VA - Spirits in the Material World - A Reggae Tribute to The Police (2008)

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VA - Spirits in the Material World - A Reggae Tribute to The Police (2008)
Artist: VA
Title Of Album:Spirits in the Material World - A Reggae Tribute to The Police
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Shanachie
Genre: Reggae
Quality: FLAC
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Time: 50:24
Total Size: 337 MB
WebSite: amazon.com

Tracklist:
01 - Jr. Reid - Synchronicity
02 - Wailing Souls - One World (Not Three)
03 - Ali Campbell Of UB40 - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
04 - Joan Osborne - Every Breath You Take
05 - Toots & The Maytals - De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
06 - Horace Andy - Invisible Sun
07 - Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Invisible Dub
08 - Inner Circle - Bed's Too Big Without You
09 - Peppper - Can't Stand Loosing You
10 - Cyril Neville - Wrapped Around Your Finger
11 - Gregory Isaacs - So Lonely
12 - Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Uppressors W, Ras Tree - Spirits In The Material World
13 - Tarrus Riley - King Of Pain

In a way, a reggae-themed Police tribute seems like kind of a strange idea -- many of these songs were either reggae numbers to begin with, or were so close to being reggae that straight-up reggae arrangements run the risk of just sounding like cover versions sung by artists with more convincing Jamaican accents than Sting's. That said, though, this really is quite an impressive roster of artists: legends like Junior Reid, Toots & the Maytals, Gregory Isaacs, and Horace Andy all make appearances, as do a few rather dubious characters (Joan Osborne? Big Chief Monk Boudreaux?). And for the most part, the collection is plenty of fun. Toots & the Maytals give "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" an energetically skanking rocksteady interpretation (though Hibbert might have taken the trouble to learn the words), Horace Andy delivers a heartfelt and beautifully sung rendition of "Invisible Sun," and Isaacs makes "So Lonely" (the obvious choice) completely his own. On the less-compelling side are Pepper's scrappy ska arrangement of "Can't Stand Losing You" (on which the singer tries much too hard to sound like Sting), and Osborne's pedestrian version of "Every Breath You Take," a song that really doesn't make much sense as a reggae tune. This is a perfectly fine novelty record, and select cuts from it will liven up any iPod play list.




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Tags: Spirits, Material, Reggae, Tribute, Police

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