Boney M. – The Documentary (13th December 2009)
The documentary produced by Nestfilm in Germany is according to their production team still in the works. At present moment they are in the postproduction and hope that the documentary will be finished in spring 2010. The company also made it clear that the documentary is more a fan project, than a commercial issue.
Timings “Gold – Greatest Hits” (2nd October 2009)
Disc 1: 01. Brown Girl In The Ring (4:04) 02. Daddy Cool (3:29) 03. Rasputin (5:53) 04. Gotta Go Home (3:47) 05. Oceans Of Fantasy (5:08) 06. Breakaway (4:19) 07. Bahama Mama (3:18) 08. Nightflight To Venus (4:48) 09. Young, Free And Single (4:13) 10. We Kill The World (Don’t Kill The World) (6:34) 11. Felicidad (Margherita) (4:34) 12. Boney M. Mega Mix (3:52)
Disc 2: 01. Ma Baker (4:38) 02. Painter Man (3:12) 03. My Friend Jack (4:42) 04. Children Of Paradise (4:30) 05. I See A Boat On A River (4:42) 06. I’m Born Again (4:10) 07. Heart Of Gold (4:06) 08. No Woman No Cry (5:00) 09. Baby Do You Wanna Bump (6:54) 10. Got A Man On My Mind (3:25) 11. Consuela Biaz (4:38) 12. Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night (5:34)
Disc 3: 01. Belfast (3:33) 02. El Lute (5:57) 03. The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover) (4:20) 04. When A Child is Born (3:21) 05. Have You Ever Seen The Rain (2:40) 06. Motherless Child (4:57) 07. Bye Bye Bluebird (4:50) 08. Ride To Agadir (5:12) 09. Ribbons Of Blue (1:59) 10. Happy Song (6:42) 11. African Moon (3:01) 12. Daddy Cool (Remix 2001) (5:20)
Various Release Dates “Gold – Greatest Hits” (30th September 2009)
On Sonymusic.ch the release date for “Gold – Greatest Hits” is 9th October 2009, while the release in Poland is set to 28th September on several web-sites.
Tracking-list “Gold – Greatest Hits” (30th September 2009)
According to several polish sites the tracking-list for “Gold – Greatest Hits” will be as listed below. There’s however not a final confirmation. Thanks to Andrzej Wojtowicz for the information.
- Brown Girl In The Ring 02. Daddy Cool 03. Rasputin 04. Gotta Go Home 05. Oceans Of Fantasy 06. Breakaway 07. Bahama Mama 08. Nightflight To Venus 09. Young, Free And Single 10. We Kill The World (Don’t Kill The World) 11. Felicidad (Margherita) 12. Boney M. Mega Mix
- Ma Baker 02. Painter Man 03. My Friend Jack 04. Children Of Paradise 05. I See A Boat On A River 06. I’m Born Again 07. Heart Of Gold 08. No Woman No Cry 09. Baby Do You Wanna Bump 10. Got A Man On My Mind 11. Consuela Biaz 12. Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night
- Belfast 02. El Lute 03. The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover) 04. When A Child is Born 05. Have You Ever Seen The Rain 06. Motherless Child 07. Bye Bye Bluebird 08. Ride To Agadir 09. Ribbons Of Blue 10. Happy Song 11. African Moon 12. Daddy Cool (Remix 2001) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
“America – The Party Album (Das Party Album)” (26th September 2009)
Is now available for pre-order in Germany (JPC), where it will be released on 6th November.
Cover layout “Gold – Greatest Hits” (21st September 2009)
Below you will be able to see the cover layout for the forthcoming 3 CD set “Gold – Greatest Hits” released on 30th October 2009. Thanks to Frank Eberlein for providing the cover.
“Gold – Greatest Hits” (19th September 2009)
According to JPC a compilation called “Gold – Greatest Hits” will be released on 30th October 2009 in Germany. By Amazon the release is listed as a 3CD set.
“America – The Party Album” (11th September 2009)
A new Boney M. compilation has hit the shops. It’s called “America – The Party Album” (Sony Music 88697 54104 2).
