Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Deep Sea Skiving
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
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Fantastic album, lousy CD.
John Corbett | Summerland, California United States | 08/16/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Bananarama's debut album, Deep Sea Skiving, is one of the hidden gems of the 1980s, and helped launch the career of the most successful girl group in history. "Aie A Mwana," sung completely in Swahili, is their first and one of their best singles. Other classics include "Shy Boy," and a cover of "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)." The whole album is full of catchy beats and great melodies.
Now for the bad news. Collectables Records says this CD is "digitally remastered." Digitally "ripped" is more like it -- the songs on this CD sound like little more than badly ripped low quality mp3s, with the muddled and churny sound typical of them. You'd probably hear better quality on your worn out old casette tape, or perhaps even those crummy mp3s you'd been hoping to replace with your hard-earned dollars by buying this disc.
Shame on Collectables for passing these off as legit CDs. Stay away from this one if you don't want to be seriously disappointed!!"
Rating based on original CD, not this reissue
Ryan A. Rigg | 03/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I own the original PolyGram issue of "Deep Sea Skiving" issued in 1986. Before that I owned the cassette. This is one of those CD's where I love every song, not just the hits. Of course I love the hits: "Shy Boy", "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" and "Really Saying Something". But I also love the other tunes, especially "Doctor Love", "Cheers Then", "Hey Young London" and "Boy Trouble". Brings back fond memories of 82-83 and the 2nd British invasion and listening to all these songs.
Apparently according to the other reviewer, this reissue by Collectables is poorly done. My advice is to scour stores that sell used CD's and pick up the original. It is well worth it."
Classic debut, raw and wonderful
D. H. Richards | Silver Spring, MD USA | 09/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album captures a small but wonderful section of the UK pop scene circa 1982 or so when the Fun Boy Three were experiencing chart topping success after splitting from the Specials. When the three boys hooked up with these three girls the results were inspiring. The germs of a real glossy pop career are here, but this record also shows why the gals have a place even in the hearts of "serious" pop aficionados. 1. Shy Boy - glossy pop, a great single.
2. Doctor Love - a Paul Weller cover, sounds like a pale Style Council imitation. A for effort.
3. What a Shambles - eh, insightful but kind of whiney on the part of the gals. Yes, fame is a pain, but no one os forcing you. Plus, at this point, what did they really know?
4. He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' - worth the price of admission alone. Clasic full on FB3 production.
5. Cheers Then - fun
6. Aie a Mwana - very well done cover, a real stretch that they handle well.
7. Young at Heart
8. Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - another classic (along with He was Really and Shy Boy) that showed this band, with the right producers, could rule the world. And they did.
9. Hey Young London - eh, not bad, but the gals were a long way off from writing a hit single with this.
10. Boy Trouble - on an album with lesser song this would have been the single, as it is it stands nicely next to the singles on this album.
11. Wish You Were Here At time this album is raw, at times the promise of the gals future polish shine through. If you thought they were just some random collection of women found by SAW then you should pick up this album to see their roots. True, they seem to do best when working with producers who have a strong vision, but they clearly bring their own view points to the table."