miércoles, 18 de noviembre de 2009


"El Lute" / "Gotta Go Home" is a double A-side single by German band Boney M. It was the lead single off their fourth album Oceans of Fantasy (1979) and was the group's eighth and final #1 single in the German charts. In the UK where "Gotta Go Home" was chosen as the main A-side, the single was their first (save for their debut single) to not reach Top 10, peaking at #12. Boney M. would use the double A-side format over the next years, 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 ABBA-esque pop melody "El Lute" told the true story of Spanish outlaw Eleuterio Sánchez who was still in prison at the time the song was released. During a promotional visit in Spain, Boney M. met him and gave him a golden record for the sales of the single.

A fast-paced disco track, the song was re-written from a German single "Hallo Bimmelbahn" (1973) by Nighttrain with the brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth, both also credited as co-writers on Boney M.'s version. Boney M. first promoted it in a few TV shows in its early version "Going Back Home". Several single versions featured a 4:40 version (timing on label 4:22), a slightly remixed edit of the full 5:04 version, and longer than the 3:45 album edit. Later single pressings featured a 4:00 edit.

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