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Cover Story – Squeeze Box

Ali Campbell (UB40) has just released a reggae based covers album titled “Great British Songs”

He has “reworked” hits from the 60s and 70s starting with 1964’s ‘You Really Got Me Going’ by The Kinks and The Beatles’ ‘Hard Day’s Night’ and including songs by Rolling Stones, The Hollies, Rod Stewart, Free, and The Who and, last but not least, 1978’s ‘Baker Street’ by Gerry Rafferty.

“Squeeze Box” – Ali Campbell

Arguably a brave move, but one that appealed to the man whose distinctive voice has graced over 40 top 40 UK singles and 4 number 1 world-wide singles: “It’s always daunting taking on classic songs of this nature as you want to do them justice and at the same time give them a new feel – a reggae feel in this case. I chose songs that were iconic but they are not “obvious” choices that you would assume would work in a reggae style. How do you make ‘Paint it Black’ reggae? That is the appeal in some ways – that it’s not something you can imagine before you hear it.” he explains.

The track-listing for ‘Great British Songs’ can be seen below.

1. ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ – The Beatles
2. ‘Paint It Black’ – Rolling Stones
3. ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ – The Hollies
4. ‘Love Is The Drug’ – Roxy Music
5. ‘Honky Tonk Women’ – Rolling Stones
6. ‘Carrie Anne’ – The Hollies
7. ‘You Wear It Well’ – Rod Stewart
8. ‘Squeeze Box’ – The Who
9. ‘All Right Now’ – Free
10. ‘You Really Got Me’ – The Kinks
11. ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ – The Beatles
12. ‘Baker Street’ – Gerry Rafferty

If you are brave you can buy the album HERE

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November 6, 2010 - Posted by | Cover Stories, New Music, New Releases, Reggae, Video | ,

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