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Boney M: Gold - 20 Super Hits...And More [VHS]

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  • Language: German
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Bmg Video
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Feb 1993
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CN28
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,674 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A video collection of one of the 1970s and 80s most successful disco bands, Boney M, featuring all their greatest hits.

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Rivers Of Babylon/Daddy Cool/Boney M In Moscow/Sunny/Rasputin/Brown Girl In The Ring/Ma Baker/Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi-Holiday/Painter Man/Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord/No Woman No Cry/Belfast/El Lute/We Kill The World/Baby Do You Wanna Bump/Plantation Boy/Kalimba De Luna/Nightflight To Venus/Still I'm Sad/Gotta Go Home/happy Song/Mega Mix-Rivers Of Babylon-Sunny-Daddy Cool-Ma Baker-Rasputin

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold made in Germany 11 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Boney M was a German disco band, popular during the late 1970's and early 1980's. The band members were Jamaicans and Arubans, but the real mover behind Boney M was the German producer Frank Farian, who actually sings (uncredited) on many of the tracks. Indeed, many of the "band members" were actually dancers and photo models who didn't really sing on the actual albums. Belatedly, I also realized that many Boney M songs are covers. Others have melodies or lyrics pilfered from traditional folk music. But then, who cares? Boney M is sheer entertainment.

Still, I'm intrigued by this band. Many of their songs have unusual lyrics, at least for disco music. What are we to make of "Rivers of Babylon", based on two psalms in the Psalter? Or "Ma Baker", which is about an (apparently fictitious) female robber in the Wild West. Then there's the bizarre song "Rasputin", with the equally bizarre line "Ra-ra-rasputin, Russia's biggest love machine, it was a shame how he carried on". And yes, the song is about *that* Rasputin. When Boney M performed in Moscow, they were explicitly prohibited from singing this particular tune.

And while Boney M weren't religious, as far as I know, they also recorded religious songs about the Virgin Mary or the Fall of Man. It seems Farian was experimenting with different styles and concepts, anything but the usual love-and-heartbreak formula.

I must say I somehow like the result...

This isn't particularly deep music. Indeed, the constant up tempo beat (almost no ballads on this CD!) might get you really annoyed after a while. Still, the strange lyrics and weird choices of subject at least make it possible to pretend that this is something out of the ordinary.

Five stars.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boney M and Incredible Dancing of Bobby Farrel 21 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Frankly as much as I like Boney M video clips as much I was feeling bad because of the modest selection of Boney M clips. The greatness of Boney M shows were unique and fantastic when played on stages thus allowing more room for Bobby Farrel and other members of the group to better perform on stage. Therefore, I have enjoyed only tracks showed on the stages such as Daddy Cool, Baby Do You Wanna Bump, Brown Girl in the ring, Rasbutin, etc. It is worth adding that, this tape includes Boney M first visit to Russia and some of the interviews done with them, so in general, I do recommend it for all fans and those who wish to know Boney M better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is 'GOLD' 9 Dec 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Boney M till in Prague this May when I heard 'Rivers of Babylon'in a small shop. I talked to the shop owner about the music and he showed me the cd cover (it was his own copy). I could not get the song out of my head and while in Valencia I found the CD and purchased it. It was the only souvenir I bought for myself while in Europe. Sooo glad I did as it is hard to find their music here in the USA. So glad I can go online and find their music!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experience the High Energy of Boney M 11 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Boney M is relatively unknown in the US, but were a big hit around the world. They are a 70's and early 80's band with a disco and calypso beat. I listened to them growing up in Europe, and recently found this CD in the store. It is an excellent all digital recording which sounds fantastic. Looking at Amazons list, they have a lot of hits albums, this one's great, but you probably can't go wrong on any of them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spunky and feverishly contagious uplifting dance tunes 12 Feb 1999
By pltdmd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As far as I'm concerned, there have only been a handful of groups that can claim to be truely in ternational successes. First and foremost, ofcourse, were the Beatles followed, in the 70 's- early 80 's by Abba, the Bee Gees, Boney M and Imagination. I never developed a liking for the Beatles. As for the remaining four supergroups, what can I say? Can music get any better than this. This is music at it's best and I am a big fan of all four of these groups. I first started listening to Boney M back in '76 in my native homeland of Egypt when thier first album ' Take the heat of me ' came out and have been hooked ever since. I personally think that Frank farian ( who wrote or cowrote a considerable amount of the songs as well as produced all of the Boney M albums and is the driving force behind the band ) is an extremely talented songwriter/producer.The musical arrangements are absolutely flawless, a genius at work. Even the songs not written or co written by Frank farian are equally stunning. If he chose the other songs not written by himself, then even his choices for the band are flawless. The musical style of Boney M is hard to pinpoint since there is considerable diversity in the songs harmonies, Perhaps they can best be described as a combination of pop, dance, reggae. The male and female vocals on the songs blend ex quisitly. Add all these components together and you have a truely vesatile and talented band of the highest caliber. These songs will lift you up and get you into a dancing frenzy.( Just try not to dance when listening to Kalimba De Luna! My hats of to whomever wrote this song, what a masterpiece! ) One last note to all those whom are fans of Boney M and/or who reviewed this CD. Buy their ' Eye Dance ' CD, it is outstanding! Please e-mail me and tell me what you think of it. I think the songs Give it up, My Cherie Amour, Eye Dance and Dreadlock Holiday are astounding. Why this superb West Indies international megahit never made it big in the U.S is beyond me!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every major Boney M hit is here! 11 Aug 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This CD has all the hits that made Boney M one of the most famous and important groups of the late seventies - early eighties. Who doesn't consider songs like Rivers of Babylon, Daddy Cool, Sunny, Rasputin and Ma Baker to be first class dance tracks (all were of course #1 in Europe). My personal favorites are Rasputin and Ma Baker, they are in my top-10 of ALL dance songs! There's also this excellent mega-mix in track 20 who has them all in just less than 4 minutes! Here in Greece it's a dance club favorite and also a must in all beach clubs! Also you can find great songs like Brown Girl In The Ring, Belfast (also number ones in Europe) and a nice version of Marley's No Woman No Cry.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good trip to classical Disco heaven of the 70 `ths. 5 Sep 2006
By Kurt Olav Helle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Before computers, technical blip blop machines, there were bands which took you to disco heaven more or less. Boney M was one of these groups. This collection are troughly solid gold so to speak. It kicks right away with the mega hit Track 1 Rivers of Babylon. The humming choir in the beginning is very effective, and the vocal sings this hit song with a carribean touch on the drums, with guts and glory.

