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Holy crap - I was familiar with the record cover of Venus but had never actually heard it. It's brilliant! Drums remind me of Sparks' 'Beat the Clock'. Also in this vicinity: Killing Joke's 'Unspeakable': https://youtu.be/KtZxewxXoPc
it's unbelievably good isn't it! getting the album is #1 on my list now, and luckily there must be about half a million floating around the UK, dirt cheap, although i fear scratched up and worn to buggery. they never get talked about Boney M, although i recall Chuck Eddy was a celebrant in one or other of his books.
'Nightflight to Venus' was one of my favorite air drumming tracks as a kid, Boney M being one of those hands that I successfully (and unfortunately) disavowed upon arriving as a proper teen and embracing 'serious' music. Really wonderful production. Also, love the idea of Frank Farian creating a group (without himself) for his singular vision. Very different from the Monkees model in that his 'voice' was linked to another person (Bobby Farrell, the Boney M 'lead singer') altogether. Interesting, the racial dimensions of this frontman surrogacy.
There's nothing as good as this on the rest of the album, sadly, though Rasputin and Painter Man are on there and they're good value.