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BANANARAMA - WOW! (ALBUM)
Entry:28/02/1988 (Position 38)
Last week in charts:28/02/1988 (Position 38)
Peak:38 (1 weeks)
Weeks:1
Place on best of all time:8071 (13 points)
Year:1987
World wide:
ch  Peak: 22 / weeks: 3
de  Peak: 65 / weeks: 1
se  Peak: 31 / weeks: 3
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 18
nz  Peak: 38 / weeks: 1

Cover

TRACKS
11/09/1987
CD London 8280612
1. I Can't Help It
3:29
2. I Heard A Rumour
3:22
3. Some Girls (12" Version)
5:46
4. Love In The First Degree
3:30
5. Once In A Lifetime
4:04
6. Strike It Rich (12" Version)
5:58
7. Bad For Me
3:36
8. Come Back
3:37
9. Nathan Jones
5:09
10. I Want You Back
3:51
   
11/09/1987
LP London 828 061-1 (PolyGram) [nl] / EAN 0042282806116
1. I Can't Help It
3:28
2. I Heard A Rumour
3:24
3. Some Girls
4:17
4. Love In The First Degree
3:31
5. Once In A Lifetime
4:03
6. Strike It Rich
3:27
7. Bad For Me
3:37
8. Come Back
3:37
9. Nathan Jones
5:10
10. I Want You Back
3:51
   
1988
Limitierte Auflage - LP London 828 088-1
LP 1:
1. I Can't Help It
3:33
2. I Heard A Rumour
3:23
3. Some Girls
4:17
4. Love In The First Degree
3:30
5. Once In A Lifetime
4:04
6. Strike It Rich
3:27
7. Bad For Me
3:37
8. Come Back
3:38
9. Nathan Jones
4:49
10. I Want You Back
3:52
LP 2:
1. The Bananarama Mega-Mix
7:29
2. Mr Sleaze (Rare Groove Remix)
6:01
3. Ecstasy (Chicago House Style)
5:34
   
01/06/2007
Remastered & Expanded - CD London / Rhino 5144-20083-2 (Warner) / EAN 5051442008326
1. I Can't Help It
3:25
2. I Heard A Rumour
3:31
3. Some Girls
4:19
4. Love In The First Degree
3:31
5. Once In A Lifetime
4:02
6. Strike It Rich
2:18
7. Bad For Me
3:37
8. Come Back
3:39
9. Nathan Jones
5:10
10. I Want You Back
3:51
Bonus Tracks
11. Clean Cut Boy (Partysize)
4:37
12. Mr Sleaze
4:43
13. Ecstasy
5:35
14. Nathan Jones (Psycho 7" Edit)
3:01
15. I Want You Back (Single Version)
3:46
16. Bananarama feat. Stock Aitken Waterman - Amnesia (The Theme From The Roxy)
6:26
17. Nathan Jones (Single Version)
3:18
   
28/10/2013
Deluxe Edition - CD Edsel / Demon EDSG 8032 / EAN 0740155803230
CD 1:
WOW!
1. I Can't Help It
3:31
2. I Heard A Rumour
3:24
3. Some Girls
4:19
4. Love In The First Degree
3:31
5. Once In A Lifetime
4:05
6. Strike It Rich
3:28
7. Bad For Me
3:38
8. Come Back
3:39
9. Nathan Jones
5:34
10. I Want You Back
3:52
Bonus Tracks
11. Clean Cut Boy (Partysize)
4:43
12. Mr Sleaze
4:49
13. Ecstasy
4:12
14. Bananarama feat. Stock Aitken Waterman - Amnesia (The Theme From The Roxy) (12" Extended Version)
6:27
15. I Heard A Rumour (Horoscope Mix)
5:58
16. Love In The First Degree (Jailers Mix With Intro)
6:20
17. I Can't Help It (Extended Club Mix)
8:04
CD 2:
1. Love In The First Degree (Love In The House Mix)
8:33
2. I Heard A Rumour (House Mix)
7:23
3. I Can't Help It (The Hammond Version Excursion)
6:34
4. Reason For Living (12" Master)
6:08
5. Some Girls (12" Version)
5:47
6. Strike It Rich (12" Version)
6:00
7. I Heard A Rumour (Original 12" Mix)
7:07
8. Nathan Jones (Original 12" Mix)
5:45
9. I Want You Back (Original 12" Mix)
7:18
10. Ecstasy (Chicago House Stylee)
5:57
11. I Heard A Rumour (Dub)
5:19
12. Mr Sleaze (Rare Groove 12" Remix)
6:02
DVD:
Promo Videos
1. I Heard A Rumour
2. Love In The First Degree
3. Mr Sleaze
4. I Can't Help It
5. I Want You Back
6. Love, Truth & Honesty
7. Nathan Jones
8. Bananarama / Lananeeneenoonoo - Help
9. I Can't Help It (12" Version)
10. I Want You Back (Alternative Version)
Bananarama At The BBC
11. I Heard A Rumour (On "Top Of The Pops")
12. I Want You Back (On "Going Live")
13. Love, Truth & Honesty (On "Top Of The Pops")
14. Nathan Jones (On "Wogan")
   