The recent compilations we have had from Sony Music have shown a great interest in the releases. However “America – The Party Album” does not really show a sign of interest, which is easy to see from the songs/versions included. The most annoying thing is the inclusion of the two recordings from 1993 (“Lady Godiva” and “Da La De La”) and the new “Felicidad America”. “America – The Party Album” contains the following:
01: Kalimba De Luna 7:18 02: Happy Song 3:59 03: Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi- Holiday 3:55 04: Dreadlock Holiday 4:52 05: Bel Ami 3:11 06: Bahama Mama 3:16 07: Lady Godiva 3:31 08: Young, Free & Single 4:10 09: Dancing In The Streets 3:58 10: Gloria, Can You Waddle 3:56 11: Gotta Go Home 3:45 12: Da La De La 4:01 13: Painter Man 3:10 14: Sunny 4:01 15: Brown Girl In The Ring 4:01 16: Felicidad America (Obama Obama) 4:03
Cover layout “Long Versions & Rarities Vol. 3” (19th August 2009)
Tracking-list “Long Versions & Rarities Vol. 3” (5th August 2009)
1. Exodus (Noah’s Ark 2001) – Maxi Version 5:47 / 2. Wild Planet – Maxi Version 3:42 / 3. Somewhere In The World – Long Version 5:08 / 4. Future World – Long Promo Version 4:08 / 5. 10.000 Lightyears – Promo Version 4:20 / 6. Kalimba De Luna – US Club Mix 9:39 / 7. Young, Free And Single – 12″ Version 8:08 / 8. Daddy Cool – Anniversary Recording ’86 (Special Club Mix) 9:09 / 9. Mother & Child Reunion – Long Version 7:31 / 10. I’m Alive – Long Version 5:13 / 11. Dreadlock Holiday – Rap-Sody / Top Deck Long Version 10:59
“Long Versions & Rarities Vol. 3” (23rd July 2009)
According to JPC.de “Long Versions & Rarities Vol. 3” will be released on 28th August 2009.
“Hooray! Hooray! It’s Boney M.” (13th May 2009)
Reader’s Digest has re-released their 1997 3-CD box “Hooray! Hooray! It’s Boney M.” in a 2009 edition with a new cover and a new booklet as well.
Frank Eberlein Interview: “Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” (23rd April 2009)
Frank, can you tell us who came up with the idea and the title for the new Boney M. compilation “Let It All Be Music – The Party Album”?
In mid-March Sony Music in Munich asked me to work on a new Boney M. CD. It would be a double CD, similar with the concept of “The Collection”, which by now has turned out to be a mega seller. This box was incidentally also released by BMG Japan in unchanged form, but with an expanded booklet with all the song lyrics and extensive liner-notes. I was supposed to compile a tracking list for the double CD with the subtitle “Party Album”. Sony asked me, if I also had an idea for its main title. Right away I had the idea to call it “Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi-Holiday “, but noticed that there already existed a Best of-collection with the same title. And I never thought of it as a good idea, when two different compilations by the same act, have the same main title. So I thought a little about which of the Boney M. titles that never had made it as a CD-title before, could be suitable for such a thing. And then I thought that “Let It All Be Music” was perfect for this purpose. Sony accepted it at once. And naturally it was clear to me, to use “Let It All Be Music” as the opener. We have enough Best of-collections starting with “Daddy Cool”, “Rivers Of Babylon” or other big hits, right?
Were you given any special instructions to follow when compiling this new compilation?
