Edsel continue their superb curation of Bananarama‘s back catalogue with what is probably the dream set for fans – a 33CD Singles box with a disc devoted to each 45 that includes “absolutely every B-side and remix originally issued around the world” along with many previously unavailable instrumentals and other rarities.
In A Bunch – The Singles 1981 – 1993 includes every single released by the girl group during their London Records tenure, from their 1981 debut Aie A Mwana to 1993’s More, More, More, and includes sought-after overseas releases He’s Got Tact, King Of The Jungle and The Wild Life.
Each remastered CD single is presented in an individual card sleeve replicating the original vinyl artwork. Although overlap with the album reissues and Megarama is inevitable, remarkably this new box is set to contain over a hundred tracks not included in any of the previous Edsel releases.
The box set will also includes a 48-page booklet featuring full lyrics, discography and new sleeve notes (plus fold-out double-sided mini poster, sticker sheet and postcard set) and has been put together by Tom Parker who worked on the previous releases, with the co-operation of Sara and Keren.
You currently have two options to pre-order this set: the Demon Music Store, or Amazon UK. The former only ships within Europe, but is a bit cheaper. The latter will ship to most global destinations and although it’s the more expensive option at present (now down to £98), you have the possibility of the price dropping, perhaps significantly.
Update: If you order via the Demon Music Store before Sunday 14th June you have the option of getting your name in a ‘Fananarama’ page in the box set booklet. Track listing coming soon, but the final tally will be in the ballpark of 300 tracks!
The Singles 1981-1993 box set will be released on 31 July 2015.