Oceans of Fantasy

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Oceans of Fantasy
Boney M. - Oceans Of Fantasy (1979).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1979
RecordedFebruary 1979 – August 1979
Genre
Length
  • 54:17 (LP)
  • 51:49 (CD)
Label
ProducerFrank Farian
Boney M. chronology
Nightflight to Venus
(1978)
Oceans of Fantasy
(1979)
The Magic of Boney M. – 20 Golden Hits
(1980)
Singles from Oceans of Fantasy
  1. "El Lute / Gotta Go Home"
    Released: August 1979
  2. "I'm Born Again / Bahama Mama"
    Released: November 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Smash Hitsunfavourable[2]

Oceans of Fantasy is the fourth studio album by Euro-Caribbean group Boney M. Released in September 1979, Oceans Of Fantasy became the second Boney M. album to top the UK charts and features the hits "El Lute / Gotta Go Home" and "I'm Born Again / Bahama Mama".

The album had been preceded in the spring of 1979 by the single "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday" (based on American folksong Polly Wolly Doodle), one of the band's biggest hits. This was not included on Oceans of Fantasy but the B-side, "Ribbons of Blue" was, albeit in a heavily edited form. The original length of the track is 4:02 and songs like "Gotta Go Home" and "Bahama Mama" were also longer on 7" than on the actual album. As with the group's previous album, Nightflight to Venus, the original Hansa Records pressings of the album also included a range of different edits of certain tracks.

Several pressings also contained the wrong running order on cover and labels, incorrectly listing "El Lute" as the opening track on side two, followed by "No More Chain Gang" and "Oceans of Fantasy" - a very early and scarce pressing actually has this running order on vinyl. The same pressing also features "Let It All Be Music" and "Gotta Go Home" segued into a medley.

Oceans of Fantasy also features a guest appearance by Eruption's lead singer Precious Wilson on "Let It All Be Music" as well as on the cover of Sam & Dave's "Hold On I'm Coming", which was also issued as Wilson's first solo single. The Argentinian pressing omitted "El Lute" in favour of "Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday".

The album was the only Boney M. album to feature a full track-by-track vocal credits list which confirmed that only two of the four band members, Liz Mitchell and Marcia Barrett, actually sang on the Boney M. records, and that producer Frank Farian sang the characteristic deep male vocal as well as high falsetto vocals (he even duetted with himself on the track "Bye Bye Bluebird"). Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrell did not take any part in the studio sessions, though performed vocals at Boney M's live concerts.

"No More Chain Gang" was covered by Turkish singer Tarkan as "Çok Ararsın Beni" ("You Call Me Too Much") on his debut album "Yine Sensiz" ("Without You Again") in 1992.

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Let It All Be Music" (W. S. van Vugt)
    • Arranged by Christian Kolonovits
    • Featuring Special Guest Star Precious Wilson.
    • 1st pressing (Hansa 200 888 A-6): 5:10 (in medley with "Gotta Go Home")
    • 2nd + 3rd pressings (Hansa 200 888 A-8 / A-25 (Club Edition) / Atlantic (UK): 5:33
    • 4th pressing (Hansa 200 888 A-28 (and above) / Ariola (Spain + Portugal) / Atlantic (Japan) / Carrere (France) version) + CD: 4:46
  2. "Gotta Go Home" (Music by Frank Farian, Heinz Huth, Jürgen Huth - Lyrics by F. Jay)
    • 1st pressing: 3:56 (in medley with "Let It All Be Music") - as second single version (without synth intro)
    • All other pressings + CD: 3:45
    • Original 7" mix (4:35) available on the double CD 'Let it all be music the party album' (2009).
  3. "Bye Bye Bluebird" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay and George Reyam)
    • 1st pressing: 4:42 (very rare mix featuring different sax solo)
    • 2nd pressing: 5:12 (with a repeated first verse)
    • 3rd + 4th pressings + CD: 4:47
  4. "Bahama Mama" (Music by Frank Farian, Lyrics by Fred Jay)
    • 1st pressing: 3:33 (slightly different mix)
    • 2nd + 3rd pressings: 3:33 (slightly shorter than 7" mix)
    • 4th pressing + CD: 3:16
  5. "Hold On I'm Coming" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter)
    • Performed by Precious Wilson.
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd pressings: 4:05 (original single version)
    • 4th pressing + CD: 3:32
  6. "Two of Us" (Lennon–McCartney[3])
    • 1st pressing: 3:29 (longer outro)
    • 2nd, 3rd and 4th pressings + CD: 3:18
  7. "Ribbons of Blue" (Written by Keith Forsey, L. Andrew)
    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd pressings + CD: 2:01
    • 4th pressing: 1:02 (alternate mix with extra slide guitar)
    • Original 7" mix - 4:07 Available on the double CD 'Let it all be music the party album' (2009).


