Boney M – (1)1976 Take The Heat Off Me


Boney M’s first album, Take the Heat Off Me, was released in 1976. It contained tracks that Marcia Barrett had already recorded with Farian, including the title track and “Lovin’ or Leavin'”, both of which were previously recorded in German by another Farian act, Gilla. As Maizie Williams’ voice wasn’t considered suitable for recording purposes by Farian, and a try-out with Bobby Farrell performing “No Woman No Cry” didn’t work, Farian decided to use only Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett along with his own studio-enhanced voice to create the Boney M sound.
Liz Mitchell claimed that only she and Farian had sung on the hit recordings, but that Farrell did,
however, perform live in some of the various later touring incarnations of ‘Boney M’.
The album’s commercial performance was initially lukewarm. However, the group rigorously toured discos, clubs and even country fairs to earn a reputation for themselves. The group’s big break came when, at the end of summer 1976, German television producer Michael ‘Mike’ Leckebusch (of Radio Bremen) requested the group for his show Musikladen. Boney M. appeared on the live music show on September 18, 1976, after 10 pm and in their daring stage costumes, where they performed the song “Daddy Cool”. The song quickly went to no.1 in Germany, with the album following the success of the single. Another single, “Sunny” (a cover of the 1966 Bobby Hebb song) gave the group their second no.1 hit. The group’s popularity had also grown throughout Europe, with “Daddy Cool” reaching no.1 in Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Austria. Both singles were also Top 10 hits in the UK which would become one of their biggest markets. The album became a major seller outside of the United States, where the album just missed making the chart. Includes the hits “Daddy Cool” (#65 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on the Club Play Singles chart), “Sunny” and “Baby Do You Wanna Bump”. The title – track is the cover of the 1974 Italian hit Nessuno mai (No one ever), sung by the Sicilian artist Marcella Bella and written by her brother Gianni Bella with Giancarlo Bigazzi.
Boney M – 1976 – Take the Heat Off Me (First Album)
Label: Hansa International
Country: Germany
Released: 28 Jun 1976
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Disco, Reggae-Pop

Tracklist – Format: Vinyl, LP, Album

01-Daddy Cool (Frank Farian, George Reyam (Hans-Jorg Mayer) 3:29
02-Take The Heat Off Me (Bigazzi, Gianni Bella) 4:47
03-Sunny (Bobby Hebb) 4:03
04-Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Zambi (Frank Farian) 6:53
05-No Woman, No Cry (Vincent Ford, Bob Marley) 4:59
06-ever” (Eddie Cooley, John Davenport) 4:00
07-Got a Man On My Mind (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) 3:25
08-Lovin’ Or Leavin’ (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) 4:29

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Tracklist – Format: CD, Album
01-Daddy Cool (Frank Farian, George Reyam (Hans-Jorg Mayer) 3:29
02-Take The Heat Off Me (Bigazzi, Gianni Bella) 4:47
03-Sunny (Bobby Hebb) 4:03
04-Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Zambi (Frank Farian) 6:53
05-No Woman, No Cry (Vincent Ford, Bob Marley) 4:59
06-Fever (Eddie Cooley, John Davenport) 4:00
07-Got a Man On My Mind (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) 3:25
08-Lovin’ Or Leavin’ (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) 4:29
09-Help Help (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) 5:57
10-Got a Man On My Mind (Extended Version) (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) 5:12
11-Daddy Cool (Brass Version) (Farian, Reyam) 5:24
12-Baby Do You Wanna Bump(Part I) (Zambi) (7” Single) 3:39
13-Baby Do You Wnna Bump(Part II) (Zambi) (7” Single) 3:39
14-New York City (Frank Farian) 3:43
15-Daddy Cool (Anniversary Mix) (Farian, Reyam) 9:11

Bonus – Marcella Bella – Nessuno Mai (1974)


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