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4.0 out of 5 stars A few surprises left in the old back catalogue
As a seasoned follower of Boney M compilations, I thought this one isn't bad. Well packaged with an unusually smiling group on the cover and a serious analytical essay - and there haven't been many of those about Boney M.

For the casual listener, all the hits are here and the collection covers the full period of the group's glory days from the helium highs of...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boney M. "Platinum Hits": Yet another Boney M. compilation with edits.
This compilation is yet another Boney M. compilation that's including mainly edits (of the original material) as well as a few remixes. Therefore it fails.

The music on this compilation is still good as the Boney M. material speaks for itself, but if you want the original material in original length (single- and album-versions) with Boney M. that went to the...
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boney M. "Platinum Hits": Yet another Boney M. compilation with edits., 11 Oct 2013
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This compilation is yet another Boney M. compilation that's including mainly edits (of the original material) as well as a few remixes. Therefore it fails.

The music on this compilation is still good as the Boney M. material speaks for itself, but if you want the original material in original length (single- and album-versions) with Boney M. that went to the top of the charts back in the seventies/eighties, then stay away from this release and go for the compilations mentioned in the end of this review.

The normal record buyer may not notice it, but the greatest part of the single hits/releases on this compilation are mastered from another compilation that was including edits (an entire album where the original tracks had been edited down in time). An edit means that a song has been shortened (verses cut out, instrumental parts removed etc.). But why do that, when the original material should speak for itself?

The Boney M. catalogue is very complex because their material has been twisted and shorted in every way possible. Unfortunately Demon Music Group who compiled this compilation wasn't aware of the complex Boney M. catalogue.

On the Demon Music Group web-site, they have the following statement about their Music Club Deluxe series:

"With over a million units sold and more than a 100 titles, Music Club Deluxe is DMG's outstanding mid-priced 2CD single artist range. It boasts top quality repertoire from household names with selections and sleeve notes by experts for novices and fans alike and striking artwork with slip-cased packaging."

Because of the statement above, one can only wonder why the liner-notes of this compilation have several mistakes during the storyline? And not to forget: Why has this compilation not only been compiled of the original Boney M. material in non-edited versions (single- and LP-versions) from the glorious seventies/early eighties? Using mainly edits as on this compilation seems wrong.

The label on front of the compilation states: " All Their Hits", but that isn't quite true. Several tracks are missing ("My Friend Jack/I See A Boat On The River", "Children Of Paradise" to name a few). Some of the groups other single releases that did not enter the U.K. charts is however to be found on the album ("Baby Do You Wanna Bump", "Kalimba De Luna").

Unfortunately Demon Music Group has not been aware of that they had their hands on the wrong sources when compiling this compilation. Or were they aware? Is it all about easy money and no interest in the Boney M. legacy?

The cover is looking really good and it's nice with the use of the original Boney M. logo, but the content on the CD's isn't satisfying, simply because of using edits. It could have been a very nice compilation, if all the tracks were in full length/original length.

A few notes about the mistakes on this compilation:

CD1:

"Nightflight To Venus" is an edit running only 3:49. The original and most common album-version of "Nightflight To Venus" is running 4:47 which means that a complete minute is missing here.

"Sunny" the group's second Top 10 hit in England is another edit running only 3:15. The original single- and LP-version is 4:01. Yet again almost a complete minute has been cut out.

"Ma Baker" the group's third Top 10 hit in England is yet another edit running only 3:45. The original single- and album-version is 4:34. Again, almost a complete minute of this master piece has been cut out.

"Rasputin" the group's sixth Top 10 hit in England has also suffered badly. Yet another edit. The version on this compilation is 3:44, but the original single-version is 4:43. 1 minute has been cut out of "Rasputin".

"Belfast" is a remix version from 1992 (Known as "Gold" version with extra hi-hats etc.). Not the original 1977 single-/LP-version.

"No Women No Cry" is yet another edit running 3:32. The original 1976 version is 4:55. It means that over 1 minute and 20 seconds has been edited out.

"Heart Of Gold" is a remix from 2000 and not the original 1978 version from "Nightflight To Venus". This version is running 3:35, the original 1978 version is 4:05.

"Love For Sale" - the title track from the group's second album from 1977 is a 1993 remix and an edit as well (Known as "More Gold" version). This remix version is running 4:13. The original album version is 4:41.

"Dancing In The Streets" has been included in the original 12" version (6:22). One could only wonder why. The original single-version, running 3:58, would have been better for this compilation.

