Bobby Farrell – (30th December 2010)
It’s with sadness that we have been informed that Bobby Farrell is no longer among us. Bobby passed away on 30th December while being on tour in Russia.
Our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends.
“Barbra Streisand – The Album” – New Release Date (26th December 2010)
The release date for “Barbra Streisand – The Album” has now changed from 21st January to 28th January 2011.
“Barbra Streisand – The Album” – Tracking-List (21st December 2010)
An alternative tracking-list has been announced today. The release date is still 21st January 2011.
1 Barbra Streisand (The Most Wanted Woman)/2 Ma Baker/3 Daddy Cool/4 Sunny/5 Marilyn Monroe/6 Happy Song/7 Sweet Dreams/8 Be My Lover/9 Where Do You Go/10 Gotta Go Home /11. Boney M. Mega Mashup-Mix-Medley vs. No Mercy, La Bouche – 123 BPM (Rivers Of Babylon/Missing/Where Do You Go/Kalimba De Luna/I See A Boat On The River/One Way Ticket/Sunny/Sweet Dreams)/12. Ma Baker – Club Mix/13 Daddy Cool – Club Mix /14 Sunny – Club Mix/15 Rivers Of Babylon – Club Mix/16 Gotta Go Home – Club Mix/17 Rasputin – Club Mix/18 Children Of Paradise – Club Mix/19 Marilyn Monroe – Club Mix/20 Who The F… Is Wikileaks/ 21 Be Bop A Lula – House Mix (Radio Edit)/22 Barbra Streisand (The Most Wanted Woman) – Videoclip
“Barbra Streisand – Boney M. Goes Club” – Tracking-List (20th December 2010)
According to Sony Music the new Boney M. CD will now be called “Barbra Streisand” with the subtitle “Boney M. Goes Club”. The release date has changed from 7th to 21st January 2011.Tracking-List:
|1||Gotta Go Home||Boney M.||15 Min. 43 Sek.|
|2||Sweet Dreams||Boney M.||14 Min. 7 Sek.|
|3||Ma Baker – Club Mix||Boney M.||4 Min. 51 Sek.|
|4||Daddy Cool – Club Mix||Boney M.||4 Min. 43 Sek.|
|5||Sunny – Club Mix||Boney M.||4 Min. 10 Sek.|
|6||Rivers Of Babylon – Club Mix||Boney M.||4 Min. 19 Sek.|
|7||Gotta Go Home – Club Mix||Boney M.||4 Min. 22 Sek.|
|8||Rasputin – Club Mix||Boney M.||4 Min. 30 Sek.|
|9||Children Of Paradise – Club Mix||Boney M.||4 Min. 33 Sek.|
|10||Marilyn Monroe – Club Mix||Boney M.Boney M.||3 Min. 11 Sek.|
|11||Who The F… Is Wikileaks||Boney M. vs. Chicken Soup||4 Min. 0 Sek.|
|12||Be Bop A Lula – House Mix / Radio Edit||ZZ Queen vs. Boney M.||3 Min. 46 Sek.|
|13||Barbra Streisand (The Most Wanted Wom…||Boney M.||3 Min. 11 Sek.|
Two New Boney M. Download Singles (4th December 2010)
One can only ask why they haven’t used the original single-version of “Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord” for this release?
New Boney M. CD Listed At JPC.de (23rd November 2010)
According to JPC.de a new Boney M. CD will be released on 7th January 2011 called “Barbra Streisand – The Album”. The price is EUR 7,99 and the label is FARIAN.
Marcia Barrett To Take Part In Boney M. Fan Meeting In Berlin February 2011 (21st November 2010)
It’s with great pleasure that we are able to inform you that the one and only: Marcia Barrett will take part in the Fan Meeting on 26th February 2011.
Yes it’s true! Marcia and her husband, Marcus, will stop by to say hello and talk to everyone taking part in the Fan Meeting. There will of course also be a possibility for taking a few photos during her visit as well as asking her questions. Marcia says that she is looking really forward to meet the fans of Boney M.
