Riding Strange Horses

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The third full-length by Swiss reggae quartet Dub Spencer & Trance Hill is one of the more outrageous offerings of 2009 -- even if few outside of Europe heard it. Riding Strange Horses is a covers album in dub. While not a strange premise, a single listen will leave listeners shaking their heads in disbelief at the act's outrageousness -- and more than once have them laughing out loud. The band chooses tunes culled from movie soundtracks, teen anthems of post-1980 Europe, some underground classics, some punk and post-punk numbers, and a few kitsch selections. What's more, for the sake of "authenticity," they enlisted, wherever possible, original vocalists to either ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The third full-length by Swiss reggae quartet Dub Spencer & Trance Hill is one of the more outrageous offerings of 2009 -- even if few outside of Europe heard it. Riding Strange Horses is a covers album in dub. While not a strange premise, a single listen will leave listeners shaking their heads in disbelief at the act's outrageousness -- and more than once have them laughing out loud. The band chooses tunes culled from movie soundtracks, teen anthems of post-1980 Europe, some underground classics, some punk and post-punk numbers, and a few kitsch selections. What's more, for the sake of "authenticity," they enlisted, wherever possible, original vocalists to either re-record their vocals or in some cases merely scored permission to use the originals in these new versions. And are they new! The set begins with a solid dubwise reading of Ennio Morricone's "Man with a Harmonica" and is followed with a stretched version of the Clash's "London Calling." Next up, they flew in Martha Johnson of Martha & the Muffins to re-record "Echo Beach." They do a deeply dread dub on Falco's "Jeanny," and bring in Ken Boothe and Lee "Scratch" Perry for versions of reggae classics "When I Fall in Love" and "Blackboard Jungle," respectively. They enlist the Catch to re-record "25 Years," done in bass-heavy dread style. A Swiss vocalist fronts the band on its deep Rastasized version of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," and they resurrect the ghost of Malcolm Owen of the Ruts on a wildly stretched version of "West One Shine on Me." The pairing of a reggae version of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" back to back with a ganja-cooked version of Genesis' "Mama" is hysterical. The biggest surprise here is cover of M's hit "Pop Muzik," with original vocalist Robin Scott fronting the quartet. Certainly, a healthy dose of irony and some good-natured winking are involved with many of the tracks here, but that doesn't make it a novelty album. It's a welcome breath of fresh air that simultaneously heats up the "authenticity" debates in Euro-reggae circles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/2/2010
  • Label: Echo Beach
  • EAN: 4047179406826
  • Catalog Number: 71

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man With A Harmonica (3:52)
  2. 2 London Calling (4:04)
  3. 3 Echo Beach (4:16)
  4. 4 Jeanny (5:37)
  5. 5 Eisbär (3:35)
  6. 6 When I Fall In Love (4:07)
  7. 7 Smoke On The Water (4:32)
  8. 8 25 Years - The Catch (4:55)
  9. 9 West One (Shine On Me) (5:00)
  10. 10 Stop Bajon (Primavera) - Lino Mandato (4:59)
  11. 11 Enter Sandman (4:28)
  12. 12 Mama (8:45)
  13. 13 Pop Muzik (6:09)
  14. 14 Blackboard Jungle (4:57)
  15. 15 The Saints Go Marching Through All the Popular Tunes (6:34)
  16. 16 When I Fall In Love (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill Primary Artist
Ken Boothe Vocals
Martin Eicher Vocals
Martha Johnson Vocals
Lee "Scratch" Perry Vocals
Dave Ruffy Vocals
Jonn Savannah Vocals
Robin Scott Vocals
Marcel Stalder Bass, Flute, Group Member
Julian Dillier Drums, Group Member
Markus Meier Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Philipp Greter Organ, Keyboards, Melodica, Group Member
Lino Mandato Vocals
Stéphanie Scalbert Strings
Segs Jennings Vocals
Technical Credits
Ken Boothe Composer
Phil Collins Composer
Falco Composer
Joe Strummer Composer
Ritchie Blackmore Composer
Roger Glover Composer
Jon Lord Composer
William S. Burroughs Composer
Martin Eicher Composer
Mark Gane Composer
Kirk Hammett Composer
James Hetfield Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Ian Paice Composer
Dave Ruffy Composer
Robin Scott Composer
Paul Simonon Composer
Don Snow Composer
Lars Ulrich Composer
Pino Daniele Composer
Lee Perry Composer
Emanuel Geller Mastering
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill Engineer
Ian Gillian Composer
Anthony Banks Composer
Michael Rutherford Composer
Philipp Greter Producer
Carlo Raselli Engineer
Ralph Sonderegger Web Design
Nicholas Headon Composer
Mischa Scherrer Band Photo
Malcolm Own Composer
Segs Jennings Composer
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