Take the Heat off Me

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Take The Heat Off Me
Studio album by Boney M.
Released June 1976
Recorded 1975–1976
Genre Reggae, Euro disco, R&B
Length 36:05
Label Atlantic (UK)
Atco Records (USA)
Hansa Records (FRG)
Producer Frank Farian
Boney M. chronology
Take The Heat Off Me
(1976)
Love For Sale
(1977)
Singles from Take the Heat off Me
  1. "Baby Do You Wanna Bump"
    Released: February 1975
  2. "Daddy Cool"
    Released: May 31, 1976
  3. "Sunny"
    Released: November 22, 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Take The Heat Off Me is the debut album by Boney M.. 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.

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Daddy Cool" (Frank Farian, George Reyam (Hans-Jörg Mayer)) – 3:29
  2. "Take The Heat Off Me" (Bigazzi, Gianni Bella) – 4:47
  3. "Sunny" (Bobby Hebb) – 4:03
  4. "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" (Zambi (Frank Farian)) – 6:53

Side B:

  1. "No Woman, No Cry" (Vincent Ford, Bob Marley) – 4:59
  2. "Fever" (Eddie Cooley, John Davenport) – 4:00
  3. "Got a Man on My Mind" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) – 3:25
  4. "Lovin' Or Leavin'" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay) – 4:29

Alternative album editions[edit]

  • UK & US – track A4: "Help Help" (Farian) – 6:05.

Additional track information[edit]

"Take the Heat off Me" and "Lovin' or Leavin'" had previously been recorded by another Farian-produced artist Gilla on her 1975 album Willst du mit mir schlafen gehn?. Gilla would furthermore record German versions of "Sunny" and "No Woman No Cry" on her Zieh mich aus album later that year, using the same backing tracks. "Got a Man on My Mind" was rewritten from Farian's "Am Samstagabend" which was the B-side of his 1976 hit single "Rocky".

Personnel[edit]

  • Liz Mitchell – lead vocals (tracks A3, B1, B2 & B3) backing vocals
  • Marcia Barrett – lead vocals (tracks A2 & B4), backing vocals
  • Frank Farian – lead vocals (track A4), backing vocals
  • The Rhythm Machine – musicians
  • Gary Unwinn – bass guitar
  • Keith Forsey – drums
  • Nick Woodland – guitar
  • Thor Baldursson – keyboards

Production[edit]

  • Frank Farian – producer
  • Steven Hammer (Stefan Klinkhammer) – arranger, conductor
  • Recorded at Union Studios, Munich and Europasound Studios, Frankfurt

Release history[edit]

CD releases[edit]

  • Germany 1994: BMG 74321 21271 2.
  • EU & US 2007: Sony BMG 88697-08260-2. Bonus tracks: "New York City" – 3:30, "Perfect" (Liz Mitchell solo single B-side, 1977) – 3:16.

Single releases[edit]

UK
7"

  • "Baby Do Wanna Bump" (Part I) – 3:35 / "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" (Part II) – 3:00 (Creole Records CR 119, 1975)
  • "Daddy Cool" – 3:27 / "No Woman, No Cry" – 4:59 (Atlantic Records K10827, 1976)
  • "Sunny" – 4:01 / "New York City" (Farian / Klinkhammer / Reyam) – 3:42 (Atlantic K10892, 1976)

12"

  • "Daddy Cool" – 3:27 / "No Woman, No Cry" – 5:03 (Atlantic K10827, 1976)
  • "Baby Do Wanna Bump" (Part I) – 3:35 / "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" (Part II) – 3:00 (Creole CR 12119, 1978)

US
7"

  • "Baby Do Wanna Bump" (Part I) – 3:35 / "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" (Part II) – 3:00 (Music America International 4001 A, 1976)
  • "Daddy Cool" – 3:27 / "Lovin' Or Leavin'" – 4:31 (Atco Records 7063, 1976)
  • "Sunny" – 4:01 / "New York City" – 3:42 (Atco 7080, 1976)

10"

  • "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" – 7:42 / "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" – 7:42 (Music America International 4001 C BW, 1976)


Germany
7"

  • "Baby Do Wanna Bump" (Part I) – 3:35 / "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" (Part II) – 3:00 (Hansa Records 13 834 AT, 1975)
  • "Daddy Cool" – 3:27 / "No Woman, No Cry" – 4:59 (Hansa 16 959 AT, 1976)
  • "Sunny" – 4:01 / "New York City" (Farian) – 3:42 (Hansa 17 459 AT, 1976)
  • Marcia Barrett: "Take the Heat off Me" – 4:46 / "Lovin' or Leavin'" – 4:30 (Hansa 11 326 AT, 1977)
  • Liz Mitchell: "Got a Man on My Mind" – 3:13 / "Perfect" (Magaron / Flaverny) – 3:14 (Hansa 11 327 AT, 1977)

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position Wks on chart
1977 UK albums chart 40 5
1976 Norway's album chart 2 45
Sweden's album chart 1 23
Finland's album chart 1 50
Austria's album chart 6 36
Single
Year Single Chart Position Wks on chart
1976 "Baby Do You Wanna Bump" Netherlands' single chart 14 6
Belgium's single chart 8 7
"Daddy Cool" UK single chart 6 13
US single chart 65 5
US Hot Dance Club Play 11
Norway's single chart 1 36
Sweden's single chart 1 19
Finland's single chart 2
Germany's single chart 1 28
France's single chart 1 24
Netherlands' single chart 3 12
Belgium's single chart 1 14
Switzerland's single chart 1 20
Austria's single chart 1 28
Italy's single chart 3
Spain's single chart 1 23
South Africa's single chart 2 19
1977 New Zealand's single chart 15 9
"Sunny" UK single chart 3 10
Ireland's single chart 4 10
Norway's single chart 4 19
Sweden's single chart 11 12
Finland's single chart 6
Belgium's single chart 1 11
Spain's single chart 5 16
Japan's single chart 41 40
New Zealand's single chart 17 20

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[2] 1× gold 26,259[2]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Take the Heat off Me at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:

External links[edit]