More news will follow as things develop.
Boney M. Fan Meeting In Berlin February 2011 (4th November 2010)
Cover “Feliz Navidad” 2CD (30th October 2010)
“Feliz Navidad” Tracking-list (6th October 2010)
“Feliz Navidad” will be released as a double CD on 12th November 2010. The double CD will include:
1 Little Drummer Boy 4: 21/ 2 The First Noel 3: 03/ 3 I’m Born Again 4: 08/ 4 We Kill The World (Don’t Kill The World) 6: 28/ 5 Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord 05: 43/ 6 Feliz Navidad 3: 07/ 7 Oh Christmas Tree 2: 54/ 8 Christmas Medley 7: 51 (Silent Night, Holy Night (Stille Nacht…)/Snow Falls Over The Ground/Hear Ye The Message/Sweet Bells/ 9 I’ll Be Home For Christmas 3: 43/ 10 Jingle Bells 3: 28/ 11 Calendar Song (January, February, March. 2: 37/ 12 Malaika 3: 27/ 13 Darkness Is Falling 2: 02/ 14 Oh Come All Ye Faithful 3: 41/ 15 Joy To The World 2: 32/ 16 Heart Of Gold 4: 00.
1 When A Child Is Born 3: 19/ 2 Petit Papa Noel 1: 41/ 3 Somewhere In The World 4: 38/ 4 Exodus (Noah’s Ark 2001) 5: 19/ 5 Hark The Herald Angel Sing 3: 03/ 6 White Christmas 4: 19/ 7 Jingle Bells 2: 53/ 8 Auld Lang Syne 2: 34/ 9 Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord – 12″ 6: 20/ 10 Christmas-Medley 6: 25 (Holy Night/Snow Falls Over The Ground/Hear Ye The Message)/ 11 Winter Fairy-Tale – Instrumental 2: 58/ 12 A Moment Of Love 3: 20/ 13 Zion’s Daughter 3: 50/ 14 Rivers Of Babylon 4: 18/ 15 Feliz Navidad 2: 21/ 16 My Cherie Amour 4: 04
Frank Eberlein Interview: “Hit Story” (12th September 2010)
Frank, you have been compiling the newly released 4 CD box-set “Hit Story” with Boney M. When did you first hear about the project and can you tell us a little about the idea behind the project?
It was in June this year, that Sony Music asked me, if I once again could compile a new CD-box with Boney M. This time it was to be a four CD-box, for TV commercials only. We all know these commercials which often are a little intrusive, where the viewer is told to “Call right away and you’ll get this unique box-set, which can’t be found in any shops. It costs “only” 50 EUR! And if you call within the next ten minutes, then you’ll get something very exclusive as a bonus!” and so on. There are various programs on television and on radio, which are specialized in this sort of shopping. You aren’t forced to think positive of it, but it’s a part of today’s media world. When the advertising company asked Sony for such a box-set with Boney M, why should Sony say no to such a suggestion, when there are sold thousands of such items and Sony at the same time could make good money on it completely safe? I was of course excited and immediately said yes to the assignment; because I knew, that there still is Boney M. material in the archive, which still hasn’t been released on CD.
Did the original idea for the “Hit Story” project change during the working process?
