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Really Saying Something: Bananarama Reissues Coming from Edsel

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Bananarama Edsel“Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning, I sit around…”

Summer may be over, but Edsel’s given Bananarama fans quite the reason to sing and dance: on October 22, they will reissue all six of the London girl group’s London Records albums as 2CD/1DVD sets.

Known for their spunky, tomboyish image, powerful unison vocals and a style with one foot in both the past and the future – hits included covers of “Really Saying Something” by The Velvelettes, Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” and Shocking Blue’s “Venus” (not to mention originals like “Cruel Summer,” produced by Jolley & Swain, and “I Heard a Rumour,” a huge hit for the Stock Aitken Waterman production team) – Bananarama enjoyed great success on both sides of the Atlantic. While their chart presence lessened after the departure of original member Siobhan Fahey (later of Shakespears Sister), who was briefly replaced by Jacquie O’Sullivan, both Sara Dallin and Karen Woodward continue to record under the Bananarama moniker, most recently issuing a new compilation and an EP last winter.

In traditional Edsel format, these triple-disc sets will be packaged in casebound book packaging. All six albums – Deep Sea Skiving (1983), Bananarama (1984), True Confessions (1986), Wow! (1987), Pop Life (1991) and Please Yourself (1993) – are heavy on bonus material; while not complete (blame the remix-heavy early ’90s), they handily outshine the offerings on Rhino’s 2007 single-disc remasters, including promo videos and BBC appearances on each DVD and unreleased audio material, including alternate mixes and outtakes, on every package.

All six will be released on October 22, and can be pre-ordered after the jump.

Deep Sea SkivingDeep Sea Skiving: Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG 8029 (U.K.), 2013)

Disc 1: Original LP (released as London RAMA 1, 1983) and bonus tracks

  1. Shy Boy
  2. Doctor Love
  3. What a Shambles
  4. Really Saying Something
  5. Cheers Then
  6. Aie a Mwana
  7. Young At Heart
  8. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
  9. Hey Young London
  10. Boy Trouble
  11. Wish You Were Here
  12. He’s Got Tact (single A-side – London/Barclay S07P-1025 (JP), 1982)
  13. Girl About Town (B-side to “Cheers Then” – London NANA 3, 1982)
  14. Tell Tale Signs (B-side to “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” – London NANA 4, 1983)
  15. No Feelings (from Party Party: Original Soundtrack Recording - A&M Records AMLH 68551, 1982)
  16. Aie a Mwana (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – Demon/Deram DMX 446, 1981)
  17. Really Saying Something (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 1, 1982)
  18. Shy Boy (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 2, 1982)
  19. Cheers Then (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 3, 1982)
  20. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (12″ Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 4, 1983)

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Aie a Mwana (7” Version) (single A-side – Demon D 1010, 1981)
  2. Really Saying Something (U.S. 7” Mix) (single A-side – London LD 201 (U.S.), 1982)
  3. Shy Boy (U.S. 7” Mix) (single A-side – London 810 112-7 (U.S.), 1982)
  4. No Feelings (Alternative Mix) *
  5. Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares (B-side to “Really Saying Something” – London NANA 1, 1982)
  6. Boy Trouble (Extended Version) (12″ B-side to “Shy Boy” – London NANX 2, 1982)
  7. Girl About Town (Extended Version) (12″ B-side to “Cheers Then” – London NANX 3, 1982)
  8. Tell Tale Signs (Extended Version) (12″ B-side to “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye” – Decca LDSX 205 (CA), 1983)
  9. Aie a Mwana (U.S. Extended Version) (12″ B-side to “Really Saying Something” – London LLD 101, 1982)
  10. Really Saying Something (U.S. Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London LLD 101, 1982)
  11. Shy Boy (U.S. Long Version) (12″ promotional A-side – London 810 299-1 DJ (U.S.), 1982)
  12. Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares (Extended Version) (12″ B-side – London NANX 1, 1982)
  13. Aie A Mwana (U.S. Dub) (12″ B-side to “Really Saying Something” – London LLD 101, 1982)
  14. Shy Boy (U.S. Dub) (12″ promotional B-side – London 810 299-1 DJ (U.S.), 1982)
  15. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (Na (Dub) Hey) (12″ B-side – London NANX 4, 1983)
  16. Aie a Mwana (Dubwana) (single B-side – Demon D 1010, 1981)

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Really Saying Something (promo video)
  2. Shy Boy (promo video)
  3. Cheers Then (promo video)
  4. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (promo video)
  5. Really Saying Something (Top of the Pops)
  6. Shy Boy (6:55 Special)
  7. Boy Trouble (6:55 Special)
  8. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) (Saturday Superstore)

BananaramaBananarama: Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG 8030 (U.K.), 2013)

