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Spirits in the Material World: A Reggae Tribute to the Police

by Dan MacIntosh

24 March 2008


Of all the tribute CDs, in an already tribute saturated world, this reggae homage to The Police amounts to one of this trend’s biggest no-brainers. After all, the British band titled its second CD Reggatta de Blanc—which translated means white reggae—and its breakthrough single was a reggae tune called “Roxanne”. “Roxanne” is not covered on this 13-track CD, however. Instead, political anthems, such as “One World (Not Three)”, which is sung by The Wailing Souls, are the primary order of the day. There are also a few love songs, like “So Lonely” by the smooth Gregory Isaacs. All but Joan Osborne, who sings “Every Breath You Take”, is a big name in reggae. And while most of these tracks are fairly faithful covers, Lee “Scratch” Perry’s dub version of “Invisible Sun” is a nice break from the norm. It’s only fair for the reggae world to get a shot at Police songs, as there would likely have been no Police without them.

Spirits in the Material World


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