четверг, 7 июня 2007 г.

Boney M – 1979 - Oceans Of Fantasy






Boney M – 1979 - Oceans Of Fantasy

Label: Hansa
Catalog#: 200 888-320
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 1979
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Disco
Credits: Arranged By - Chr. Kolonovits* , K. Forsey* , M. Cretu* , St. Klinkhammer*
Artwork By [Art Direction & Design] - M. Vormstein
Artwork By [Illustration] - Jürgen F. Rogner
Bass - G. Unwin* , R. Besser*
Drums - K. Forsey*
Engineer - Fred Schreier , Michael Bestmann , Tammy Grohé
Guitar - M. Björklund* , N. Woodland*
Keyboards - M. Cretu*
Other [Prod. Assistant] - Rainer M. Ehrhardt
Photography - Didi Zill
Producer - Frank Farian
Saxophone [Alto] - Lisa Gordanier
Saxophone [Baritone] - Lance Burton
Saxophone [Tenor] - Bobby Stern
Trombone - Geoff Stradling
Trumpet - Jim Polivka , Scot Newton
Notes: Gatefold picture sleeve with inner 24" x 24" fold.
Tracks B1-B3 are listed on cover in order: B2, B3, B1

Special thanks to the Original Trinidad Steel And Showband

Recorded and mixed:
Europasound Studios (Friedrichsdorf)
Union Studio, Munich

Tracklisting:

A1 Let It All Be Music (5:33)
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Liz Mitchell , Marcia Barrett , Precious Wilson
Written-By - W.S. van Vugt*

A2 Gotta Go Home (3:45)
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Liz Mitchell , Marcia Barrett
Written-By - Farian* , Jay* , Huth* , Huth*

A3 Bye Bye Bluebird (4:47)
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Frank Farian
Written-By - Farian* , Jay* , Reyam*

A4 Bahama Mama (3:33)
Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Marcia Barrett
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Liz Mitchell
Written-By - Farian* , Jay*

A5 Hold On I'm Coming (4:05)
Backing Vocals - Frank Farian
Lead Vocals [Featuring], Backing Vocals - Precious Wilson
Written-By - Porter* , Hayes*

A6 Two Of Us (3:18)
Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Marcia Barrett
Lead Vocals - Liz Mitchell
Written-By - Lennon* , McCartney*

A7 Ribbons Of Blue (2:01)
Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Marcia Barrett
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Liz Mitchell
Written-By - Forsey*

B1 Oceans Of Fantasy (5:26)
Effects [Special Sound Effects] - Ludwig Rehberg Jr.
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Frank Farian
Saxophone - Benny Gebauer , Dino Solera
Trombone - Georg Delagaye*
Trumpet - Etienne Cap , Karl Bartelmes , Walter Raab*
Written-By - Zill* , Kawohl* , Jay*

B2 El Lute (5:09)
Backing Vocals - Marcia Barrett
Lead Vocals - Frank Farian
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Liz Mitchell
Panpipes - Dino Solera
Written-By - Farian* , Jay* , Blum*

B3 No More Chain Gang (5:51)
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Liz Mitchell , Marcia Barrett
Written-By - Farian* , Jay* , Ehrhardt*

B4 I’m Born Again (4:08)
Backing Vocals - Frank Farian
Lead Vocals - Liz Mitchell
Written By - Rulof
Written-By - Jay*

B5 No Time To Lose (3:26)
Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Liz Mitchell
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals - Marcia Barrett
Written-By - Farian* , Jay* , Klinkhammer*

B6 Calendar Song (January, February, March...) (2:47)
Backing Vocals - Frank Farian , Marcia Barrett
Lead Vocals - Liz Mitchell
Written-By - Farian*

Codec: Lame 3.92
Quality: CBR, 320kbps, stereo

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Review by Søren Jensen http://rateyourmusic.com

After the enormeous success of Boney M.'s third album 'Nightflight To Venus' that spent 65 weeks on the UK charts, expectations were sky high to Boney M.'s fourth LP, and the release would also be postponed several times until finally seeing the light of day in September 1979. The album opens with 'Let It All Be Music', a disco-rock stomper with solo parts by Farian, Boney M. singers Liz Mitchell & Marcia Barrett, and Special Guest Star, Precious Wilson, who also delivered goosebumping finale, crying out on top of her lungs. Precious Wilson had just left Eruption for a solo career, and Farian thought that a showcase on a Boney M. LP provided the perfect showcase. 'Gotta Go Home' which was the flagship single with 'El Lute' as a double A-side, another frenetic disco track with oil drums as a hint to Boney M.'s Caribbean roots. Although both songs became hits, it was the first single in the UK (save 'Baby Do You Wanna Bump') that failed to reach the Top 10, peaking on #12. Mastermind Frank Farian had had severe problems with dancer Bobby Farrell who wanted to sing for real on the albums, and he would show off on this L.P. that the vocals of Boney M. were only done by himself, Liz Mitchell, and Marcia Barrett (the original L.P. even features track-by-track vocal credits), thus he even would duet with himself on 'Bye Bye Bluebird', a tight, funky disco track with flute and sax solos, singing with his falsetto harmonies versus his deep male voice. 'Bahama Mama' is a catchy, yet somewhat average disco track about Bahama Mama who has six daughters whom she can't get married, it was released as the second single back-to-back with 'I'm Born Again' and also released in an extended version on the 12" single. Next is Precious Wilson's first solo single, an excellent funky cover of 'Hold On I'm Coming' with Farian on the backing vocals. Farian was hoping that the inclusion on the album would support the single but it did disappointingly. 'Two Of Us' is a surprising reggae-ish version of one of the lesser known songs in The Beatles' catalogue before side 1 closes with one of Boney M.'s most romantic songs, the country-flavoured 'Ribbons Of Blue', penned by their drummer Keith Forsey. It had been issued earlier that year as the B-side of the non-album single 'Hooray Hooray It's A Holi-Holiday', but due to space limitations on the album, it is only a 2-min. edit version, sadly BMG missed to include the full 4-min. version on the CD.Whereas side 1 of the album is much dominated by a disco beat, side 2 is more diverse, opening with the magnificent title track, a funky, almost Earth Wind & Fire-esque opus. But there is a touch of bitterness asFrank Farian sings once more (like in Bye, Bye Bluebird) all the vocals himself! The ladies could have brought in these two songs for sure more a more drarmatic, vivid appeal into it. After the title track follows 'El Lute' (the first single), a beautiful mid-tempo song, somewhat reminiscent of ABBA's 'Fernando'. Strangely, this song was left off the album in favour of 'Hooray! Hooray!' on the South-American albums. The mood shifts on 'No More Chain Gang' with its heavy, monotonous drum beat and fat guitar riffs, after which the accordion intro of the next song 'I'm Born Again' is effectively surprising. This soft song with Liz Mitchell on the lead vocal was released in the fall of 1979 as the second single and was apparently thought as the ideal single for the Holiday season but in the UK, it reached only a disappointing #35. Marcia Barrett sings vibrantly the funky 'No Time To Lose' about her man being free again and coming home to her before the album closes with a Calypso flavoured version of a South African traditional, 'The Calendar Song', a song which is still popular today. Although 'Oceans Of Fantasy' isn't quite as magical as the previous 'Nightflight To Venus'-LP, it is still a bonafide album with an outstanding production and sound. It's a shame, though, that BMG hasn't made an effort to reproduce the stunning LP poster cover in the CD booklet. The album was also released on Picture Disc in Germany - fans should furthermore be aware that there exists three different Hansa pressings, the first one containing somewhat longer versions of nearly all the tracks.

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