The Greatest Hits Collection (Bananarama album)

The Greatest Hits Collection is a compilation album released by Bananarama which features their single releases and greatest hits. It was issued by London Records in 1988, months after the departure of group member Siobhan Fahey. The track listing differed between versions released in the United States and Canada, as well as those released throughout Europe and other territories.

The Greatest Hits Collection
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 1988
Recorded1981–1988
GenrePop, dance-pop, new wave
LengthVarious, depending on version
LabelLondon Records
ProducerFun Boy Three, Tony Swain, Steve Jolley, Stock Aitken Waterman, Bananarama
Bananarama chronology
Wow!
(1987)
The Greatest Hits Collection
(1988)
Pop Life
(1991)
Singles from Greatest Hits Collection
  1. "Love, Truth and Honesty"
    Released: September 1988
  2. "Nathan Jones"
    Released: November 1988
  3. "Help!"
    Released: February 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Christgau's Record GuideB+ (US CD)[1]

CompositionEdit

Except where otherwise noted, all songs are represented on the album in their "single" variants (or in some cases, a remix) and the version of "I Want You Back" (originally on their Wow! album) on this collection is the newer version of the song with vocals re-recorded by Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward with new member Jacquie O'Sullivan, following the departure of Fahey. One new song, "Love, Truth and Honesty", was released as a single (which featured O'Sullivan's first credits as a song-writing contributor), and peaked inside the UK top 30. The other new track on the compilation was a re-recorded version of the Supremes track "Nathan Jones." Like "I Want You Back", this song was originally included on the Wow! album released before Fahey's departure. The new line-up re-recorded the song with new vocal and instrumental arrangements. This new version, now known as the "Dave Ford Mix", was initially included on vinyl and cassette issues of this compilation, and on the original Canadian CD pressing. It was subsequently remixed by in-house PWL Mixmaster Pete Hammond[2] and released as a single, reaching the UK Top 20 and this version replaced both the earlier "Psycho 7" Edit" and "Dave Ford Mix" versions on the compilation. Later re-issues have added on various remixes, as well as a cover of the Beatles hit, "Help!".

Track listingEdit

Original editionEdit

Original UK LP/cassette[3]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."Venus"Robbie van LeeuwenStock Aitken Waterman3:40
2."I Heard a Rumour"Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
3."Love in the First Degree"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:33
4."I Can't Help It"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:32
5."I Want You Back" (single version)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:47
6."Love, Truth and Honesty"
Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
7."Nathan Jones" (Dave Ford mix)Stock Aitken Waterman3:33
8."Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Dave Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:45
9."Shy Boy"
  • Steve Jolley
  • Tony Swain
Jolley & Swain3:16
10."Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:43
11."Cruel Summer"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:35
12."It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:54
13."Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
Jolley & Swain3:30
14."Rough Justice"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:38
Original UK/European CD[4]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
7."Nathan Jones" (Psycho 7" edit)
  • Wakefield
  • Caston
Stock Aitken Waterman3:03
15."Trick of the Night" (UK single version)
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Stock Aitken Waterman4:07
16."Aie a Mwana" (album version)
3:36
17."Venus" (12" Hellfire Mix)van Leeuwen
9:20
18."Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Euro-Twins (remix)
7:15
1999 remastered UK/European CD[5]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
19."Preacher Man" (7" mix)
Youth3:16
20."Help!" (single version, with Lananeeneenoonoo)Lennon–McCartneyStock Aitken Waterman2:57

ReissueEdit

Reissued UK/European LP/cassette[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."Venus"Robbie van LeeuwenStock Aitken Waterman3:40
2."I Heard a Rumour"Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
3."Love in the First Degree"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:33
4."I Can't Help It"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:32
5."I Want You Back" (single version)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:47
6."Love, Truth and Honesty"
Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
7."Nathan Jones" (single version)Stock Aitken Waterman3:19
8."Help!" (straight version)Lennon–McCartneyStock Aitken Waterman2:23
9."Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three) 
  • Dave Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:45
10."Shy Boy"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Jolley & Swain3:16
11."Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:43
12."Cruel Summer"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:35
13."It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Oliver
  • Young
  • Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:54
14."Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  • Leka
  • DeCarlo
  • Frashuer
Jolley & Swain3:30
15."Rough Justice"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:39
Reissued UK/European CD[7]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
16."Trick of the Night" (UK single version)
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Stock Aitken Waterman4:07
17."Aie a Mwana" (album version)
3:36
18."Venus" (12" Hellfire Mix)van Leeuwen
9:20
19."Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Euro-Twins (remix)
7:16

US editionEdit

US LP/cassette[8]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."Venus"Robbie van LeeuwenStock Aitken Waterman3:40
2."I Heard a Rumour"Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
3."Love in the First Degree"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:33
4."I Can't Help It"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:32
5."I Want You Back" (single version)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:47
6."Nathan Jones" (Psycho 7" edit)Stock Aitken Waterman3:03
7."Love, Truth and Honesty"
Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
8."Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Dave Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:45
9."Shy Boy"
  • Steve Jolley
  • Tony Swain
Jolley & Swain3:16
10."Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:43
11."Cruel Summer"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:35
12."Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
Jolley & Swain3:30
Original US CD[9]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
6."Love, Truth and Honesty"
  • Dallin
  • O'Sullivan
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
7."Nathan Jones" (Psycho 7" edit)
  • Wakefield
  • Caston
Stock Aitken Waterman3:03
13."Trick of the Night" (Tricky Mix edit)
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Jolley & Swain4:07
14."Aie a Mwana" (album version)
3:34
Reissued US CD[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
15."Help!" (straight version)Lennon–McCartneyStock Aitken Waterman2:24

