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Bananarama / In A Bunch: The Singles 1981-1993/ 33CD box set!

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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 TactKing 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.


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Guill

I am very disappointed on Demon.
They have very short time of manufacturing their releases.
If you do not buy in a year or two you end up having to pay £700 instead of £98 which was the price of the Bananarama In a bunch the singles.
Disgusting!
This is to me is like a cheap company that wants to cash in as fast as they can.total lack of respect with music lovers.

Jeffrey Wiesemann-Irizarry

I am from USA and Bananarama was ALWAYS my FAVORITE Girl group. I had so many of their singles and loved them all. Fast forward to 2015, I purchased all of the expanded issue CDs and fell in love with them all over again. I am so over the top happy that there is so much demand for the Nanas!!! I ordered my CD box from Amazon UK just last week and was so thrilled that it didn’t cost me all that much. To have a box set this large is AMAZING!!! I thought I had struck GOLD with Donna Summer’s Album Box Set and S/A/W’s Box Set but WOW!!!!!!!!!

Griffin

I’ve been told by a friend that they re-did Nathan Jones CD! I wrote them about the corrected CD without the glitch. They sent me the replacement CD. I’ve got it in about 7 days (UK>NL).

Henry

Hi Griffin,
Would you mind pointing me toward the information about how to contact Edsel in order to get a corrected “Nathan Jones” disk?

Robert Lett

I just realized mine skips too. Emailed them but I’m doubtful they will have any replacement discs at this point. Fingers crossed.

Griffin

There’s a jump on Nathan Jones CD-14 @ 1:15! They talked about this on the PWL forum. Some said this 12″ Mix (without the jump) is also on The Twelve Inches Of Bananarama! Other said it’s not the same mix. Nathan Jones CD-03 & 14 sound a like but they are slightly different as well. I hope Edsel will replace the disc!

arnaud

OMD, Culture Club, Human League singles box set would be interesting

Robert Sowers

This box set makes me feel like I’m 15 again! Better than Botox!

Griffin

From Edsel on FB 4 hours ago:
Sorry guys! This is taking longer than we expected! We want to ensure we can get hold of all the masters before we reveal the track listing. Won’t be long now! We’ll update you all as soon as possible!

Charlie

I’ve heard that everything finalised by now, just configuring for a last few bit. It won’t take too long for now,..

Mike

Still think they should include the cover of a Bowie’s Changes as an exclusive extra…

Drew Ackroyd

It is absolutely ridiculous that we still haven’t been told the track listing, yet they were able to announce the Belinda Carlisle Singles Boxset with the track listing, which is released later in August. I don’t think it will be released on time, if the track listing still hasn’t been finalised.

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Mark

What with a month to release date I still can’t believe there has been no track listing yet.

Rusty Buchanan

I just crapped my pants! I can not wait to get my hands on this box set!
It comes with stickers ya’ll!
I could care less if PSB get the same treatment. Let PSB take care of that!
BTW, Madonna did say she would consider releasing a “Demo” cd in the future. She said it would have to be more than one cd due to the large number of demos.
On that note… How about some MORE Belinda Carlisle? Or, some Shakespear’s Sister?

JSD 90210

I couldn’t be happier with all the recent Bananarama reissues, including this upcoming box set! I just wish the same thorough treatment would continue with Bananarama’s later post-London albums & singles, so all those unreleased tracks & mixes from the second half of their careers could find their way into my collection!

Rob

Keren and Sarah, if you are looking at this, NEW MUSIC, This Robert is waiting!!

Robert

Love the Bananarama. I have a question regarding the set. Are the 12″ mixes going to be included as well, or just whatever was on the 45s? Just curious. Either way, this set is going to be awesome.

Robert

Nice. There’s goes my wallet. LOL

Greg

When do we get the COMPLETE tracklisting for all the CD singles?

spaceboy

I heard this is just a rumour!

Darren

Wow! We need more, more more of these puns. Please yourself though shyboy… er spaceboy :)

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Karen

AMAZON has DROPPED its price from £117.99 to £97.99

Gord

Wow! This is utterly amazing.

