Collectables Classics [Box Set]

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The latest edition in Collectables' box set series compiles Bananarama's first four releases -- 1983's Deep Sea Skiving, their 1984 eponymous release, 1986's True Confessions, and 1987's Wow! -- and repackages them without liner notes or bonus tracks. Granted, there's a generous helping of Bananarama's greatest hits here: their cover of "Venus," "Cruel Summer," and the Stock, Aitken & Waterman classic "I Heard a Rumor" all make appearances, but it's at the expense of having to trudge through unnecessary moments of filler. Still, die-hard fans who are looking for all of the original releases should definitely check this out, especially for the extremely sturdy wooden box packaging. But anyone else just looking for the hits should check out the excellent 2002 release The Very Best of Bananarama.

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