Bananarama will make an in-store appearance at HMV Manchester this week to celebrate the release of Glorious: The Ultimate Collection.

Bananarama’s new compilation album lands on 8 March 2024 and features 40 tracks including recent release Feel The Love.  The Deluxe Edition features an additional 10 tracks.

Glorious: The Ultimate Collection’ effectively charts the lives of founder members Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward via their personally curated career highlights. It takes them from the early days of breaking through with Really Saying Something with Fun Boy Three through to their phenomenal ‘80s success (Cruel Summer, Venus, Love In The First Degree, Robert De Niro’s Waiting and many more), ‘90s (Only your Love, Preacher Man, Movin’ On and Last Thing on My Mind) and into 2005 when they were riding flying high in the singles chart with Move In My Direction and the US dance chart smash Look on The Floor (Hypnotic Tango).

Speaking about the album, Sara Dallin said, “We wanted this to be a unique collection, a celebration of all the twists and turns in our career. We compiled endless lists of songs, album tracks and hit singles and whittled it down to forty: our favourite tracks from the past four decades. Leafing through my early lyric books transported me back to that teenage girl writing poems and scribbles that would eventually be turned into songs. Each track … is a piece of the jigsaw and a connection to me. Together they create the bigger picture, the story of us as artists. It has been one almighty journey.”

Keren added, “At times we have maybe felt that we haven’t received the credit, respect, and recognition we deserve, certainly sometimes purely down to the fact we were born female. I feel the collection of songs we have amassed over the last four decades hopefully speak for themselves, so I don’t have to. Putting the music together for this project… made me realise how much we have achieved and how determined, tenacious, and hardworking we are.”

To celebrate the release of Glorious: The Ultimate Collection, Bananarama will be making a string of in-store appearances over the weekend including Manchester’s HMV on Saturday to sign copies of the album.  Details about access/tickets to the event is available from the HMV Website.

image of Bananarama courtesy Mark Mattock