sabato 23 febbraio 2008

Boney M - Oceans of Fantasy

Artist: Boney M
Title: Oceans of Fantasy
Genre: Pop dance
Release Year: 2007
Original rlease 1979
Type: Re-release
Audio: CD

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Oceans Of Fantasy è il quarto album dei Boney M. Publicato in origine nel 1979 contiene la hit Gotta Go Home e I'm Born Again e la traccia mai pubblicata in UK El Lute, un storia d'amore che ricorda in qualche modo il classico degli ABBA Fernando. L'album non è all'altezza dei due dischi precedenti, tuttavia, ci sono canzoni su ottimi livelli come Two Of Us, Bahama Mama, Hold On I'm Coming, un classico r&b di Sam & Dave e Oceans Of Fantasy. Due le tracce come bonus in questa nuova edition, l'eccellente b-side I See A Boat On The River e My Friend Jack.

(By the time Oceans of Fantasy was released in 1979, Boney M. had become a worldwide sensation thanks to Frank Farian's canny combination of bubblegum-ish pop hooks with slick disco-minded production. Oceans of Fantasy continues very much in this vein: "Gotta Go Home" mixes a wordless singalong hook, an insistent dance beat, and some exotic steel drumwork to create a reggae-styled slice of bubblegum disco, while "Bye Bye Bluebird" transforms what could have been a ballad into a bouncy pop tune by raising the tempo and adding an elastic bassline. It also boasts one of the group's finest hits in "El Lute," the sentimental tale of a freedom-fighting Spanish outlaw that is reminiscent of the ABBA classic "Fernando." However, not all the songs on Oceans of Fantasy live up to this high standard of quality: the title track boasts a lush arrangement but lacks the insistent hooks that would bring it to life, and "Bahama Mama" is cloyingly cutesy even by Boney M. standards. Another problem with the album is that its 52-minute running time is simply too long: Boney M.'s effervescent sound is the kind of music that is most effective when delivered in a short dose, and some judicious pruning of the song list could have resulted in a more consistent and engaging album. With those criticisms in mind, Oceans of Fantasy still offers enough solid dance-pop to keep the group's fans happy.)

Track Listings

1. Let It All Be Music
2. Gotta Go Home
3. Bye Bye Bluebird
4. Bahama Mama
5. Hold On I'm Coming
6. Two Of Us
7. Ribbons Of Blue
8. Oceans Of Fantasy
9. El Lute
10. No More Chain Gang
11. I'm Born Again
12. No Time To Lose
13. Calendar Song (January February March...)
14. I See A Boat On The River
15. My Friend Jack

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