Yes, I got them, but only three this time: Of course I was only supposed to choose the songs with a “party” feeling, that is the greatest disco tracks, because of the subtitle: “Party Album”. I asked how long the maximum playing time of each CD would allowed to be. And the product manager said, that I was allowed to pack them to the fullest. Well, it’s not that easy to fill two times 80 minutes with the right party songs of Boney M. I have therefore taken care of, not to draw too tight boundaries and also used songs such as “African Moon” and “Exodus”, especially because of the fact that there still are interesting alternative versions of these songs that many fans have been waiting for. And I think that “African Moon” can be considered a party song, if you imagine sitting in the evening on an island in the south by blue water and watching the red sky and listening to the reggae-rhythms – Oh, at least I would be there in a very special party atmosphere. But for example, “Consuela Biaz” – in fact one of my favourite ballads of Boney M. – is not really party-like. I didn‘t dare to use it as a part of this compilation, although I know that many fans wish for this song again and again. Not to mention “El lute” … The second point was to use the Obama song. They simply wanted to use this song on the CD. Well, I remembered that there were two versions of the maxi, one in English and one in Spanish and that both of them weren‘t used on the maxi-CD. So I told myself, if I am obliged to use this song, which many fans don’t accept as true Boney M. track, it must at least be a “previously unreleased” version. So you have a rarity, discreet of course, as a bonus track perfectly placed in the end. And I decided to take the English version. And the third paragraph was not to use the exclusive maxi versions, which yet must be included on “Long Versions & Rarities Vol 3” – such as “Exodus” close to 6 minutes, the full U.S. Club Mix of “Kalimba De Luna” close to 10 minutes, or the Top Deck version of “Dreadlock Holiday” running 11 minutes – which is understandable, otherwise the planned third CD in this series would be superfluous. But apart from these three little paragraphs, I could do whatever I wanted.
After you had worked out the tracking list, did Farian then approve it at once or did you have to make any changes?
It went quite smoothly. I had completed the tracking-lists and we immediately got permission to do everything exactly the way as planned. But when everything was ready with Sony, I showed the tracking-lists to a Dane named Danni Lange – any of you who knows this guy? Well, he thought that the maxi version of “Rasputin” would not really fit as track number 4 on the first CD in between “Hooray! Hooray! “And “Daddy Cool” and he suggested to close the first CD with “Rasputin”. I liked this idea and asked Sony to change it in their internal system and they did. I do not wish to think of how dreadful the CD would have sounded without this change.
When looking at the tracking list, is there any story behind the inclusion of some of the songs and did you have some songs in mind for the compilation that somehow didn’t end up on it?
Oh, let me think about it … no, nothing special. The only thing I hoped for, was not to forget one of the great important songs. And then I was aware of, that I would search for as many alternative versions as possible in the archives, which still hadn‘t been made available on CD. Some songs I had originally planned to use, but after I had listened to them several times, it seemed to me that they did not really fit with the rest of the songs and the subtitle – here I was thinking about “Ride To Agadir”, “Dancing In The Streets”, ” I Feel Good” and “Todos Buenos”. I don’t hope that there are thousands of buyers who now don’t want this compilation, because these songs are missing.
You once again have had the privilege to search the archive in Gütersloh for material. Did you have any certain songs in mind when starting out looking for alternative versions?
First and foremost I must say that I don’t search through the archives of Gütersloh myself. It makes – because of my lists with the old Hansa catalogue numbers – Ulli, a wonderful man who has worked there for at least 100 years, I think. He is an archivist, just the way he is supposed to be. He knows everything, knows every tape quasi personally and is lovingly taking care of all of them. And he has the famous seventh sense which is very important in such a large archive. Ulli finds everything, and if he doesn’t find it, you can be sure that it‘s not in the archive. Of course, I have thought about all the alternative versions, for example, all the original “first pressing” versions which are 5, 12, 25, 39 .. seconds longer – and shorter – than the “normal” versions found on most albums of our time. But I still knew from working on “The Collection” that many of these versions no longer are to be found in the archive. And why would they be there now, when they weren‘t two years ago? I still had all my lists of search results from back then including the many red remarks by Ulli: “non-existent”. On my new search lists I had written the same Hansa catalogue numbers with the same alternative timings, because I this time hoped, that Ulli might find something unexpected and exciting – but unfortunately in vain. He has truly been searching between all the shelves and looked through everything twice, but I got the exact same search results as two years ago. Some tapes have even gone back to Frank Farian‘s personal archives a few years ago – and we had no opportunity to search in his archives. But most tapes with the first versions are no longer archived – either in Gütersloh or Rosbach. I suspect that Farian back then may have reworked the original master tapes into alternate versions – or the tapes with the original versions were destroyed because the second or third versions became the official versions. If Frank Farian has reworked his songs, he must not have been happy with them – and then I can‘t imagine that he has saved the material which he no longer could accept.
Did Ulli manage to find at least some of the alternative versions you were looking for?
