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Bananarama Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (March 26 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Wea/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000N2G1FS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

1. Cruel Summer
2. Rough Justice
3. King Of The Jungle
4. Dream Baby
5. Link
6. Hot Line To Heaven
7. State I'm In
8. Robert De Niro's Waiting
9. Through A Child's Eye
10. Cairo
11. Push!
12. Rough Justice
13. Live Now
14. Hot Line To Heaven
15. The Wild Life

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tim on July 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have today taken delivery of all 5 of the Bananarama albums that have been reissued by Collectables in the US. When I ordered them, I noticed that there was a suspicious lack of information about remastering on any website but still nothing could have prepared me for the disappointment over the sound quality of these new editions! They sound like poor bootlegs. Furthermore there are are no sleevenotes and not all the original artwork is included. 5 Stars for the music - 1 for the mastering!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 2 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
With the self-titled sophomore set to their smash debut album ("Deep sea skiving"), the trio that would eventually become U.K.'s top-selling female group consolidated its place on the charts, while managing to carve themselves a niche in the fickle North American album. And, even more interestingly, they managed to do so with an album that was entertaining, heartfelt and consistent.

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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Music - Shame About the Sound Quality July 13 2004
By Tim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have today taken delivery of all 5 of the Bananarama albums that have been reissued by Collectables in the US. When I ordered them, I noticed that there was a suspicious lack of information about remastering on any website but still nothing could have prepared me for the disappointment over the sound quality of these new editions! They sound like poor bootlegs. Furthermore there are are no sleevenotes and not all the original artwork is included. 5 Stars for the music - 1 for the mastering!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Great album remastered May 12 2007
By William - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Since back in the day in 1984 have loved Bananarama, especially this album. I really dig the bonus tracks included such as the Rough Justice single radio version, Cairo is really catchy also. The Wild Life is nice to finally have on cd, also Live Now a great song they execute so well, should have been on the album and released as a single. Most of all the song Through a Child's Eyes really shines remastered, such a beautiful, powerful song, I wish they would release this song, it is a hit. Who cares if it was done back in 1984, it sounds just as good today, it should be put on the next album they do, and released.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another fan-essential deluxe reissue from Edsel and Rhino Records June 26 2014
By J. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
(Track listing follows.) As an album, "Bananarama" is a solid accomplishment, and proves that Keren, Sara and Siobhan's songwriting skills had matured since "Deep Sea Skiving." "Cruel Summer" would have been a better title for this collection of (mostly) socially-conscious themes and beach-friendly sounds. Not all is doom and gloom, but this is far and away the most thought-provoking album from the group to date. The Jolley & Swain production, generally upbeat and slightly whimsical, offers a contrast to lyrics about alienation, injustice and loss. It's a balancing act, and not every listener will find the contrast appealing.

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")
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Hot Line To Heaven, Indeed! March 30 2007
By Felipe Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This reissue is way better than the US reissue. This album is darker in theme than the debut, but still very poppy & infectious, Cruel Summer & Robert Deniro's Waiting are classics & rank among the best the girls have done. The album has been remastered and has many bonus tracks, all of which are rare and terrific. The girls have finally been recognised for their talent & gotten some respect. God bless Rhino Records.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
bananarama early years May 28 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this album was before the girls joined the hit factory of stock aitken and waterman and features some really good stuff including the fahey penned hit twice for the bluebells "young at heart". the sound is relatively raw compared to later recordings but never the less contains some real gems


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