Product Code: FTA 3008
Artist: Side Effect
Origin: UK
Label: Fantasy (1977)
Format: LP
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Cover: VG+
Record: NM (M-)
Genre: Funk , Soul U

Goin' Bananas

Nice clean vinyl with a smart gloss gatefold cover.

Goin' Bananas is the fourth album by soul group Side Effect. Released in 1977 by Fantasy Records, it was produced by Wayne Henderson.[2][3] Like other releases by the group, the work featured an R&B based sound greatly influenced by contemporary disco and jazz music. In terms of background, the group had endured a major line-up change as singer Helen Lowe had her role taken over by Sylvia St. James.[1]

The album embraced bananas as a gimmick. Besides the cheeky title, the cover depicts vocalist Sylvia St. James in an outfit highly reminiscent of film icon Carmen Miranda. The record company even pressed the release on yellow vinyl.[1]

Goin' Bananas ended up receiving supportive yet mixed reviews. Music critic Alex Henderson of Allmusic stated that he thought singer St. James can show "herself to be an expressive and capable vocalist", yet the group still appeared to fall short in comparison to their previous work. He still highlighted several tracks for praise such as "It's All In Your Mind" and "Private World", remarking on the latter's "infectious funk".[1]