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Pop Life Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Preacher Man
  2. Long Train Running
  3. Only Your Love
  4. What Colour R The Skies Where U Live
  5. Is Your Love Strong Enough
  6. Tripping On Your Love
  7. Ain't No Cure
  8. Outta Sight
  9. Megalomaniac
  10. I Can't Let You Go
  11. Heartless
  12. Preacher Man (Ramabanana Alternative Mix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • ASIN: B000001FH0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #797,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(Track listing and times follow.) This deluxe three disc edition of Bananarama's "Pop Life" album was one of my most-anticipated reissues to come from Edsel and Rhino Records, and for the most part it met my expectations nicely. Like the other five reissues of albums originally released on London Records, it comes in a small hardcover book that is packed with release info, lyrics, chart positions, pictures, and an essay by (reissue) producer Tom Parker. It includes five previously unreleased cuts that were recorded during the sessions for "Pop Life," but were shelved for various reasons.

"Pop Life" was produced primarily with Martin "Youth" Glover, a friend of Sara's who had been a member of the group Killing Joke and (later) Blue Pearl. He took over production chores from Stock Aitken Waterman, who were the architects of Bananarama's sound for the latter part of the 1980s. SAW did produce a handful of tracks which appear on this collection, and they are noted below. Though the music of "Pop Life" is still dominated by dancefloor-friendly drumbeats, the overall sound is considerably less processed than the SAW material that came before it. The rock guitar, harmonica and various percussive instruments give the album an almost organic feel, a first for a Bananarama release.

As always, the Nanas were part of the songwriting process, and with Youth's help they created a solid collection of tracks that should have continued their run of high-charting releases. Things didn't quite work out that way, though "Pop Life" did produce four memorable singles: (in chronological order) "Only Your Love" (UK #27), "Preacher Man" (UK #20), "Long Train Running" (UK #30), and "Tripping On Your Love" (UK #76).
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Following their hit album Wow and the departure of Siobhan Fahey, the Rams took on Jacqui O'Sullivan, released a greatest hits album, and then came out with Pop Life in 1991. This time, they have Youth producing most songs here, although they get one song with additional production and remix by Shep Pettibone, and one by Stock-Aitken-Waterman. The overall tempo is the same hi-energy stuff as in Wow, but a different kind of sound. They try some industrial-type drum machines but nothing much has changed. They're treading water with this one.
"Preacher Man" is a strong opening track on the title character warning a girl about the wrong kind of man sporting the bouncy bubblegum synths that coloured Wow.
The seven and a half Ramabanana Alternative Mix features the usual techno padding, airy synths, thumping drum machines, quick vocal dubs, and miscellaneous keyboards.
The cover song of this album is a likeable and bubbly take on The Doobie Brothers' "Long Train Running," complete with accompanying guitar. One of their better cover songs.
Another uptempo song is "Only Your Love" featuring an "ooh ooh" chorus reminiscent to that done in "Sympathy For The Devil." Not bad of its kind.
The Rams liltingly ask "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live" in this dub reggae jam featuring piano and industrial style drum programming. It's lower tempo but at least decent.
A strong bass beat backs the mid-tempo "Is Your Love Strong Enough" with bubblegum synths like S-A-W. The trip the Rams offer to take one on is that of life, "where the winds of change are bittersweet" and where "good intentions are hard to keep.
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Pop Life is an excellent album, especially Preacher Man, Long Train Running, and Only Your Love. The only thing I do not like about the album is that Jacqui O'Sullivan, I am sure she is a nice lady, but she never belonged in Bananarama. Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin are so talented and beautiful. It would be so awesome if Siobhan Fahey reunited with them and made new albums as a trio the way it was meant to be, it would mean so much to fans around the world. The truth is Keren and Sarah alone make excellent albums, that last release Drama was the best work they have done ever. Pop Life is right up there too, it gets an A.
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Criminally overlooked and underrated in the US, largely because of the departure of Sibohan Fahey. Fans were too busy discussing how much they didn't iike the "new girl" to pay attention to this absolutely lovely collection of songs. It continues to be one of their best releases, even keeled, lush, melodic, and at times even moody. It's a grown up, mature version of "WOW!". This reissue, all six in the series as a matter of fact, are the type of release fans dream of. How I wish other bands would follow suit and release quality, all-inclusive, reissues like these. The packaging is great, the liner notes superb, tons of extra photos, and every b-side, demo, single mi1x, dub mix, and 12" remix associated with the album. This newest release collects ALL versions in their complete, unedited formats. Add to this a bonus DVD that includes all of the music videos from the album and even a few live TV appearances to top that off. Even though the band has stated their disappointment as not being included in the track selection and remastering, l feel the record company did an excellent job with these re-issues and the girls should be proud of their accomplishments and these stellar re-releases! Quite simply, a collector's dream. NOTE: This review is for the 2CD/1DVD 2013 Re-Issue from Edsel Records.
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