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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive Bananarama collection yet...
I still remember the first album i bought with by own pocket money when i was eleven way back in 1989 - it was Bananarama's The Greatest Hits Collection. From then on, i was hooked on them. This album, "The Very best of Bananarama" sums up their lifetime of work and success. From "It Ain't What You Do" right up to "More More More" - all these are British pop at it's best...
Published on 15 Feb 2005 by Stanley Ng

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3.0 out of 5 stars Career review of shaggy girl trio turned S.A.W sirens
The great thing about Bananarama was they always seemed to be having a really good time. There was no faux-feminism a la Spice Girls, and no tabloid bitching (hello All Saints); instead you always got the impression they didn't give a toss, and would rather be down the pub than on Top Of The Pops. That's not to say the music reflected this - even though Bananarama...
Published on 24 Dec 2001


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive Bananarama collection yet..., 15 Feb 2005
This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
I still remember the first album i bought with by own pocket money when i was eleven way back in 1989 - it was Bananarama's The Greatest Hits Collection. From then on, i was hooked on them. This album, "The Very best of Bananarama" sums up their lifetime of work and success. From "It Ain't What You Do" right up to "More More More" - all these are British pop at it's best in the 80's and early 90's. Bananarama was more than a girl-band - they were an icon that sets a standard for all all-girls bands that came and went after them. Every single track here define how great the Nana's were. Although towards the end of their heydays the hits have slowed down, the songs are still worth listening to. The best thing about this collection is the CD2 which features mostly 12" mixes of their hits. Too bad the 12" of "Love, Truth and Honesty" was not included as to me that's their best song and most honest song ever. Goddesses on a mountain top indeed!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the nana's greatest hits, 24 Dec 2004
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this is one of those albums that you will never get tired of.
it's got that feel good factor that keeps you listening.
it's great for those who remember the girls in their hey day and great for first time listeners too.
these girls set the standard for bands like atomic kitten, girls aloud and the spice girls and a very good job they did too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20 years of Bananarama and they still are fabulous!, 6 Nov 2001
This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
This is a great addition to your CD collection. This replaces the Greatest Hits and includes their early 90s songs. It is too bad that London records did get the rights to include Every Shade Of Blue, Take Me To Your Heart, Waterloo, and the new song If. They also could have made it a double cd by including More Than Physical and Trick Of The Night. London did a good job of getting most of the single versions. However, they put the album versions of Movin' On and More, More, More instead of the single versions. This still is a great CD and will make the perfect holiday gift! The best thing is the Tempus Fugit mix. It's very cool and modern. I too, would love a DVD of their videos! And one last note, the liner notes are filled with typos. London must have been in a hurry! But let the music speak for itself. The album is awesome!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bananarama - a pop treat!, 10 Feb 2002
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
During the eighties and early ninties, Bananarama were the only girl group to have huge worldwide success and acclaim. There were household names. Their catchy melodies and sense of fun meant that they were rarely out of the music charts. This album brings together their most famous songs with some lesser known releases. All the great songs are here, from 'Cruel Summer' through to camp classic 'Venus'. People of a certain age, like myself, will love this album and have fond memories of the girls. Rumour has it that the girls are to re-form for a concert and new album. I can't wait!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'THE EIGHTIES GIRL-GROUP SENSATION', 26 Sep 2014
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
The group was formed by 'Sara Dallin' 'Siobhan Fahey' and 'Keren Woodward' in 1979, the girls first scored
in the U.K Charts in 1982 with 'It Ain't What You Do It's The Way That You Do It' (Chart '4') which was followed
up the same year with 'Really Saying Something' (Chart '5') and 'Shy Boy' (Chart '4') they had arrived on the
pop scene, the group soon found world-wide favour with hits both sides of the 'Atlantic' in 1988 'Siobhan' left
the trio and was replaced by 'Jacquie O'Sullivan'
Between the yeas of 1982-2009 the group actually achieved 28 top 50 chart entries though never quite getting
that elusive number one here in the U.K.
An earlier reviewer mentions that this album is perhaps the best available example of the groups sparkling career.
