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Ali Campbell to release new album

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. ALI CAMPBELL, the legendary voice of UB40, releases his fourth solo album Great British Songs, on October 18th 2010. Produced by Ali, with Sly
02 Oct 2010 12:00

image Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. ALI CAMPBELL, the legendary voice of UB40, releases his fourth solo album Great British Songs, on October 18th 2010. Produced by Ali, with Sly & Robbie at the helm of the rhythm section, Great British Songs is a collection of iconic British hits reinterpreted in a reggae style.
Ali 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,
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.” Campbell explains.

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