Disc 1: Original LP (released as London RAMA 2, 1984) and bonus tracks

  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 Eyes
  10. The Wild Life (from The Wild Life: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – MCA Records 5523 (U.S.), 1984)
  11. Cairo (12″ B-side to “Cruel Summer” – London NANX 5, 1984)
  12. Push! (B-side to “Robert De Niro’s Waiting…” – London NANA 6, 1984)
  13. Live Now (B-side to “Rough Justice” – London NANA 7, 1984)
  14. Cruel Summer (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 5, 1984)
  15. Robert De Niro’s Waiting (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 6, 1984)
  16. Rough Justice (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 7, 1984)
  17. The Wild Life (Extended Version) *
  18. Cruel Summer (’89 Swing Beat Dub) (12″ A-side – London NANA 19, 1989)

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Cruel Summer (’89 Swing Beat Version) (single A-side – London NANA 19, 1989)
  2. Robert De Niro’s Waiting… (7’’ Version) (single A-side – London NANA 6, 1984)
  3. Rough Justice (7” Version) (single A-side – London NANA 7, 1984)
  4. Hot Line to Heaven (7” Version) (single A-side – London NANA 8, 1984)
  5. The Wild Life (7” Version) (single A-side – London 882 019-7 (U.S.), 1984)
  6. Cruel Summer (Cruel Dub) (12″ B-side – London NANX 5, 1984)
  7. Rough Justice (Original 12” Mix) *
  8. King of the Jungle (Unsegued Version) *
  9. Dream Baby (Unsegued Version) *
  10. Link/Push! (12″ B-side to “Robert De Niro’s Waiting…” – London NANX 6, 1984)
  11. State I’m In (Extended Version) (12″ B-side to “Hot Line to Heaven” – London NANX 8, 1984)
  12. Cruel Summer (Summer Dub) (single B-side – London NANA 5, 1984)
  13. The Wild Life (Dub Version) (12″ B-side – London LDSX 218 (CA), 1984)
  14. State I’m In (Instrumental) *
  15. The Wild Life (Instrumental) *
  16. Cruel Summer (’89 Swing Beat Instrumental) (12″ promotional A-side – London NAXDJ19, 1989)

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Cruel Summer (promo video)
  2. Robert De Niro’s Waiting… (promo video)
  3. Rough Justice (promo video)
  4. Hot Line To Heaven (promo video)
  5. State I’m In (promo video)
  6. The Wild Life (promo video)
  7. Cruel Summer ‘89 (promo video)
  8. Cruel Summer (Top of the Pops)
  9. Robert De Niro’s Waiting… (The Russell Harty Show)
  10. Rough Justice (Top of the Pops)
  11. Michael, Row the Boat Ashore (Saturday Superstore)

True ConfessionsTrue Confessions: Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG 8031 (U.K.), 2013)

Disc 1: Original LP (London RAMA 3, 1986) and B-sides

  1. True Confessions
  2. Ready or Not
  3. A Trick of the Night
  4. Dance with a Stranger
  5. In a Perfect World
  6. Venus (Single Version) (single A-side – London NANA 10, 1986)
  7. Do Not Disturb
  8. A Cut Above the Rest
  9. Promised Land
  10. More Than Physical
  11. Hooked on Love
  12. Too Much of a Good Thing *
  13. Vicious Circle *
  14. Ghost (B-side to “Do Not Disturb” – London NANA 9, 1986)
  15. White Train (B-side to “Venus” – London NANA 10, 1986)
  16. Scarlett (B-side to “More Than Physical” – London NANA 11, 1986)
  17. Riskin’ Romance (from The Secret of My Success: Music from the Motion Picture - MCA Records 6205, 1987)
  18. Set on You (B-side to “A Trick of the Night” – London NANEP 12, 1987)

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Do Not Disturb (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 9, 1986)
  2. Venus (Extended Version) (12″ A-side – London NANX 10, 1986)
  3. More Than Physical (Garage Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANX 11, 1986)
  4. A Trick of the Night (The Number One Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANX 12, 1987)
  5. Ready or Not (Pettibone & Forest Mix) *
  6. Venus (Fire & Brimstone Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANXRR 10, 1986)
  7. More Than Physical (Musclebound Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANXR 11, 1986)
  8. A Trick of the Night (Dub) (12″ promotional A-side – London NANDJ 12, 1987)
  9. Venus (Dub) (12″ B-side – London NANX 10, 1986)
  10. More Than Physical (Dub) (12″ B-side – London NANX 11, 1986)
  11. Ready or Not (Pettibone & Forest Dub) *
  12. Venus (Original Mix)