Among some of the other great sounds on-board - 'Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (Chart '5' 1983) 'Cruel
Summer' (Chart '8' 1983) 'Robert De Niro's Waiting' (Chart '3' 1984) 'Venus' (Chart '8' 1986) 'I Heard A Rumour'
(Chart '14' 1987) 'Love In The First Degree' (Chart '3' 1987) 'I Want You Back' (Chart '5' 1988) 'Nathan Jones'
(Chart '15' 1988) and 'Help' (Chart '3' 1989) these perhaps the groups major hits, all on-board the album.
The Group of course had several more hits mainly in the lower order, chart-wise, however they are and remain one
of the most successful girl-groups of all-time.
There have nearly always been a stand-out girl-group throughout the history of the music-charts, many names
spring to mind, in the 90's with a long run of number ones of course 'The Spice Girls'
However, 'Bananarama' though not getting that number one, remain one of the great girl-group successes.
Great Album, Great Reflection of the Groups Music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Compilation that doesn't improve on the last one, 6 Jan 2002
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
Wonderful, they have all the songs there...or do they? Where are 'Cheers Then'/ 'Hot Line To Heaven'/ 'Do Not Disturb'/ 'More than physical'/ 'Tripping On Your Love'? Had every released track been included this truly would be the very best of Bananarama, but as for what is there...wow! amazing! Makes you wonder if they could ever achieve a successful comeback? I'll leave that to you to decide. All the sonmgs you sang drunk at the office party are there and even some of their more respectable work for exmaple 'Rough Justice' and the tracks from 'Pop Life'. All in all a nice mix, chronicling the Bananarama phenemona, shame not everything is on it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars campy cult kittens: bananarama!, 6 Nov 2001
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
wow! what a great cd! this is a treat for all music fans ( even those who only crave for alternative artists ). This cd covers bananaramas 12 first (and most successfull) years in the industry. Even though I truly miss some of their spunkier stuff like "More than physical", "Tripping on your love"(sweet exorcist mix) and "Mr.Sleaze" it captures 21 out of their 30 hit chart(ing) singles and is by far their best collection. As a bonus there is a mega mix "thingy" at the end.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Pop!, 11 Feb 2002
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
This updated "Best Of" release sees the girls develop from their very amateur sounding early singles, to the slick & sexy look and sound of their late '80's peak (Venus / I Heard A Rumour / Love In The First Degree).. The post Siobham Fahey releases from 1991's "Pop Life" featuring Jacquie O'Sullivan are by far the stand out tracks. The Youth produced "Only Your Love" and "Preacher Man" are mature and well crafted dance / pop songs with a harder edge and chunkier beat. Their relative failure as singles is the source of frustration for fans. Following O'Sullivan's departure - Keren and Sara returned to Stock and Waterman to fullfil their contract with London Records - the results of that union, "Movin' On" is adequate pop fodder while "Last Thing On My Mind" is weak vocally.. This collection misses a few gems that didn't set the charts on fire upon release (Trick of the Night / More Than Physical / Trippin' on Your Love.. All great tracks). Non fans may not even be aware of the 2 albums recorded after "Please Yourself" being 1995's "Ultra Violet" and 2001's "Exotica". Their singles are not included here as they were not released under the Warner label. However, in all it contains the cream of a very successful career which is still chugging along. The Girls are about to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a concert & TV special in the UK..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bananarama - Fabulous!!!!, 10 Jan 2002
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Bananarama are a fabulous group. Throughout the eighties and ninties they brought us many a catchy pop tune and this album is a great retrospective of their career. From the early singles, 'Shy Boy' through to pop gems like 'Love in the first degree', they brought a sense of fun and frivolity to a sometimes dull music industry. Buy this album if you love pop music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 20th Anniversary The Very Best Of ROCKS!, 2 Nov 2001
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This review is from: The Very Best Of Bananarama (Audio CD)
Celebrating 20 years of great pop music is no mean feat these days, and Bananarama acheived it with their own unique D-I-Y way. This is a superbly packaged collection with all their classic hits, and replaces their 12-yr old Greatest Hits by including some of their brilliant post-Siobhan Fahey tracks, like "Preacher Man" and "Only Your Love". My only complaint, is that it doesn't contain any of the stuff from their latter albums (Ultra Violet & Exotica), if "Every Shade Of Blue" was on this CD it would be truly perfect. Can we can a DVD of this collection, PLEASE??????????????
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