- Audio CD (28 Oct. 2013)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
- Label: Edsel
- ASIN: B00E9JQDAY
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Please Yourself (Bonus DVD) CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Box set
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• In 1992, Keren and Sara relaunched Bananarama as a duo and returned to PWL to record with long-time collaborators Stock & Waterman for the enjoyably self-indulgent “Please Yourself”, a project partly conceived as ‘Abba Banana’ and containing the hit singles “Movin’ On”, “More, More, More” and “Last Thing On My Mind” – subsequently a top ten smash for Steps. • Remastered from the original studio tapes, this Deluxe 2 CD + DVD casebound book edition, expertly compiled and annotated by acknowledged expert Tom Parker, features twenty-one bonus tracks! Aside from the non-album B-sides, and the many mixes, are twelve previously unreleased mixes from the PWL archive! • The DVD features three 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.
Top Customer Reviews
'Is she good to you' should have been released as a single.'Let me love you one more time' is a beautiful song with a powerful middle 8 instrumental.
The extra B side tracks 'Another Lover' and 'Treat me right' are good fun.
Listen and Enjoy.
it's one of my favorite Bananarama albums
this special release is just wonderful
The album opens with Movin On, which immediately strikes you as the campest and glitziest song the girls have done to date. Gone is the darker and heavier mood from Pop Life, instead with this album we seemingly have all out glittering disco. Not that this is bad per se, but Movin On is not a particularly strong number. Last Thing On My Mind is better, its still glitzy and camp, but played out at a slightly slower tempo, with a tinge of melancholy. It is impossible to listen to nowadayas without thinking of the infamous Steps version, but the 'rams original is subtler and superior. Let Me Love You One More Time is another poor track, unfortunately, a rather dull and uninspiring ballad reminiscent of Once in A Lifetime (from Wow) but no where near as good. Thankfully, the album has its first true belter of a track next, with the 'rams take on Andrea True's More More More. Andrea's original is a sexy and entertaining number, but for me, the girsl own this song. With re-jigged lyrics and a truly dazzling hi-NRG disco sound, this is how the 'rams should do cover versions (after the dissapointing Long Train Running). Luckily, Is She Good To You is another belter of a track, much much stronger than the opener, a really feal good pop song. Only Time Will Tell and Give it All Up For Love are both strong, yet slightler more serious numbers, still firmly in the disco genre however. They don't set the stereo alight, but they're listenable enough little tracks, and both conjure up images of po-faced drag queens vogue-ing.Read more ›
These reissues afford Bananarama enthusiasts the opportunity to pick up the majority of the group's back catalogue for a relatively low price, so if you've come this far, chances are you're going to pick this one up for the sake of completism. But it's worth knowing in advance that it really is a mixed bag.
The positives? Well, despite having lost one third of their vocal sound, the group still sounds decidedly like Bananarama. "Movin' On" was an enjoyable lead-off single, and the soulfulness of the original album closer "I Could Be Persuaded" almost catches the listener off guard in context. The album also spawned "Last Thing On My Mind", later to become a moster hit for the love-em-or-hate-em Steps (be warned however, that Bananarama's version sounds retrospectively apologetic when compared).
The negatives? Well, all of the album's major problems stem from one creative decision; the return to the outdated - even then - production sound of Stock & Waterman (Aitken had "left the building" by this point) was decidedly misjudged.
It's easy to see the logic in hindsight; fifth album "Pop Life" was a commercial flop, so no wonder the group returned to the production team responsible for their most recent commercial successes. Alas, hearing this album as part of the reissue series, and as a follow up to the innovative production heft of "Pop Life", it plays as a disappointing backward step. And there's no mistaking the fact that it sounds woefully thin and slight.
It's still listenable, and probably essential for completists, but click 'add to cart' with lowered expectations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With all the bonus material all in sparkling remastered quality, this is not to be missed! Superb.Published 21 months ago by PhilG
Following the departure of Jacqui O Sullivan the girls were reduced to a duo consisting of founder members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward but proove they are more then capable of... Read morePublished on 11 April 2011 by Ali83
The two women never sang so sweet before as on this album :o) I really like to listen to their voices and there are a few very good tracks on this album (movin'on, last thing on my... Read morePublished on 5 July 2007 by R. Fischer
so jacqui left the building and pete waterman came in! sadly he doesnt recapure what bananarama were all about! Read morePublished on 1 April 2007 by Whatyathinkaboutthat?