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Although the song was written and performed in English, with single German and Russian words — But the kasatschok he danced really Wunderbar! The show in Sopot was broadcast on national TV the next day after the song was edited out of their performance, but it was broadcast on the radio live and in full. The song has been covered by several other bands in varying musical styles.
Finnish band Turisas recorded a folk metal version, while Boiled in Lead covered it as a folk punk song. The Washington, D. The album pressings of Nightflight to Venus feature the title track segued into "Rasputin". Initial LP pressings included the full-length, version of "Rasputin",  most notable for an instrumental interlude in the third verse between the lines "though he was a brute, they just fell into his arms" and "Then one night some men of higher standing The second LP pressing featured a version, subsequent pressings a version.
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Deals and Shenanigans. Ring Smart Home Security Systems. And I decided to take the English version. But apart from these three little paragraphs, I could do whatever I wanted. After you had worked out the tracking list, did Farian then approve it at once or did you have to make any changes? It went quite smoothly. I had completed the tracking-lists and we immediately got permission to do everything exactly the way as planned. But when everything was ready with Sony, I showed the tracking-lists to a Dane named Danni Lange — any of you who knows this guy?
I liked this idea and asked Sony to change it in their internal system and they did. I do not wish to think of how dreadful the CD would have sounded without this change. Oh, let me think about it … no, nothing special. The only thing I hoped for, was not to forget one of the great important songs. Did you have any certain songs in mind when starting out looking for alternative versions? It makes — because of my lists with the old Hansa catalogue numbers — Ulli, a wonderful man who has worked there for at least years, I think.
He is an archivist, just the way he is supposed to be. He knows everything, knows every tape quasi personally and is lovingly taking care of all of them.
And he has the famous seventh sense which is very important in such a large archive. On my new search lists I had written the same Hansa catalogue numbers with the same alternative timings, because I this time hoped, that Ulli might find something unexpected and exciting — but unfortunately in vain. He has truly been searching between all the shelves and looked through everything twice, but I got the exact same search results as two years ago. I suspect that Farian back then may have reworked the original master tapes into alternate versions — or the tapes with the original versions were destroyed because the second or third versions became the official versions.
Did Ulli manage to find at least some of the alternative versions you were looking for? Yes, luckily he did. I have not noticed any difference, but maybe one of you guys will. What can you do then? Was that planned from the beginning or was it a version you came across when searching for other versions?
Back then we used the normal Extended Version. And this time I thought that it would be quite interesting for all the fans to get — in addition to the single version — the instrumental version as a bonus track and rarity.
We also got permission to use it. I thought that it would be a sort of a karaoke version, just like the original, but without the vocals. I had told Ulli that he should search for the single remix as well as the long album version from the HANSA record I thought, perhaps he would find at least one of them. And was I surprised when he phoned and said he had found the two original masters.
No, it was the original master tape. Now we have two versions available. So, I spoke with a few friends who also are Boney M. In any case I will of course use the remix version the next time, if I once again would be honoured to create a Boney M. But unfortunately, the only version in the archive was the version which we know from the album remaster.
They were never officially labeled with a catalogue number, but only with an internal three file number from Berlin. These are known as S-copies S stands for safety , which have been saved over the years in the studio as an extra safety. These tapes are of course the original master tapes, but were never used for the record production. The whole thing becomes even more difficult because of the fact that on many tape-boxes are written the wrong playing times.
That means, that Ulli had to send all the tapes he could find to the mastering-studio. And there they had to check which versions in which length that could be found on the tapes by playing them.
Maybe you can imagine what a long time it takes until we are able to locate a certain version. Will all the material on the new compilation be mastered from original master tapes? So a vinyl copy was used for the mastering. No one in the world can master a vinyl record and a master tape as those two guys in the small studio. They work with Cedar technique and their equipment to master from vinyl is just as expensive as all the equipment in the other mastering studios.
Who would know better than Michael? Farian has always used the best and most expensive tapes. And today it appears to be a great luck. You can see the new cover below. Special thanks to Frank Eberlein for providing the information. We have now received the tracking-list for the forth coming double CD with Boney M.
The tracking-list has been provided by Frank Eberlein who at present moment is working hard together with the mastering studio, searching the master tapes for as many alternative versions as possible.
The songs which have been stated with a certain version are definite. Let It All Be Music Bahama Mama Long Version King Of The Road Sunny Plantation Boy Silent Lover Going Back West Got Cha Loco Barbarella Fortuneteller African Moon Long Album VersionShop 57 records for sale for album Stories by Boney M on CDandLP in Vinyl and CD format.