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Reggatta Mondatta: Reggae Tribute to Police
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Reggatta Mondatta: Reggae Tribute to Police
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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It's only fitting that some of reggae's top stars should record Police songs, as Sting and Co. were enormously influenced by reggae, and their popularity gave reggae a needed boost in public awareness. Twelve artists worki...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Reggatta Mondatta: Reggae Tribute to Police
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Ark 21
Original Release Date: 7/29/1997
Re-Release Date: 3/21/2000
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Reggae, Acid Jazz, Dance Pop, Tributes
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 618681001225, 5022769693670, 724384459420

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It's only fitting that some of reggae's top stars should record Police songs, as Sting and Co. were enormously influenced by reggae, and their popularity gave reggae a needed boost in public awareness. Twelve artists working in different genres, from roots to dancehall, run through spirited versions of some of the band's (mostly Sting's) most famous songs, including "Roxanne" (Aswad), "Message in a Bottle" (Maxi Priest), and "Every Breath You Take" (Betty Wright), while Sting himself contributes to tracks by Pato Banton and Ziggy Marley. Many of the artists also add lyrics of their own, but what becomes obvious from these fresh interpretations is how brilliantly crafted these songs were in the first place, and how well they wear today. --Derek Rath

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Janis L. from TIBURON, CA
Reviewed on 9/11/2006...
We love Reggae and we love the Police. What could be better?

CD Reviews

Shout out to the Babylon
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 02/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It's not often that you'll find reggae superstars paying tribute to the Babylon (slang term for the police), so this album is certainly unusual in at least that respect.

There are a few stand-out performances by reggae luminaries like Aswad, who does a great version of "Roxanne", and Steel Pulse who perform "Can't Stand Losing You", but Maxi Priest doesn't do justice to "Message in a Bottle" at all. Sting also guests on two of the better songs, one with Ziggy Marley.

As Police covers, there's nothing really different other than the reggae rhythms, except perhaps for "Spirits in the Material World" by Pato Banton and Sting, where Pato improvises a bit on the chorus.

An interesting novelty album, and quite listenable, but does nothing to showcase or enhance the music of either The Police or the reggae artistes.

Amanda Richards, Feb 2, 2005









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Yougetit Forgetit
B. Colwin | New York, NY United States | 06/29/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)

"If you like the Police ... and like good reggae .... you'll be disappointed in this album. Great artists, great tunes and alot of potential -- but falls way short in this overly commercial sounding tribute."