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Labels: Boney M , Nineties , Remixes. Collecting Boney M singles has become a very amusing pastime for me. The original singles from the Seventies are all in my collection, but in the second half of the Eighties an endless stream of remixes was apparently released on single. I have already found a couple of these and you can see them on this blog here , but yet another one turned up. This one is the 'Lambada remix' of 'Malaika'.
It was not a very commercial song to begin with, and this remix doesn't help matters much. There isn't a lot of Lambada in this remix and the added beats don't get one on their dancing feet. Well, at least the B-side is more interesting: a Nineties remix of that song that started it all, 'Baby do you wanna bump'. My collection: 7" single no. Labels: Boney M , Eighties , Remixes. Bobby Farrell died last month, legendary dancer of Boney M, who also lipsynched so well to the words that were in actual fact sung by producer Frank Farian.
I didn't write an entry about Boney M at the time since all my Boney M singles were already up on this blog. But I've found a new single to write about. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion They carried us away in captivity requiring of us a song Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight Hansa Records FRG.
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Guy Denys. Orgue Hammond, Vol. Linda Ronstadt. The 70's Studio Album Collection. The original version specifically refers to Rastafarian belief in Haile Selassie , by changing references to "the Lord" in the Biblical text to "Far-I" and "King Alpha". Brent Dowe, the lead singer of the Melodians, told Kenneth Bilby that he had adapted Psalm to the new reggae style because he wanted to increase the public's consciousness of the growing Rastafarian movement and its calls for black liberation and social justice.
Like the Afro-Protestant Revival services, traditional Rastafarian worship often included psalm singing and hymn singing, and Rastas typically modified the words to fit their own spiritual conceptions; Psalm was among their sacred chants.
After its release in , the song quickly became well known in Jamaica. According to Brent Dowe, the song was initially banned by the Jamaican government because "its overt Rastafarian references 'King Alpha' and 'O Far-I' were considered subversive and potentially inflammatory". After that, it took only three weeks to become a number-one hit in the Jamaican charts.
It reached an international audience thanks to the soundtrack album of the film The Harder They Come , which is credited with having "brought reggae to the world". An early reggae classic, "Rivers of Babylon" was remixed in in typical Jamaican dub fashion.
Boney M. The song also reached No. The song was the first single from the band's equally successful album, Nightflight to Venus. The Rastafarian language was excised from the lyrics for the Boney M. Although the group performed an early mix of the song on a German TV show and sang "How can we sing King Alpha's song" as in the Melodians version, it was changed to "the Lord's song", restoring the original, biblical words, in the versions that were to be released. The initial single mix of "Rivers of Babylon" is most notable for lead singer Liz Mitchell 's ad-libs "Dark tears of Babylon, you got to sing a song, sing a song of love, yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah" between the two verses.
On subsequent single pressings, only the 'yeah's were retained. However, the full ad-libs re-emerged in the US-only 12" version, and the original earlier fade-out point is kept in the album version. The single mix differs from the album version by having Liz Mitchell singing all of the verse " Let the words of our mouth Additionally, it edits out the instrumental passage before the last "humming" part and fades out a little later " Oooooh, have the power When "Rivers of Babylon" had slipped to no.
Early single pressings feature the full-length, version, whose final chorus has a section that was later edited out. The single mix is also slightly different from the album version in that the latter features steel drums on the outro riff of the song, while the single mix doesn't.
It reached no. On RPM' s Top singles chart, the song stalled at no. Liz Mitchell had previously recorded "Brown Girl in the Ring" in with the group Malcolm's Locks, which had her ex-boyfriend Malcolm Magaron as the lead singer. Arranger Peter Herbolzheimer accused Frank Farian of stealing his arrangement for the song. The double-A-side single contained new mixes of the band's two most successful single releases ever.