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1.0 out of 5 stars Boney M. "The Magic Of Boney M.": Yet another missed opportunity, 14 Sept. 2012
This review is from: The Magic Of Boney M (Audio CD)
If you want the original material with Boney M., then stay FAR away from this release.

It's a re-release of the 1992 compilation "Gold" with a few changes.

It's yet another compilation that's including edits and remixes. How can it be so hard to get the original single-versions or LP-versions on a compilation? If Sony Music had had a little interest in Boney M. it would not have been difficult at all. It however seems to be all about easy money.

Sony Music seems to enjoy the use of the "Gold" compilation from 1992 when putting together new compilations. Note! All tracks from the "Gold" compilation are remixes as the tracks have been added extra drumbeats and hi-hats. Most are edits as well!

Some reasons to stay away from "The Magic Of Boney M.":

"Rivers Of Babylon" is not the original 1978 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation.

"Brown Girl In The Ring" is not the original 1978 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold"
compilation.

"Sunny" is not the original 1976 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation.

"Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord" one of the group's biggest hits ever is also included in an edited and remixed version. It's a real DISASTER! The original single version that went to no. 1 in England in 1978 was running 5:43 minutes - a true master piece. The version included on this compilation is ONLY 4:01. Yet another edit and remixed version from the "Gold" compilation. It honestly stinks. In the included version Maria and Joseph never make it to Bethlehem which means that Jesus never was born and there's therefore actually nothing to sing about! Over half of the story has been cut out. How is that possible?

"Rasputin" one of their greatest singles, is neither the 1978 single-version nor the LP-version. The original single-version is 4:43 minutes. Here is another edit and remixed version from "Gold" running only 04:25 minutes.

"El Lute" is an edited and remixed version from "Gold" running 3:58 minutes. The original 1979 single version is 5:09 minutes. The original LP-version is 5:50 minutes.

"Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi- Holiday" is not the original 1979 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation

"No Women No Cry" is not the original 1976 single- or LP-version which is running 5 minutes. It's an edit as well as a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation running 4:20 minutes.

"Painter Man" is not the original 1978 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation.

"Belfast" is not the original 1977 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation.

"Kalimba De Luna" is not the original 1984 version. It's an edit and remixed version from the 1992 "Gold"
compilation running 4:13. Original singe-version is running 4:31.

"Happy Song" is yet another edit and remix from the "Gold" compilation running 3:56 minutes. The original single version is running 4:18 minutes.

"Still I'm Sad" is not the original 1977 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation.

"Baby Do You Wanna Bump" is not the original 1975 version. It's an edited and remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation.

"Felicidad": Here included in an edited 2:52 minutes version, remix of course. Yet again from the "Gold" compilation. The original single version is running 4:33 minutes.

"Gotta Go Home": Here included in an edited 2:50 minutes version. Yet again from the "Gold" compilation. The original single version is running 4:01 minutes. The original LP-version is: 3:45 minutes.

"Ma Baker" is not the original 1977 version. It's a remixed version from the 1992 "Gold" compilation.

Track 19 and 20 is a remix and a new recording. None of them worth mentioning at all. They should have left them out so the full versions of the original single-versions or LP-versions could have been used instead.

Edits - No thank you!

Remixes - No thank you!

Original versions Yes, please!
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2013 12:48:32 BDT
H.Schwoch says:
I think the average listener won't even notice - and it's still great pop music.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2013 18:24:20 BDT
Danni Lange says:
Still, there's no reason for destroying the original material by cutting it into pieces and destroying the story line of the songs.



That's what's happens and if you listen to the text you'll get the idea.



At the same time many of the songs have been edited so much that even the average listener can feel there's something wrong.

Posted on 5 Jul 2013 18:05:36 BDT
Snorbitz says:
Thanks for the warning. Sadly this is happening all too often with albums from years past. I don't like my films/TV programs on DVD being edited/cut etc, so why should I want my music edited from how it was heard originally back in the day?

Posted on 4 Oct 2013 17:34:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Oct 2013 17:35:30 BDT
JMC says:
Great review Danni. Appreciate when people post who are really into their music.

Though it's not my usual type of listening, I have seen a lot of Boney M lately on the old Top of the Pops re-runs and have really enjoyed them. They were definitely one of the best pop acts of their era. Bobby Farrell's dancing is unsurpassed by anyone.

Pity their back catalogue hasn't been treated as well as it deserves to be.
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