miércoles, 25 de noviembre de 2009


"The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover)" / "Going Back West" is a double A-side single by German band Boney M.. It replaced a cancelled third single release of a re-recording of the song "Jimmy" from the group's latest album Boonoonoonoos. "The Carnival Is Over" was the first single release after dancer Bobby Farrell's departure and introduced new male singer Reggie Tsiboe in the line-up. Despite reaching number 11 in the Swiss charts, the single was widely considered Boney M.'s first flop. After a string of 16 consecutive Top 20 singles in Germany, the single only climbed to number 41 after a second pressing with a remix of "Going Back West" as the main A-side was sent out. "Going Back West", however, would become a hit single in South Africa where the group's popularity remained high in the early 80s. Boney M. would use the double A-side format in this period, typically with the A1 being the song intended for radio and A2 being more squarely aimed at discos. The sides would usually be switched on the accompanying 12" single.

The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover), Boney M.'s version of The Seekers' song was done in a low-key ballad arrangement and featured Liz Mitchell on lead vocal. An original verse by producer Frank Farian and lyricist Catherine Courage was added to introduce Reggie Tsiboe as a vocalist. In the early mix of the single, Liz Mitchell sings the answer-back line "Kiss me again" as opposed to the final mix where she sings "Our love is true". An edit was released in the UK and Japan where a part of the intro had been cut out. "The Carnival Is Over" was never included in any studio album by Boney M. and didn't appear on a compilation until 2000 when it was included on 25 Jaar Na Daddy Cool. The single edit was added as a bonus track to the remastered 2007 edition of Ten Thousand Lightyears.

Going Back West, the first song with new member Reggie Tsiboe on lead vocals was an uptempo cover version of a Jimmy Cliff track. An early mix had only vocal group La Mama (Cathy Bartney, Patricia Shockley, Madeleine Davis) on backing vocals. Several later mixes were released with Liz Mitchell's vocals added to the backing vocals and also producer Frank Farian singing a couple of lines. The 12" version was coupled with an edit of the track "Silly Confusion" from Boonoonoonoos.

7" Singles

"The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover)" - 4:49 / "Going Back West" (Early mix) - 4:05 (Hansa 104 475-100, Germany)

"Going Back West" (Remix) - 4:15 / "The Carnival Is Over" - 4:49 (Hansa 104 475-100, Germany)

"The Carnival Is Over (Goodbye True Lover)" - 4:20 / "Going Back West" (Remix) - 4:15 (Atlantic A 9973, UK)

"Going Back West" (Remix) - 4:15 / "The Carnival Is Over" - 4:20 (Atlantic P-1693, Japan)

12" Singles

A1 "Going Back West" - 5:00 / A2 "Silly Confusion" (Farian, Kawohl, Björklund, Baierl, Courage) - 4:05 / B "The Carnival Is Over" - 4:52 (Hansa 600 633-213, Germany)

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