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Comment: INT'L AIR: 7 to 15 WORKING DAYS. NEW LP VINYL - Jacket has cut or drill hole - 8 Songs 1. Cruel Summer 2. Rough Justice 3. King of the Jungle 4. Dream Baby 5. Hot Line to Heaven 6. State I'm In 7. Robert Deniro's Waiting 8. Through a Child's Eyes
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: LONDON
  • ASIN: B00008FJWZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A viewer on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali83 on 14 Mar. 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Lovesey on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2013
Format: Audio CD
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' little handwriten bits are here which were missing from the 2007 Rhino release.

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.
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