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The Greatest Hits Collection

The Greatest Hits Collection

by Bananarama Bananarama


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Theoretically, this should be a note-perfect example of commercial '80s pop music at its best. But it isn't. Half of this album is actually pretty great, though -- particularly the early Bananarama hits. The Fun Boy Three-produced "He Was Really Sayin' Something" throws that band's quirky avant-funk underneath the threesome's harmonizing; the cover of "Aie A Mwana" shows off some slightly unexpected Afrobeat chops over a brisk arrangement; while "Shy Boy" takes a more mainstream approach, but without losing its understated sass. The American hits "Robert De Niro's Waiting" and "Cruel Summer" show how the trio could balance chart aspirations with atypical singing or subject matter. When it comes to the multi-national smashes produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman, though, it's not quite a case of the emperor having no clothes as much as a case of SAW being a one-trick pony. The reworking of Shocking Blue's "Venus" was a well-deserved success, taking the off-kilter pop
ock of the original and giving it a sparkling dance undercarriage. "I Heard a Rumour" isn't bad either, with a catchy chorus and a similar synth sheen. Unfortunately, the rest of the SAW-overseen selections do both the band and producers a major disservice, all being pallid and boring revamps of those two songs. If they ever felt defensive about the critical slams they received, the fact remains that at this point in the band's career there wasn't much to shout about. A new version of the Beatles' "Help!" at least provided them with a song that was more distinct than most of the late-'80s hash they received, but it wasn't as compelling a reworking as the others.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2019
Label: London Records
UPC: 5060555212063
catalogNumber: 5521206
Rank: 5516


Disc 1

  1. Venus
  2. I Heard a Rumour
  3. Love in the First Degree
  4. I Can't Help It
  5. I Want You Back
  6. Love, Truth and Honesty
  7. Nathan Jones
  8. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin'
  9. Shy Boy (Don't Make You Feel Good)
  10. Robert de Niro's Waiting
  11. Cruel Summer
  12. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
  13. Trick of the Night
  14. Aie a Mwana
  15. A Trick of the Night
  16. Aie A Mwana
  17. More Than Physical
  18. Do Not Disturb
  19. Hot Line to Heaven
  20. The Wild Life
  21. Cheers Then

Disc 2

  1. Really Saying Something
  2. Shy Boy
  3. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
  4. Robert De Niro's Waiting...
  5. Venus
  6. More Than Physical
  7. I Heard a Rumour
  8. Love in the First Degree (Eurobeat Style)
  9. I Can't Help It
  10. Nathan Jones
  11. Cruel Summer

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