Nightflight to Venus [Bonus Tracks]

Nightflight to Venus [Bonus Tracks]

by Boney M.
     
 
This 1978 album finds producer/Svengali Frank Farian starting to push his pop-disco attraction Boney M. into new and interesting musical territory. The songs are still very much disco tracks with an emphasis on bubblegum pop hooks, but Farian works some interesting musical flavors into the mix: "Painter Man" (a cover of a track by mod rockers

Overview

This 1978 album finds producer/Svengali Frank Farian starting to push his pop-disco attraction Boney M. into new and interesting musical territory. The songs are still very much disco tracks with an emphasis on bubblegum pop hooks, but Farian works some interesting musical flavors into the mix: "Painter Man" (a cover of a track by mod rockers Creation) effectively pits a series of heavy, distorted hard rock guitar riffs against its danceable beat, and "Brown Girl in the Ring" adds some distinctive steel drums into its rhythmic calypso-pop mixture. However, the oddest and most unusual and interesting combination of musical elements arrives with "Rasputin," a tribute to the legendary Russian historical figure that uses balalaikas to create its textured rhythm guitar hook. Nightflight to Venus also spawned a major international hit with "Rivers of Babylon," which mixes religious lyrics and a folk song melody with a pronounced beat to create an instantly accessible pop hymn. The other tracks include a few less than colorful moments ("Never Change Lovers in the Middle of the Night" could have been performed by any disco outfit), but Nightflight to Venus is an overall success thanks to the group's strong harmonies and the slick production from Farian, which keeps everything moving at a fast clip. The end result is one of the strongest albums in the Boney M. catalog, and a treat for anyone who likes dance music that is sugary sweet. [The 2007 edition includes two bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
Label:
Faria
UPC:
0886970826228
catalogNumber:
708262
Rank:
29024

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boney M.   Primary Artist
Keith Forsey   Drums
Nick Woodland   Guitar
Marcia Barrett   Vocals
Mats Bjoerklund   Guitar
Bobby Farrell   Vocals
Liz Mitchell   Vocals
Walter Rab   Trumpet,Drums
Gary Unwin   Bass
Maizie Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Crétu   Arranger
Mats Bjoerklund   Arranger
Johan Daansen   Arranger
Chico DeLosReyes   Contributor
Frank Farian   Producer
Stefan Klinkhammer   Arranger
Christian Kolonovits   Arranger
Hartmut Pfannmüller   Engineer
Fred Schreier   Engineer
George Reyam   Composer
John Lund   Engineer

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