Side B:

  1. "Oceans of Fantasy" (Dietmar Kawohl, Didi Zill, Fred Jay) - 5:26
    • 1st pressing (Hansa 200 888 B-3): 5:26 (NB appears as track B3 on this pressing)
    • 2nd + 3rd pressings (Hansa 200 B-6 / B-22 (Club Edition) / Atlantic (UK): 5:26
    • 4th pressing (Hansa 200 888 B-36 (and above) / Ariola (Spain + Portugal) / Atlantic (Japan) / Carrere (France) version) + CD: 5:05
  2. "El Lute" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Hans Blum)
    • 1st pressing (NB appears as track B1 on this pressing), 2nd + 3rd pressings: 5:09 (as original single version)
    • 4th pressing + CD: 5:48 (extended version)
  3. "No More Chain Gang" (Rainer Ehrhardt, Frank Farian and Fred Jay)
    • Arranged by Stefan Klinkhammer & Keith Forsey
    • 1st pressing (NB appears as track B2 on this pressing) + 2nd pressing: 5:12 (without percussion middle break)
    • 3rd pressing (200 888 B-16): 5:51, (200 888 B-22): 5:43
    • 4th pressing + CD: 5:17
  4. "I'm Born Again" (Written by Traditional, Helmut Rulofs and Fred Jay) - 4:08
  5. "No Time to Lose" (Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Stefan Klinkhammer)
    • Arranged by Stefan Klinkhammer
    • 1st, 2nd + 3rd pressings: 3:26
    • 4th pressing + CD: 2:57
  6. "The Calendar Song (January, February, March ...)" (Traditional, Frank Farian)
    • Arranged by Christian Kolonovits
    • 1st pressing: 2:44 (cold ending, alternate mix with some steeldrum riffs left out)
    • 2nd pressing: 3:22 (cold ending)
    • 3rd and 4th pressings + CD: 2:47 (faded)

Personnel[edit]

  • Liz Mitchell - lead vocals (A1, A6, A7, B2, B4 & B6), backing vocals (A1, A2, A4, A7, B2, B3 & B6)
  • Marcia Barrett - lead vocals (A1 & B5), backing vocals (A1, A2, A4, A6, A7, B2, B3, B5 & B6)
  • Frank Farian - lead vocals (A1, B2, B3), lead and backing vocals (A3 & B1) backing vocals (A1, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, B3, B4, B5 & B6)
  • Precious Wilson - guest lead vocals on track A1, lead and backing vocals on A5
  • Linda Blake - voice of "Bahama Mama" on A4
  • Bill Swisher - narrator on B2
  • Gary Unwin - bass guitar
  • Reinhard Besser - bass guitar
  • Keith Forsey - drums
  • Mats Björklund - guitar
  • Nick Woodland - guitar
  • Michael Cretu - keyboards
  • Lisa Gordanier - saxophone (alto)
  • American Horns In Europe - brass instruments
  • Lance Burton - saxophone (baritone)
  • Bobby Stern - saxophone (tenor)
  • Geoff Stradling - trombone
  • Jim Polivka - trumpet
  • Scot Newton - trumpet
  • Etienne Cap - trumpet on "Oceans of Fantasy"
  • Walter Raab - trumpet on "Oceans of Fantasy"
  • Karl Bartelmes - trumpet on "Oceans of Fantasy"
  • Benny Gebauer - saxophone on "Oceans of Fantasy"
  • Dino Solera - saxophone on "Oceans of Fantasy", pan flute on "El Lute"
  • George Delagaye - trombone on "Oceans of Fantasy"
  • Ludwig Rehberg Jr. - sound effects on "Oceans of Fantasy"
  • The Original Trinidad Steel And Showband - performers

