Re-Amplify

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
As gap-fillers go, this seven-track collection of remixes-plus-one-new-live-song (which is based primarily on John Brown's Body's 2008 album, Amplify) is about as good as they come. The band's turn from roots reggae classicism became decisive over the course of its last two albums as former backup singer Elliot Martin has taken firmer control of the group, and it is now a completely different organism: although the John Brown's Body sound is still distinctly reggae-ish, it's denser, swirlier, sometimes downright funky, and loaded with more powerful melodic hooks. It's the perfect vehicle for an adventurous electro-dub or techno producer in a remixing mood, and several ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
As gap-fillers go, this seven-track collection of remixes-plus-one-new-live-song (which is based primarily on John Brown's Body's 2008 album, Amplify) is about as good as they come. The band's turn from roots reggae classicism became decisive over the course of its last two albums as former backup singer Elliot Martin has taken firmer control of the group, and it is now a completely different organism: although the John Brown's Body sound is still distinctly reggae-ish, it's denser, swirlier, sometimes downright funky, and loaded with more powerful melodic hooks. It's the perfect vehicle for an adventurous electro-dub or techno producer in a remixing mood, and several showed up to contribute to this exciting collection. There are two mixes of "The Gold," one a brilliant jungle-dub mix by Wrongtom and Maxwell Bruck and the other a subtler and prettier interpretation by the Canadian reggae producer Dubmatrix. Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo contributes a chugging, electro-rock take on "Push Some Air," and GoldieLocks and Synth Girl team up on a reggaeton mix of "Give Yourself Over." The program closes with an excellent live recording of "Struggling," a new song that has yet to appear on a John Brown's Body album but that harks back explicitly to the band's earlier, rootsier sound. This may not be an essential addition to every reggae collection, but no John Brown's Body fan will want to be without it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Easy Star
  • UPC: 657481101926
  • Catalog Number: 1019
  • Sales rank: 137,858

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Gold (5:49)
  2. 2 The Gold (4:50)
  3. 3 Push Some Air (3:51)
  4. 4 Push Some Air (5:33)
  5. 5 Give Yourself Over (4:17)
  6. 6 Conquering Heart Dub (4:30)
  7. 7 Struggling (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Brown's Body Primary Artist
Brian Thomas Trombone, Group Member
Elliot Martin Keyboards, Tambourine, Vocals, Group Member
Tommy Benedetti Drums, Group Member
Alex Toth & the Ladybirds Trumpet, Group Member
Technical Credits
Eric Smith Executive Producer
Mark Verbos Producer, Remixing
John Brown's Body Composer
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Tommie Sunshine Producer, Remixing
Elliot Martin Composer, Programming
Chris Grace Art Direction, Illustrations
Michael Goldwasser Executive Producer
Lem Oppenheimer Executive Producer
Remy Gerstein Executive Producer
Jason "Jocko" Randall Engineer
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