Greatest Hits Collection (Bananarama album)

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The Greatest Hits Collection
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 1988
Recorded1981–1988
GenrePop, dance-pop, new wave
LengthVarious, depending on version
LabelLondon Records
ProducerFun Boy Three, Tony Swain, Steve Jolley, Stock Aitken Waterman, Bananarama
Bananarama chronology
Wow!
(1987)
The Greatest Hits Collection
(1988)
Pop Life
(1991)
Singles from Greatest Hits Collection
  1. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
    Released: September 1988
  2. "Nathan Jones"
    Released: November 1988
  3. "Help!"
    Released: February 1989

The Greatest Hits Collection is a compilation album released by Bananarama which features their single releases and greatest hits. It was issued by London Records in 1988, months after the departure of group member Siobhan Fahey. The track listing differed between versions released in the United States and Canada, as well as those released throughout Europe and other territories.

Composition[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, all songs are represented on the album in their "single" variants (or in some cases, a remix) and the version of "I Want You Back" (originally on their Wow! album) on this collection is the newer version of the song with vocals re-recorded by Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward with new member Jacquie O'Sullivan, following the departure of Fahey. One new song, "Love, Truth and Honesty", was released as a single (which featured O'Sullivan's first credits as a song-writing contributor), and peaked inside the UK top 30. The other new track on the compilation was a re-recorded version of the Supremes track "Nathan Jones." Like "I Want You Back", this song was originally included on the Wow! album released before Fahey's departure. The new line-up re-recorded the song with new vocal and instrumental arrangements. This new version, now known as the "Dave Ford Mix", was initially included on vinyl and cassette issues of this compilation, and on the original Canadian CD pressing. It was subsequently remixed by in-house PWL Mixmaster Pete Hammond[1] and released as a single, reaching the UK Top 20 and this version replaced both the earlier "Psycho 7" Edit" and "Dave Ford Mix" versions on the compilation. Later re-issues have added on various remixes, as well as a cover of the Beatles hit, "Help!".

Track listing[edit]

First LP and Cassette (UK version)

  1. "Venus" – 3:40 (Robbie van Leeuwen)
  2. "I Heard a Rumour" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  3. "Love in the First Degree" – 3:33 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  4. "I Can't Help It" – 3:32 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  5. "I Want You Back" – 3:47 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/J. O'Sullivan/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  7. "Nathan Jones” – 3:33 [Dave Ford Mix] (K. Wakefield, L. Caston)
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:45 (N. Whitfield/W. Stevenson/E. Holland, Jr)
  9. "Shy Boy" – 3:16 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  10. "Robert De Niro's Waiting" – 3:43 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  11. "Cruel Summer" – 3:35 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  12. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:54 (S. Oliver/T. Young)
  13. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:30 (G. DeCarlo/D. Frashuer/P. Leka)
  14. "Rough Justice" – 3:38 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)

Second LP and Cassette (UK version)

  1. "Venus" – 3:40 (R. van Leeuween)
  2. "I Heard a Rumour" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  3. "Love in the First Degree" – 3:33 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  4. "I Can't Help It" – 3:32 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  5. "I Want You Back" – 3:47 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/J. O'Sullivan/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  7. "Nathan Jones" – 3:19 (K. Wakefield, L. Caston)
  8. "Help!" (featuring Lananeeneenoonoo) – 2:58 (J. Lennon/P. McCartney)
  9. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:45 (N. Whitfield/W. Stevenson/E. Holland, Jr)
  10. "Shy Boy" – 3:16 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  11. "Robert De Niro's Waiting" – 3:43 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  12. "Cruel Summer" – 3:35 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  13. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:54 (S. Oliver/T. Young)
  14. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:30 (G. DeCarlo/D. Frashuer/P. Leka)
  15. "Rough Justice" – 3:38 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)

First CD (UK version)

  1. "Venus" – 3:40 (R. van Leeuween)
  2. "I Heard a Rumour" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  3. "Love in the First Degree" – 3:33 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  4. "I Can't Help It" – 3:32 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  5. "I Want You Back" – 3:47 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/J. O'Sullivan/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  7. "Nathan Jones" – 3:03 [Psycho 7" Edit] (K. Wakefield, L. Caston)
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:45 (N. Whitfield/W. Stevenson/E. Holland, Jr)
  9. "Shy Boy" – 3:16 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  10. "Robert De Niro's Waiting" – 3:43 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  11. "Cruel Summer" – 3:35 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  12. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:54 (S. Oliver/T. Young)
  13. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:30 (G. DeCarlo/D. Frashuer/P. Leka)
  14. "Rough Justice" – 3:38 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  15. "Trick of the Night" – 4:07 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  16. "Aie a Mwana" – 3:36 (J. Kluger/D. Vanguard)
  17. "Venus" (12" Hellfire Mix) – 9:20
  18. "Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style) – 7:15

