Boney M's first nine hit singles all made the UK top ten with one of them going to number one. Daddy cool entered the UK charts at the end of 1976, so becoming the first of four UK top ten hits in 1977, the others being Sunny (a cover of the Bobby Hebb sixties classic), Ma Baker (about a Chicago gangster) and Belfast (about the people of Northern Ireland). It might be interesting to hear Ma Baker and Belfast stripped down and performed in a simpler setting - this would highlight what the songs are about. As the records are with the rhythmic disco beat, it's hard to take the lyrics seriously.
1978 proved to be even better. They released an album, Night flight to Venus, which was popular all over Europe and which remains distinctive covers one of the finest disco albums ever recorded. It included four tracks that, released as singles, became huge UK hits for them - and the other tracks were also of a high quality. The title track (included here) was not released as a UK single but must surely have been considered for such a release.
The first single off Night flight to Venus was Rivers of Babylon, a cover of a reggae song from the sixties that was originally recorded by the Melodians. It spent five weeks at number one in the UK before beginning a slow decline. Just when it looked as if it was near to dropping out of the charts (over three months after its original release), the record was flipped and its B-side, Brown girl in the ring, was heavily promoted. The record climbed the charts again and eventually re-entered the top five. By the time the record finally dropped out of the UK chart, it had been there for forty weeks.
While the above double-sided single was still in the charts, Boney M released Rasputin, which made number two in the UK, followed by a Christmas single (not taken from the album), which made number one in the UK. An adaptation of the Harry Belafonte classic (Mary's boy child), their version (Mary's boy child - Oh my Lord) completed a very successful year for Boney M.
For their next single, Boney M returned to Night flight to Venus, this time selecting Painter man. It only just made the top ten but, being released more than a year after the album from which it came, I suspect that a lot of people already had the album by then.
One more big hit (Hooray hooray it's a holi-holiday, a top three UK hit) preceded a steady decline as the quality of their songs diminished. Most of them were OK but My friend Jack is, frankly, an embarrassment. Still, you can always skip that track.
Despite My friend Jack, this is a brilliant compilation of an excellent Euro-disco group.
Also die guten Titel von Boney M sind wirklich alle dabei, da kann ich nicht meckern. Die Qualität der MP3s ist gut.
Besonders gut finde ich auch die Cloud Funktion von Amazon. So kann man seine gekauften songs (und auch bis zu 250 aus der eigenen Sammlung) überall von jedem Browser aus hören, oder man nutzt im Handy die Android App. Der Preis für ein Album mit 18 Liedern geht in Ordnung.
Meine Empfehlung: kaufen und gute Laune mit Boney M :-).
am 19. April 2015
Richtig cooles Album, höre ich mir als Abwechslung gerne mal an, sind zu 90% nur gute Lieder vorhanden, kann ich also nur jeden weiter emfehlen, Boney M: Der Start in die heutige Elektro Musik :)
am 11. September 2013
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