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on 21 January 2016
Very nice box, very well done booklet. Congratulations!
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on 19 January 2016
What a professional box set this is - so much effort has gone into every detail of this box - both the booklet, the Cd artwork and tracklists. Especially now the price has dropped significantly on Amazon UK, well worth purchasing, and Amazon delivered it quickly in a sturdy box. Well done!
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on 31 August 2015
How absolutely amazing is this? I've never seen anything like it before?! Jaw-droppingly brilliant is the best way I can describe this to you... if you're worried about the price, then please let me reassure you: This is 100% value for money! It's stuffed from lid to bottom with gorgeous bespoke design work, classic replica single art front and rear, witty slogans, much loved logos and motifs, a "booklet" which could easily pass for a bible it's so thick and full of wonderful rare photos and memorabilia, plus a gorgeous double-sided mini-poster worthy of Smash Hits in it's heyday! The audio, surely the most important part of any multi-disc box set, is pristine, remastered digital quality throughout with every conceivable 7", 12", B-side, remix, dub, edit and previously unreleased work-in-progress/early versions of ALL the songs you love. Re-discover why Bananarama are Britain's best ever girl group and buy this box! I cannot praise it highly enough. God bless Bananarama! Cheers Then!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 28 August 2015
Recent Bananarama album reissues were among the best in recent years. From the extensive booklets, the hardback binding, to the actual song and video contents, Edsel has to be acknowledged for, and congratulated on taking on the demanding task of presenting an artist's work with such great care. Considering that for so many years there was no Bananarama in print, it is pretty unbelievable that, as of 2013, their complete catalogue has been brought back to life. Just like those deluxe editions of their 6 albums, this brand new singles box set, also, has been researched and compiled by someone who knows their bananas, and it shows by a mile. With a 300-track tracklist, of which more than 100 songs are exclusive to this set, noone can possibly fault the amount of material put together to produce such a mammoth box set.

With such a comprehensive tracklist, it is now probably safe to assume that any missing songs either do not exist, are long-lost or are available on spoilt master tapes. Plus, we should not forget that the girls have made it known in the past that they do not want their unreleased songs released. Many rarities are finally available in CD quality, the sound is nothing less than amazing - almost making somenone forget that this is old material - so, excellent remastering overall. On top of this, Edsel have put some great touches for Banana fans, as far as the presentation is concerned. Retaining most of the original singles artwork, with minimum alterations, this is what "remaining as faithful to the original as possible" is about. It is literally like a dream come true having the 12" singles artwork replicated as CDs, with the fonts and illustrations of the original sleeves.

The booklet is absolutely stunning. 48 generous pages full of gorgeous photos and loads of memorabilia depicted, discography, lyrics, and sleeve notes, make for a thorough and fascinating reading for anyone who wishes to go a trip down memory lane. And there are more goodies inside the box to enjoy (we are talking about a really special treat, but I will not say more)! The box itself is designed to look like a box of bananas. Fans will easily spot the nod to the "Robert De Niro's waiting" sleeve, although I am suspecting that many will find it dated, amateurish, tasteless even. Those who liked better its first version will be pleased to know that the back of the box features that design illustrating all the singles sleeves in thumbnail size. The more I look at it, the more I think that both covers work better like this, when seeing the full box.

It is a shame that the box covers only the group's London Records years, thus, leaving little chance of their singles released from 1993 onwards ever getting that special treatment. Other than this, this must be one of the most comprehensive releases ever put together for any artist. It truly does set the standard for how these types of projects should be done. Personally, I was never more than a casual Banana fan, so probably this is too much for me. But it has to be said that the attention to detail is exceptional and the execution is exemplary. Previous album reissues and this singles box set are perfect companions, offering a complete overview of Bananarama's fantastic output. I was quite overwhelmed by the news of this box set's release, and now that I am holding it, I can admit that it has been totally worth the wait. "Wow!" is the word!
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on 28 August 2015
In the words of Bananarama themselves: wow! This beautiful little box is packed full of 33 CDs, each a perfect replica of the original vinyl sleeve. All the original pictures are there. The original fonts and designs are used to create a lovingly made perfect replica. Some of these I never saw first time around so it really is a treat. Everything has been retained; even the dates of the 1989 world tour are on the back of the "Cruel Summer '89" sleeve (23rd May, Sheffield, I was there...).

As if facsimiles of the original singles were not enough, each single is packed to bursting with bonus tracks, mainly in the form of remixes and instrumentals. Many of these have cropped up on the recent and fabulous album reissues from Edsel. Not all however, and we are treated to earlier versions of "Do Not Disturb", "Trick of the Night" and "Love, Truth and Honesty" amongst others. So not only are there unreleased goodies, they're all together in the rightful place. The Bananarama fan can while away a most pleasant afternoon choosing their favourite version of "Nathan Jones" from the 14 on offer, for example.

There are all sorts of gems here. I never thought I'd get to hear 4 different versions of "He's Got Tact", nor the rather fun Radio 1 jingles with the girls singing promos to their hits. The booklet and poster maintain the same impeccable standard of everything else. We even have "It Ain't What You Do" here where it belongs in the Bananarama history, a song absent from the other Edsel reissues.

It's a considered purchase but wonderful for fans. Nobody needs 14 different mixes of "A Trick of the Night", nor a perfect replica of the "Venus" single, but they are so wonderful to have. Go on, you know you want to.
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