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Bananarama [Original recording remastered, Import]

Bananarama Audio CD
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6. Hot Line To Heaven
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8. Robert De Niro's Waiting
9. Through A Child's Eye
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Music - Shame About the Sound Quality July 13 2004
By Tim
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bananarama's most consistent work Sept. 2 2007
By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bonus track selection could have been better.... Feb. 26 2008
By Daniel W. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great to have this album reissued, and to finally include Wild Life on it, but it's hard to believe they missed the opportunity to include 12" versions and opted for 7" versions instead! It would have been great to have the 12" versions of Cruel Summer, Robert DeNiro's Waiting, and the full version of State I'm In from the b-side of the "hot line to heaven" single. All of the reissues of Bananarama's catalog make it clear that fans hunger for bonus tracks, but there are still so many mixes of their songs that have failed to make it to CD at last.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great album remastered May 12 2007
By William - Published on Amazon.com
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars More serious stuff in second upbeat album. Aug. 14 2003
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Bananarama have another go with producers Tony Swain and Steve Jolley on their sophomore effort. The catchy dance beat mixed with R&B sounds and those harmony vocals are still there, but there are some serious and less happier things covered here.
First up is one of their best known hits, opening with the vibes-sounding keyboards and bass synth. "Cruel Summer" which barely cracked the Top Ten in the US, is a brief portrait of the effects a really hot day can have on someone who's had better days. Ace of Base not only covered this in 1998 but actually named their third album after this song.
The more serious "Rough Justice" details the tragic situation in Northern Ireland, including domestic violence, con-men, but mostly the IRA bombings: "Innocent people walking by/no time to smile before they die/don't call that justice/children are starving on the street/another one disappearing every week/don't call that justice." Also, "I remember the pain and humiliation/I'll show them rough justice/the way that they did."
"King Of The Jungle" seems to be an IRA gunman song, someone who pushes guns by day, stalks at night, and has "gotta make another martyr."
"Dream Baby" is another nod to 60's R&B laced with an especially snappy beat. There's a brief one minute plus song titled "Link" that leads to "Hot Line In Heaven", whose beat and style would be replicated and slowed down on "Trick Of The Night" on their next album, True Confessions. This is one of the better sounding songs here, but it's only in the bridge that one discovers it's a song about drug addiction: "Once a man but now you're just a shell/you make a deal/you make a grade/but you're headed for an early grave/you got to find it, got to try something special to get you high."
One of the most infectious numbers here, with a backing horn section, "State I'm In" has the same appeal that "Young At Heart" on their debut, especially with the quickly sung chorus.
The UK Top 3 hit "Robert De Niro's Waiting" has an air of seriousness about it, as the girl in the song would rather go watch de Niro's movies as opposed to a bad experience she had: "Boys next door are never what they seem/a walk in the park can become a bad dream."
The only soft song here, "Child's Eyes" with its acoustic guitar and soft synths bewails the passing of childhood innocence with the passage of adulthood and experience: "I never believe that I'd grow old/still I can hear the things you told/the sun has gone and the nights are cold." This lament is the best song here, particularly with the heartfelt final lines: "I sit and watch the sunset/with tears in my eyes/I sit and watch the sunset/the child in me sighs/why did you have to tell me so many lies?"
The trio have developed more fully with this album, though with a few lesser cuts--"Dream Baby" and "King Of The Jungle", but the overall sound is still consistent. Rating: 4.3 rounded down to 4.
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