Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story 1980-1986

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On a session-to-session basis, in slightly varying combinations, drummer Sly Dunbar, percussionist Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, bassist Robbie Shakespeare, keyboardist Wally Badarou, guitarists Barry Reynolds and Mikey Chung, and engineer Alex Sadkin made up the in-house team at Island founder Chris Blackwell's Compass Point, a studio located just outside Nassau in the Bahamas. As Blackwell recalls in David Katz's excellent liner notes to this set, titled Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story 1980-1986, "I wanted a new, progressive sounding band. I wanted a Jamaican rhythm section with an edgy mid range and a brilliant synth player." That's what he got, and more, and it made ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
On a session-to-session basis, in slightly varying combinations, drummer Sly Dunbar, percussionist Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, bassist Robbie Shakespeare, keyboardist Wally Badarou, guitarists Barry Reynolds and Mikey Chung, and engineer Alex Sadkin made up the in-house team at Island founder Chris Blackwell's Compass Point, a studio located just outside Nassau in the Bahamas. As Blackwell recalls in David Katz's excellent liner notes to this set, titled Funky Nassau: The Compass Point Story 1980-1986, "I wanted a new, progressive sounding band. I wanted a Jamaican rhythm section with an edgy mid range and a brilliant synth player." That's what he got, and more, and it made -- or, in the case of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, enhanced -- some of the most advanced and adventurous music of the '80s, a great deal of which went down a storm in clubs across the planet. The "Compass Point All-Stars," as they were called, were as malleable as they were distinctive -- check the range between Grace Jones' Warm Leatherette, Joe Cocker's Sheffield Steel, Black Uhuru's Chill Out, and Gwen Guthrie's Portrait, all of which sound clearly connected, plump, bright, and ringing. For the most part, the choices pulled together for this disc are representative, if somewhat arbitrary; just about any other Compass Point track from Jones, Guthrie, or Sly & Robbie would've been as functional. There are several golden truffles pulled up here that were previously known only to the most keen: Guy Cuevas' skywalking "Obsession" (off a France-only 12"), Cristina's wobbling "You Rented a Space" (produced and written by Robert Palmer, it is the oddest thing he did, "The Silver Gun" excepted, but it wasn't released until a reissue of Cristina's Sleep It Off), and a Sly & Robbie goof-off in the best possible way -- a delirious cover of Yarbrough & Peoples' "Don't Stop the Music," issued under the name Bits & Pieces. The collective's output documented throughout these seven years doesn't loom as largely as that of the teams that made Motown or Stax, but when it comes to unduplicated behind-the-scenes innovation of the last 35 years, you can put them up there with the Mizell brothers, the Chic Organization, Martin Hannett, Jam & Lewis, the Bomb Squad, and Timbaland.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Strut Records
  • UPC: 730003303326
  • Catalog Number: 33033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Jamaican Guy - Grace Jones (7:05)
  2. 2 Genius of Love - Tom Tom Club (5:37)
  3. 3 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) - Talking Heads (5:48)
  4. 4 Lady O K'pele - Descloux (2:28)
  5. 5 Dance Sucker - Set the Tone (6:17)
  6. 6 Obsession - Guy Cuevas (5:58)
  7. 7 Padlock - Gwen Guthrie (6:57)
  8. 8 Don't Stop the Music - Bits & Pieces (7:01)
  9. 9 River Niger - Sly Dunbar (6:31)
  10. 10 You Rented a Space - Cristina Abaroa (3:25)
  11. 11 Spasticus Autisticus - Ian Dury & the Seven Seas Players (6:58)
  12. 12 Whisper - Laura Weymouth (5:09)
  13. 13 Adventures in Success - William Powers (8:55)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Wally Badarou Composer
Adrian Belew Composer
David Byrne Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Grace Jones Composer
Robert Palmer Producer
Lee Oskar Composer
Lizzy Mercier Descloux Producer
Ian Dury Composer, Producer
Lonnie Jordan Composer
Papa Dee Allen Composer
Chris Blackwell Producer
Harold Brown Composer
David Katz Interviewer, Sleeve Notes
B.B. Dickerson Composer
Tyrone Downie Producer
Sly Dunbar Producer
Brian Eno Composer, Producer
Chris Frantz Composer, Producer
Lynn Goldsmith Composer, Producer
Jerry Goldstein Composer
Chaz Jankel Composer, Producer
Fran├žois Kevorkian Producer, Remixing
Alex Sadkin Producer
Robbie Shakespeare Producer
Steven Stanley Composer, Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Tina Weymouth Composer, Producer
Larry Levan Producer, Remixing
Alisa Peoples Composer
Jonah Ellis Composer
Walter Coelho Mastering
Chien Jaune Producer
Guy Cuevas Composer
Gordon Sumner Composer
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