Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Various Artists - Reggatta Mondatta (1997)


Subtitled "A Reggae Tribute to The Police," this is a CD of Police/Sting covers. The Police had a heavy reggae vibe on much of their music (particularly their early stuff), so its not much of stretch to rework these songs. This is a fun CD.

Tracks:
  • Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - Chaka Demus & Pliers: A great cover of my favorite Police tune.
  • Roxanne - Aswad: The electronic percussion isn't necessary, but the ska-influenced horn parts are a nice touch.
  • Spirits in the Material World - Pato Banton featuring Sting: I don't particularly like the original and this cover doesn't do anything to change my mind.
  • Jamaican in New York - Shinehead: One of those rare covers that is better than the original. Great ranking.
  • Every Breath You Take - Betty Wright: predictable and a little too long, but not horrible
  • One World (Not Three) - Ziggy Marley & Sting: not much different from Sting's version on his live CD Bring on the Night. Ziggy has a great reggae voice just like his father.
  • Message in a Bottle - Maxi Priest: it didn't take much tinkering to make this a reggae song. Not a bad effort, though.
  • Can't Stand Losing You - Steel Pulse: Another fairly predictable track.
  • Darkness - Los Pericos: This is a deep album cut from Ghost in the Machine. The original is slightly more mysterious, but it doesn't have the great feel of this cover. This version uses some "drum and bass" beats that were popular in the mid-'90s.
  • Walking on the Moon - Sly & Robbie featuring Ambilique: Did this song really need a reggae cover? Not much here.
  • The Bed's Too Big Without You - Sheila Hylton: This song works great with a slower tempo and a heavier upbeat than the original.
  • Wrapped Around your Finger - Jazz Jamaica featuring Courtney Pine: this instrumental version sounds like a ska band was hired by Muzak.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I bought this CD used off eBay around 2001. I remember listening to it for the first time as I painted the hallway of my house one evening.

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