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Do Not Disturb (promo video)
  2. Venus (promo video)
  3. More Than Physical (promo video)
  4. A Trick of the Night (U.K. promo video)
  5. A Trick of the Night (U.S. promo video)
  6. Venus (12” Version) (promo video)
  7. Venus (Top of the Pops)
  8. More Than Physical (Wogan)
  9. The Making of “A Trick of the Night” (from In At the Deep End)

Bananarama WowWow! Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG 8032 (U.K.), 1987)

Disc 1: Original LP (London RAMA 4, 1987) and bonus tracks

  1. I Can’t Help It
  2. I Heard a Rumour
  3. Some Girls
  4. Love in the First Degree
  5. Once in a Lifetime
  6. Strike It Rich
  7. Bad for Me
  8. Come Back
  9. Nathan Jones
  10. I Want You Back
  11. Clean Cut Boy (Party Size) (B-side to “I Heard a Rumour” – London NANA 13, 1987)
  12. Mr Sleaze (B-side to “Love in the First Degree” – London NANA 14, 1987)
  13. Ecstasy (B-side to “I Can’t Help It” – London NANA 15, 1987)
  14. Amnesia (12” Extended Version) (12″ B-side to “I Want You Back” – London NANX 17, 1988)
  15. I Heard a Rumour (Horoscope Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANX 13, 1987)
  16. Love in the First Degree (Jailers Mix with Intro) (12″ A-side – London NANX 14, 1987)
  17. I Can’t Help It (Extended Club Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANX 15, 1987)

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Love in the First Degree (Love in the House Mix) *
  2. I Heard a Rumour (House Mix) (12″ B-side – London NANXR 13, 1987)
  3. I Can’t Help It (The Hammond Version Excursion) (12″ A-side – London NANXR 15, 1987)
  4. Reason for Living (12″ Master) *
  5. Some Girls (12” Version) (cassette bonus track – London KRAMC 4, 1987)
  6. Strike It Rich (12″ Version) (cassette bonus track – London KRAMC 4, 1987)
  7. I Heard a Rumour (Original 12″ Mix) *
  8. Nathan Jones (Original 12” Mix) *
  9. I Want You Back (Original 12” Mix) *
  10. Ecstasy (Chicago House Stylee) (12″ B-side – London NANX 15, 1987)
  11. I Heard a Rumour (Dub) (12″ B-side – London NANX 13, 1987)
  12. Mr Sleaze (Rare Groove Remix) (12″ B-side to “Love in the First Degree” – London NANX 14, 1987)

Disc 3: DVD

  1. I Heard a Rumour (promo video)
  2. Love in the First Degree (promo video)
  3. Mr Sleaze (promo video)
  4. I Can’t Help It (promo video)
  5. I Want You Back (promo video)
  6. Love, Truth and Honesty (promo video)
  7. Nathan Jones (promo video)
  8. Help! (promo video)
  9. I Can’t Help It (12” Version) (promo video)
  10. I Want You Back (Alternative Version) (promo video)
  11. I Heard a Rumour (Top of the Pops)
  12. I Want You Back (Going Live)
  13. Love, Truth and Honesty (Top of the Pops)
  14. Nathan Jones (Wogan)

Bananarama Pop LifePop Life: Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG 8033 (U.K.), 2013)

Disc 1: Original LP (released as London 828 246-1, 1991) and bonus tracks

  1. Preacher Man
  2. Long Train Running
  3. Only Your Love
  4. What Color R the Skies Where U Live?
  5. Is Your Love Strong Enough
  6. Tripping on Your Love
  7. Ain’t No Cure
  8. Outta Sight
  9. Megalomaniac
  10. I Can’t Let You Go
  11. Heartless (CD bonus track – London 828 246-2, 1991)
  12. I Don’t Care *
  13. Some Boys *
  14. Only Your Love (Milky Bar Mix) (12″ A-side – London/FFFR NANX 21, 1990)
  15. Tripping on Your Love (Dancefloor Justice Mix) (12″ promotional A-side – London/FFFR NANXDJ 22, 1991)
  16. Preacher Man (Original 12″ Mix) *

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Only Your Love (Monkey Drum Mooch) (12″ A-side – London/FFFR NANXR 21, 1990)
  2. Preacher Man (Ramabanana Alternative Mix) (12″ A-side – London/FFFR NANX 23, 1991)
  3. Long Train Running (Alma De Noche Version) (12″ A-side – London/FFFR NANX 24, 1991)
  4. Tripping on Your Love (Euro Trance Mix) (12″ A-side – London/FFFR NANX 22, 1991)
  5. Ain’t No Cure (Alternative Version) (from expanded reissue – Rhino 5144 20084-2, 2007)
  6. What Colour R the Skies Where U Live? (Paco’s Revenge Mix) *
  7. Tripping on Your Love (Smoove Mix) (12″ promotional A-side – London/FFFR PRO 958-1 (U.S.), 1991)
  8. I Don’t Care (Tony King Remix) *
  9. Ain’t No Cure (Original 12″ Mix) *
  10. Tripping on Your Love (Silky 70s Mix) (12″ A-side – London/FFFR 869 547-1 (U.S.), 1991)
  11. Long Train Running (Sparky’s Magic Button Mix) (12″ promotional B-side – London/FFFR NANXDJ 24, 1991)
  12. Tripping on Your Love (Sweet Exorcist Remix) (12″ B-side – London/FFFR NANX 23, 1991)

