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Sings the Wailers
     

Sings the Wailers

by Bunny Wailer
 

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As the title suggests, Bunny Wailer tackles ten of his former band's songs. You might be tempted to play them back to back with the originals. Don't. Enjoy this for what it was meant to be: a renewal of old Wailers favorites for the modern age. Of course this seems a surreal idea today, but, in 1980, Bunny had no idea that the Wailers'

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As the title suggests, Bunny Wailer tackles ten of his former band's songs. You might be tempted to play them back to back with the originals. Don't. Enjoy this for what it was meant to be: a renewal of old Wailers favorites for the modern age. Of course this seems a surreal idea today, but, in 1980, Bunny had no idea that the Wailers' back catalog would soon become an industry in itself. For, at the time, although the group was dead, its members were still very much alive. Although the Wailers swiftly became a proper band, at heart they were a vocal trio, and a vocal trio stands and falls on three voices, regardless of the lead -- something this album inadvertently drives home. Without the harmonies, much of the songs' charm is lost, something Bunny obviously recognized, and attempted to alleviate by harmonizing with himself. In this he was only partially successful, however, many of the songs do gain musically via the arrangements. The masterful backing band featuring the usual top notch session men -- Sly & Robbie, Earl "Chinna" Smith," et al. -- lay down an evocative roots accompaniment, with hints of dubby overtones, but not such deep roots as to overwhelm the more delicate numbers. This works particularly well on the rocksteady songs, with "Hippocrite" and "Rule This Land" in particular gaining new life. Unfortunately, the singer on occasion overreaches himself, and his vocal strength just isn't up to the likes of "I Stand Predominate" and "I'm the Toughest" (proving once again that, indeed, Peter Tosh was). Oddly enough, the weakest track is Bunny's own "Dreamland," probably because his original was nigh on perfect and remains unbeatable. However, a bubbly "Dancing Shoes" is a winner, as is a particularly perky "Keep on Moving." With Wailers' recordings flooding the market, the entire premise for this album became pointless. It has its moments, though, even if none of the tracks really improve upon the originals.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/14/2004
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0042284626828
catalogNumber:
846268
Rank:
44766

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Performance Credits

Bunny Wailer   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Horn
Nambo   Horn
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Keith Sterling   Keyboards
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
W. Wright   Keyboards
Winston Wright   Keyboards
"Deadly" Headley Bennett   Horn

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
David   Engineer
Bunny Wailer   Cover Design
Peter Tosh   Composer
Neville Garrick   Art Direction
Dermott Hussey   Liner Notes

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