Yes it did. Originally we had talked about many rarities and I had proposed to include a CD with all the early versions, although I knew from my previous work on the other Boney M. box-sets, it wouldn’t be easy – or maybe even impossible – to find the master tapes of all these rarities. And during the first days we went on with this idea to include the early sought after versions. But then the idea was rejected again, because of two reasons: We couldn’t find a single master-tape, although we this time not only were searching for the original singles and LP-tapes, but also for alternative tapes of several LP samplers from the days when the songs were recently released. We have actually found several master tapes of various HANSA-LP samplers, where the timings on the tapes were matching the early versions – and I thought: Wow, here are finally some of the early versions! But when these tapes were played, it turned out to be normal well-known versions. It was pretty frustrating. The second reason not to use the rarities on this release, was that we came to think about the target audience, who would buy this box-set. The target audience isn’t the real Boney M. fans, but normal people who never go to a record store, who never search the internet to buy anything there and who still haven’t anything with Boney M. on CD at home. With this box they’ll get a good look into the group’s history and all the successes. These people do not appreciate to get the alternative versions. Therefore it would have been a pity, if you had offered all of these rarities on CD for the first time, exclusively for this target audience. So we decided to use the already known material for this release. Yet I managed to include a few alternative versions that were left unused from the last time we compiled Boney M. CD’s. If the early versions one day will show up, I’m sure that there will be compiled a new CD or a new box which is aimed for the shops.
Frank Farian can be seen in the TV-commercial for the box-set. Did he take part in the project himself?
Not too much. He wanted, of course, as always, to check and approve the tracking list. At first I had mixed the songs pretty crazy and colorful. It was also all right with him, but he felt that the songs didn’t always fit together in terms of the tempo. Therefore I had to rework it all once again. I however didn’t know the exact places he wasn’t satisfied with and if a new order of the songs would be approved. So I decided to change and rework it all, this time in chronological order. This way “Baby Do You Wanna Bump” would end up as the opener, not one of Boney M.’s biggest hits, but I really liked the idea of the chronological order much better and then it was approved. Otherwise, Frank gave an interview, which now can be seen in the commercial, but it was all from his side.
Can you tell us a little about why you have compiled the box-set the way it has been?
I had thought of several options. At first I thought of something like a “complete singles collection” with all the A and B-sides (AB-AB-AB etc.). That would be perfect for a three CD-set. Using that option we would however have to leave out some of the great album tracks, which simply are a must. We haven’t three but four CD’s, so what was going to be included on the fourth CD? Then I came back to my old idea with the 70’s and the 80’s, which I had previously used on “The Collection” and “The Party Album”. It would give each CD a headline, but I wouldn’t be force to use only single tracks, but also a couple of great album tracks. I also thought about which categories could be used for the third and fourth CD. It turned out to be ballads and maxi versions. Sony actually wanted a CD exclusively with Christmas songs, but I talked them out of it. I think it’s much better and much more interesting to do a CD with the ballads. Because there aren’t that many ballads, a few Christmas songs was used on the third CD. That way we also got around the problem with “Mary’s Boy Child”, as it wouldn’t have been that great among the non Christmas songs. On the other hand you couldn’t leave out such a mega hit on a box like this. Now we have a small section with half a dozen of Christmas songs and I hope people will like it that way. Originally the third CD was set to include “Never Change Lovers In The Middle Of The Night” instead of “Sad Movies”. But at last minute I had to change it, as the inclusion of “Never Change Lovers…” would give the CD a playing time over 80 minutes. And since “Never Change Lovers…” is rather long, but not as well known as “El Lute”, I decided with a bleeding heart to do it that way, even though it did hurt, since “Never Change Lovers…” is such a cool song and I would really have liked to see the inclusion of it on the ballads CD.
You have once again had the chance to work with the archivists at the archive in Gütersloh. Is “Hit Story” including any versions that haven’t been available on CD before?
Yes, we have here on CD – for the first time as far as I know – single versions of “Baby Do You Wanna Bump,” “Plantation Boy”, “El Lute”, “Gotta Go Home”, “African Moon”, “Sample City” and “Somewhere In The World”. And not to forget an alternative album version of “Jimmy” from 1981, which we have taken from an alternative “Boonoonoonoos” tape. This is the tape on which we also found the alternate version of “African Moon” for “The Party Album”.
Did you get the chance to search through Frank Farian’s archive?
