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Bananarama Import, Original recording remastered
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|1. Cruel Summer|
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|7. State I'm In|
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|9. Through A Child's Eye|
|12. Rough Justice|
|13. Live Now|
|14. Hot Line To Heaven|
|15. The Wild Life|
2007 digitally remastered and expanded reissue of this 1984 sophomore album by the most successful British girl group in Pop history featuring six bonus tracks: 'Cairo', 'Push', 'Rough Justice' (Seven Inch Version), 'Live Now', 'Hotline To Heaven' (Seven Inch Version) and 'The Wild Life'. 15 tracks total including the hits 'Cruel Summer', 'Robert DeNiro's Waiting' and more. Warner
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The album's best-known tracks are the funky "Cruel summer" (their very first U.S. top 10 hit, eventually covered by Ace of Base), and "Robert de Niro's waiting" (a pop hit whose pretty melody dissimulated the dark, serious matter of a date rape). There were more singles from the album: the moody "Rough justice" and "Hotline to heaven" and the cheerful "State I'm in". And there could have been more : "King of the jungle" is a funky and slick dance track, and "Dream baby" is as catchy as any of the band's pop hits. Still, the best comes last : "Through a child's eye" is one of the band's most beautiful ballads, longing and nostalgic, with an incredible melody and a heartfelt delivery from the girls. Throughout the album, there is a sense of maturity on many of the songs that was absent from its previous recordings - and, some may argue, on most of the band's subsequent work. Many of the songs deal with isolation, abuse of power, addiction and social disorder, and the fact that they co-wrote almost every single track on the album shows how much the girls poured their hearts into the songs.
This remastered edition features six bonus tracks; the most interesting ones are "Push" (which could have been a successful single on its own), "Cairo" (which would be covered in 1986 with altered lyrics by another British female trio, Amazulu), "Live now" and the smash single "The wild life" from the Karate Kid soundtrack. The sound quality is excellent and it's a good deal for fans of the band, many of which have had to pay a high price in the past for this album.
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Along with "Cruel Summer," this album produced hits like "Rough Justice," "Hot Line To Heaven" and "Robert DeNiro's Waiting," and this deluxe three disc set includes album/single and extended versions of them all. It also includes a non-lp track, "The Wild Life," in single, instrumental, extended and dub versions. The remainder of "bonus" tracks on discs one and two are b-sides, dub versions, and remixes. Of these, "Cairo," "Push!" and "Live Now" are especially notable. The 1989 "Swing Beat" remixes of "Cruel Summer" were produced by Stock Aitken Waterman over five years after the original version debuted, and in this reviewer's opinion they don't add much value to this collection.
The dvd in the set is one of the better compilations to come with these deluxe reissues, with seven promotional music videos, and four additional appearances on the BBC. And like the other Bananarama packages, the discs all come in a small hardcover book that also includes song lyrics, release notes, chart data, original album/single art, and an informative essay by reissue producer Tom Parker. Be aware that some collectors have reported problems with split disc sleeves, and small amounts of adhesive on the edges of discs that make it difficult to remove them from the sleeves. My set does have the split bottoms on the sleeves, but only the lower edge of each disc protrudes slightly.
As an essential early release from Bananarama, the original 1983 album is highly recommended to new listeners and casual fans. This deluxe collection adds such great supplemental material to the package (including six previously unreleased cuts) that it's a recommended buy for Bananafans and completists alike.
DISC ONE: Cruel Summer 3:35, Rough Justice 5:04, King Of The Jungle 3:26, Dream Baby 3:08, Link 1:30, Hot Line To Heaven 7:16, State I'm In 2:45, Robert DeNiro's Waiting 3:42, Through A Child's Eyes 3:39, plus bonus tracks The Wild Life 3:54, Cairo 3:46, Push! 4:08, Live Now 3:05, Cruel Summer (12" version) 4:55, Robert DeNiro's Waiting (extended version) 5:42, Rough Justice (extended version) 5:20, The Wild Life (extended version) 6:23, Cruel Summer ('89 swing beat dub) 5:17
DISC TWO: Cruel Summer ('89 swing beat version) 3:21, Robert DeNiro's Waiting (7" version) 3:29, Rough Justice (7" version) 3:38, Hot Line To Heaven (7" version) 3:45, The Wild Life (7" version) 3:17, Cruel Summer (cruel dub) 3:27, Rough Justice (original 12" mix) 6:40, King Of The Jungle (unsegued version) 3:18, Dream Baby (unsegued version) 3:09, Push! (extended version) 5:55, State I'm In (extended version) 4:37, The Wild Life (dub version) 7:04, Cruel Summer (summer dub) 5:13, State I'm In (instrumental) 3:07, The Wild Life (instrumental) 4:06, Cruel Summer ('89 swing beat instrumental) 5:02
DISC THREE (dvd): Cruel Summer, Robert DeNiro's Waiting, Rough Justice, Hot Line To Heaven, State I'm In, The Wild Life, Cruel Summer '89, Cruel Summer (On "Top Of The Pops"), Robert DeNiro's Waiting (on "The Russell Harty Show"), Rough Justice (on "Top Of The Pops"), Michael Row The Boat Ashore (on "Saturday Superstore")