life. "but the wind comes through you try to sell your soul/everyway you go it's a long way/now you're no longer just the boy next door/when they were falling in love with that clean cut smart change of style/just for a lttle while." When I first heard it, I questioned its validity as a single. Now, I think it's one of their best.
"Dance With A Stranger" is another low-key delight that missing link between light Brit-pop and samba or easy jazz, what with the piano, vibes and percussion. The lush string synths kick in during the chorus: "before we kiss the world goodbye (it's only a breath away)/one more dance before you die (so tender as the music plays)/there's no emotion only passion in your cry/love is the last thing on your mind when you dance with a stranger.
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After two albums of rather crunchy bubblegum, the Bananas had the blind luck to hook up with PWL/S.A.W. just as their music machine took off. Though "True Confessions" only includes two Stock, Aitken and Waterman tracks (the undeniably infectious "Venus" cover and the decidedly Chic-sounding "More Than Physical"), the team of producers came to be responsible for the girls' biggest hits. As some of their earliest material documents, the Bananas were heavily dependent on their production team to provide lush, dynamic music tracks as a vehicle for their rather anemic vocals and original lyrics. Thanks to the SAW sythesis of irresistable Pop hooks and the Calrec Soundfield Microphone, the Bananas vocal sound was firmed up and buffed to a blinding sheen.
As for the material on this album, Swain & Jolley provide an adequate range of musical settings: the Euro-beach Pop of "Promised Land" is a bouncy reminder of earlier productions (like "Shy Boy"), but the rest of their tracks have darker, almost ominous settings. "Do Not Disturb" (an outtake from an aborted British album release) is a highlight, as are the sultry "Dance With A Stranger" and the strutting "Cut Above The Rest." Prior to the SAW years, Bananarama had a "big sister" appeal for many young Brits, and also had a tendency to write lyrics that offered advice, if not outright sympathy ("King of the Jungle," "Hotline To Heaven" among others). This album goes a bit too far in this regard, given the abundance of such songs. The title track, "Perfect World" and "Hooked On Love" are all examples of lyrical overkill, though well-intentioned.
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Bananarama have stolen my heart away with this album.This was the very first album by the Banana's that I happened to buy,and I loved evey song so much!This LP came out way back in the later part of the 80's...in 1986 to be specific.It was in a way a turning-point in their career,as it was a period during which they came into contact with Stock,Aitken and Waterman (SAW).From this album onwards,they had made worldwide success and the hits just kept coming.I mean for an un-trained female vocal trio...this was really a great acomplishment.All their 80's albums are so bright and lively,some songs could get U dancing like crazy.
Stand out tracks are "True Confessions","Ready Or Not","Venus" of course and "Do not Disturb".The other tracks are also strong supporting tracks worth mentioning.I rarely have so many favs. on just one album!
The title track is a real teaser,it has some great keyboard,and superb druming to go with....The initial part of this track has quite a long introduction,before the girls start singing,I find this something special and rare.Most of today's tracks just don't give us these superbly crafted no's....what do u say.The drumming is by A. Linn,he is also good at what he does!
So "true Confessions" track is definitely a rhythmic,dancey number...as usual.
"Ready Or Not" is also so HOT,I love this one too!Really god on a dance floor.They say..."Ready or not,I'm coming,and I'm gonna find U baby so U better stop runing...." mmm!!gets me excited everytime .
A bit more sultry track in here is "A Trick of The Night".This track and the previous two were produced by Swain and Jolley.It takes some time to make an impression though...but is a great one to listen.
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