No, unfortunately not. But I haven’t yet given up the hope that I will be allowed to do it one day in the future, when we work on a new CD-box. I’m very curious what he has hidden in his archives and pretty sure that I will find a couple of very interesting tapes, that Frank has forgotten all about. But the question is, whether we would be allowed to use these tapes. I’m a fan and collector myself and would really like to have all the early versions and completely previously unreleased material on CD. But I will also respect Frank’s opinion, if he says: I will not release the material, that wasn’t good enough to be released back then. That’s the same case with Benny and Björn of ABBA.
“Ribbons Of Blue” is included on the new box-set. On earlier CD compilations “Ribbons Of Blue” has been mastered from vinyl, was the original master tape found this time?
No, the original single tape HANSA 100.444 unfortunately remains lost. But when I worked with the box, I remembered that most of the Boney M. songs also appeared on LP Samplers from HANSA or ARIOLA – and all of these samplers exist in the archive on longplay-tapes, where all the songs are to be found one after another, separated by yellow tape. And these tapes were always direct copies of the original singles or LP master tapes. Of course, there was by copying a tiny loss of quality because it was the analog era. But the loss was more theoretical than practical, because we are talking about professional tape material with high speed and about copying that was made in the studio. This means, that a person can’t hear the difference between the original and a copy. That is not to be compared with cassette tapes, which we had at home. If you copied something from one cassette tape to another, the copy would have more noise than the original. But with a professional tape, it is quite different. And believe it or not, we found two sampler tapes from 1979, where “Ribbons Of Blue” was included in full version: 4:07 minutes! One belongs to the HANSA-LP “Super Disco Party Vol. 3” and the second to the ARIOLA LP “Der Neue Hitladen”. We have actually digitized both tapes to be able to compare the quality – but it was exactly the same. So for the first time, we now have the original version of “Ribbons Of Blue” on CD mastered from a tape. As said, it’s from a tape copy, but it’s ten times better than the mastering from vinyl, right? I’m just a bit annoyed with myself, that I didn’t get the idea with sampler tapes earlier on, when we made “The Collection”.
“We Kill The World” has been included as the LP-version. Is there any reason for not using the single-version, since the greatest part of the chart hits included on the first two CD’s, mainly are single-versions?
Naturally, I have in each case tried to use the single version. But it was unfortunately not possible with “We Kill The World”. The archive was searched once again for the tape, as so often before, but it is no longer present. It seems simply to have disappeared, like “Ribbons Of Blue”. And there is no LP sampler with the single version. Therefore we used the album version. But because it is longer than the single version, the playing time of the CD would have been too long, more than 80 minutes. So I decided to change the single versions of “Malaika” and “Bang Bang Lulu” with the shorter album versions. I imagined that it wouldn’t be too problematic; because the single versions are already included on other CD’s and on this box the maxi version of “Malaika” is included as well.
There are a lot of Boney M. fans out there who have many special wishes for new Boney M. releases because of all the various versions that often exist of each song. Many of these versions still haven’t been released on CD. Isn’t it a pressure to compile a new compilation, knowing that it simply would be impossible to satisfy everyone out there, waiting for all these early versions?
No, I do not feel under pressure, on the contrary – this work is an exciting pleasure. I have great respect for all fans and collectors and read regularly on several Boney M.-pages on the Internet. I’m as mentioned before, one of you. But if you work for record companies and make this kind of box-sets, you must learn not only to be thinking as a fan, but also professionally and economically. This means that you can’t realize everything at once as a fan would like it. A real fan like you, has for example hundreds of editions of all LPs, singles and CDs, and with each new CD expects special and rare things. But a record company like Sony has first and foremost to think about the mass market and has to offer the big hits over and over again for the normal buyers. I think the best way is always to try to aim at both groups of buyers, so both hits and rarities will be used. Of course one or the other fan will look at it critically. But I can assure you, that I will always give my best to try to make “my” products exciting in one or another way. And if I somehow should fail, no one is forced to buy that.
