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The Best Tracks From Boney M.'s Softer Side

Updated on August 25, 2017
Boney M., "Their Most Beautiful Ballads" (MCI/BMG, 2001) Germany
Boney M., "Their Most Beautiful Ballads" (MCI/BMG, 2001) Germany

My Favorite Tracks From Boney M.

1. Their Most Beautiful Ballads - Boney M. (2001)

I saved a bunch of Boney M. albums to my Spotify account but have been slow getting around to hearing them all. I got around to this compilation in the past week. It's a nice collection of the group's softer sounds from all of their albums including three Christmas recordings. One surprise here is a remix of "Heart of Gold" I'd never heard before. If there's a downside to this album, it's the abundance of edited versions. "The Carnival Is Over", for example, is missing the bridge from the original version. There's still enough of it to be excited about, though, as it's one of my favorite Boney M. songs, I've included a video of it below. "Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord" is another track receiving a chopping (I don't think I've heard the same version twice on their albums). Still and all, Their Most Beautiful Ballads is a perfect fit for the love affair I started with the group in 2010.

2. United We Stand–Brotherhood of Man (2008)

This CD is an expanded edition of the debut album by the original lineup. It's one I haven't played much of, as I favor the reformed incarnation that still performs today. However, this disc is loaded with feel-good tracks taking one back to a time when peace and love were foremost on people's minds. The original album, recorded in 1970, contains 11 songs including the hits "United We Stand" and "Where Are You Going to My Love." Bonus tracks include two non-album A-sides, "Reach Out Your Hand" and "California Sunday Morning", and six recordings by the female members who were billed as Sue & Sunny. Most notably of these are covers of "Didn't I Blow Your Mind" and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me."

3. Something To Tell You–HAIM (2017)

Haim has become the first "current" artists I've taken an active interest in since Adele. I read a review of the trio's second album in a local paper and it piqued my curiosity. Their music is reminiscent of the 70's sound and a breath of fresh air. You Never Knew is a great example. I haven't posted here in a while, but I've had this album at #1 for two weeks previously.

4. Only Time: The Collection–Enya (2002)

Okay, this is lame, but I played the third disc of this to hear the song Eclipse yesterday. This box set covers Enya's career from 1986 to 2000. Eclipse is one of several unreleased songs included. Her big singles Orinoco Flow and Only Time are also present.

5. Pollinator–Blondie (2017)

I think I'm more enthralled with Blondie now than I was in their heyday. Since their comeback in 1999, I think they've put out some of their best music ever. Pollinator finds Blondie back to a more rock sound after the dance-oriented Ghosts Of Download in 2014. One of it's singles, Long Time, has a Heart Of Glass feel to it and is my favorite. Joan Jett has a guest vocal on Doom Or Destiny while John Roberts of Bob's Burgers is featured on Love Level. The closing track, Fragments, reminds me a lot of Meat Loaf and is amazing. This album is my #1 so far this year with 6 weeks at the top of my weekly list.

6. A Good Thing Lost 1968-1973 - The Poppy Family (1996)

This is another one of those discs I've sadly put on the back-burner for no apparent reason. The Poppy Family was led by Terry and Susan Jacks (whose voice is just beautiful). The CD contains their one-hit wonder Which Way You Goin' Billy and is chock-full of great soft rock and psychadelic blends. Much like the original Brotherhood Of Man, I need to play the Poppy Family more.

7. Thru The Flowers: The Anthology - The Primitives (2004)

This 2-CD set covers the alternative group's career from 1986 to 1991. It includes US Modern Rock hits such as Crash, Way Behind Me, Sick Of It, and Secrets. Early versions of songs that later appeared on their debut album Lovely highlight most of the set.

8. The Ultimate Collection - Carpenters (2006)

The thing that sets this import collection apart from previous ones is its inclusion of original recordings by the duo, as opposed to the remixes Richard created in the past. There are three discs in all, the third being only seven songs long and features solo work by Richard and Karen. Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again, an outtake from 1975, is also present as a bonus track.

9. Greatest Hits - The Tourists (1997)

This 20-track import disc is the perfect representation of the group's career. It contains songs from all three of their albums (The Tourists, Reality Effect, and Luminous Basement) as well as both sides of a non-album single, From The Middle Room and Strange Sky. Their one international hit I Only Want To Be With You is also included. The group featured Eurythmics' Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart until their break-up in 1980.

10. Song Of Joy - Captain & Tennille (1976)

This was the first album I ever heard that ignited my love of music growing up. It's also my overall favorite of all time. For me, it's the quintessential pop album. Song Of Joy produced four singles, Lonely Night (Angel Face), Shop Around, and Muskrat Love, and Wedding Song (There Is Love), the last of which didn't chart.

And the rest...

11. Lionheart - Kate Bush (1978)

12. Knock On Wood: The Anthology - Amii Stewart (2016)

13. The Essential Collection - ABBA (2012)

14. Blondie 4(0) Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux/Ghosts Of Download - Blondie (2014)

15. Greatest - Go-Go's (1990)

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