Absolute: The Best of Scritti Politti

Absolute: The Best of Scritti Politti

by Scritti Politti
     
 
There is no easy and clean way to anthologize Scritti Politti. Within a couple years of surfacing, Green Gartside and his shifting array of associates switched from scrawny and inscrutable post-punk to pristine and R&B-laced sophisti-pop. Scritti vanished for a decade, reappeared in the late '90s with a tentative misfire, and then,

Overview

There is no easy and clean way to anthologize Scritti Politti. Within a couple years of surfacing, Green Gartside and his shifting array of associates switched from scrawny and inscrutable post-punk to pristine and R&B-laced sophisti-pop. Scritti vanished for a decade, reappeared in the late '90s with a tentative misfire, and then, after a seven-year absence, came back again with an understated, vaguely singer/songwriter-y gem. Absolute focuses on the Virgin albums -- 1985's Cupid & Psyche (a masterpiece), 1988's Provision, and 1999's Anomie & Bonhomie -- and frontloads the material from them, which takes up over two-thirds of the disc. After that, it gets a bit random, with post-punk era highlight "Skank Bloc Bologna," three highlights from 1982's Songs to Remember, the 1991 non-album single "She's a Woman" (a Beatles cover, featuring Shabba Ranks), and two new burbling electro-pop numbers. It's neither a straightforward singles comp nor a thorough collection of highlights, but it's somewhere in between and makes for a representative introduction.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2011
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
5099963204421
catalogNumber:
6320442
Rank:
13744

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Scritti Politti   Primary Artist
Shabba Ranks   Vocals
Robert Wyatt   Keyboards
Miles Davis   Trumpet
Mae McKenna   Vocals
B.J. Nelson   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Joe Cang   Bass
Jackie Challenor   Vocals
Rory Dodd   Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
David Frank   Keyboards
David Gamson   Keyboards
Green Gartside   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Noise,E-bow
Ju Ju House   Drums
Dann Huff   Guitar
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Lorenza Johnson   Vocals
Will Lee   Bass
Fred Maher   Drums
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass
Wendy Melvoin   Guitar
Marcus Miller   Bass
Nick Moroch   Guitar
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Eric Troyer   Background Vocals
David Dyson   Bass
Tom Morley   Drums
Nial Jinks   Bass
Mos Def   Vocals
Jimahl   Vocals
Lee Majors   Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Allan Murphy   Guitar
Mike Macevoy   Keyboards

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
David Gamson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Green Gartside   Composer,Programming,Producer
Fred Maher   Producer,drum programming
Arif Mardin   Producer
Ian Craig Marsh   Programming
Steve Pigott   String Arrangements
Paul Riser   String Arrangements
Martyn Ware   Producer
Adam Kidron   Producer
Tom Morley   Composer
Nial Jinks   Composer
Simon Reynolds   Liner Notes
Mos Def   Composer
Lee Majors   Composer
EBN   Programming

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