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November 20, 2016

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

by Record Facts

Boney M. is a vocal 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 Jamaican-born singers Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams from Montserrat and Bobby Farrell from Aruba. The group was formed in 1976 and achieved popularity during the disco era of the late 1970s. Since the 1980s, various line-ups of the band have performed with different personnel.

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Artist:  Boney M
Title:  Take The Heat Off Me
Year:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  HANSA Records
Catalog#  OT 27573-H

Take the Heat Off Me marked the album debut of one of the world’s most successful disco groups, Boney M. Although they never found much success in the United States, they were a phenomenon overseas during the late ’70s and this album makes it easy to understand why. They were the right group at the right time — their unique combination of rocksteady disco rhythms and infectious bubblegum pop hooks created a sound that anyone in any country could easily grasp and find appealing. Some may find the Boney M. sound to be too sweet, but the group’s soulful vocals subtly add a little grit into the mix to keep the music from drifting off into the ether. The big hits from this album were “Sunny,” a pulsating, string-drenched update of Bobby Hebb‘s pop-soul classic, and “Daddy Cool,” a relentless groove that combines staccato violin stabs, mariachi horns, and an aggressive drum attack to create an irresistibly catchy dance-pop ditty. The other tracks offer a similar mix of poppy originals and odd covers: “Got a Man on My Mind” combines reggae rhythms and choral vocals to great effect and Boney M.‘s cover of Bob Marley‘s “No Woman, No Cry” may seem preposterous in concept but works thanks to its effective combination of soulful vocals and slick instrumentation. “Baby Do You Wanna Bump,” the only song that strays from the pop song format, drags noticeably, but the high quality of the surrounding tunes makes up for this flaw. Take the Heat Off Me won’t win any new fans to the disco cause, but it remains an effective and likable slice of Euro-disco at its most effervescent.

 

Side one
1.   Daddy Cool   (3:29)
2.   Take The Heat Off Me   (4:47)
3.   Sunny   (4:03)
4.   Baby Do You Wanna Bump   (6:53)

Side two
1.   No Woman, No Cry   (4:59)
2.   Fever   (4:00)
3.   Got a Man On My Mind   (3:25)
4.   Lovin’ Or Leavin’   (4:29)

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