Covers For Reggae Lovers Vol. 3
January 22, 2012
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Reggae music has always been influenced by soul, r&b and pop for a long time. It follows a tradition stretching back to the very beginnings of reggae history, when ska and rocksteady acts like the Skatalites, Wailers and Techniques would reinterpret the pop and r&b hits of the late fifties and early sixties. Although the practice of covering soul and r&b hits is rejected by reggae purists, it's obvious that there are a lot of reggae fans who love to listen to these tunes. The popularity of these tunes will attract the more mature reggae audience for years to come.
VP's latest installment in the 'Covers for Reggae Lovers' series is a superb, sophisticated compilation of reggae covers, featuring 16 pop & r'n'b radio hits performed by some of the genre's new voices and a few reggae veterans. Studio One veteran Winston Francis gives a perfect reggae interpretation of OneRepublic's 2010 hit Secrets. Freddie McGregor - another Studio One veteran - teams up with one of Jamaica's finest vocal harmony groups and the result is an energetic reggae rendition of the Marvin Gaye classic, What's Going On.
New Kingston is a young vocalist/instrumentalist group that consists of three brothers. The group fuses reggae & dancehall with modern pop, jazz and r'n'b music to create their sound, which they term, "Reggae Crossover". Their contribution is a dancehall inspired do-over of I Walk The Line from country star Johnny Cash. Althea Hewitt made a fine impression with her interpretation of Beyonce's 'If I Were A Boy'. Here she does fine job covering At Your Best (You Are Love), which was an Isley Brothers hit in 1976. The late Aaliyah scored gold in 1994 with her version of the song.
Teddy Pendergrass recorded Come Go With Me at the end of the 1970s, and it became a crowd pleaser throughout the US and the Caribbean. Taddy P. and Evin Lake stay pretty close to Teddy's original song and the result is worthwhile spinning more than once! Seal's Kiss From A Rose was included on the 'Batman Forever' film soundtrack in 1995 and earned him two Grammy Awards. Ray Darwin brings us a truly decent interpretation of the song! The only "real reggae" song here comes from Chevaughn. It's Love O Love from Pat Kelly, who recorded it in 1978 for the late Winston Riley. He's a huge Beres Hammond fan and his vocal delivery is definitely influenced by Beres.
This compilation is what they call 'Big People's Music'.