Children of Paradise – The Greatest Hits of Boney M. – Vol. 2

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Children of Paradise - The Greatest Hits of Boney M. - Vol. 2
Greatest hits album by Boney M.
Released June 1981
Recorded 1976-1980
Genre Reggae, Eurodisco, R&B
Label Hansa Records (West Germany)
Producer Frank Farian
Boney M. chronology
The Magic of Boney M. – 20 Golden Hits
(1980)
Children of Paradise - The Greatest Hits of Boney M. - Vol. 2
(1981)
Boonoonoonoos
(1981)

Children of Paradise – The Greatest Hits of Boney M. – Vol. 2 is a greatest hits album by Boney M. issued in June 1981 in Germany. The album wasn't commercially available but a Club Edition release only. Vol. 1 - Greatest Hits of Boney M. - was a 16 track Club Edition of The Magic of Boney M. - 20 Golden Hits, excluding four of the tracks, namely "Painter Man", "No Woman No Cry", "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" and "Oceans of Fantasy", which instead appeared on "Children Of Paradise", all in their original album versions. The compilation also included their two 1980 non-album singles "Children Of Paradise" / "Gadda-Da-Vida" and "Felicidad" / "Strange" as well as the 1978 B-side "Dancing In The Streets". The front cover photo was taken in Jamaica where the group had just been filming a TV special for the upcoming Boonoonoonoos album in May 1981.

Additional information[edit]

Up to 1980, all Boney M. vocals had been sung by group members Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett together with Frank Farian. By 1980, Farian had hired vocal group La Mama (Cathy Bartney, Patricia Shockley, and Madeleine Davis) as backing singers for Precious Wilson's first album but since Farian also used them to do demos, their vocals were in some cases kept in the final mix on some 80s Boney M. recordings. The single "Gadda-Da-Vida" was one track which featured only La Mama and Frank Farian on all of the vocals. Rumours about a frosty relationship at the time between Farian and the group because of royalty disputes indicate that Farian's intention was to show them that he could do a Boney M. record without their help. Farian tried the same thing with "Felicidad" but the record company eventually declined to release it, so Liz Mitchell was called in to overdub the song with her lead vocal.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Felicidad (Margherita)" (Original 7" mix) Conz, Massara 4:31
2. "Painter Man" (Original album version) Phillips, Pickett 3:10
3. "Heart of Gold" (Original album version) Neil Young 4:00
4. "Love for Sale" (Original album version) Cole Porter 4:47
5. "A Woman Can Change A Man" (Original album version) Frank Farian, Fred Jay 3:33
6. "No Woman, No Cry" (Original album version) Vincent Ford, Bob Marley 4:59
7. "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" (Original album version) Zambi (Frank Farian) 6:53
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Children of Paradise" (Original 7" mix) Farian, Jay, Reyam 4:23
2. "Oceans Of Fantasy" (Edited album version) Kawohl, Zill, Jay 5:05
3. "Still I'm Sad" (Original album version) Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith 4:34
4. "Gadda-Da-Vida" (Original 7" mix) Doug Ingle 4:58
5. "Strange" (Edited 7" Mix) Bobby Dobson 3:18
6. "Motherless Child" (Original album version) Frank Farian, Liz Mitchell 4:58
7. "Dancing in the Streets" (Original 7" mix) Farian 3:43

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Single releases[edit]

Germany
7"

  • "Children of Paradise" - 4:23 / "Gadda Da Vida" - 4:58 (Hansa Records 102 400-100, 1980)
  • "Felicidad (Margherita)" (Reno Massara, Rosella Conz) - 4:32 / "Strange" (Bobby Dobson) - 3:28 (Hansa Records 102 681-100, 1980)


12"

  • "Gadda Da Vida" (12" Mix) - 8:50 / "Children of Paradise" (12" Mix) - 5:18 (Hansa 600 280-213, 1980)
  • "Felicidad (Margherita) (12" Mix) - 11:46 / "Strange" - 3:28 (Hansa 600 311-213, 1981)
  • "Boney M For Dancin'" (12" double-pack) (Hansa 301 500-565, 1980)

Side A

  1. "Gadda Da Vida" (12" Mix) - 8:50

Side B

  1. "Children of Paradise" (12" Mix) - 5:18

Side C

  1. "Felicidad (Margherita) (12" Mix) - 11:46

Side D

  1. "Strange" - 3:28

UK
7"

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