by BananaramaBananarama


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Bananarama followed up their hit-laden True Confessions, which spawned their international chart-topping version of "Venus," with 1987's Wow! True Confessions witnessed the emerging role of Stock, Aitken & Waterman as the trio's producers -- Wow! was wholly assembled by the hitmaking team, which was also responsible for hits by Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue, Dead or Alive, Donna Summer, and countless others. This album is, therefore, a straightforward 1980s dance set, with several songs that went on to become international hits. The only track from this set to make the U.S. Top Ten was "I Heard a Rumour," a sassy, joyous single just as infectious today as when first released. Also included is the sleek, lip-smackin' disco hit "I Can't Help It," the engaging, European chart-topper "Love in the First Degree," the single "I Want You Back," and an extended mix of their version of the Supremes' "Nathan Jones." Some of the non-hits pale in comparison to the singles, among those the dated, 12" version of "Some Girls"; the 12" version of "Strike It Rich," which, at some points, resembles an inferior version of "I Can't Help It"; and "Bad for Me," which unintentionally highlights the trio's vocal limitations. Nonetheless, the singles were quite intoxicating, and this hard-to-find set is sure to please fans of Bananarama, or any fans of the Stock, Aitken & Waterman sound, which ruled the airwaves and nightclubs in the mid- to late '80s.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/22/2004
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431651223
catalogNumber: 6512

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bananarama   Primary Artist
Matt Aitken   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ian Curnow   fairlight
John O'Hara   Keyboards
Mike Stock   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Pete Waterman   Drums
Waterman   Drums

Technical Credits

Matt Aitken   Composer,Programming
Ian Curnow   Programming
Mike Duffy   Engineer
Siobhan Fahey   Composer
Karen Hewitt   Engineer
Mark McGuire   Engineer
Stock, Aitken & Waterman   Audio Production
Mike Stock   Composer,Programming
Pete Waterman   Composer
Sarah Elizabeth Dallin   Composer
Keren Woodward   Composer

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