The Very Best of Bananarama

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The Very Best of Bananarama
Greatest hits album by Bananarama
Released 15 October 2001
Recorded 1981–2001
Genre Pop, New Wave, dance-pop, dance
Label WEA International
Bananarama chronology
Exotica
(2001)
The Very Best of Bananarama
(2001)
The Essentials
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

The Very Best of Bananarama is one of several greatest hits collections by English girl group Bananarama.

Released by Warner Music Group, parent company of Bananarama's label London Records, this set is the "official" hits package released to celebrate the group's twentieth anniversary. Hits included here span their history from 1981 to 1993. It reached #43 on the UK Albums Chart.

This compilation features the "single" versions of the songs. Various tracks had been edited or remixed from their original album versions for their releases as singles and in the case of "I Want You Back" and "Nathan Jones", the vocals were re-recorded after original member Siobhan Fahey had left the group and been replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan. "Nathan Jones" was also included on the Rain Man soundtrack as well as their Greatest Hits Collection. This new version was remixed for its release as a single by the legendary Bob Carter, nom de plume, DJ SBL, (this is the version included here).

A limited edition of The Very Best of Bananarama, released in 2002, contained a second disc of remixes and replaced the "Tempus Fugit megamix" for the Miami mix of "I Heard a Rumour".

Track listing[edit]

Standard version

  1. "Venus"
  2. "Love in the First Degree"
  3. "Robert De Niro's Waiting..."
  4. "I Heard a Rumour"
  5. "Cruel Summer"
  6. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
  7. "It Ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)" (with Fun Boy Three)
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  9. "I Want You Back"
  10. "Nathan Jones"
  11. "Shy Boy"
  12. "More, More, More"
  13. "Only Your Love"
  14. "I Can't Help It"
  15. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
  16. "Rough Justice"
  17. "Last Thing on My Mind"
  18. "Long Train Running"
  19. "Preacher Man"
  20. "Movin' On"
  21. "Help!" (with La na nee nee noo noo)
  22. "Tempus Fugit Megamix"

Limited 2-CD edition[edit]

Disc one

  1. "Venus"
  2. "Love in the First Degree"
  3. "Robert De Niro's Waiting..."
  4. "I Heard a Rumour"
  5. "Cruel Summer"
  6. "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
  7. "T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)" (with Fun Boy Three)
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  9. "I Want You Back"
  10. "Nathan Jones"
  11. "Shy Boy"
  12. "More, More, More"
  13. "Only Your Love"
  14. "I Can't Help It"
  15. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
  16. "Rough Justice"
  17. "Last Thing on My Mind"
  18. "Long Train Running"
  19. "Preacher Man"
  20. "Movin' On"
  21. "Help!" (with Lananeeneenoonoo)
  22. "I Heard a Rumour" (Miami Mix)

Disc two

  1. "Venus" (Hellfire Mix)
  2. "Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style)
  3. "Movin' On" (Bumpin' Mix)
  4. "Cruel Summer" (Swing Beat Dub)
  5. "Only Your Love" (Milky Bar Mix)
  6. "Tripping on Your Love" (Euro Trance Mix)
  7. "I Want You Back" (extended European version)
  8. "Nathan Jones" (extended version)
  9. "I Can't Help It" (extended version)

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