The Very Best of Bananarama

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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.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:39 SpotifyAmazon
2 3:28 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:30 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:41 Spotify
6 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:12 SpotifyAmazon
8 3:46 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:18 SpotifyAmazon
10 3:25 SpotifyAmazon
11 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:59 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:28 SpotifyAmazon
14 3:25 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:47
16 3:37 Amazon
17 3:33 SpotifyAmazon
18 3:29 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
20 4:35 Amazon
21 2:57 Spotify
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