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The Complete Collection
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 2000
Recorded1976-1986, 1989, 1992, 1993
GenreEurodance, pop, Euro disco
Length158:14
LabelBMG/CMC (Denmark)
ProducerFrank Farian
Boney M. chronology
25 Jaar Na Daddy Cool
(2000)
The Complete Collection
(2000)
Their Most Beautiful Ballads
(2000)

The Complete Collection is a compilation album of recordings by Boney M. released by BMG/CMC Records in Denmark in late 2000.

Just like the Dutch 25 Jaar Na Daddy Cool this two disc forty track compilation celebrated the 25th anniversary of breakthrough single 'Daddy Cool'. The Complete Collection was the first Boney M. CD collection to include most of the original singles issued by the band between the years 1976 and 1986 in chronological running order, from the aforementioned 'Daddy Cool' to final release 'Bang Bang Lulu'. The compilation also contains selected tracks from best-selling albums Love For Sale, Nightflight to Venus, Oceans of Fantasy, as well as 1989 single 'The Summer Mega Mix' and concludes with tracks from the Boney M. Christmas Album.

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The Complete Collection was a major commercial success in Denmark, peaking at #7 in the albums chart, which made it Boney M.'s best chart entry in the country since the late 1970s and the compilation was later awarded with a Platinum disc.

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Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. 'Daddy Cool' (Farian, Reyam) - 3:29
    • Original album version
  2. 'Sunny' (Bobby Hebb) - 4:03
    • Original album version
  3. 'No Woman, No Cry' (Vincent Ford, Bob Marley) - 4:21
    • 1992 overdub edit from Gold - 20 Super Hits
  4. 'Ma Baker' (Farian, Jay, Reyam) - 4:36
    • Original album version
  5. 'Love for Sale' (Cole Porter) - 4:47
    • Original album version
  6. 'Belfast' (Hillsbury, Deutscher, Menke) - 3:31
    • Original album version
  7. 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?' (John Fogerty) - 2:40
    • Original album version
  8. 'Still I'm Sad' (Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith) - 4:34
    • Original album version
  9. 'Rivers of Babylon' (Farian, Reyam) - 4:18
    • Original album version
  10. 'Brown Girl in the Ring' (Farian) - 4:02
    • Original album version
  11. 'Heart of Gold' (Neil Young) - 4:00
    • Original album version
  12. 'Rasputin' (Farian, Jay, Reyam) - 4:24
    • 1992 overdub edit from Gold - 20 Super Hits. Original 7' mix ( - 4:43) remains unreleased on CD
  13. 'Painter Man' (Phillips, Pickett) - 3:10
    • Original album version
  14. 'Nightflight to Venus' (Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Kawohl) - 3:50
    • 1992 edit from Gold - 20 Super Hits
  15. 'Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday' (Farian, Jay) - 3:56
    • 1992 overdub version from Gold - 20 Super Hits. Original 7' mix remains unreleased on CD
  16. 'El Lute' (Farian, Jay, Klinkhammer, Kolonovits) - 4:00
    • 1989 remix from Greatest Hits Of All Times - Remix '89 - Volume II, edited
  17. 'Gotta Go Home' (Farian, Jay, Klinkhammer) - 3:45
    • Oceans of Fantasy album edit. Original 7' mix (- 4:00) remains unreleased on CD.
  18. 'I'm Born Again' (Fred Jay, Helmut Rulofs) - 4:09
    • Original album version
  19. 'Hold On I'm Coming' (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) - 3:38
    • Performed by Precious Wilson. 1994 CD edit.
  20. 'The Summer Mega Mix' (Bobby Hebb, Farian, Jay, Reyam, Klinkhammer, Amoruso, Esposito, Licastro, Malavasi) - 4:28
    • Radio edit. ('Sunny' / 'Ma Baker' / 'Gotta Go Home' / 'Kalimba De Luna' / 'Hooray! Hooray! It's A Holi-Holiday' / 'Summer A GoGo')

Disc two[edit]

