Jackson Lovers

Jackson Lovers

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Overview

Jackson Lovers

There is no reggae tradition more venerable than that of taking American soul and R&B hits and giving them the Jamaican treatment -- in fact, reggae emerged from just that practice, as Jamaican artists imitated American ones in the 1950s and 1960s and gradually found a style of their own that incorporated R&B, mento, and calypso elements. So what might look on the surface like a purely opportunistic money move in the wake of Michael Jackson's tragic death is in fact something a bit more complex -- and besides, these songs were not recorded quickly in order to catch the wave of renewed interest in Jackson's work, but actually date back to 2008, and while a few of the featured tracks seem less than fully developed, many are excellent. The album's theme isn't entirely appropriate: although many of the featured songs are romantic fare that fit well into "lovers rock" arrangements ("Human Nature," "You Are Not Alone," "The Girl Is Mine"), others feature both rhythms and lyrical themes that are entirely unsuited to that reggae subgenre: the world did not need a smooth lovers version of either "Thriller" or "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," for example. There are also several moments on this disc when most listeners are likely to be forcefully reminded of what a really amazing singer Jackson himself was: Tarrus Riley's version of "Human Nature" is fine, but he never approaches Jackson's vocal brilliance; on the other hand, Lukie D and Tony Curtis do manage to make "The Girl Is Mine" their own, and Nicky Tucker's straight reggae version of "Man in the Mirror" is excellent as well. The most heartbreaking inclusion is the bonus track, a 1980s-vintage recording of "Never Can Say Goodbye" by the late Dennis Brown. Everything here is worth hearing, and some of it is brilliant.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/06/2009
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645187022
catalogNumber: 1870

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael McDonald   Drums
Dalton Browne   Guitar
Glen Browne   Bass
Computer Paul   Keyboards
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Alvin Haughton   Percussion
Robert Lyn   Keyboards
Dwight Richards   Trumpet
Ernie Wilks   Guitar
Richard "Shams" Browne   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Fiona Robinson   Background Vocals
Nicky Tucker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Danny "Axeman" Thompson   Bass,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Clifton Davis   Composer
Siedah Garrett   Composer
Michael Jackson   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Lynford "Fatta" Marshall   Producer,Engineer
Dean Fraser   Producer
Clive "Azul" Hunt   Producer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer
Rohan Dwyer   Engineer
Nora Payne   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Richard "Shams" Browne   Producer,Engineer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   Composer
Carlos Alwood   Engineer

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