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on 14 September 2012
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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This collection contains the pop-disco group Boney M's greatest hits from their heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The styles include hardcore disco (Daddy Cool, Sunny) and bouncy reggae like Rivers of Babylon (a remake of a Melodians song) and Brown Girl In The Ring. (As a 2-sided hit single, this was one of the biggest hits in the UK in 1978 and stayed on the charts for ages).

More buoyant reggae can be found on Hooray Hooray, No Woman No Cry and their lovely Christmas song Mary's Boy Child. There's also pure pop like Rasputin, Painter Man and El Lute. Besides the aforementioned songs, other great numbers include of course the brilliant Ma Baker (which tells the story of Chicago gangster Ma Barker) and the deceptively airy Belfast which commented upon the troubles in Ulster. (Disco music wasn't meant to be serious).

Like ABBA, Boney M made superb pop music. All the songs have aged well and it's good to hear dance music with personality again. Although the tracks are not arranged chronologically, this is a great compilation, well worth the price.
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on 30 October 2006
This release is fine for anyone new to the music of Boney M, but for the true fan it is a lost opportunity. Ok, it has a remix of "Sunny" & a new recording by Liz Mitchell "A Moment Of Love" - was Marcia Barrett invited to join the recording of this song?, if not, why?: opportunity lost!!!!. All the big UK hits are here but it is ruined by the fact the some of the songs appear in shortened versions (Gotta Go Home, Mary's Boy Child, El Lute etc). This release would have been a great opportunity to celebrate 30 years of Boney M & not be just a routine compilation to coincide with "Daddy Cool-The Musical". I'm sure there are some unreleased tracks lurking in Frank Farian's vaults & of course there are extended versions to most of the hits (Mary's Boy Child for instance is some 6 minutes long!). I, for one, am disappointed by this CD.
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on 16 January 2015
THIS IS A CRACKING CD " IT'S GOT ALL THE CLASSICS ON IT "
BROWN GIRL IN THE RING / RIVERS OF BABYLON / PAINTER MAN / RASPUTIN .
THE COVER OF " BOB MARLEY'S " NO WOMAN ! NO CRY ! IS THE BEST COVER VERSION OF THIS SONG I'VE EVER HEARD !
LIZ MITCHELL'S VOICE WAS TOTALY AMAZING !
THERE IS HOWEVER A NEW NONE RELATED BONEY M SONG WHICH LIZ SINGS WHICH I THOUGHT WAS SUNG MY A MAN ? 10 YEARS AFTER BONEY M - HER VOICE SOUNDS LIKE IT'S IN HER BOOTS !
BUT MY OLD BIDDY LOVED IT !
A CRACKING CD THOU !
TOTALY ENJOYABLE 70s / 80s DISCO !
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VINE VOICEon 19 October 2006
An absolute classic album of songs from the fantastic group Boney M. If you like Boney M and Greatest Hits collections then this is one of the best collections you could have. It has the best Christmas song of all time, which is mine and my late brother Pete's favourite song Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord. It also has Rivers Of Babylon, Brown Girl In The Ring, Painter Man, Daddy Cool, Sunny and Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi-Holiday. To note Mary's Boy Child and Rivers Of Babylon are in the Top Twenty Million Sellers of all time in the UK, which I think has got to say something about Boney M, they are the best and one of the best groups to come out of the 70's.
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on 17 September 2013
The way Boney M were formed is now a part of History, loosely this guy goes up to a couple of peeps in a bar and says do you want to be in a band with no idea if they can sing.
He need not have worried they could and not only that the tunes they come up with were memorable and challenging real life nitty gritty stuff done with a polish only rarely found on a diamond.
Visually the band have always risen to the challenge and vocally these ideals were far exceeded
Ma Baker me thinks is a high point in their career up there with the 1967 Georgie Fame's Bonnie and Clyde
Rasputin is another it almost makes him likable a rather unfortunate downside of an up beat song
The album is very accurately entitled the Magic of Boney M and Magic is the operative word.
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on 21 May 2016
This is the original number 1 album from 1980 with their biggest hits i just wish they have done a better job with the cover, on the vinyl version the cover was gold die-cut cover but a good ad to my Boney m Collection now i have the first Boney m compilation the original version it should have been a dobbel album so the full versions could have been included but I am glad anyway i own the first original version love Boney m 🔝
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on 15 July 2013
As children of the 70's, my brother and I used to insist on the audio cassette of Boney M playing on every car journey - how did our poor parents put up with it??!. Now I can inflict it on my child!! It contains all their greatest hits - Rasputin, Ma Baker, Painter Man, Daddy Cool, Brown Girl in the Ring - and so on. Great CD to wile away long journeys, and to bring back some lovely childhood memories.
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This 2006 CD features eighteen tracks from one of the biggest acts of the 1970s. By combining the best of a Euro-pop awareness with the native Caribbean sensibility of the group's members, the late German producer Frank Farian hit gold.

Sure, a lot of their biggest hits - `Rivers Of Babylon', `Brown Girl In The Ring', even `Mary's Boy Child' - were pure tosh, but the other side of the coin manifested some fantastic perfect pop. As evidence, whilst attention in `Daddy Cool' is naturally focussed on the voice and strings, listen instead to that brilliant bass line underneath. Another brilliant piece of production was to use a balalaika in the mix of `Rasputin'.

But for me the best they ever did was their perfect rendition of the classic song `Sunny', which always makes me smile and feel good. If only this CD included an extended version. Instead the two bonus tracks are a pared-back remix of `Sunny', and a latest (2006) sung by original lead singer Liz Mitchell.

This CD is consequently a mixed bag. You get the mind-numbing banality of `Baby Do You Wanna Bump' with the sophisticated joi-de-vivre arrangement of `Sunny'; and the awfulness of `Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi-Holiday' with the cleverness and skill of `Painter Man'.
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on 19 October 2013
Missis was after a collection of Boney M songs so searched and found thus collection had all the ones that I could remember ... Some other collections were missing quite a few well known songs. Very pleased with this collection.
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