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Dubstars, Vol. 1: From Dub to Disco and from Disco to Dub
1. Sign Your Name - Terence Trent D'Arby (Lee "Scratch" Perry Remix, remix)
2. She's Lost Control - Grace Jones
3. Picture Book in Dub - Simply Red (Mick Hucknall & Adrian Sherwood RMX mix, remix)
4. Politik Kills - LKJ/Manu Chao (remix, featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson)
5. Rainy Night in Georgia - Tony Joe White (Boozoo Bajou's Georgia Dub mix, remix)
6. Elevate My Mind - Stereo MC's
7. Mustt Mustt - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (remix)
8. Jezebel Spirit, The - David Byrne/Brian Eno
9. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads
10. Adventures in Success - William Powers
11. Blue Monday - New Order (Andrea Mix, remix)
12. Here to Go - Cabaret Voltaire (remix)
13. Kosmos - Paul Weller (remix)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 69
Dennis Bovell; Adrian Sherwood; Alex Sadkin; Michael Brook; Stewart Levine; Terence Trent D'Arby; David Byrne; Billy Swan; Brian Eno; Cabaret Voltaire
Personnel: Jerry Harrison, David Byrne (vocals).
Audio Remixers: Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell; Florian Seyberth; Peter Heider; Lee "Scratch" Perry.
This is a deeply idiosyncratic remix compilation, one that consists mostly (but not completely) of remixes done mostly (but not completely) in a reggae-derived style and based mostly (but not completely) on new wave material from the 1980s. Not only is the mix of tracks a bit strange, but there doesn't seem to be any pattern to it: you've got a dub mix of Grace Jones' reggae version of Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" (as if the original weren't weird enough); a collaboration between Mick Hucknall and Adrian Sherwood on an eerie remix of Simply Red's "Picture Book"; a dramatic deconstruction of New Order's "Blue Monday" by Jam & Spoon; and then, thrown into the middle of the program for no apparent reason, an album track from David Byrne and Brian Eno's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and an old Talking Heads single, both in their original, unaltered versions. Elsewhere, Linton Kwesi Johnson appears as a guest on a Manu Chao remix and Massive Attack remixes a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan track. It's craziness. And like most crazy compilations, it's got its share of clunkers, like the pedestrian Will Powers contribution and a rather ho-hum Boozoo Bajou mix of the Tony Joe White classic "Rainy Night in Georgia." But the high points are sheer brilliance: juxtaposing Massive Attack's dark, brooding reticence with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's explosive passion was a stroke of genius, and Lee "Scratch" Perry's remix of Terence Trent D'Arby is a bit less brilliant but is well worth hearing just because it's a Lee "Scratch" Perry remix of Terence Trent D'Arby. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson
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