  1. 'The Calendar Song (January, February, March...)' (Frank Farian) - 2:41
    • Oceans of Fantasy CD edit
  2. 'Ribbons Of Blue' (Keith Forsey) - 2:00
    • Oceans of Fantasy album edit
  3. 'I See a Boat on the River' (Farian, Jay, Rulofs) - 4:31
    • 1993 overdub version from More Gold - 20 Super Hits Vol. II. Original 7' mix (- 4:40) remains unreleased on CD.
  4. 'My Friend Jack' (The Smoke) - 4:28
    • Edited album version from The Magic of Boney M. - 20 Golden Hits
  5. 'Children of Paradise' (Farian, Jay, Reyam) - 3:18
    • Edited version from More Gold - 20 Super Hits Vol. II. Original 7' mix ( - 4:28) remains unreleased on CD.
  6. 'Felicidad (Margherita)' (Conz, Massara) - 4:31
    • Original 7' version
  7. 'Malaika' (Fadhili William Mdawida) - 3:26
    • Edited 7' version from Boonoonoonoos limited edition double album. Original 7' mix ( - 5:02) remains unreleased on CD.
  8. 'We Kill the World (Don't Kill the World)' (Farian, Sgarbi) - 6:33
    • Original album version
  9. 'I Shall Sing' (Van Morrison) - 3:08
    • 1993 overdub version from More Gold - 20 Super Hits Vol. II
  10. 'The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover)' (Chappell, Farian, Tom Springfield, Traditional) - 4:52
    • Original 7' version
  11. 'Kalimba de Luna' (Amoruso, DiFranco, Esposito, Licastro, Malavas) - 4:13
    • 1992 overdub version from Gold - 20 Super Hits
  12. 'Happy Song' (Abacab, Bacciocchi, Spagna) - 3:54
    • Original 7' version
  13. 'Jambo - Hakuna Matata (No Problems)' (Bischof, Harrison) - 3:38
    • Original 7' version
  14. 'My Cherie Amour' (Cosby, Moy, Stevie Wonder) - 4:04
    • Original album version
  15. 'Young, Free and Single' (Applegate, Farian, Rayen) - 4:10
    • Original album version
  16. 'Dreadlock Holiday' (Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart) - 4:52
    • Original album version
  17. 'Bang Bang Lulu' (Farian) - 3:01
    • Original album version
  18. 'Feliz Navidad' (José Feliciano) - 2:21
    • 1986 version from The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs
  19. 'Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord' (Farian, Hairston) - 5:09
    • 1992 overdub edit from The Most Beautiful Christmas Songs of the World
  20. 'White Christmas' (Irving Berlin) - 3:21
    • 1986 edit from The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[1]Platinum50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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Release history[edit]

  • 2000 Denmark: BMG/CMC Records 7432 1 81195 2 1

Personnel[edit]

  • Liz Mitchell - lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Marcia Barrett - lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Frank Farian - lead vocals, backing vocals
  • Reggie Tsiboe - lead vocals, backing vocals

Production[edit]

  • Frank Farian - producer, remixer

Sources and external links[edit]

  1. ^'Danish album certifications – Boney M – The Complete Collection'. IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
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Christmas Album
Studio album by
Released23 November 1981
Recorded1978, 1981
GenreR&B, Christmas, Eurodisco
Length44:11
LabelAtlantic(UK)
Hansa(FRG)
ProducerFrank Farian
Boney M. chronology
Boonoonoonoos
(1981)
Christmas Album
(1981)
Ten Thousand Lightyears
(1984)
Singles from Christmas Album
  1. 'Little Drummer Boy'
    Released: 1981
  2. 'Zion's Daughter'
    Released: November 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]

Christmas Album is the sixth studio album by Boney M. It was recorded in the summer of 1981 and released on 23 November 1981. The album, which in certain territories was given the alternate title Christmas with Boney M., was issued just three weeks after the moderately successful Boonoonoonoos and had originally been planned as Liz Mitchell's first solo album. After the lukewarm reception of Boonoonoonoos, plans were, however, changed, and it was instead released under the name Boney M. to strengthen the band's declining commercial position.

The album includes the million-selling 1978 Christmas number one 'Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord' and it yielded two further single releases, 'Little Drummer Boy' which turned out to be a Top 20 hit in Germany. A second single was released for Christmas 1982, 'Zion's Daughter' (with new member Reggie Tsiboe pictured on the cover), but failed to chart. 'Feliz Navidad' was chosen as a single in Scandinavia, and Spain opted for 'Jingle Bells'. Ariola (Spain) furthermore issued 'White Christmas' in 1983. 'Christmas Album' achieved Platinum sales in 1983.

Christmas Album, which was given the title Mary's Boy Child: The Christmas Album in the UK, was to be the final Boney M. album release on the Atlantic Records label, even though they would remain with the company in Canada and Japan to 1986.

One of the biggest commercial hits of 1981 was the Dutch 'Stars on 45' Beatles cover medley, a number one single in the US and number two in the UK. To promote the albums Boonoonoonoos and Christmas Album, Frank Farian created a thirteen-minute medley in the style of Stars on 45 called '6 Years of Boney M. Hits (Boney M. on 45)', which was issued as both A- and B-side singles in certain territories. In the UK it was the B-side of Boonoonoonoos 12' single 'We Kill the World (Don't Kill the World)', in Germany the edited 7' version was the B-side of Christmas Album single 'Little Drummer Boy', and in January 1982 it was repackaged and released as the A-side.

