Celebrating over 40 years at the top – BANANARAMA – will release ‘Glorious – The Ultimate Collection’ on 8th March 2024.
To launch the album, they are very pleased to present the euphoric new track “Feel the Love”, which continues the stellar form they established with 2022’s ‘Masquerade’.
To coincide with the release, the band have also announced details of a special London Palladium show on Wednesday 3rd April, 2024.
‘Glorious- The Ultimate Collection’ effectively charts the lives of founder members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward via their personally curated career highlights. It takes them from the early days of breaking through with “Really Saying Something” with Fun Boy Three through to their phenomenal ‘80s success (“Cruel Summer”, “Venus”, “Love In The First Degree”, “Robert De Niro’s Waiting” and many more), ‘90s (“Only your Love”, “Preacher Man”, “Movin’ On” and “Last Thing on My Mind”) and into 2005 when they were riding flying high in the singles chart with “Move In My Direction” and the US dance chart smash “Look on The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)”.
But the Bananarama story certainly didn’t stop there. Touring and recording constantly, they founded their own IN SYNK label and embarked upon a remarkable resurgence which saw the 2019 album ‘In Stereo’ introduce them to a whole new generation with a show-stealing set at Glastonbury and win Classic Pop’s Best Pop Album award. Last year’s ‘Masquerade’ was stronger still and held special personal significance for the duo as Sara’s daughter Alice co-wrote a handful of the album’s tracks. Sara and Keren also covered one of Alice’s own songs, ‘Favourite’, which is included here in this collection. And in addition to “Feel the Love”, the collection includes another brand-new track in the shape of the pulsating “Supernova” as well as a new version of “Cruel Summer (3am Mix)”.
Not only are Bananarama immortalised in the Guinness World of Records for the most internationally charted hits by an all-female group, they’ve remained an ongoing and vital pop presence. It’s also testament to the duo’s enduring talents as they wrote or co-wrote almost every song in this 40-track collection. As Sara says:
“We wanted this to be a unique collection, a celebration of all the twists and turns in our career. We compiled endless lists of songs, album tracks and hit singles and whittled it down to forty: our favourite tracks from the past four decades. Leafing through my early lyric books transported me back to that teenage girl writing poems and scribbles that would eventually be turned into songs. Each track … is a piece of the jigsaw and a connection to me. Together they create the bigger picture, the story of us as artists. It has been one almighty journey.”
“At times we have maybe felt that we haven’t received the credit, respect, and recognition we deserve, certainly sometimes purely down to the fact we were born female. I feel the collection of songs we have amassed over the last four decades hopefully speak for themselves, so I don’t have to. Putting the music together for this project… made me realise how much we have achieved and how determined, tenacious, and hardworking we are.”
The new single “Feel the Love” is the perfect hybrid between the classic and contemporary eras of Bananarama with sweeping vocal harmonies, pulsating electro and a typically larger-than-life pop hook. As Sara notes, ““Feel the Love” is about believing in yourself, focusing on what you want and not listening to negativity.” Keren continues, “It was a process of making something soaring and uplifting. And we’ve gone to town with the harmonies, which we love.”
‘Glorious – The Ultimate Collection’ will be released on collector’s triple vinyl and double CD. Their official store exclusives include a deluxe vinyl and deluxe 3CD edition, both of which are accompanied by a book which features an introduction by broadsheet journalist Fiona Sturges, articles by Sara and Keren, and an in-depth exploration of Bananarama’s relationship with fashion and music by writer and trends expert Katie Baron. It also includes stunning still photography of many of Bananarama’s outfits and memorabilia from their personal collections.
Digital formats and the deluxe 3CD edition feature an array of bonus remixes and alternate versions of classics, deep cuts, and recent favourites, with reworks by some of the world’s best contemporary producers and DJs including Boys Noize, Krystal Klear, The Reflex, Initial Talk, Luke Million and more.
Fans who pre-order the album from the Official Store will receive exclusive access to a pre-sale for Bananarama’s show at the London Palladium on 3 April 2024. The pre-sale will open on 23rd October 2023 at 9am and will remain live until any remaining tickets go on general sale on Wednesday 25th October 2023 at 9am.
‘Glorious : The Ultimate Collection’ tracklist:
CD1 / vinyl sides A-C
- ‘Really Saying Something’
- ‘Cruel Summer’
- ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’
- ‘More Than Physical’
- ‘A Trick of the Night’
- ‘I Heard a Rumour’
- ‘Love in the First Degree’
- ‘Only Your Love’
- ‘Preacher Man’
- ‘I Could Be Persuaded’
- ‘Movin’ On’ [Disco Chic]
- ‘Last Thing on My Mind’ [Electrified]
- ‘Every Shade of Blue’
- ‘Take Me to Your Heart’
- ‘Prove Your Love’
- ‘Move in My Direction’
- ‘Look on the Floor (Hypnotic Tango)’
CD2 / vinyl sides D-F
- ‘Feel for You’
- ‘Love Comes’
- ‘Love Don’t Live Here’
- ‘Baby It’s Christmas’
- ‘Now or Never’
- ‘La La Love’
- ‘Stuff Like That’
- ‘Looking for Someone’
- ‘I’m on Fire’
- ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright’
- ‘Forever Young’
- ‘Running With The Night’
- ‘Cruel Summer’ (3am Mix)
- ‘Feel The Love’
CD3 Deluxe Edition / digital only
- ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ (The Reflex Revision)
- ‘Do Not Disturb’ (Krystal Klear New Wave Mix)
- ‘Venus’ (Boys Noize Rework)
- ‘Only Your Love’ (Initial Talk Remix)
- ‘Tripping on Your Love’ (Metropolis Mix)
- ‘Now or Never’ (Extended Version)
- ‘Tonight’ (Bright Light Bright Light Remix)
- ‘Stuff Like That’ (Extended Version)
- ‘Velvet Lies’ (Luke Million Remix)
- ‘Masquerade’ (Castle Elvira Mix)
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