Bananarama’s deluxe reissues really set the bar high, and this looks like a thoroughly stunning product in every respect! Ordered mine already. To have an ‘A Trick Of The Night’ CD single (remastered) is something I could never have conceived before – just awesome!

I’m with the very many people who have named Dead Or Alive and Pet Shop Boys as the perfect acts for this kind of treatment. Pete Burns really needs to get over himself and get some product out. And I so hope we see a brand new Bananarama album soon as ‘Drama’ and ‘Viva’ as excellent as they were, are now 10 and 6 years ago respectively.

NeilKelly

One has certainly been due for some time. Def now due this year, but who knows. As for Pete Burns, if you truly are bankrupt, get that bloody back cat out ASAP

Darren

It’s not as simple as you think. In order to release music you have to own the rights. So, it’s a bit difficult for Pete Burns to do that when he no longer owns the rights and hasn’t done for years.

NeilKelly

Fair point!

Griffin

Yes, yes, yes! I looks a lot of money. But like all others say it’s not much per CD. I believe many of us “been there/done that”! Only to get 1 or 2 Bananarama 12″ on some rare compilation we were willing to fortune to those. Now you’re getting 100 of them in this nice singles boxset! Why not? If people worry about their purchased expanded album reissues. You can always resell those if there were all duplicate with this set.

It’s good to know that Edsel pays lots of attention to what we/the fans have to say or what we want. I’ve once mentioned the idea of Singles Box on the OMD post, also with PSB post. Many of the fans are sharing the same idea. Now Edsel comes up with the Bananarama Singles Box :D I just hope more of the record companies will follow them/Edsel listening to us giving us what we want :D

NeilKelly

How can the albums be duplicated here? They were the albums, these are the singles.

David

I would like to see such a boxset like this for the Pet Shop Boys. For now i have the listen to the “Further Listenings” and the “Aurally” sets. These are quite nice. 3 volumes. http://www.discogs.com/Pet-Shop-Boys-Aurally-1/master/531494

Anthony

I believe the Megarama set will be the only place you can get those great unreleased mixes, yes. And as already stated, some of the bonus material found on the album re-issues is not going to be duplicated on the box set either. That means each product retains value and is worthwhile having in your collection. As for instrumentals, I’m pretty sure we’ll get those, too! Seriously, no one will be disappointed with this set… how could they? All the relevant material from each of the formats for 33 singles will be here in one place!

DJ

Really hope each disc has an instrumental version as they are so rare for Bananarama!

Really want to see a full track list!!!!! Any news of when a track list will be revealed??

Anthony

My thoughts on a few points raised in the comments above;

1.) The reason PSB, New Order, The Cure, Dead Or Alive, etc. are not getting this type of re-issue is because they have a firm grip on their own back catalogue and stand in the way when someone wants to license and re-issue it. Ask THEM why, rather than moan about them being ‘neglected’ or whatever…

2.) Why Bananarama? They’re incredibly popular. Sorry if you don’t like them, but their re-issues are selling like hot cakes. They make Edsel money and get brilliant reviews, thanks in no small part to Tom Parker who ensures they are 100% quality, high-end product.

3.) The 2CD/DVD album re-issues are now “outdated”? Nonsense. The original albums are not in this new 33CD set, and neither is any of the DVD content (promo videos, BBC performances, etc.) nor the expanded artwork/liner notes/illustrations and not all of the bonus tracks are “repeated” on the new set.

4.) Vinyl-rips? Nope. 100% master tape sourced. The other Bananarama re-issues sound fantastic and speak for themselves… this box set is from the same team.

Jim

Do you think any tracks from the album reissues and Megarama that were “previously unreleased” will be included in the singles box set?

My gut is telling me “no” because the album reissues and Megarama would retain more value if their “previously unreleased” tracks don’t appear anywhere else (and that means the 6 album reissues, Megarama, and the upcoming singles box set would each have their own set of exclusive “previously unreleased” tracks).

Rob

I couldn’t be happier, well if Madonna, Dead or Alive and the Pet Shop Boys did this Id be thrilled.

