Wow! (Bonus DVD) CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
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• In 1987, Bananarama continued their chart-conquering collaboration with Stock Aitken Waterman on “WOW!” and generated a string of irresistibly hedonistic hits: I Heard A Rumour, I Can’t help It, I Want You Back, Nathan Jones and their biggest-selling UK smash, Love In The First Degree. It would also prove to be Siobhan’s final album with the group. • Remastered from the original studio tapes, this Deluxe 2 CD + DVD casebound book edition, expertly compiled and annotated by acknowledged expert Tom Parker, features nineteen bonus tracks! Aside from the non-album B-sides, and the many mixes, are four previously unreleased mixes. • The DVD features ten 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.
Top Customer Reviews
The group's first 100% Stock/Aitken/Waterman (more or less) album still sounds as much fun now as it did back then (I still remember buying the vinyl on Oxford Street first time around). Some classic singles are here... "I Heard a Rumour", "I Can't Help It" and most of all the seminal "Love In The First Degree", which must be the best SAW production of them all. The rest of the album has their touch too, though the original album version of "Nathan Jones" has an interesting alternative sound. "Once In A Lifetime", a pretty Siobhan lead vocal ballad is another favourite, a pretty and thoughtful song to end the original LP on. Here though an incredible 19 bonus tracks come after it!
Their forays into the dance market are here in the B sides, including the original and remixed versions of "Mr Sleaze", the former being great fun with more lyrics, almost being a "proper" song. I remember the girls doing this song well on their 1989 tour.
As with all the other Edsel reissues there's a plethora of bonus tracks, some unreleased. "Reason for Living" is my favourite of the lot, being an earlier, pre-rewrite version of "I Want You Back". Same verses but different chorus, it's great to hear this from the studio master. There are other early version of the well knowns too, including a lower-NRG 12" version of "I Heard a Rumour" and another 12" of "Nathan Jones" which is a hybrid of the bass tone album version and the later single release.
We are also treated to a number of other scarce remixes, many on CD for the first time.Read more ›
And they did. Wow features several seminal Bananarama singles, including Love In The First Degree, I Want You Back and I Can't Help It.
This re-issue includes the original album version of Nathan Jones, featuring Siobhan, and the single version (which was re-recorded with new recruit Jacqui O'Sullivan). It also includes Mr Sleaze, which was listed as a flip-side on the AA-side single release of Love in The First Degree (and credited to Stock Aitken Waterman).
Considering this re-release includes bonus tracks, a disappointing omission is the single Love, Truth & Honesty, which, although admittedly released as part of the Greatest Hits Collection, does tie in with the chronology of singles taken from this album, and would have been a welcome inclusion on an expanded edition of Wow.
Regardless, this is an enjoyably confident pop album, and a glorious last shout from the original line-up. Although there were high points to come, the spirit would never truly be the same again.
My only gripe? Why couldn't the have included "I Want You Back" Extended European Mix - "Love In The First Degree" Eurobeat Style Mix and the 12" version of "Love, Truth and Honesty"? That would've have created the definitive edition of this cracking album.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
love it!!!a masterpiece for every fan of the group!!!excellent booklet,fantastic video and lost tv appereaance!!
every fan in love with bananarama owns this,i'm shore!!
Excellent!! The best Bananarama álbum with loads of treats, lyrics, photos, extras, extended versions, you name it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roberto M
On behalf of a friend, she says the DVD was great & loud. CD was also great. Thank you.Published 21 months ago by Barntrek