Yes, luckily he did. He has found the original single versions of “Happy Song”, “Young, Free And Single,” “Bang Bang Lulu” and “Exodus” as well as the “second pressing” of the single version of “Gotta Go Home”, but unfortunately not the original 4 :47-single version of “Ma Baker”, which I had planned to use. In the tape box with the HANSA number 17 888, only the well-known 4:34 version was found. For a safety’s sake, the mastering studio digitized “Ma Baker” from this master-tape, in case of this mix would be slightly different than the album version. I have not noticed any difference, but maybe one of you guys will. Not to be found were also the original single versions of “Felicidad”, “Going Back West”, “Malaika,” “I See A Boat On The River” and “My Friend Jack” and alternate versions of “Bye Bye Bluebird”. What can you do then? In this case we would simply use the other versions, which already are available on the album remasters, or on “The Collection” box, although it might not will please many fans. I‘m sorry, but I can‘t change it.
The compilation is set to include an instrumental version of “Kalimba De Luna”. Was that planned from the beginning or was it a version you came across when searching for other versions?
When working on “The Collection” I was told by MM-Sound , the mastering studio, that the tape with “Kalimba De Luna” contained seven versions, one of the versions being an instrumental version. Back then we used the normal Extended Version. And this time I thought that it would be quite interesting for all the fans to get – in addition to the single version – the instrumental version as a bonus track and rarity. We also got permission to use it. I thought that it would be a sort of a karaoke version, just like the original, but without the vocals. But then I got the version and could hear that it only was a “basic playback” which also was written on the tape box. It lacked all the known synthesizer effects and horns, it was a dull and unfinished mix, which you couldn‘t use for a CD release. Instead we have as an alternative used the dub version, which still hasn‘t been available on CD and almost is an instrumental version.
While searching for material in Gütersloh, did Ulli find more alternative versions of one certain song, so you had two or more alternative versions to choose between?
Yes, that happened with “African Moon”. I had told Ulli that he should search for the single remix as well as the long album version from the HANSA record 301 850. I thought, perhaps he would find at least one of them. And was I surprised when he phoned and said he had found the two original masters. Concerning the master tape of “Boonoonoonoos” it was fortunately not a vinyl copy, as some might assume, as a fan has sent his album to Sony a few months ago. No, it was the original master tape. Now we have two versions available. So, I spoke with a few friends who also are Boney M. fans, and we agreed to use the long album version, because it‘s rare, even on vinyl and more than the single remix. In any case I will of course use the remix version the next time, if I once again would be honoured to create a Boney M.-CD. It was also exciting with “Let It All Be Music”. I would have liked the first CD to begin with the medley “Let It All Be Music/Gotta Go Home” from the first edition of “Oceans Of Fantasy”. But unfortunately, the only version in the archive was the version which we know from the album remaster. So we decided to use “Gotta Go Home” as single version. Then Ulli found the 5:09 version of “Let It All Be Music” among his treasuries and it was decided to use this version. Ulli also found the maxi version of “Exodus” – but we have to wait for that a while. It is, as far as I know, to be included on the third part of “Long Versions & Rarities” later this year. But then one day towards the end of project I was told, that Ulli had found several HANSA-tapes, which came from the Hansa studio in Berlin to Gütersloh a few years ago. They were never officially labeled with a catalogue number, but only with an internal three file number from Berlin. These are known as S-copies (S stands for safety), which have been saved over the years in the studio as an extra safety. These tapes are of course the original master tapes, but were never used for the record production. As I said, they were exclusively for the company’s archive in Berlin. The tape was only marked “LP Oceans Of Fantasy”. It turned out to include the 5:09 version of “Let It All Be Music” and the 4:36 version of “Gotta Go Home” which have been used for the new compilation. The whole thing becomes even more difficult because of the fact that on many tape-boxes are written the wrong playing times. And also there isn’t any notice about the version names at all. That means, that Ulli had to send all the tapes he could find to the mastering-studio. And there they had to check which versions in which length that could be found on the tapes by playing them. Maybe you can imagine what a long time it takes until we are able to locate a certain version. And it’s fairly frustrating when you have checked many, many tapes this way, and finally didn’t find any scarce alternate version.
