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Pop Life (Bonus DVD) CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
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• For 1991’s “Pop Life”, Bananarama teamed up with acclaimed producer Youth to experiment with the eclectic sounds of the new decade. It would also prove to be the group’s sole studio album to feature Jacquie O’Sullivan alongside Keren and Sara. It also featured the hit singles “Only Your Love”, “Preacher Man”, “Long Train Running” and “Tripping On Your Love”. • Remastered from the original studio tapes, this Deluxe 2 CD + DVD casebound book edition, expertly compiled and annotated by acknowledged expert Tom Parker, features eighteen bonus tracks! Aside from the non-album B-sides, and the many mixes, are two previously unreleased songs and four previously unreleased mixes. • The DVD features four promo videos, as well as two BBC TV appearances, 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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Pop Life contains a credible attempt at dance music, with a range of genres covered including Euro-Dance (Preacher Man), dub (Tripping On Your Love), house (Megalomaniac, Only Your Love) and dance-pop (Is Your Love Strong Enough?). Even the now obligatory cover version, in the shape of the Doobie Brothers' Long Train Running, doesn't seem out of place here with a strong and energetic backing courtesy of Gipsy Kings (trading here under the pseudonym Alma De Noche).
Pop Life is, despite it's commercial failure, Bananarama's most successful and consistent album of the 1990's and is worth hunting down if you are interested in that decade's pop music or fusions of pop and dance. Recommended.
As the 90's started, grunge and madchester music replaced the bubble pop music by S/A/W. Bananarama moved on and experimented with more dance styles than before, so it was highly unfortunate that they were still caught up in the backlash at S/A/W (even through the hit factory only provided two tracks) and this may be why Only Your Love underperformed in 1990 (even though it isn't by S/A/W and doesn't sound like a PWL production). By 1991, a backlash had even started against anything 80's (by mid year, Radio 1 banned any music that was before the new decade). Although Preacher Man & Long Train Runnin' performed "just ok", the failure of Trippin' On You Love (vastly underappreciated) to make the top 75 was the end of Bananarama as a trio (aside from the reunions with Siobhan for "Waterloo" and a G-A-Y one off performance).
Plan's for a second World Tour were postponed as Sarah, pregnant with her first child (a baby girl named Alice), had to keep having her costumes readjusted as the pregnancy progressed. By the release of Trippin' On Your Love, Sarah was unable to promote it as her due date approached, Jacquie left the group, unhappy as still being the "new girl" with little creative input, Bananarama's main Fan Club closed and London records where unsure what to do with Bananarama as a duo. Effectively, the second world tour was no longer discussed or mentioned again.
The Pop Life album has 11 new tracks, all original aside from a lush cover of the Doobie Brothers "Long Train Running". Stand out tracks are Trippin' On Your Love (differs from single edit), dance track Only Your Love, reggae infused What Color Are The Skies Where U Live, S/A/W tracks Ain't No Cure (very PWL Lonnie Gordon) & Heartless, retro-rock Outta Sight & eurodance Preacher Man. Club track Megalomaniac & trip oriented I Can't Let You Go both being growers.
The Deluxe version contains two new original tracks, the infectiously catchy I Don't Care (not to be confused with the Shakespears Sister track, that would have been interesting!) would have been one of S/A/Ws better tracks of late 1989 had it been released, while Some Boys (not to be confused with Some Girls from WOW) sounded more like material from Michael Jacksons Bad album, this may have been due to being recorded in the USA while Jacko was still riding high on the hype generated by Moonwalker and the Bad Tour.
I only had digital copies of a couple of the remixes here. Disappointed they didn't include the Pacha Mix of Long Train Runnin' here (converting from the 10" picture disc to mp3 has lost a lot of the bass and sounds too tinny).
I remember watching these Bananarama BBC performances the first time. Wogan directly asked the group if they weren't with S/A/W and Karen proudly replied, "No, where with us now". It was a disappointment that they did go back to S/A/W for Please Yourself rather than attempt a Pop Life Mark II sound for the next album but at the time it was thought to be for the best. After over 30 years of Bananarama, this is the album that still sounds as fresh as the day it was released.
Bananarama, The most successfull British all girl group went back to their roots and have written and co-produced one of their best offerings to date. Pop life is a journey into pure pop magic and at the begining of the ride is the incredibly infectious Shep Pettibone remix of "Preacher Man" followed by a cover of the Doobie Brothers classic "long Train Running" which gets a Flamenco makeover.This track features the guitars and vocals of Alma De Noche ( The Gypsy Kings had to change their name as a result of a lawsuit from their record company. "only Your Love" follows and would have to be one of the bravest (and artisicly their best) choices for a first single. The album also features "tripping On Your Love" and "Outta Sight" which stand out as classic bananarama songs. You will,however find 2 S.A.W. produced songs on the c.d. -"ain't No Cure" and "Heartless" both are going to be loved by hardcore 'Nana fans but sadly do not have the life and energy that flows from the other tracks. Highly experimental by Bananarama standards. The girls show us their creative steam,not seen or heard of since the days of "Shy Boy" and "Cruel Summer".Trully a great pop album and a must have for lovers of the genre everywhere.
And it's - mostly - a revelation.
Rhythmically innovative (their cover of "Long Train Running" foreshadows the Latin invasion by some 8 years!), and vocally confident throughout, this is a re-invigorated Bananarama. The likes of "I Can't Let You Go" and "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live?" would, under normal circumstances, be throwaway filler, but thanks to haunting production work (which still sounds fresh today) even these tracks become blissed-out keepers. Meanwhile opening track "Preacher Man", the album's most successful single, is as close to dancefloor euphoria as anything Bananarama ever delivered.
There are disappointments; "Outta Sight" never really worked, and although the frothily enjoyable "Heartless" sounds like the lovechild of "I Can't Help It", it does sit awkwardly at the close of the original album.
Cruelly overlooked at the time, "Pop Life" faltered after only one week in the UK album charts at a lowly #42. This reissue series affords new listeners the opportunity to put right this oversight.
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