Bananarama Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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Along with "Cruel Summer," this album produced hits like "Rough Justice," "Hot Line To Heaven" and "Robert DeNiro's Waiting," and this deluxe three disc set includes album/single and extended versions of them all. It also includes a non-lp track, "The Wild Life," in single, instrumental, extended and dub versions. The remainder of "bonus" tracks on discs one and two are b-sides, dub versions, and remixes. Of these, "Cairo," "Push!" and "Live Now" are especially notable. The 1989 "Swing Beat" remixes of "Cruel Summer" were produced by Stock Aitken Waterman over five years after the original version debuted, and in this reviewer's opinion they don't add much value to this collection.
The dvd in the set is one of the better compilations to come with these deluxe reissues, with seven promotional music videos, and four additional appearances on the BBC. And like the other Bananarama packages, the discs all come in a small hardcover book that also includes song lyrics, release notes, chart data, original album/single art, and an informative essay by reissue producer Tom Parker.Read more ›
But the goodies don't stop there! There's also a booklet that features color and b&w photos of the group and the various album art from different countries, as well as song credit, and the lyrics to all of the songs -- including the bonus ones. This is especially appreciated because most of the really good reissue companies like Big Break Records don't include the lyric sheet with their reissues opting to focus on interviews and other info from the recording sessions instead.
There's also liner notes written in August 2013 by the reissue producer, Tom Parker, that provides the background information of what happened between the group's first release and this one, and the inspiration behind each of the songs. I didn't know that group (Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward and Siobahn Fahey) also contributed to the writing of the songs on BANANARAMA and many of them had strong lyrics dealing with social issues, which was belied by their angelic harmonies.
The discs are housed in medium weight cardboard sleeves with a cut-out notch at the top and bottom, allowing part of the disc to be visible, so they can be accessed and put away easily, and the set is looks like a hardcover book.Read more ›
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LOVE this CD/DVD combo.. I had been looking for this for along time and was elated when it arrived!Published 10 months ago by gretta grids
Arrived two out of three items of similar Bands (BANANARAMA)Published 13 months ago by Stephen Robert Focosi
The second album from the group Still feeling their way but bunches of classics on it and then for all the extras and the DVD just superbPublished 15 months ago by nannette marsh
Now THIS is how you do a remaster! Sounds great and has all the b-sides and single mixes you want. AND a dvd with the videos. The packaging is a bit flimsy, but what the heck.Published 17 months ago by A. Salas