четверг, 7 июня 2007 г.

Boney M – 1981 - Boonoonoonoos

Boney M – 1981 - Boonoonoonoos
Label: Carrere
Catalog#: 67.815
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: France
Released: 1981
Genre: Electronic
Style: Disco
Credits: Arranged By - Christian Kolonovits , Geoff Bastow , Giorgio Sgarbi , Harry Baierl , Stefan Klinkhammer
Bass - Dave King , Günther Gebauer
Drums - Curt Cress , Keith Forsey
Engineer - Tammy Grohe*
Guitar - Helmut Rulofs , Johan Daansen , Mats Björklund
Keyboards - Harry Baierl , Kristian Schultze , Max Greger Jr.
Orchestra - London Philharmonic Orchestra, The (tracks: A4)
Producer - Frank Farian
Saxophone - Dino Solera (tracks: A5, A6) , Tom Scott (tracks: A1, B5)
Notes: Contains a color Super-Poster.
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A1 Boonoonoonoos (4:37)
A2 That's Boonoonoonoos / Train To Skaville / I Shall Sing (5:56)
A3 Silly Confusion (7:12)
A4 Ride To Agadir (5:09)
A5 Jimmy (3:52)
A6 African Moon (2:50)
B1 We Kill The World (Don't Kill The World) (6:28)
B2 Homeland Africa (Ship Ahoy) (4:20)
B3 Malaika (2:48)
B4 Consuela Biaz (3:50)
B5 Breakaway (3:45)
B6 Sad Movies (3:22)
B7 Goodbye My Friend (5:10)

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Review by Søren Jensen http://rateyourmusic.com