Will all the material on the new compilation be mastered from original master tapes?
All the tracks – except “Ribbons Of Blue”. It was already planned to use the original single version on “The Collection”, but the master tape was not to be found in the archive. Therefore we took the remix from “More Gold” – CD, which at least had the same length. And for “Long Versions & Rarities Vol 1” the master tape was searched once more, but even in Frank Farian‘s archive it couldn‘t be located. So a vinyl copy was used for the mastering. We are now using this track from “Long Versions & Rarities”. Moreover, it is a great stroke of luck that Sony always uses MM-Sound near Gütersloh, in the case of Boney M. No one in the world can master a vinyl record and a master tape as those two guys in the small studio. They work with Cedar technique and their equipment to master from vinyl is just as expensive as all the equipment in the other mastering studios. It‘s not a coincidence that MM-Sound for the past 25 year has had loyal customers such as Michael Cretu, Udo Jürgens, Frank Farian and Dieter Bohlen. Last I spoke with Cretu in Berlin regarding MM-Sound, I said it had to be one of the best digital mastering studios in the world. Then Cretu replied: “MM-Sound is THE best mastering studio in the world”. Who would know better than Michael? MM-Sound is also the only studio outside the archive in Gütersloh who have permission to get the original tapes from Sony and BMG. If a different studio works for them, they make copies of the original master tapes on CD‘s directly in the archive and then send the CDs to the other mastering studios. By the way, it has never even happened, that one of the analogue magnetic tapes, produced by Frank Farian, wasn‘t playable, as it often happens with old analogue studio tapes. Farian has always used the best and most expensive tapes. And today it appears to be a great luck.
New Cover for “Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” (21th April 2009)
Sony decided to design a new cover for the compilation “Let It All Be Music – The Party Album”. You can see the new cover below.
Final Tracking-list for “Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” (21th April 2009)
BONEY M. LET IT ALL BE MUSIC – THE PARTY ALBUM (Sony Music 88697521512).
- Let It All Be Music (Alternate Album Version) 5:09* 02: Gotta Go Home (Alternate Album Version) 4:36* 03: Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi-Holiday 3:55 04: Daddy Cool 3:26 05: Belfast 3:30 06: A Woman Can Change A Man 3:30 07: Rivers Of Babylon (7″ Version) 4:19 08: Bahama Mama (12″ Version) 5:14 09: Brown Girl In The Ring 4:00 10: Ma Baker 4:34 11: King Of The Road 2:36 12: Painter Man 3:10 13: Ribbons Of Blue (7″ Version) 4:07 14: Sunny 4:01 15: Plantation Boy 4:24 16: Bye Bye Bluebird 4:47 17: Silent Lover 4:13 18: Rasputin (12″ Version) 7:32
01: Felicidad (Margherita) (7″ Version) 4:33 02: Happy Song (7″ Version) 4:18* 03: Kalimba De Luna (7″ Version) 4:31 04: Dreadlock Holiday 4:52 05: Going Back West (7″ Version) 4:14 06: Malaika (7″ Version) 5:01 07: I See A Boat On The River (7″ Version) 4:40 08: Got Cha Loco 3:35 09: Barbarella Fortuneteller 2:55 10: Bang Bang Lulu (7″ Version) 3:31* 11: African Moon (Long Album Version) 4:13* 12: Young, Free And Single (7″ Version) 4:18* 13: My Friend Jack (7″ Version) 4:39 14: Sample City 3:43 15: The Alibama 3:11 16: Exodus (Noah’s Ark 2001) (7″ Version) 4:37*
17: Kalimba De Luna (Dub Version) 6:28* 18: Felicidad America (Obama – Obama) (Long English Version) 5:28**
* Version previously unreleased on CD
** Version previously unreleased
Special thanks to Frank Eberlein for providing the information.
“Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” (16th April 2009)
We have now received the tracking-list for the forth coming double CD with Boney M. “Let It All Me Music – The Party Album”. The tracking-list has been provided by Frank Eberlein who at present moment is working hard together with the mastering studio, searching the master tapes for as many alternative versions as possible. Because of that fact it’s still too early to state timings and versions of the songs included except for a few. You’ll be able to see the tracking-list below. The songs which have been stated with a certain version are definite.
