Reggae's Gone Country CD (2011)

Artist: Various

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Label Vp Records/wea Corp
SKU 223437611
UPC 093624955061
UPC 14 00093624955061
Format CD
Release Date 8/30/2011
Author Various
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Stone; Romel Marshall; Carlos Allwood; Greg Morris; Michael Howell; Sean Giovanni; Roland McDermott
Producer Chris Chin; Dean Fraser; Cristy Barber; John Rich; Raymond Barber; Charlie Pennachio
CatalogID 2528525
Lable Name VP Records
Released 08/29/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 54m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00093624955061
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Errol Brown ; Shane Brown.
Recording information: Fireside Studios, Nashville, TN; Grafton Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
Cristy Barber, a VP at VP Records, the world's biggest reggae label, just happened to be a country music fan as well, and he had a vision of combining the two genres in what one has to admit is an unlikely hybrid. Parts of the 13 tracks on Reggae's Gone Country, the album that was born of this, were recorded in Kingston with reggae producer and saxophonist Dean Fraser, and parts were recorded in Nashville by producer John Rich, the Rich part of the country duo Big & Rich. Does it work? Sometimes it does but mostly it doesn't. The sound is clear, sharp, and smooth, full of sweeping pedal steel lines, and it's exactly what a Nashville reggae album would sound like, because that's what it is -- there isn't a whole lot of Kingston here, outside of the light and sunny island vibe. Some of these tracks, though, are pretty interesting, and Tessanne Chin's wonderfully jazzy and soulful take on "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," Freddie McGregor's appropriately jaunty "The King of the Road," Gramps Morgan's seductive and funky "Feels So Right," and L.U.S.T.'s Kingston jug band romp through "Flowers on the Wall" are all well worth a listen. They work because somehow those songs translate well between Nashville and Kingston. Most of the tracks here don't do that, though, and seem more like sideshow rides at the carnival. They hint at way more than they deliver. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith quality tracks such as Beres Hammond's authoritative reading of the greatest country weepie of them all, George Jones' 'He Stopped Loving Her Today'..."
Disc 1
1 California - Romain Virgo/Larry Gatlin
2 He'll Have to Go
3 Wolverton Mountain
4 Crazy - Etana
5 Chair, The
6 He Stopped Loving Her Today
7 Suspicions - Duane Stephenson
8 Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue
9 Feels So Right
10 King of the Road, The
11 El Paso
12 Flowers on the Wall
13 Gambler, The

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