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The Police in Dub [4047179136327]

  • 1. Walking on the Moon - (Walking on the Dub mix)
    2. Roxanne - (featuring Eased From Seeed/Eased)
    3. Can't Stand Losing You - (Can't Stand Losing Dub mix)
    4. Bed's Too Big Without You, The - (The Bed's Too Big Without Dub mix, featuring Ranking Roger)
    5. Driven to Tears - (Driven to Dub mix)
    6. Message in a Bottle - (Message in a Dub mix, featuring Earl 16)
    7. Once Upon a Daydream - (Once Upon a Dubdream mix)
    8. Spirits in a Material World - (Spirits in a Dubworld mix, featuring Benjamin Zephaniah)
    9. Someone to Talk To - (Someone to Dub To mix)
    10. So Lonely - (So Dub mix, featuring Big Youth)
    11. Reggatta de Blanc - (Reggatta de Dub mix)
    12. Wrapped Around Your Finger - (Wrapped Around Your Dub mix, featuring Jazz'min)
    13. Bring on the Night - (Dub on the Night mix)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 067

  • Credits
    ProducerGuido Craveiro; Moloko; Bootsy Collins

    Dubxanne: Guido Craveiro (guitar, acoustic guitar, melodica, keyboards); Manougazou (guitar); Marcus (bass guitar); Mykal (drums).
    Personnel: Benjamin Zephaniah (vocals); Rhani Krija (shaker).
    Liner Note Author: Bart Plantenga.
    Recording information: Gussie P's Sip-A-Cup; Intuit Studio, Freiburg, Germany; Lego Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Mad Professor's Ariwa Sounds, London, England; Pork & Rabbit Studios, Cologne, Germany; Red Dread Studio, Spalding, England; Seeedbase II, Berlin, Germany.
    Arranger: Guido Craveiro.
    Now granted, this was a terrible idea. The members of a Hamburg-based reggae band called Okada decided, probably after imbibing far too much Astra Rotlicht, that what the world needed was a collection of dubbed-up versions of songs from the Police catalog. Most sane people would back away from such an idea, making frantic "shoo" motions with both hands. But these crazy Germans not only went for it, but convinced the Echo Beach label to release the results -- and danged if this album doesn't turn out to be plenty of good fun. At times, such as on their version of "Walking on the Moon," the basic tracks (and even the guitar tone) are so closely patterned on the Police's original version that you might be tempted to think the dub was actually based on the master tapes; elsewhere, such as on a dub-funk version of "Message in a Bottle" (featuring a fine vocal performance by reggae legend Earl 16), they depart significantly form the original. Other guest vocalists include Big Youth (on a rootsy version of "So Lonely") and Benjamin Zephaniah, and the great Ranking Roger makes an appearance as well, toasting deftly over "The Bed's Too Big Without You." Purists may scoff, but there's no denying the power of these heavyweight rhythms and the affectionate confidence with which they're reworked and delivered here. Very nice. ~ Rick Anderson

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