Later in the 1980s, the tracks of Christmas Album, with the notable exception of the instrumental 'Winter Fairy-Tale' and the closing song 'I'll Be Home for Christmas', were to be remixed and re-issued as Die 20 schönsten Weihnachtslieder der Welt, The 20 Greatest Christmas Songs, The Most Beautiful Christmas Songs of the World, Happy Christmas, A Wonderful Christmas Time, and Christmas Party.

In 1991 the 16-track album Happy Christmas was released. The album contains all 12 songs from the 1981 album in the same running order and four songs from 1986 album.

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. 'Little Drummer Boy' (Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone) - 4:21
  2. 'White Christmas' (Irving Berlin) - 4:19
  3. 'Feliz Navidad' (José Feliciano) - 3:07
  4. 'Jingle Bells' (James Lord Pierpont, Frank Farian) - 2:53
  5. 'Winter Fairy-Tale' (Instrumental) (Harald Baierl) - 2:58
  6. 'Mary's Boy Child - Oh My Lord' (Jester Hairston, Hela Lorin, Frank Farian, Fred Jay) - 5:10
    • Edited version

Side B:

  1. Christmas Medley: 'Silent Night, Holy Night (Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht)'/ 'Snow Falls Over The Ground (Leise Rieselt Der Schnee)' / 'Hear Ye the Message' (Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph Mohr, Eduard Ebel, Frank Farian, Fred Jay) - 6:20
    • The 2nd verse of 'Silent Night' is sung in German on the German LP release but in English on the UK release. The full-length medley contained 'Sweet Bells (Süßer die Glocken nie klingen)' which wasn't released until 1986 when the medley was remixed and overdubbed.
  2. 'Petit Papa Noël' (Martinet, Vincy) - 1:41
  3. 'Zion's Daughter (Tochter Zion)' (Traditional, George Frideric Handel, Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Helmut Rulofs) - 3:51
  4. 'When a Child Is Born' (Fred Jay, Zacar) - 3:20
  5. 'Darkness Is Falling' (Fred Jay, Helmut Rulofs) - 3:02
  6. 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' (Catherine Courage, Frank Farian, Helmut Rulofs) - 3:44

Personnel[edit]

Cached

  • Michael Drexler - Little Drummer Boy, lead vocals, (tracks A1)
  • Liz Mitchell - lead vocals (tracks A1-A4, A6, B1-B5)
  • Marcia Barrett - backing vocals (tracks A3, A4 & A6)
  • Frank Farian - lead vocals (track B6), backing vocals
  • London Christmas Choir - choir
  • Katie Kissoon - vocals, soprano
  • Joy Yates - vocals, alto
  • Helen Shappelle - vocals, soprano
  • Simon Bell - vocals, tenor
  • Nick Curtis - vocals, tenor
  • George Chandler - vocals, baritone
  • Russell Stone - vocals, bass
  • Jerry Rix - additional vocals on track A1, bass
  • Curt Cress - drums
  • Dave King - bass guitar
  • Günther Gebauer - bass guitar
  • Mats Björklund - guitar
  • Johan Daansen - guitar
  • Harry Baierl - keyboards
  • Kristian Schultze - keyboards
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra - orchestra

Production[edit]

  • Kurt Rieth - Choir Director
  • Frank Farian - producer
  • Helmut Rulofs - assistant producer
  • Harry Baierl - musical arranger
  • Stefan Klinkhammer - musical arranger
  • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios and AIR Studios, London
  • Steve Nye - sound engineer
  • Recorded at Vigilant Studio, Nice
  • Didier Utard - engineer
  • Recorded at Union Studio, Munich
  • Jochen Scheffer - engineer
  • Recorded at Rainbow studio, Munich
  • Volker Armand - engineer
  • Mixed at Farian Studio
  • Ariola-Eurodisc Studios - design
  • Claus Lange - photography

Release history[edit]

  • UK: 'Mary's Boy Child - The Christmas Album': Atlantic Records K 50923, LP
  • Germany: 'Christmas Album' Hansa Records 204 300-320, LP

CD releases[edit]

  • 1991 Germany: Hansa 254 300-222.

Charts[edit]

Album
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YearChartPosition
1981Germany's album chart14
Single
YearSingleGermany
1981'Little Drummer Boy'20
1982'Zion's Daughter'-

Single releases[edit]

Germany
7'

  • 'Little Drummer Boy' - 4:27 / '6 Years Of Boney M. Hits (Boney M. on 45)' (7' Edit) - 4:48 (Hansa Records 103 777-100, 1981)
  • 'Zion's Daughter' - 3:50 / 'White Christmas' - 3:15 (Hansa 104-874-100, 1982)

12'

  • '6 Years Of Boney M Hits (Boney M. on 45)' (12' Mix - edited version omitting 'Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord') - 11:13 / 'Little Drummer Boy' - 4:27 (Hansa 600 479-213, 1981)

Sources and external links[edit]

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