Friday, 14 August 2009

Reggae like it used to be

Dotted around my record collection are reggae cover versions of everyone from Pink Floyd to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme. One of the advantages of being a reggae act is that you can cover songs of any musical style and make them work - or, in the case of UB40, make them sound like every other song you've recorded since "Red, Red Wine" (I had to qualify that insult as they were quite good right at the beginning).

Here are a couple of examples: Paul Davidson with his version of the Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider", and Owen Grey's rendition of "Islands In The Stream" by Kenny & Dolly.

You will correctly have guessed that this was just an excuse to play the original, which remains one of the greatest records ever.

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