20/07/2018
CD Because 506055521210 / EAN 5060555212100
   

28/02/1988: N 38.
MUSIC DIRECTORY
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BANANARAMA IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
It Ain't What You Do.... (Fun Boy Three with Bananarama)13/06/1982376
Shy Boy31/10/1982515
Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)03/07/1983296
Cruel Summer10/02/1985322
Venus24/08/1986114
I Heard A Rumour11/10/1987812
Love In The First Degree14/02/1988117
I Want You Back31/07/1988108
Love, Truth & Honesty18/12/1988205
Nathan Jones19/03/1989224
Help (Bananarama / Lananeeneenoonoo)02/07/1989354
Only Your Love28/10/1990491
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
True Confessions26/10/1986333
Wow!28/02/1988381
The Greatest Hits Collection15/01/1989713
SONGS BY BANANARAMA
A Cut Above The Rest
A Trick Of The Night
Aie a mwana
Ain't No Cure
Amnesia (The Theme From The Roxy) (Bananarama feat. Stock Aitken Waterman)
Another Lover
Baby It's Christmas
Bad For Me
Boy Trouble
Cairo
Careless Whisper
Cheers Then
Clean Cut Boy (Partysize)
Come Back
Cruel Summer
Cruel Summer '89
Dance With A Stranger
Do Not Disturb
Doctor Love
Don't Call Us...
Don't Step On My Groove
Drama
Dream Baby
Dum Dum Boy
Ecstasy
Every Shade Of Blue
Extraordinary
Feel For You
Frequenzy
Ghost
Girl About Town
Give It All Up For Love
Give Us Back Our Cheap Fares
Heartless
Help (Bananarama / Lananeeneenoonoo)
Here Comes The Rain
He's Got Tact
Hey Young London
Hooked On Love
Hotline To Heaven
I Can't Help It
I Can't Let You Go
I Could Be Persuaded
I Don't Care
I Heard A Rumour
I Love The Way
I Want You Back
If
In A Perfect World
Is She Good To You
Is Your Love Strong Enough?
It Ain't What You Do.... (Fun Boy Three with Bananarama)
King Of The Jungle
La La Love
Last Thing On My Mind
Let Me Love You One More Time
Link
Live Now
Long Train Running
Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)
Love Comes
Love Don't Live Here
Love In The Factory
Love In The First Degree
Love, Leave, Forget (Bananarama with the Multitude)
Love, Truth & Honesty
Lovebite
Megalomaniac
Megarama '89
Middle Of Nowhere
More Than Physical
More, More, More
Move In My Direction
Moves Like Jagger
Movin' On
Mr Sleaze
Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
Nathan Jones
No Feelings
Now Or Never
Nueva dirección
Once In A Lifetime
Only Time Will Tell
Only Your Love
Outta Sight
Preacher Man
Promised Land
Push!
Rapture
Ready Or Not
Really Saying Something (Bananarama & Fun Boy Three)
Riskin' A Romance
Robert De Niro's Waiting...
Rough Justice
Rules Of Attraction
Scarlett
Set On You
Seventeen
Shy Boy
Some Boys
Some Girls
S-S-S-Single Bed
State I'm In
Strike It Rich
Take Me Away
Take Me To Your Heart
Tell Me Tomorrow
Tell Tale Signs
The Bananarama Mega-Mix
The Funrama Theme (Fun Boy Three feat. Bananarama)
The Runner
The Wild Life
Through A Childs Eyes
Time Out
Too Much Of A Good Thing
Treat Me Right
Tripping On Your Love
True Confessions
Twisting
Venus
Venus '89
Vicious Circle
Voyage voyage
Waterfall
Waterloo
We've Got The Night
What A Shambles
What Colour R The Skies Where U Live?
What You Gonna Do
White Train
Wish You Were Here
You'll Never Know What It Means
Young At Heart
Your Love Is Like A Drug
You're Never Satisfied
ALBUMS BY BANANARAMA
30 Years Of Bananarama
Bananarama
Bunch Of Hits
Deep Sea Skiving
Drama
Exotica
In A Bunch... The Singles 1981-1993
Master Series
Megarama - The Mixes
Now Or Never
Please Yourself
Pop Life
Really Saying Something
The Collection
The Essentials
The Greatest Hits & More More More
The Greatest Hits Collection
The Twelve Inches Of Bananarama
The Very Best Of
The Works - A 3 CD Retrospective
True Confessions
Ultra Violet
Viva
Warnerplatinumdoubles
Wow!
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.31 (Reviews: 16)
******
Meiner Meinung nach das Beste Banana-Album, wurde von S/A/W/ produziert, die "Dieter Bohlens" von England!
****
...gut..
***
Ganz OK, mehr nicht
*****
eine 5 für die band, diese produzenten haben diese band zestört, danach war nichts mehr wie vorher
**
Fand ich damals und Heute scheisse
****
okay
**
tja..da muß ich mich elton anschliessen..
****
Tiene canciones muy buenas, pero otras muy malas.
*****
Fand ich damals schon gut und auch heute kann man sich das immer noch gut anhören. Tolle Party Fotos im Inneren der LP . . . im Inlay der CD heute kaum mehr zu erkennen.
*****
geweldig album van Bananarama. Kocht ik in juni 1988 en het bleek ook nog een versie in beperkte oplage te zijn: je kreeg er een extra LP bij waar nog een megamix op stond en 2 remixen van onbekende nummers. Op de binnenhoes waren sexy foto's te zien van de 3 dames en dat had wat exclusiefs. Aangezien dit album kflopte in Nederland, wist ik dat neit veel mensen dit konden zien en ik dus wel. toch speciaal!! Ik was dan ook teleurgesteld toen deze zelfde foto's werden gebruikt voor de cover van "Greatest hits" dat later in 1988 verscheen. Het "exclusieve" was ervan af.

