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Bananarama Wow German CD album


1. I Can't Help It
2. I Heard A Rumor
3. Some Girls (12' Version)
4. Love In The First Degree
5. Once In A Lifetime
6. Strike It Rich (12' Version)
7. Bad For Me
8. Come Back
9. Nathan Jones
10. I Want You Back

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008D60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like Mel and Kim, Kylie Minogue, and Rick Astley, Bananarama went all out and bought a whole pack of Stock-Aitken-Waterman, bubblegum, banana-flavoured, of course, with their trademark harmony vocals, and it was a success! This album boasts five singles and two others that got a 12" version, back when they made 12" singles, the LP equivalent of extended dance mix. Wow appropriately describes this album, which one might deem S-A-W's second best produced album, after Kylie Minogue's debut, of course.
The first two were big hits in the UK, but in the US, only the second one in the US. "I Can't Help It" is a salad of swirling and sparkling synths, thumping programmed drum highlighted by their triple vocals. I wonder why this wasn't released first instead of "I Heard A Rumour," which was featured in the Disorderlies movie. But this is one of their sensual songs--"move your body close to mine"--as was the video for this song, some of which was edited from MTV, if memory serves me. As for "Rumours", there's a bombastic brass-like synth opening before the first verse, and which is later repeated during the chorus.
"Some Girls" has the brassy synths coming in brief bursts, but otherwise, it's great dance fare. No, this isn't the Rolling Stones song.
The beat and brassy synths are really loud on "Love In The First Degree," which has a trial motif going on here. "the judge and the jury/they all put the blame on me/they wouldn't go for my story/they wouldn't hear my plea/only you can set me free/cause i'm guilty, guilty as a girl can be/come on baby, set me free/I stand accused of love in the first degree." Funny how some people in the computer lab asked me to turn my Walkman (remember those?) down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on July 17, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
(Track list and times follow.) "WOW!" is a polarizing album for Bananarama fans; some think it is one of the group's best collections, containing many of their best-known 80's hits, other fans find it shallow and overtly commercial. As a longtime fan who used to play many of these tracks in various nightclubs, I can see both good and bad in the original release. Fortunately, the deluxe three disc reissue from Edsel Records puts "WOW!" in better perspective, as both a Pop music artifact and dancefloor motivator. Expanding on the album's original ten tracks, this collection includes many dance remixes and contemporary non-album cuts, not to mention an excellent dvd sampler. Whether you love or hate the music, there's no denying that "WOW!" has finally gotten it's due as one of Bananarama's best-selling titles.

The production team of Stock/Aitken/Waterman (aka SAW and PWL) were hired for the hugely successful cover of "Venus" on the group's previous album, which made their participation on "WOW!" a no-brainer. By 1987 SAW had already produced hit dance records for British Hi-NRG and R&B acts, most notably Dead Or Alive and Princess. That was also the year that SAW produced debut albums from hitmakers Rick Astley and Kylie Minogue. So the SAW "sound" was somewhat familiar to club goers, even though their "production line" style was fairly new. As an act who co-wrote much of their own material, Bananarama already had duelling inspirations; some of their songs came off as lightweight and fun-loving, and others delved into serious topics like drug addiction and youth prostitution. So it's easy to see why the switch to SAW (and the resulting Pop froth) would alienate some listeners, and encourage others.

With one exception, the original tracks from "WOW!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Daniel W. Kelly VINE VOICE on September 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Well, if you already have the original US pressing of this CD, you're in for a little shock here. Sure, it has a bunch of remixes and bonus tracks, but in order to cram those songs onto here, they have taken the 12" versions of Some Girls and Strike it Rich and edited them! Some Girls is now a little over 4 minutes verses its near 6 minute version, and Strike it Rich has gone from 6 minutes to under 3 minutes!!! Oh well, guess I'll be keeping two versions of this CD. For those who are wondering, The reissues of Deep Sea Skiving, Bananarama and True Confessions do NOT edit any of the original songs, yet still manage to squeeze on a load of bonus tracks.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael 80 on November 9, 2013
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Finally a reissue or series of reissues, that will have Bananarama fans in ecstasy. All six of their London Records albums 1983-93 are now available as 2cd/dvd sets. Remastered expertly from the original master tapes (no vinyl) to include almost every 7"/12",alternative mix and b side recorded at the time. Wow (1987) their final album with the original lineup of Keren,Sara and Siobhan includes the mega hits I Heard A Rumour,Love In The First Degree,I Can't Help It and I Want You Back. Produced by the SAW team that ruled supreme during the 80s, this is definitely an example of how an 80s reissue should be. The dvd is NTSC region free and boasts all the promo videos and live performances at the time. Worth every penny !
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. V. Hughes on September 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This forth, (amd final abum with Siobhan) is Bananarama at their most disco. It's not fluff though, it's edgy and few of the tracks sound quite rocky, especially the hit I Heard A Rumour. It sparkles and sounds great and uplifting. The best bit is when the Bananas shout `Wow!' and the guitar solo comes in! The album's opener, I Can't Help It, also has a high-enery disco sound though not as good as I Heard A Rumour which follows. Some Girls is one of those that take a while to get going but it's worth waiting as the chorus is very catchy. Love in the First Degree (another hit) has a more mellow sound with cute lyrics! Once In A Lifetime is this album's Slow Song! The whole thing sounds beautiful; the synth production, the singing and the lyrics. The album speeds up again with Strike It Rich which is both angsty and catchy. Bad For Me sounds a little different for Bananarama in the verses, there is no usual harmony, its easily good enough though. Come Back is pleading and has the usual Bananarama melodicness which is nice to listen to. Nathan Jones is a weaker hit but the album's closer I Want You Back shines. This could be said for the album in general! It's great, the girl's voices sound better than ever, much stronger than how they sound on their debut!Get Wow! and don't worry about the shabby Collectables packaging, the music is good enough to overlook it!
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i like the bananarama reissues. i just have one question:if rhino is going to odder these albums on mp3 why don't they include the bonus songs and remixes from the cd versions?
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