Canadian editionEdit

Canadian LP[11]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."Venus"Robbie van LeeuwenStock Aitken Waterman3:41
2."I Heard a Rumour"Stock Aitken Waterman3:26
3."Love in the First Degree"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:31
4."I Can't Help It"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:30
5."I Want You Back" (single version)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:46
6."Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Dave Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:42
7."Love, Truth and Honesty"
Stock Aitken Waterman3:26
8."Nathan Jones" (Dave Ford mix)Stock Aitken Waterman3:33
9."Shy Boy"
  • Steve Jolley
  • Tony Swain
Jolley & Swain3:14
10."Cruel Summer"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:29
11."Trick of the Night" (UK single version)
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Stock Aitken Waterman4:07
12."Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain 
Canadian CD[12]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
13."It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:48
14."More Than Physical"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman5:03
15."Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
Jolley & Swain3:27
16."Rough Justice"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:27

The Greatest Hits & More More MoreEdit

In 2008, a reworked version of The Greatest Hits Collection was released. Titled The Greatest Hits & More More More, this release featured an expanded track list incorporating many of the singles not present on the original compilation, most notably those from Pop Life and Please Yourself. The track list is as follows:

  1. "Venus"
  2. "Love in the First Degree"
  3. "I Want You Back"
  4. "Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  5. "Cruel Summer"
  6. "Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  7. "It Ain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It)" (with Fun Boy Three)
  8. "Shy Boy"
  9. "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)"
  10. "Love, Truth & Honesty"
  11. "Nathan Jones"
  12. "I Heard a Rumour"
  13. "Movin' On"
  14. "More More More" (album version)
  15. "I Can't Help It"
  16. "Only Your Love"
  17. "Preacher Man"
  18. "Long Train Running"
  19. "Aie a Mwana"
  20. "A Trick of the Night" (PWL 7" version)
  21. "Rough Justice"
  22. "Cheers Then"

2017 collector's editionEdit

In 2017, in order to coincide with Siobhan Fahey's return to the group for The Original Line Up Tour, London Records released an expanded version of the original 1988 edition as a double album. The tracklist was updated to include all their UK singles released between 1981 and 1988 on disc one and a selection of remixes from the same period was included on the second disc. The cover art remains the same but the booklet was updated with current pictures of the group and new liner notes about the newly included songs.[13]

Collector's edition CD1[13][14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Venus"Robbie van LeeuwenStock Aitken Waterman3:40
2."I Heard a Rumour"Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
3."Love in the First Degree"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:33
4."I Can't Help It"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:32
5."I Want You Back" (single version)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:47
6."Love, Truth and Honesty"
Stock Aitken Waterman3:25
7."Nathan Jones" (single version)Stock Aitken Waterman3:20
8."Really Saying Something" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Dave Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:45
9."Shy Boy"
  • Steve Jolley
  • Tony Swain
Jolley & Swain3:16
10."Robert De Niro's Waiting"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:43
11."Cruel Summer"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:35
12."It Ain't What You Do" (with Fun Boy Three)
  • Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
2:54
13."Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"
Jolley & Swain3:30
14."Rough Justice" (7" version)
  • Jolley
  • Swain
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
Jolley & Swain3:38
15."Trick of the Night" (US 7" version)
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Jolley & Swain4:08
16."Aie a Mwana" (7" version)
3:38
17."More Than Physical" (DJ edit)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:43
18."Do Not Disturb"
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Jolley & Swain3:25
19."Hot Line to Heaven" (7" mix)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Jolley & Swain3:54
20."The Wild Life" (7" version)
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • Woodward
  • Jolley
  • Swain
Jolley & Swain3:17
21."Cheers Then"
  • Dallin
  • Fahey
  • John Martin
  • Terry Sharp
  • Woodward
Barry Blue3:30
Collector's edition CD2
No.TitleProducers[15]Length
1."Really Saying Something" (US extended version, with Fun Boy Three)
  • Jordan
  • Fun Boy Three
  • John Luongo (remix)
7:57
2."Shy Boy" (US extended version)
  • Jolley & Swain
  • Luongo (remix)
7:20
3."Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" (extended version)Jolley & Swain4:51
4."Robert De Niro's Waiting" (extended version)Jolley & Swain5:42
5."Venus" (12" Hellfire Mix)
9:18
6."More Than Physical" (Garage Mix)Stock Aitken Waterman8:46
7."I Heard a Rumour" (Miami Mix)
7:13
8."Love in the First Degree" (Eurobeat Style)
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Euro-Twins (remix)
7:18
9."I Can't Help It" (The Hammond Version Excusrsion)
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Pete Hammond (remix)
6:33
10."Nathan Jones" (Psycho Mix)
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • Hammond (remix)
6:23
11."Cruel Summer '89" (Swing Beat Dub)
  • Jolley & Swain
  • Swain (remix)
5:17

PersonnelEdit

Bananarama

Musicians

Additional Personnel

  • Andrew Biscomb – sleeve design
  • Peter Barrett – sleeve design
  • Herb Ritts – cover sleeve photography
  • Andrew McPherson – inner sleeve photography

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Certifications and sales for The Greatest Hits Collection
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[36] Gold 50,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[37] Platinum 57,087[37]
France (SNEP)[38] 2× Gold 200,000*
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[39] Platinum 20,000*
Italy
sales 1988–1989
100,000[40]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[41] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[44]
video
Gold 50,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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