Boney M.'s 5th studio album had originally been planned for release November 1980. Several tracks had been recorded in the summer of 1980 in Nice, and two new tracks, "Children Of Paradise" / "Gadda Da Vida" were released as the intended flagship single in September. The singled reached #11 in Germany but Farian apparently was not completely satisfied with the material for the new album, and November didn't see the release of a new Boney M. LP. A new single was released instead, a cover version of Massara's 1979 South-European hit "Margherita (Love In The Sun)". In some countries, however, it was decided not to release the single since Massara's original version had already been a hit there - so it was not released in the UK, Spain or Italy and therefore didn't made it on the album too. With Farian deciding not to include the four songs that had been released on singles in the autumn, the album was once more postponed to record more material in the spring. One of the songs of these spring '81 sessions was a lovely rendition of the kisuaheli song "Malaika" with a beautiful acapella intro by Liz & Marcia in harmony. The mix used on the first pressings was rather low-key and finished with a key-change drums & claps part with the girls chanting "Malaika na kupenda malaika' before the song faded. It was remixed for the 12" single, and an edited, more up-beat version was used on the next pressings. It would be further edited for the resulting album, the LP versions being just 2:48 whereas a longer 3:27 mix was included on the MusiCassette and the 1994 CD re-issue. "Malaika" was another double-A-side single, and the other side was the story of "Consuela Biaz", somewhat reminiscent of "El Lute" with its pan flute part. Liz has named this one of her very best performances, and it's also favourite of many fans. The early pressings of the single featured Farian singing one line "Tell me, is our dream about to end?" before the second verse, but this was left out of later pressings. Just like "Malaika", "Consuela Biaz" was also edited for the LP on which a 3:50 mix was included, the MusiCassette contained a 4:36 mix. Strangely, the full-length 5:18 mix was only released on the French 12" single and the Hungarian 7" single! "Malaika" reached #13 in Germany, in Spain it climbed into the Top 10, but it was not released in the UK. In May, Boney M. flew to Jamaica to perform in a big benefit concert as well as to record a TV-special with their new, yet unreleased songs off the new album. The new Boney M. album was now finally completed and released along a new single on 1st September 1981 with the album finally being released 1st November 1981 with a different photo on the innersleeve. The edition was however immediately withdrawn since a huge picture on the innercover with Boney M. in the Ocho Rios waterfalls showcased Liz in all-soaked clothes. The new double-A-side single "We Kill The World (Don't Kill The World)" c/w "Boonoonoonoos" marked a musical departure for Boney M. 'We Kill The World' was a song composed by Italians Giorgio & Giusella Sgarbi (who had also composed "Voodoonight" for Boney M.), it revealed a change in style with its rock-oriented beat and Marcia Barrett doing the edgy lead vocals. It was ingeniously coupled with a slow mid-tempo part "Don't Kill The World", written by Farian, which would be sung by a young boy Bryan Paul. The choir parts also featured the three La Mama ladies. "We Kill The World" did slightly better in Germany than "Malaika" had done, reaching #12. In Spain and South Africa, the single topped the charts but in general Boney M. suffered from the fact that Bobby was fired soon after the single and album were released, preventing them from promoting it properly. The album opens with the mysterious title track "Boonoonoonoos", a great mid-tempo track with a yearning melody line and beautiful harmony vocals by Marcia and Liz. It would effectively break into the joyous tongue'n cheek "Train To Skaville" jam with additional parts ("That's Boonoonoonoos") written by Farian & Rainer M. Ehrhardt. The track featured crazy rap parts by Bobby, thus making his debut on record. A spoken part by Maizie (also making her debut in the studio) "Ska ska ska Jamaica ska" which was used in the film they taped on Jamaica was not used in the final mix - it was a missed opportunity to actually have a track featuring all four members of Boney M. The last part of the medley was "I Shall Sing" with a barrel organ part before Liz sings the first verse to drum & claps only. The full-length 12:18 mix of the medley would only be available on the French limited edition double album set, an 11:14 mix was issued on the German 12" single and 2LP, and on some album pressings, whereas others featured a 10:35 mix which is also the one issued on the CD release. The next song "Silly Confusion" also took the sound of Boney M. into completely new territories. The 7-minutes, Giorgio Moroder-style opus was a dreamy, nearly psychedelic track. Frank Farian and Liz Mitchell took shares in the verses whereas Marcia did the vocals on the chorus. The vocals for this song had been recorded in Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Studio in Jamaica. The song suddenly breaks down into an experimental synthesizer part on which La Mama did the vocals, including an operatic finale! A very rare German LP-pressing features a somewhat different mix of the second part. The next track was also a musical tour-de-force, a cover version of Mike Batt's "Ride To Agadir", which was also one of the songs for which a dreamy video sequence was taped on Jamaica. It opens with an acapella part by Farian, soon joined in by Marcia & Liz in beautiful harmony before the music starts with a Pink Floyd-inspired, guitar-loaded beat with a grandiose orchestration by the London Philharmonic Orchestra (who also played on Mike Batt's original 1979 version). After this bombastic song, "Jimmy" opens with a simple guitar line with a sax theme. A nice little track, composed by Farian and guitar player Johan Daansen, sung by Liz who also co-wrote the lyrics with Brad Howell, the secret lead singer of Milli Vanilli some years later on. A more up-tempo version of "Jimmy" would be recorded in spring 1982, intended to be the third single off Boonoonoonoos but it was eventually not released before May 1984 when it was included on the 10.000 Lightyears album. Side 1 closes with the reggae title "African Moon", a track recorded in Nice in the summer of 1980, and also one of the 'dream' sequences taped on Jamaica with Boney M. sailing on rafts on a river. The LP mix was a 3-min. edit, the full-length 4:12 mix was only released on the Limited Edition 2LPs. The song was remixed for the B-side of the "Jambo" single 1983, and a fantastic 6:39 version with a long instrumental part was released on the accompanying 12" single. Side 2 opens with "We Kill The World (Don't Kill The World)", followed by one of the 1980 recordings "Homeland Africa (Ship Ahoy)", a yearning track with a haunting, melancholic melody line with distant ghostly vocals by Liz, Marcia and Farian. It was also one of the dream sequences of the TV-special. The song was followed by the edited versions of the "Malaika" / "Consuela Biaz" single - (the very first album pressings featured a reverse running order: "Homeland Africa", "Consuela Biaz", "Malaika"), followed by "Breakaway", a lazy slow funk track with a lengthy jazzy sax solo, originally one of the tracks written by Kelvin James for Marcia Barrett's aborted solo project. Although it still featured Marcia's backing vocals, Farian had re-recorded the lead vocal by himself. The next song is a pleasant but forgettable version of "Sad Movies" with Liz Mitchell on lead vocals. More remarkable is the immensely sad closing track "Goodbye My Friend" with a troubadour-like verse, sung by Liz, about a soldier boy marching off for war, followed by tribal chant chorus. After the second chorus, there's a slow funeral marchdrum part with distant choir vocals (by Farian) before the chorus is finally repeated. Boonoonoonoos remains Boney M.'s very most ambitious album, a fantastic musical Caribbean-African fantasy ...There are numerous different pressings of the album, and worth seeking out are Limited Edition double-album sets released in Germany, France and the UK ofwhich the French 2LP includes the very longest version.

3 комментария:

disco2go комментирует...


Анонимный комментирует...

Boonoonoonoos - один из самых лучших поп-альбомов в истории cовременной музыки.

marks комментирует...

Обложка от двойника.. а песни обычное!
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