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"Chant Down Babylon" by Bob Marley (and Guests) (1999)

"Chant Down Babylon" by Bob Marley (and Guests)

Artist:

Bob Marley (and Guests)

Album:

Chant Down Babylon

Released In:

1999

Reviewed By:

Robert Shupe

Grade:

3.0

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This release is definitely a unique undertaking. Using previously recorded Marley tracks, today's hottest artists mixed and remade old Marley songs with a touch of rap, rhythm and blues, spoken word and hip-hop. The guest list on this release is an all-star line up: Erykah Badu, Krayzie Bone, Guru, Rakim, Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, The Roots and more. The recording quality is good and all the tracks are very creative, but it feels somewhat bland. The originals were masterpieces on their own. I am not opposed to covering songs, but if the feeling just isn't there, it isn't there. This record holds some merit in that it has smooth groove to it, Bob's songs sound great with electronic beats mixed in, but the music itself was better left alone.

:: zBoneman.com Reader Comments ::

joseph

joseph

His sons have come along and helped spread the legend, but they are no match for the genuine article. Papa Bob must be thought of in the top 5 of most influential artists of all time

Mariana

Mariana

Yup, Bob Marley died 23 years ago today. That's May 11, 1981. I was 11 years old.I have an aunt in Newfoundland who was married on May 11th, 1991. I rebeemmr it only because it was May 11th.

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