So happy they aren’t just concentrating on the PWL years.

Than

Big Surprise! Thank you to EDSEL for making this amazing Singles Box Set release. You just make my day…;- I just preordered from Amazon UK, the price is dropped to £98.33.

Jim

The price is still 117.99 pounds on Amazon UK. If you are ordering from outside the UK, then VAT is removed, which drops the price to 98.33 pounds.

Patrick

“If you are ordering from outside the UK, then VAT is removed, which drops the price to 98.33 pounds.”

Not for me, first it says 98.33, but then they ad the VAT back. So ordering from Sweden, in my case, makes a total of £127.21

Jeroen

What a great idea! I pre-ordered the box immediately. Hopefully it is worth every euro. Thanks Paul for the link to the demon site. I also found a great deal there on the complete works of Everything but the girl.
Now again save money for PSB super deluxe editions , Further listenings or other boxes. Wishing and hoping!

frank vandevoorde

I can only congratulate Demon Music on taking on this task and releasing this singles box set. Each artist deserves a treatment as Bananarama is getting.
All too often reissues are fragmentary and you have to buy loads of discs just to have that one song or remix that does not feature on any other CD. The previous album reissues and this boxset are perfect companions and even though there will be overlaps, it will give fans a complete overview of Bananarama’s output.
Oh and regarding the price…you can hardly expect a 33 disc set to sell for near to nothing. It’s well worth the cost for what you’re getting in return.

NeilKelly

Near to nothing / £99.99 – £117.99 . Big different. Many singles box sets weigh in around £1.50 per CD. Like Madness in 2003. Good quality, 11 singles and £17.99 on release. Admitted the CD’s weren’t packed like The Nanas

Flex

totally agree :)

yet….. where’s the tracklist (hihihihi)

Frank O

Yesss!! Now only if they would do this for Madonna!

PAC

Roger That.

3 cute west-country girls, having fun, and occasionally striking sweet pop gold. What is not to like..

Paul

I love the ambition of the Bananarama set, I bought quite a lot of their early singles up to about ’85 but by then I was off on planet Sylvian as Roland Orzabal once put it so didn’t pay much attention. But I loved those singles, and the group, so I got the remastered albums when SDE promoted the special offer a few months ago. I’m really tempted by this box, primarily to enjoy those releases from ’82 to ’85 that I played to death (including the b-sides). As for Pet Shop Boys, I think the super deluxe album approach would be best – the Further Listening sets were great but Neil and Chris decided not to include remixes (except ones they did themselves). The remixes are a big part of PSB history because they would often “try out” producers by offering them mixes first – and those from the Please era are particularly good.

trash

‘Off on planet Sylvian’ – what an excellent phrase.
I think that’s where I spend most of my time ;-)

Tedster

Can I just point out, for the people that are criticising the choice of Bananarama for a project of this size, Bananarama have sales of over 40 million.

Like many bands that started in the 80’s, they have a loyal fan base that are particularly fond of their musical output during the peak of their career.

You might not see the joy in Bananarama sleeve designs, but others do.

I really dislike criticism of this sort. It’s unnecessary.

Daniel

Great news !!!
This is absolute fantastic!!!
Hopefully the Box includes all instrumental versions
( maybe also backing tracks – like the Kylie Minogue
single re-releases on I-Tunes some years ago )
…and on top of my list: the previously ( officially )
unreleased 1989 demo: “Love Generation”

Louis

I dreamed a true box singles of PET SHOP BOYS.
We can dreamed. I will be ready to put 200 euros to have a box with all the extended, B-side, remixes and instrumentals and other rarities. Remastered perfect. Original master tapes. Why not edition limited… Me I buy 2 box. I DREAM ! ! !