De nummers zijn zelf nog altijd leuk om te horen met natuurlijk de hits "I heard a rumour", "Lover in the first degree", "I can't help it" en "I want you back".
Ook stond er het nummer "Nathan Jones" op dat later in een speciale remix op "Greatest hits" stond" en ook als single werd uitgebracht begin 1989. De versie op "Wow" vond ik beduidend beter!!!
****
Kommerziell eine sehr weise Entscheidung, sich komplett dem Produzententeam SAW anzuschließen, künstlerisch war es sicherlich kein großer Schritt. Die Singles waren alle klasse, daneben versorgten SAW die Mädels leider nicht unbedingt mit Perlen. Sie waren halt stark auf Hit-Singles konzentriert! Immerhin peppten sie die Stimmen mit ordentlich Hall und Effekten auf, klingen diesmal nicht so arg dünn. Auf der wiederveröffentlichten CD gibt es für Fans wieder jede Menge Bonus-Tracks, die bis auf die Mixe aber ziemlich schwach ausfallen. "Mr. Sleaze" halte ich sogar für einen ihrer schlechtesten Songs.
*****
Een fijn album van deze dames.
******
"Wow!" ist durchaus ein Prädikat, das man diesem Album verleihen kann. Von den Herren Stock, Aitken und Waterman blitzsauber produziert, geht es hier durchs Band um knackige Popmusik aus den späten Achtzigern - wie sie einen Nostalgiker wie mich ziemlich bis ausgeprägt begeistern kann. Erst recht in der Neuauflage mit den Remixes und B-Seiten als Bonuszugaben. Weils keine Durchhänger drauf hat, neige ich stark zur Höchstnote.

Highlights: Love In The First Degree / Once In A Lifetime / I Want You Back / Mr. Sleaze
******
Das perfekte Bananarama und das perfekte Stock Aitken Waterman Album ever. Da profitierten beide Parteien voneinander.
***
'Love in the First Degree' is a great pop song but the rest of the album is average. 26 weeks in the UK top 100. UK#26. US#44. 100,000 copies sold in the UK.

Last edited: 28.12.2015 23:24
*****

Das Beste Bananarama Album.
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