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Only Your Love (promo video)
  2. Preacher Man (promo video)
  3. Long Train Running (promo video)
  4. Tripping on Your Love (promo video)
  5. Only Your Love (Wogan)
  6. Preacher Man (Top of the Pops)

Bananarama Please YourselfPlease Yourself: Deluxe Edition (Edsel EDSG 8034 (U.K.), 2013)

Disc 1: Original LP (released as London 828 357-2, 1993) and bonus tracks

  1. Movin’ On
  2. Last Thing on My Mind
  3. Let Me Love You One More Time
  4. More, More, More
  5. Is She Good to You
  6. Only Time Will Tell
  7. Give It All Up for Love
  8. You’ll Never Know What It Means
  9. You’re Never Satisfied
  10. I Could Be Persuaded
  11. Another Lover (B-side to “Last Thing on My Mind” – London NANA 26, 1992)
  12. Treat Me Right (B-side to “Movin’ On” – London NANA 25, 1992)
  13. More, More, More (7” Mix) (single A-side – London NANA 27, 1993)
  14. Movin’ On (Bumpin’ Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANX 25, 1992)
  15. Last Thing on My Mind (Hi-NRG Mix) (CD single B-side – London NANX 26, 1992)
  16. More, More, More (12” Mix) (12″ A-side – London NANA 27, 1993)
  17. Nueva Dirección (Movin’ On – Spanish Version) *
  18. Last Thing on My Mind (Extended Version) *

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. Movin’ On (Movin’ Mix) *
  2. Is She Good to You? (7” Remix) *
  3. More, More, More (Original 12” Mix) *
  4. Only Time Will Tell (Garage Version) *
  5. Movin’ On (Original 12” Mix) *
  6. Is She Good to You? (12” Club Mix) *
  7. More, More, More (Extended Version) *
  8. Movin’ On (NRG Mix) *
  9. Last Thing on My Mind (Xtra NRG Mix) *
  10. More, More, More (More Tech No Dub) *
  11. Movin’ On (The ‘Norty’ Banana Mix) (12″ promotional B-side – London NANXDJ 25, 1992)
  12. Last Thing on My Mind (FXTC Dub) (CD single B-side – London NANX 26, 1992)
  13. More, More, More (Remix Dub) (12″ B-side – London NANA 27, 1993)

Disc 3: DVD

  1. Movin’ On (promo video)
  2. Last Thing on My Mind (promo video)
  3. More, More, More (promo video)
  4. Movin’ On (Top of the Pops)
  5. Last Thing on My Mind (Pebble Mill)
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Written by Mike Duquette

September 3, 2013 at 10:06

Posted in Bananarama, News, Reissues

6 Responses

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  1. Leave it to Edsel to make realize there was life after Bananarama. Nice

    45spin

    September 3, 2013 at 11:49

  2. Hope these are as good as their Everything But The Girl series, and way better than their Aztec Camera series! I’m not much of a fan, but the first album shows their postpunk roots really nicely, and I’ll pick up the second as well, if sound quality is good.

    John

    September 3, 2013 at 13:39

  3. Looking as good as Edsel’s Jesus & Mary Chain packages; I may well dip into the first two or three….

    Simon

    September 4, 2013 at 03:48

  4. Hmmmm… No Bananamix Mega-mix B-side to Do Not Disturb 12″ (London NANAM 9) and no Help! with French & Saunders (aka Lananeeneenoonoo) Comic Relief charity single 7″ (London LON 222) 1989. Still got my eye on those first three albums though…

    Simon

    September 4, 2013 at 17:12

  5. For me, what makes all of these sets worthwhile is the inclusion of the bonus DVDs, containing not only many of Bananarama’s promo music videos, but such rare footage as some of their TV performances (e.g., Top Of The Pops), as well. I wish that EVERY reissue of back catalog product included such extras — in an era dominated by digital downloads, I suspect such additional features would give a significant lift to sales of packaged media offerings.

    Video Vision

    September 4, 2013 at 17:59

  6. I have several of the 2007 Rhino UK remasters, and I think they sound great. Sure, they’re not as loaded as these Edsels, but they’re good enough for a casual fan like me. And Edsel’s mastering has historically been pretty inconsistent. Some brilliant, some beyond awful.

    Chief Brody

    September 5, 2013 at 10:31


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