CD 1: THE SEVENTIES 01. Let It All Be Music 02. Gotta Go Home 03. Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Holi-Holiday 04. Daddy Cool 05. Belfast 06. A Woman Can Change A Man 07. Rivers Of Babylon (7″ Version) 08. Bahama Mama (Long Version) 09. Brown Girl In The Ring 10. Ma Baker 11. King Of The Road 12. Painter Man 13. Ribbons Of Blue (7″ Version) 14. Sunny 15. Plantation Boy 16. Bye Bye Bluebird 17. Silent Lover 18. Rasputin (12″ Version)
CD 2: THE EIGHTIES 01. Felicidad (Margherita) 02. Happy Song (7″ Version) 03. Kalimba De Luna (7″ Version) 04. Dreadlock Holiday 05. Going Back West 06. Malaika (7″ Version) 07. I See A Boat On The River 08. Got Cha Loco 09. Barbarella Fortuneteller 10. Bang Bang Lulu (7″ Version) 11. African Moon (Long Album Version) 12. Young, Free And Single (7″ Version) 13. My Friend Jack 14. Sample City 15. The Alibama 16. Exodus (Noah’s Ark 2001) (7″ Version) Bonus Tracks 17. Kalimba De Luna (Instrumental) 18. Felicidad America (Obama – Obama) (Long English Version).
“Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” (4th April 2009)
The release date of “Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” has been postponed to 8th May 2009.
Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” (24th March 2009)
Frank Eberlein who last year compiled the box-set “The Collection” and the CD “Rivers Of Babylon” is at present moment working on the forthcoming Boney M. release “Let It All Be Music – The Party Album” – scheduled for release on 24th April 2009.At the same time Sony is working hard on finding alternative versions of some of the songs planned to be included on the compilation, but it’s still too early to say if they’ll succeed.
Special thanks to Frank Eberlein for providing the information and cover layout.
New CD: “Let It All Be Music” (22nd March 2009)
According to jpc.de a new Boney M. CD called “Let It All Be Music” will be released on 24th April 2009. The price has been set to EUR 8,99.
“Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection)” (7th February 2009)
“Greatest Hits (Steel Box Collection)” is set for release on 13th March 2009 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon.de The price is EUR 6,99. The collection is a re-release of the 2008 CD “Rivers Of Babylon (A Best Of Collection)”.
“Long Versions & Rarities Vol. 2: 1980 – 1983” (20th January 2009)
“Long Versions & Rarities Vol. 2: 1980 – 1983” is set for release on 27th Febuary 2009. The CD can be pre-ordered at jpc.de at the price of EUR 8,99.
1. Felicidad (12″ Version 11:47), 2. “Malaika” (12″ Version 5:39), 3. “Consuela Biaz” (Single version 5:19), 4. “Boonoonoonoos” (Long version 12:13), 5. “Homeland Africa (Ship Ahoi)” (Long version 5:06), 6. “6 Years of BoneyM. Hits” (12″ Version 11:14), 7. “Going Back West” (12″ Version 5:02), 8. “Silly Confusion” (12″ Version 4:00), 9. “Jambo” (12″ Version 7:48), 10. “African Moon” (12″ Version 6:42), 11. “(I Need A) Babysitter” (Original version 3:33).
Thanks to Casper Janssen for providing the art work.
The Danish Album Chart – Week no. 1 & 2 (10th January 2009)
In week no 1 it was down 3 places from 28 to 31 for “The Magic Of Boney M. – The Danish Collection”. Week no. 2 saw a rise from no 31 to no 25.
Cancelled – Two “Daddy Cool” Shows (10th January 2009)
According to Musikhuset in Esbjerg the complete “Daddy Cool” tour in Denmark has now been cancelled.
Cancelled – Two “Daddy Cool” Shows (8th January 2009)
Two “Daddy Cool” shows have been cancelled in Denmark. The shows in Esbjerg (according to MHE’s web-site) and Herning (according to billetnet.dk) have been cancelled until now. If more shows will be cancelled is not known at present time.