Second CD (UK version)

  1. "Venus" – 3:40 (R. van Leeuween)
  2. "I Heard a Rumour" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  3. "Love in the First Degree" – 3:33 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  4. "I Can't Help It" – 3:32 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  5. "I Want You Back" – 3:47 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/J. O'Sullivan/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  7. "Nathan Jones" – 3:19 (K. Wakefield, L. Caston)
  8. "Help!" (featuring Lananeeneenoonoo) – 2:58 (J. Lennon/P. McCartney)
  9. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:45 (N. Whitfield/W. Stevenson/E. Holland, Jr)
  10. "Shy Boy" – 3:16 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  11. "Robert De Niro's Waiting" – 3:43 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  12. "Cruel Summer" – 3:35 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  13. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:54 (S. Oliver/T. Young)
  14. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:30 (G. DeCarlo/D. Frashuer/P. Leka)
  15. "Rough Justice" – 3:38 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  16. "Trick of the Night" – 4:07 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  17. "Aie a Mwana" – 3:36 (J. Kluger/D. Vanguard)
  18. "Venus" (12" Hellfire Mix) – 9:20
  19. "Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style) – 7:15

First Cassette (US version)

  1. "Venus" – 3:40 (R. van Leeuween)
  2. "I Heard a Rumour" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  3. "Love in the First Degree" – 3:33 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  4. "I Can't Help It" – 3:32 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  5. "I Want You Back" – 3:47 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  6. "Nathan Jones" – 3:03 [Psycho 7" Edit] (K. Wakefield, L. Caston)
  7. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:45 (N. Whitfield/W. Stevenson/E. Holland, Jr)
  8. "Shy Boy" – 3:16 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  9. "Robert De Niro's Waiting" – 3:43 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  10. "Cruel Summer" – 3:35 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  11. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:30 (G. DeCarlo/D. Frashuer/P. Leka)

Second Cassette (US version)

  1. "Venus" – 3:40 (R. van Leeuween)
  2. "I Heard a Rumour" – 3:25 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  3. "Love in the First Degree" – 3:33 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  4. "I Can't Help It" – 3:32 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  5. "I Want You Back" – 3:47 (S. Dallin/S. Fahey/K. Woodward/M. Stock/ M. Aitken/P. Waterman)
  6. "Nathan Jones" – 3:03 [Psycho 7" Edit] (K. Wakefield, L. Caston)
  7. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:45 (N. Whitfield/W. Stevenson/E. Holland, Jr)
  8. "Shy Boy" – 3:16 (S. Jolley/T. Swain)
  9. "Robert De Niro's Waiting" – 3:43 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  10. "Cruel Summer" – 3:35 (S. Jolley/T. Swain/S. Dallin/S. Fahey/ K. Woodward)
  11. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:30 (G. DeCarlo/D. Frashuer/P. Leka)
  12. "Help!" (with Lananeeneenoonoo) – 2:58 (J. Lennon/P. McCartney)

First CD (US version)

  1. "Venus"
  2. "I Heard a Rumour"
  3. "Love in the First Degree"
  4. "I Can't Help It"
  5. "I Want You Back"
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
  7. "Nathan Jones" [Psycho 7" Edit]
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  9. "Shy Boy"
  10. "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  11. "Cruel Summer"
  12. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  13. "Trick of the Night"
  14. "Aie a Mwana"

Second CD (US version)

  1. "Venus"
  2. "I Heard a Rumour"
  3. "Love in the First Degree"
  4. "I Can't Help It"
  5. "I Want You Back"
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
  7. "Nathan Jones" [Psycho 7" Edit]
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  9. "Shy Boy"
  10. "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  11. "Cruel Summer"
  12. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  13. "Trick of the Night"
  14. "Aie a Mwana"
  15. "Help!" (with Lananeeneenoonoo)

