Friday, November 12, 2010

Nightflight to Venus

Boney M. is a disco group created by German record producer Frank Farian. Originally based in West Germany, the four original members of the group's official line-up were Jamaicans Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell from Aruba. The group was formed in 1975 and achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s. Of course the name Frank Farian may be familiar to some of you as he was the brainchild of the ill fated lip synching duo Milli Vanilli. It's funny that he employed the same technique with Boney M as only 1 or two of the performers actually sang on the albums. It was basically all Farian. It seemed that audiences didn't care about that kind of stuff in the 70's. Boney M's biggest year came in 1978 with the release of Nightflight to Venus. It was their third album and it became a major success in continental Europe, Scandinavia, and Canada, topping most of the album charts during the second half of 1978.  In fact the only other disco album that rivaled this one was the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever, I believe Venus sold over 10 million copies that year.  Most of you are probably familiar with the track, Rasputin.
There were four different pressings of the original vinyl LP, all with slightly altered edits of the tracks. These tracks are from my vinyl rip and I don't know of which pressing they happen to be from. While many compilations and remix edions of Boney M's music have made it to cd this original album never made the transition until a year or so ago.

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