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5.0 out of 5 stars Gold made in Germany
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Boney M and Incredible Dancing of Bobby Farrel
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...
Published on 21 Mar 2001


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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
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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
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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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