Original Canadian CD version

  1. "Venus" – 3:41
  2. "I Heard A Rumour" – 3:26
  3. "Love in the First Degree" – 3:31
  4. "I Can't Help It" – 3:30
  5. "I Want You Back" – 3:46
  6. "Really Saying Something!" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:42
  7. "Love, Truth and Honesty" – 3:26
  8. "Nathan Jones" – 3:33 [Dave Ford Mix]
  9. "Shy Boy" – 3:14
  10. "Cruel Summer" – 3:29
  11. "Trick of the Night" – 4:07
  12. "Robert De Niro's Waiting" – 3:31
  13. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three) – 2:48
  14. "More Than Physical" – 5:03 [Album Version]
  15. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" – 3:27
  16. "Rough Justice" – 3:27

1999 CD remaster with bonus tracks

  1. "Venus"
  2. "I Heard a Rumour"
  3. "Love in the First Degree"
  4. "I Can't Help It"
  5. "I Want You Back"
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
  7. "Nathan Jones"
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  9. "Shy Boy"
  10. "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  11. "Cruel Summer"
  12. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three)
  13. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  14. "Rough Justice"
  15. "Trick of the Night"
  16. "Aie a Mwana"
  17. "Venus" (12" Hellfire Mix)
  18. "Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style)
  19. "Preacher Man" (7" Mix)
  20. "Bananarama & Lananeeneenoonoo : Help"

2005 CD remaster

In 2005, a remastered version of the collection was released in the United States (and some other territories), now containing the "bonus" songs not found on the original US release. These tracks are shown below.

  1. "Venus"
  2. "I Heard a Rumour"
  3. "Love in the First Degree"
  4. "I Can't Help It"
  5. "I Want You Back"
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
  7. "Nathan Jones"
  8. "Help" (featuring Lananeeneenoonoo)
  9. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  10. "Shy Boy"
  11. "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  12. "Cruel Summer"
  13. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three)
  14. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  15. "Rough Justice"
  16. "Trick of the Night"
  17. "Aie a Mwana"
  18. "Venus" (12" Hellfire Mix)
  19. "Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style)
  20. "Preacher Man" (7" Mix)

The Greatest Hits & More More More

In 2008, a reworked version of The Greatest Hits Collection was released. Titled The Greatest Hits Collection & More More More, this release featured an expanded track list incorporating many of the singles not present on the original compilation, most notably those from Pop Life and Please Yourself. The track list is as follows:

  1. "Venus"
  2. "Love in the First Degree"
  3. "I Want You Back"
  4. "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  5. "Cruel Summer"
  6. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  7. "It Ain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)" (with Fun Boy Three)
  8. "Shy Boy"
  9. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  10. "Love, Truth & Honesty"
  11. "Nathan Jones"
  12. "I Heard a Rumour"
  13. "Movin' On"
  14. "More More More" [Album Version]
  15. "I Can't Help It"
  16. "Only Your Love"
  17. "Preacher Man"
  18. "Long Train Running"
  19. "Aie a Mwana"
  20. "A Trick of the Night" [PWL 7" Version]
  21. "Rough Justice"
  22. "Cheers Then"

2017 Collector's Edition

In 2017, in order to coincide with Siobhan Fahey's return to the group for The Original Line Up Tour, London Records released an expanded version of the original 1988 edition as a double album. The tracklist was updated to include all their UK singles released between 1981 and 1988 on disc one and a selection of remixes from the same period was included on the second disc. The cover art remains the same but the booklet was updated with current pictures of the group and new liner notes about the newly included songs. [2]

  1. "Venus"
  2. "I Heard a Rumour"
  3. "Love in the First Degree"
  4. "I Can't Help It"
  5. "I Want You Back"
  6. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
  7. "Nathan Jones"
  8. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  9. "Shy Boy"
  10. "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  11. "Cruel Summer"
  12. "It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three)
  13. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  14. "Rough Justice"
  15. "Trick of the Night"
  16. "Aie a Mwana"
  17. "More Than Physical"
  18. "Do Not Disturb"
  19. "Hot Line to Heaven"
  20. "The Wild Life"
  21. "Cheers Then"

Personnel[edit]

Bananarama

Musicians

Additional Personnel

  • Andrew Biscomb – sleeve design
  • Peter Barrett – sleeve design
  • Herb Ritts – cover sleeve photography
  • Andrew McPherson – inner sleeve photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[3] 21
Canadian Albums (RPM)[4] 12
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 43
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[7] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[8] 43
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[9] 7
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 7
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[11] 2
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 43
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 3
U.S. Billboard 200 151

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[16] Platinum 57,087[16]
France (SNEP)[17] 2× Gold 200,000*
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[18] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[22]
video
Gold 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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