Production[edit]

Release history[edit]

  • Germany: Hansa Records 200 888-320 (7 different pressings), 24x24" double gatefold sleeve
  • Germany: Hansa 38 339 2
  • Germany: Hansa 200 919-424, picture disc
  • UK: Atlantic Records K50610

CD releases[edit]

Single releases[edit]


UK
7"

  • "Gotta Go Home" (Edited 7" Mix) - 4:00 / "El Lute" - 4:58 (Atlantic K11351, 1979)
  • "I'm Born Again" (7" Mix) - 4:17 / "Bahama Mama" (7" Mix) - 3:35 (Atlantic K11310, 1979)

Germany
7"

  • Precious Wilson: "Hold On I'm Coming" - 4:10 / "Funky Dancer (You Got Me Dancing)" (Precious Wilson, Rainer Ehrhardt) - 3:09 (Hansa 100 803-100, 1979)
  • "El Lute" - 4:58 / "Gotta Go Home" (7" Mix) - 4:40 (Hansa 100 804-100, 1979)
  • "El Lute" - 4:58 / "Gotta Go Home" (Edited 7" Mix) - 4:00 (Hansa 100 804-100 second edition, 1979)
  • "Let It All Be Music" - 4:46 / "Oceans of Fantasy" - 5:05 (Hansa 101 027-000, promo-only, 1979)
  • "I'm Born Again" (7" Mix) - 4:17 / "Bahama Mama" (7" Mix) - 3:35 (Hansa 101 101-100, 1979)

12"

  • "Gotta Go Home" (12" Mix) - 5:04 / "El Lute" - 5:09 (Hansa 600 081-213, 1979)
  • Precious Wilson: "Hold On I'm Coming" (12" Mix) - 5:44 / "Funky Dancer (You Got Me Dancing)" (12" Mix) - 5:26 (Hansa 600 086-213, 1979)
  • "Bye Bye Bluebird" - 4:47 / "Let It All Be Music" - 5:07 / "Oceans of Fantasy" - 5:05 / "No More Chain Gang" - 5:25 (Hansa 600 126-000, promo-only, 1979
  • "Bahama Mama" (12" Mix) - 5:12 / "I'm Born Again" (7" Mix) - 4:17 (Hansa 600 166-100, 1979)

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1979 Norwegian Albums Chart 1
UK Album Chart[4] 1
Single
Year Single UK NOR
1979 "Gotta Go Home/El Lute" 12 4
"I'm Born Again" 35 -

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[5] Gold 26,117[5]
France 192,900[6]
Germany (BVMI)[7] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[8] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[9] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Hepworth, David. "Albums". Smash Hits (October 4–17 1979): 29.
  3. ^ MacDonald, Ian (2003). Revolution in the Head:The Beatles' Records and the Sixties. Pimlico. p. 335. ISBN 1-84413-828-3.
  4. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Boney M" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  6. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=2250
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Boney M; 'Oceans of Fantasy')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  8. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Boney M – Oceans of Fantasy" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 24 November 2018. Enter Oceans of Fantasy in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  9. ^ Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990 (in Spanish), Iberautor Promociones Culturales, ISBN 8480486392, retrieved 25 April 2018
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Boney M – Oceans of Fantasy". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-08-28. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Oceans of Fantasy in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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