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Retro Respeck
     

Retro Respeck

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This album is the fruit of a great idea: get a bunch of reggae artists from both the new school (Chrisinti, Yah Breeze) and the old (Marcia Griffiths, Jack Radics) and invite them to cover a bunch of soul and disco classics from the 1970s. And for the most part, the project works

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This album is the fruit of a great idea: get a bunch of reggae artists from both the new school (Chrisinti, Yah Breeze) and the old (Marcia Griffiths, Jack Radics) and invite them to cover a bunch of soul and disco classics from the 1970s. And for the most part, the project works out quite nicely. Marcia Griffiths is far and away the star of the show, opening it with a bang with her rendition of Dorothy Moore's "Special Occasion" and ending it even more powerfully with a brilliantly funky update of Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata." Other highlights include Sharon Forrester's intricately arranged version of Minnie Riperton's "It's So Nice to See Old Friends" and Fiona's exuberant rendition of the immortal disco classic "Don't Leave Me This Way." E.T. Webster delivers a rhythmically quirky but infectious version of "Working My Way Back to You," and Jack Radics really puts his back into a fun arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." Every once in a while the proceedings sound just a little bit thrown together (as on the unnecessary "bonus track" that emerges awkwardly after the brilliant "Pata Pata"), but for the most part this collection succeeds very nicely.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2009
Label:
Ernie B's Reggae
UPC:
0823423710727
catalogNumber:
77290

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Technical Credits

Deniece Williams   Composer
Miriam Makeba   Composer
Minnie Riperton   Composer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Sam Dees   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Cary Gilbert   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
S. Morris   Composer
Jerry Ragovoy   Composer
Denny Randell   Composer
Hank Redd   Composer
Richard Rudolph   Composer
K.O. Thomas   Composer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
B. O'Hare   Producer
Susaye Greene   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Nathan Watts   Composer
Lula Mae Hardaway   Composer
D. Richard Lewis   Composer
Kenroy "Cool Breeze" Archibald   Producer,Executive Producer
A. Judson Green   Composer
Myshijua Archibald   Liner Notes,Executive Producer

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