Friday, May 14, 2010

Easy Star All-Stars and Gregorian

I'll finish up my week of reviews with a couple of quick hits from the musical world. The thread that connects both of these works: they are cover albums with a twist. The first is by the Easy Star All-Stars who make it their job to transform classic or well-known albums into swaying reggae numbers. Lonely Hearts Dub Band reinteprets The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with guest appearances on every track, most notably from Steel Pulse, The Mighty Diamonds and Luciano. With a Little Help From My Friends will get you rocking and Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite sets down the beat of dancehall reggae. Sing along with favorites or wonder at the phenomenon of Beatles' reggae. If you like this CD then check out their treatments of Radiohead and Pink Floyd.

This second CD I discovered by accident and still I marvel at the inventiveness: how come modern music has never been put through the filter of Gregorian Chant? Wait no longer because Gregorian have come to deliver the spiritualized goods in Masters of Chant. Eric Clapton's Tears in Heaven, Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here and Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water all find new life interpreted by solemn voices and new age acoustics. The music creates a nice space that's meditative with a dash of sing-along lyrics from well known songs. We have another CD by Gregorian (Masters of Chant: Chapter VI) in the VBPL catalog that finds new voices for Fleetwood Mac and Bjork among others.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the tunes!

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