- Audio CD (28 Oct. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
- Label: Edsel
- ASIN: B00E9JQHFU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Bananarama (Bonus DVD) CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
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The 1984 “Bananarama” album found Keren, Sara and Siobhan continuing their partnership with Jolley & Swain and building on the success of their debut with a more mature and reflective follow-up. The instant classics “Cruel Summer” and “Robert De Niro’s Waiting” showcased the group’s own songwriting and extended their global pop appeal. Also featured are the hit singles “Rough Justice”, “Hot Line To Heaven” and “The Wild Life” Remastered from the original studio tapes, this Deluxe 2 CD + DVD casebound book edition, expertly compiled and annotated by acknowledged expert Tom Parker, features another twenty-five bonus tracks! Aside from the non-album B-sides, and amongst the many mixes, are five previously unreleased tracks. The DVD features seven promo videos, as well as four BBC TV appearances, all on DVD for the first time ever. The 28-page book contains photos and memorabilia, lyrics and brand new sleeve notes.
Top Customer Reviews
Notable for spawning two of their biggest ever hits ("Cruel Summer" and "Robert De Niro's Waiting") as well as two of their most criminally overlooked ("Rough Justice" and the glorious "Hotline To Heaven"), this album has so much more to offer, and holds up magnificently in this remastered form with pertinent bonus tracks.
A graduate of that 80s school of thought which stated that an album was better off being concise and to the point; the original studio album accommodated a mere 9 tracks, but each of them has a place - "all killer; no filler", if you will.
Surprisingly poignant in places and flowing seamlessly throughout, this second long player is supremely assured, confident and brimming with determined musical intent. And there we were thinking they were just out for a laugh!
The next 2 albums, the heavier 'True Confessions' and the poptastic 'Wow!' are excellent too, but 'Bananarama' will always be my personal favourite.
Remember the fold-out poster with lyrics from the 1984 vinyl LP? Those were the days, eh?!
This CD is perhaps my favourite by Bananarama. Keeping the superbly produced pop perfection with a slight melancholic edge of "Deep Sea Skiving" but more serious in tone, this CD still sounds great today. CD1 features the original 8 track album (9 tracks now the "Link" at the end of side 1 is given its own track number) along with the B-sides and the fabulous soundtrack song "The Wild Life".
Unreleased gems come in a 12" mix and instrumental of "The Wild Life", which give a whole new dimension to this favourite. This song had limited release anyway and hearing these for the first time is great. We're also treated to an unreleased 12" of the pop-with-a-consience classic "Rough Justice" and unsegued versions of "Dream Baby" and "King of the Jungle", the latter two for completists. The instrumental of "State I'm In" is begging for the listener to get up and do karaoke in the style of the video to this song (as found on disc 3)
The 1989 remix of "Cruel Summer" is tagged on, jarringly rather awkwardly with the timeless pop elsewhere. Strangely "Venus" and "I Heard a Rumour" were remixed at the same time as these but these have not been included on their respective album reissues. Perhaps just as well, they don't come close to the original perfection.
Moving onto the DVD, all the original videos are here of course. There's a marked progression from "Cruel Summer", where the girls are a little unstyled (see "Deep Sea Skiving), but by "Rough Justice" are fantastically glamourous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love it!!!a masterpiece for every fan of the group!!!excellent booklet,fantastic video and lost tv appereaance!!
every fan in love with bananarama owns this,i'm shore!!
I really loved this deluxe edition of what it is an eighties classic album.This is probably my favourite Bananarama album and I have a lot of wonderful memories related to this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by fabio
Artwork writing on back page consisting of dark blue letters on a black background is totally illegible eg tracks numbered per disc on CD2+DVD and album notes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by a.m.hardwick
I have been after this album on cd for ages. Now that I have got it, I was surprised it came with a bonus DVD, so yes I am pleased with this product. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Neil Smith
A lot of care has been taken for this result. All rarities are there, to satisfy the even the most difficult completist. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2014 by george e.
I'm not one for writing reviews, but in this case with it being Bananarama I will.
To be honest I had only heard a hand full of songs from this album and I was pleasantly... Read more