“Hit Story” Layout (20th September 2010)
Boney M. – “Hit Story” 4CD Box (1st September 2010)
A new Boney M. compilation called “Hit Story” will be released on 3rd September. The compilation can be bought through TV commercials and through musicbox.de/musicbox-tv.de where you’ll get a free Boney M. CD when ordering (click on image and a new window will open):
The compilation has been compiled by Frank Eberlein and has the following tracking-list:
1. Baby Do You Wanna Bump – (Single Version – Part I) 03:42/2. Daddy Cool 03:26/3. Sunny 04:01/4. Ma Baker 04:33/5. Belfast 03:29/6. Plantation Boy – (Single Version) 04:06/7. Love For Sale 04:41/8. Rivers Of Babylon 04:18/9. Brown Girl In The Ring 04:00/10. Rasputin 04:42/11. Painter Man 03:10/12. Dancing In The Streets 03:58/13. Hooray! Hooray! It’ s A Holi-Holiday 03:55/14. Ribbons Of Blue 04:07/15. Gotta Go Home – (Single Version) 03:59/16. Bahama Mama – (Single Version) 03:35/17. Let It All Be Music 05:10/18. Bye Bye Bluebird 04:47
1. I See A Boat On The River – (7″ Version) 04:40/2. My Friend Jack 04:40/3. Children Of Paradise 04:28/4. Gadda-Da-Vida – (Full Length) 05:05/5. Felicidad (Margherita) – (7″ Version) 04:35/6. Malaika 03:27/7. We Kill The World (Don’t Kill The World) 06:28/8. Ride To Agadir 05:09/9. Going Back West 04:15/10. Jambo – Hakuna Matata (No Problems) – (Edit) 03:39)/11. African Moon 03:41/12. Kalimba De Luna – (7″ Version) 04:32/13. Happy Song 04:18/14. My Chérie Amour 04:04/15. Sample City – (Single Version) 04:00/16. Young, Free And Single 04:18/17. Bang Bang Lulu 03:01/18. Dreadlock Holiday 04:52
1. Still I’m Sad 04:38/2. Heart Of Gold 04:00/3. El Lute – (Single Version) 05:10/4. I’m Born Again – (Single Version) 04:17/5. Consuela Biaz 04:37/6. Jimmy – (Alternate Album Version) 04:25/7. Sad Movies 03:22/8. Goodbye My Friend 05:25/9. The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover) – (Original Single Version) 04:53/10. Somewhere In The World 04:34/11. 10.000 Lightyears 04:32/12. Where Did You Go 04:09/13. Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord 05:43/14. Feliz Navidad 03:07/15. Little Drummer Boy 04:21/16. When A Child Is Born 03:19/17. Zion’s Daughter 03:50/18. White Christmas 04:19
1. Help! Help! – (Long Version) 06:06/2. Gotta Go Home 05:06/3. I See A Boat On The River 06:06/4. My Friend Jack 08:26/5. Gadda-Da-Vida – (Maxi Version) 08:56/6. Malaika – (12″ Version) 05:39/7. African Moon – (Long Version) 06:42/8. Kalimba De Luna 07:07/9. Happy Song 08:10/10. My Chérie Amour 08:56/11. Young, Free And Single – (12″ Version) 08:08
Boney M. – “The Magic Of Boney M.” DVD (1st September 2010)
“The Magic Of Boney M.” will be re-released on DVD on 3rd September 2010 with a new cover.
Boney M. – “Feliz Navidad” CD (1st September 2010)
A new Christmas compilation called “Feliz Navidad” is set for release on 12th November 2010. here hasn’t been listed a tracking-list yet.
Boney M. – “This Is (The Magic Of Boney M.)” (6th August 2010)
Digipack release 27th August 2010. Sony 88697765882.
Boney M. – “This Is (The Magic Of Boney M.)” (24th July 2010)
According to JPC a reissue of the 2006 compilation “The Magic Of Boney M.” will be released on August 27th called “This Is (The Magic Of Boney M.)”. “No Women No Cry” is listed to be the album version.