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5.0 out of 5 stars Gold made in Germany, 11 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Gold - 20 Super Hits (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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Initial post: 18 May 2012 14:44:44 BDT
Hello Ashtar Command ''Seeker'' At 70 plus years of age I do enjoy a good Boney M - and in all fairness - they do some great music. I have a copy of this CD also and it is excellent value for money. It's strange however, that Boney have sung some sort of 'religious' songs, but some of those songs are far from Biblical truths. For example; ''Rivers of Babylon'' has great entertainment value for the listener and offers a happy-go-lucky setting to the way in which this track is performed. But the real ''Rivers of Babylon'' which comes from Psalm 138 is a portrayal that presents a very sad time of lament for the exiles in Babylon who have been taken captive and under great distress. Their plight is not something to sing about, believe. They are oppressed, not happy street entertainers as supposed here in the song. Another of Boney M's classics also sung by many other well known artists is the ''Marys boy child'' A long time ago in Bethlehem so the Holy Bibly says, Marys' boy child Jesus Christ was born on Christmas Day ....... tra la la, etc; These lyrics are again far from the truth and totally unbiblical. There is nowhere in the Bible that says what Boney M says the Bible says. It is pure heresy. But there will be many who are influenced by songs such as this to believe the lie, and be deceived. I really don't know iether if Boney M are religious, they may be, but they're certainly not Biblical with those 2 songs. The music is great, the words are not!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 23:40:26 BDT
John Whittle,

Are you an anti-Trinitarian Christian? Since you seem to oppose Christmas, I mean...
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