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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Megarama The Mixes by Bananarama

Dear Poptastic Readers,

Bananarama have a new remix album out called Megarama The Mixes! It's a three-disc affair with 36 full-length mixes and 14 of them are previously unreleased! It is only available as a CD (no digital download), it comes with gorgeous 28-page booklet with lots of photos, memorabilia, lyrics and brand-new sleeve notes. A collector's dream!

Megarama The Mixes comes from Edsel and Tom Parker, the same people who were behind the fantastic Bananarama album re-issues of 2013. Here's hoping they have more Bananarama goodness planned! But for now, here's what is in each disc ... (* = previously unreleased)

Disc 1: 
1. I Want You Back (Extended European Mix)
2. Love, Truth & Honesty (Dance Hall Version)
3. Nathan Jones (Extended Version)
4. Preacher Man (Shep's Club Mix)
5. I Heard A Rumour (Corporation of Bananarama Mix)
6. Venus (The Greatest Mix)
7. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) [Acid Remix '88]*
8. Tripping On Your Love (The Strum Mix)
9. Love In The First Degree (House Dub)*
10. Movin' On (Snappin' Mix)*
11. Help! (Extended Version)
12. Megarama '89 (Dimitri's Full-Length Version)

Highlights here are previously unreleased tracks as well as the first four classics. Another highlight is the "Megarama '89" mix done by Dimitri.

Disc 2: 
1. Nathan Jones (Dave Ford Mix)
2. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye) [Alternative 12" Mix]*
3. Cruel Summer (Digital Mix)
4. Venus (Original 12" Mix)*
5. More Than Physical (Original 12" Mix)*
6. A Trick Of The Night (Tuesday Mix)*
7. I Heard A Rumour (Wacky Vocal Mix)*
8. Love, Truth & Honesty (Hot Power Mix)
9. Only Your Love (Original 12" Mix)*
10. Tripping On Your Love (The Loveable Love-Dove Caper)
11. Nathan Jones (Alternative 12" Mix)*
12. Movin' On (Thumpin' Mix)*

Highlights here are so many unreleased tracks! All of them here are insanely bizarre to hear for the first time. Also, check out the Hot Power Mix of "Love, Truth & Honesty."

Disc 3: 
1. Love In The First Degree (Eurobeat Style)
2. Shy Boy ('88 Remix)*
3. Venus (Hellfire Mix)
4. I Heard A Rumour (Miami Mix)
5. Long Train Running (Pacha Mix)
6. Only Your Love (Youth & Thrash On The Mix)
7. A Trick Of The Night (Tricky Mix)
8. Ready Or Not (Jolley & Swain 12" Mix)*
9. Nathan Jones (Psycho Mix)
10. Strike It Rich (Dub)*
11. More, More, More (I Can't Techno More Mix)
12. Love, Truth & Honesty (Balearacidic Mix)

Again, the highlights here are the unreleased tracks. But also some of the best mixes of "Love In The First Degree", "I Heard A Rumour", "Nathan Jones", "More, More, More" and the spooky mix of "Love, Truth & Honesty."

Overall, Megarama The Mixes is great addition to your collection! Don't delay, order your copy from Amazon today!

Cheers then,

1 comment:

  1. Who knew there were so many mixes of "Movin' On"?

    I can't decide if I like Shy Boy '88 or not. In some ways, it sounds like someone did a homemade remix with a Casio keyboard, and in other ways, the sampling adds a playful touch to a fun song. I was excited to have mixes of "A Trick of the Night" on CD, and I was surprised at how much I like the original 12" mix of "More Than Physical." The original 12" mix of "Venus" doesn't sound as different from the version we know as I thought, but I still like the released mix better. I've never been a huge fan of "Love, Truth and Honesty," but I do enjoy the Balearacidic Mix."