Track 2 Daddy Cool have a male vocal that makes it, yees quite cool to listen too. It`s rytmic and very danceable. A classical disko winner. Track 3 Sunny, is a lighthearted disco gem which shines. Simpel musical story line which spread it`s happy message right into your soul. Oh, yees it`s sunny, that`s for sure. Track 4 Brown Girl in the Ring has a "childish atmosphere" that`s not up to ususal Boney M standard, anyway a good listen. Track 5 Rasputin, has some kind of "russian folk music" atmosphere over it. Atmospheric, With a quite"cool" male vokal to lift it up above avarage. The soundpicture is straight to the point, and "disko effektive". Track 6 Ma, Baker is in the genre of what we can call"gangsta disco".

Criminal effective in other words. Track 7 Hooray,Hoorary It`s a Holi-day, is a more or less in the childish"humming" sing along genre of music. Track 8 Painter Man, is a rock/disko hybrid with some flair of soft heavy metals riffs here and there. Quite ok. Track 9 Belfast has a quite effective vocal, but the musical story line shows not to much creativity. Track 10 No woman No cry, is probably what we can call a hybrid between reaggea and disco, but has not the soul of Bob Marley. Average. Track 11

Mary`s boy child is a religions hymn, in disco land, and they also put in another hymn called Oh my Lord. Not my cup of tea, but if you info that kind of mood it certainly works. Track 12 Gotta go home, is the fast one on the CD. It`s rythmic and effective, but to little variations make it just average. Track 13 Still i`m sad is a lowpoint. This is a major letdown, and in the departement of boredoom. Yees, it`s a sad listen. Track 14 Nightflight to Venus, is the "sci fi spaceship extragavanza" song. It`s an eksperimental melody, but it work`s tremendously good. The drums does it, to keep up the high standard. Track 15 Felicidad, is the "synth blip blopper". It`s ok, but nothing more. Track 16 El Lute has an "Abba" soundpicture over it that helps it tremendously, but fall sometimes flat because of the irritating male vocal. 17. Baby do you wanna bump, is the weird and kitchy one and sounds like it literally.

Track 18. Kalimba de Luna, has a certain melodic touch, and a "popish" hit flair over it. Track 19 Happy Song, it`s not a too happy listen. A child choir, that doesn`t fit in at all. Track 20 is a mega mix of Rivers of Babylon,Sunny, Daddy Cool, Ma Baker, Rasputin. Same thing, with new wrapping, but here you have the hit songs mixed together if you preferer that kind of thing. This is anyway a very

good intro too "classical disco gold" from Boney M.
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