This album brings together chart-topping reggae artists and pop hits from days gone by.
This album brings together chart-topping reggae artists and pop hits from days gone by. The outcome, over the length of 24 tracks, is better than is often the case with such projects. One aspect of the production concept that was fortuitous was the decision to focus mainly on R&B and soul hits. This material has an affinity with reggae that's particularly evident on Eric Donaldson's cover of "The Way You Do the Things You Do," the Heptones' version of "My World Is Empty Without You," and the Pioneers' rendition of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." Other winning tracks include Bruce Ruffin's cover of Paul Simon's "Cecilia" and the Cimarrons' take on "Rock Me Baby." For a tune that best epitomizes the idea of the collection, try Dennis Brown's cover of "Another Day in Paradise."—PVV