Originally released in 2009, Bananarama’s next studio effort, Viva, was a collaboration between Bananarama and producer-songwriter Ian Masterson, who had previously worked with Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys. The result was an album full of feel-good dance-pop. Originally intended to be a collection of reinterpretations of dancefloor classics, halfway through, the group switched gears and focused on delivering an album of mainly original material, with just three covers appearing on the final album.
SFE’s 2-CD expanded edition includes additional covers that were originally relegated to download-only content or CD single B-sides. Among those covers are: “Voyage, Voyage,” originally a 1986 hit by the French singer Desireless; “Run To You” originally by Bryan Adams; the Simon and Garfunkel classic, “The Sound Of Silence;” and “Tokyo Joe,” originally by Bryan Ferry. Aside from the original B-sides and downloads, the reissue will include all the commercially available remixes and edits of the two singles from Viva, “Love Comes” and “Love Don’t Live Here.” Rounding out the set is a 20-page booklet featuring photographs, lyrics, and an introductory message from Sara and Keren.