NeilKelly

As i said up there ^ x 100 i want Madonna, PSB, Kraftwerk, Erasure (up to date), Dead or alive, Madness, Gary Numan. Also would add The B-52’s and Duran (up to date). Surprised people only really mention PSB. Those who state that £99.99 or whatever it’ll be is good value that still works out at £3.33 per CD. Don’t forget we’re buying in bulk here. I know some of these projects (maybe all) weren’t as good but stuff like Madness, Erasure, Depeche worked out around £1.50 – £2.50 per CD. Madness was £17.99 i think for 12 CD’s. If they’d done 24 at the same time (Box set 2 never materialized as promised) we’d have probably been looking at £32.99. I still say £99 is too much. I want the box to be good and i want the people involved to make money but it’s a shame if the only way that can happen is to charge so much. The real problem i guess is having 2/3rds repeated from the previous projects. As all that work already done they are only doing work on last 100 tracks plus artwork. Somewhere nearer the £60 mark would be so much more affordable and i’m sure would increase unit sales by a huge margin. The best thing about this though is that it’s pretty much unpresidented and we all hope will pave the way for other artists to consider doing this.

Darren

As an adult, you should by now be aware that items are offered at a price and that you are free to buy them at that price or not buy them. The price is the price, so either buy it or don’t, or wait to see if you can find it cheaper later. But quit the whining. The price won’t drop because you whine.

NeilKelly

It’s not whining. It’s an opinion. This is a page with opinoins. If you don’t like it, get lost

bertielego

Awesome news!

I hope Edsel will do the same with Jimmy Somerville’s back catalogue!

Simon F

To quote Bananarama’s forth album, WOW! This is absolutely fantastic!
Ordered from Demon (total cost w/postage £105). Roll on late July.
It is going to look really great next to my similar Girls Aloud singles box set. That is also highly recommended.

Orig80'saddict

I love the fact that Dead or Alive and Pet Shop Boys are mentioned as having a comparable singles release. As a gigantic Bananarama fan I’m so happy we’re going to see this set.
Even though, I’m still going to love on my 7 inches, 12 inches, and CD singles. Before the release of Drama, Bananarama was hardly heard from at all. There’s obviously a demand for this kind of release, or Edesel would not be doing it. I can see a
Belinda Carlisle singles release forthcoming.

Brian

Bowie could do this with his 80’s singles like he did in in the mp3 format.

Ray

SOLD!

NOW BRING ON DOA & THE PSB!

Pablo

So all our recently buyed Bananarama’s deluxe album releases will be outdated and uncomplete now? Am I the oly one not happy with this… ? :/
I would rather saved my money and buy directly a box set like this…

Darren

This is singles. You bought the albums.

Tim

This is amazing news and out of the blue! A few years ago, there were no Bananarama CDs in print and now the whole catalogue has been brought back to life with care! Amazing! I’ve ordered my copy and I can’t wait….as for the PSB debate, I also love the PSB but I have to say, the Rams mixes are much better…in the pursuit of being achingly trendy, many of the latter day PSB mixes forgot about the song – Pop Art, anyone?!

Straker

Even at this price the Nanas box is in at #1 on “Hot New Releases in Traditional & Vocal Pop” on Amazon!

karen

Just checked the price via the link above for the price with Demon, looks like the RRP is £99.99. So maybe when Amazon get their pricing sorted it maybe! £89 or £79. Also will European Amazons stock this?

Mark Mayhew

I have a list (this is an official list of tracks) of all tracks recorded, released and unreleased tracks/mixes, so a couple of months ago i started to compile my own digital version of this box set. so it would be interesting to see what they will release for tripping on your love as its over 2hrs worth of remixes (21 tracks which I have all) which most of them were released on promo’s. As for the rest sadly for those of you hoping for instrumentals versions there are very little plus a few demo versions and loads of unreleased tracks. I think its a great set and its nice they included all the Japanese singles but I couldn’t see the point of including hes got tact as there is no remixes and the b-side is an album track too (“give us back our cheap fares” which has no lyrics anyway) plus it was released as the b-side to really saying something.

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Mark

PSB! For the love of Christ, do something like this for them!!! I would kill for that. Congrats to the Nana fans!

Kiefer2

GEEZ! The only complaint I have is the now obsolescence of my lifetime (and small fortune’s) worth of B’s 45’s, 12″‘s, cd singles…