"Exodus" is the album-version and not the single-version. "Exodus" is taken from the 1984 album "10.000 Lightyears". Exodus was a part of a medley together with "Wild Planet". When they fade "Exodus" on this compilation you have already heard the first bars of "Wild Planet". The single-version of Exodus should have been used.

"Somewhere In The World" - the A-side of "Exodus" is another edit. Here in a 4:10 version. The original single-version is 4:28.

CD 2:

"Rivers Of Babylon" - a U.K. no. 1 and a million seller has not even been included in the version that went to the top in 1978. This is another edit! The original single-version from 1978 is 4:19, the version used here is only 4:00.

"Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi- Holiday" a U.K. Top 3 has once again been suffering bad! The version on this compilation is only 3:11. The version that went to the Top 3 in 1979 is running 3:55.

"Kalimba De Luna" yet another remix from 1992 (Known as "Gold" version) and edit running 3:48. The original 1984 track is 4:31.

"Oceans Of Fantasy" the title track from the group's fourth album and second U.K. no. 1 album is only 3:21. The original album version is 5:05. There is missing 1 minute and 40 seconds of the track!

"El Lute" the B-side of the 1979 single "Gotta Go Home" is also an edit, as well as a remix. On this compilation it's running 4:01. As the B-side of "Gotta Go Home" "El Lute" is 5:09.

"Dreadlock Holiday" is not the original 1985 version, but a remix (known as "TopDeck" version") taken from a 1993 compilation.

"Ribbons Of Blue", one of the group's finest tracks, as well as the B-side of "Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi- Holiday" is only running 3:05. Original single version from 1979 is 4:07.

"Young Free & Single" is the album version running 4:11, and not the single version: 4:18.

It has to be added that strangely enough, Demon Music Group has managed to use the original single-version of the U.K. 1978 Christmas chart-topper "Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord". A true master piece.

Go for the budget Boney M. releases "The Collection"(3CD) or "Let It All Be Music (The Party Album)" (2CD) instead - all including original single- and LP-versions, as well as a few exciting alternate versions. Or the box with all the original albums "The Complete Boney M." (8CD). If you are into the Christmas material, then go for "Feliz Navidad - A Wonderful Christmas" (2 CD), despite having a totally wrong photo on the cover for a Christmas release.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few surprises left in the old back catalogue, 4 Nov 2013
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As a seasoned follower of Boney M compilations, I thought this one isn't bad. Well packaged with an unusually smiling group on the cover and a serious analytical essay - and there haven't been many of those about Boney M.

For the casual listener, all the hits are here and the collection covers the full period of the group's glory days from the helium highs of the late 70s to the under rated space themed tracks from Ten Thousand Lightyears and their disappointing Eye Dance finale of 1985.

Whilst many of the tracks aren't in their strictly original form, often remixed and edited, there are some treats. One of the few tracks from Night Flight To Venus not previously re-tinkered with by Frank Farian is "Heart of Gold". Here it is presented with subtle additional synth and Hammond organ lines - a treat for the hardy fan, and new to my ears.

Only one criticism, an over-reliance on the ghastly Farian falsetto vocal tracks where neither Liz Mitchell or Marcia Barrett appear: Eye Dance, Oceans of Fantasy, Dancing in the Streets. Without their voices, the Boney M sound is incomplete.

For those really wanting to get into the group's catalogue and the multiplicity of remix versions, get hold of the Russian bootleg "Collector's Edition" of the original albums where you can unearth gems like the original 14" Night Flight/Rasputin first pressing mix, which is truly awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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Good cd as I expected all hits on this one
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boney M, 20 May 2014
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Not a great lover of the group (I'm more into the 50s and 60s), but certainly got some great tracks on the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Jan 2014
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Boney M music as always, tops, brings back great memories and this album has all the hits, a well worth buy and great value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation, 30 Dec 2013
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Even if you don't like Boney M. this double CD will bring smile to your face. Great dance music, real disco!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best, 23 Nov 2013
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brilliant songs even some that I did not know that boney m didn't sing a absolute great album a must for all fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars boney m hits, 23 Nov 2013
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as described and great value for money and a great selection of songs to listen to even some new ones never heard of before
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... at various Boney M Selections and I am very pleased with my purchase, 21 Aug 2014
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I spent a long time looking at various Boney M Selections and I am very pleased with my purchase. Great hits and also received a download of the CD for just 50p more. Would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant album which also has songs on which I cannot ..., 26 Aug 2014
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brilliant album which also has songs on which I cannot remember!!!!!. If not Singing away to this album then foot tapping if I am playing it in my car
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