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The Very Best of Bananarama

Bananarama 2001


Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the trio's first single, 1981's "Aie a Mwana," The Very Best of Bananarama is by some distance the most comprehensive collection available. Actually, it's 1988's Greatest Hits Collection in toto (including the early album track "Rough Justice" and the then-new single, a terrible version of the Beatles' "Help!") plus all the singles from 1991's Pop Life and 1994's Please Yourself and a new megamix of three previous hits by their former producer, Pete Waterman, which is just as tacky and embarrassing as it seems it would be. The singles are a handy précis of the two post-Siobhan Fahey albums (neither of which are particularly memorable additions to the canon), and their inclusion, combined with the far superior 1981-1984 singles and the worldwide smash hits from the trio's Stock-Aitken-Waterman era, make this the perfect purchase for the casual Bananarama listener. That said, there are some notable exclusions that make this a frustrating purchase for fans, most notably the original trio's frothy 1998 reunion single, a good-humored and campy cover of ABBA's "Waterloo," and the excellent 1984 single "The Wild Life" (theme from the Cameron Crowe film of the same name), which mysteriously has been missing from nearly every one of the many Bananarama compilations since then. But for those with only room for one Bananarama album in their lives, this is the one. ~ Stewart Mason
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Venus Bananarama 3:47
  3. 2 Love in the First Degree Bananarama 3:30
  4. 3 Robert de Niro's Waiting Bananarama 3:38
  5. 4 Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) [Cover] Bananarama 3:25
  6. 5 Really Saying Something Bananarama 2:41
  7. 6 Cruel Summer Bananarama 3:30
  8. 7 Shy Boy Bananarama 3:11
  9. 8 I Want You Back Bananarama 3:50
  10. 9 Nathan Jones Bananarama 3:17
  11. 10 I Heard a Rumour Bananarama 3:23
  12. 11 More, More, More Bananarama 3:4
  13. 12 Only Your Love [Single Version] Bananarama 3:57
  14. 13 I Can't Help It Bananarama 3:29
  15. 14 Love, Truth & Honesty Bananarama 3:24
  16. 15 It Ain't What You Do Bananarama 2:45
  17. 16 Rough Justice Bananarama 3:34
  18. 17 Last Thing on My Mind Bananarama 3:29
  19. 18 Long Train Running Bananarama 3:27
  20. 19 Preacher Man Bananarama 3:12
  21. 20 Movin' On Bananarama 3:28
  22. 21 Help Bananarama 2:56
  23. 22 Venus/I Heard a Rumour/Love in the First Degree [Tempus Fugit Mix] Bananarama 6:22

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