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Bananarama (Bonus DVD) [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set]

Bananarama Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
  • Label: Edsel
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cruel Summer
2. Rough Justice
3. King Of The Jungle
4. Dream Baby
5. Link
6. Hot Line To Heaven
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cruel Summer ['89 Swing Beat Version]
2. Robert De Niro's Waiting [7'' Version]
3. Rough Justice [7" Version]
4. Hot Line To Heaven [7" Version]
5. The Wild Life [7" Version]
6. Cruel Summer [Cruel Dub]
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Cruel Summer
2. Robert De Niro's Waiting
3. Rough Justice
4. Hot Line To Heaven
5. State I'm In
6. The Wild Life
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars So much more than those stunning singles 21 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Bananarama's self-titled second studio album was all about consolidation. After successfully making a name for themselves away from Fun Boy Three, the group needed to cement their place in the pop echelon. As such, "Bananarama" must surely be considered a soaring success.

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!

Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hotline to Heaven 31 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
The self titled follow up to Deep Sea Skiving , comes accross as a much stronger and more confident effort than their debut, but musically it follows much the same formula.

The album opens with one hell of a bang, the powerful, pounding Cruel Summer, still one of my favourite Banarama tracks, probably the best known track from the Jolly&Swain era. The album carries on with another blazer of a tune, Rough Justice, OK, so this is a song with a social conscience, that tries to relay a serious message - probably not the best thing for a girl-group to be doing, but luckily its a catchy and entertaining pop song to boot! Unfortunately, then mediocrity kicks in. The next two tracks - King of the Jungle, and Dream Baby, are not neccesarily bad, but are not particularly catchy nor have particularly engaging lyrics, so one could be forgiven for hitting the stop button and putting something else on at this point. Fortunately, for those that persevere, after the brief Link (does what it says on the tin) we have Hotline to Heaven, which is where the album picks up, and the 'rams get on their soapbox again (this time about drugs). State I'm In is a brilliant little track, that juxtaposes an upbeat and chirpy melody with lyrics describing the breakdown of a relationship. This is then perfectly followed by Robert Deniro's Waiting, the second biggest track off the album (following Cruel Summer), and one of those great songs for girly nights in! . The album closes with the beautiful and touching Through a Childs Eyes, which only suffers from being a tad too short, if it had been a few minutes longer it could've been a great epic ballad!

Aside from a slight dip in the middle, this is another strong release from the 'rams.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Album 29 Nov 2013
By Big_A
Format:Audio CD
After the fun and we don't care attitude of their debut album this was the bananas attempt at being serious, getting a message across and being thoughtful - sadly 2 of the singles were virtually overlooked although Cruel Summer and Robert De Niro were monster hits.

This album has a classic mid 80s sound and is much more consistent that their other albums (apart from WOW). There are some great b sides and extra tracks - why wasn't the 7" of Hotl Line To Heaven a much bigger hit? It sounds excellent remastered. Rather jarring is the addition of Cruel Summer 89 remix - but where else would it go?
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5.0 out of 5 stars The mature second album 14 Mar 2011
By Ali83
Format:Audio CD
Bananaramas second album saw the trio of Sarah Dallin,Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey develop their sound and image down a more mature path.Stylistically the approach was still pop with a new wave /post punk/post disco feel but lyrically the girls were starting to get serious and political.The albums opening number and lead of single is the classic Cruel Summer a song written about the claustraphobic intensity of summer heat and lonliness,a state of mind song which everyone interpreted as love or anti love song.The follow up release Robert de Niros Waiting another smash hit self penned classic with an uplifting feel that disguises the dark menacing nature of the lyrical content.The song was actually about a date rape victim emmersing herself in a fantasy world were Robert de Niro was her ideal man but of course everyone assumes the song is a lyrical tribute to the actor.Meenwhile the rest of the album has a somewhat overt darker feel then the debut,State Im In sounds like a brash motown homage with an infectious chorus and angst ridden lyrics this would have made a more obvious follow up to the established smash hits Cruel Summer and Robert de Niros Waiting.Though the critically accliamed Rough Justice was a moderate hit and is still a highlight today this was the third release from the album and the first of three consecutive non top twenties for the group,an indication that the music buying public prefered a more lighter fun loving trio as opposed to a socially concious one.Still the simple,emotive and rather innocent song is amongst one of their best and is included here in 2007 re release in both album and single versions. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd album - final version.
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 more
Published 4 months ago by a.m.hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Bananarama cd
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Neil Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A job well done (and with love)
A lot of care has been taken for this result. All rarities are there, to satisfy the even the most difficult completist. Read more
Published 8 months ago by george e.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bananariffic!!
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
Published 9 months ago by Ronnie Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour
I agree with other reviewers, this is their best album by far. Much as I like SAW, the Jolley & Swain production suited them more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by pethead
4.0 out of 5 stars Bananarama (Bonus DVD)
great production by steve jolley and tony swain.
in this edition there are also many remixes of the singles like roebert de niro's waiting, rough justice and cruel... Read more
Published 11 months ago by luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe edition is a must-have
Like all of Edsel's reissues this is a beautifully produced album and full of goodies. Cased in a hardback book and reusing much of the original artwork and fonts, even the girls'... Read more
Published 11 months ago by downkiddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Bananarama
Definitely their finest hour, in my opinion, and quite a progression from 'Deep Sea Skiving'. It's just a great mixture of fun, pop stuff like 'Dream Baby', 'Cruel Summer' and... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by bobby morrow
3.0 out of 5 stars a glorious summer!
the second bananarama album was produced by jolley/swain the hottest people around at the time..alison moyets debut for instance! Read more
Published on 1 April 2007 by Mr. Nathan Armstrong
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