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Reggatta Mondatta: A Reggae Tribute to the Police


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listen  3. Spirits In The Material WorldPato Banton featuring Sting 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jamaican In New YorkShinehead 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Every Breath You TakeBetty Wright 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. One World (Not Three)Ziggy Marley & Sting 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Message In A BottleMaxi Priest 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ark 21
  • ASIN: B000001YOV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reggatta Mondatta ~ Reggatta Mondatta: Reggae Tribu

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It's only fitting that some of reggae's top stars should record Police songs, as Sting and Co. were enormously influenced by reggae, and their popularity gave reggae a needed boost in public awareness. Twelve artists working in different genres, from roots to dancehall, run through spirited versions of some of the band's (mostly Sting's) most famous songs, including "Roxanne" (Aswad), "Message in a Bottle" (Maxi Priest), and "Every Breath You Take" (Betty Wright), while Sting himself contributes to tracks by Pato Banton and Ziggy Marley. Many of the artists also add lyrics of their own, but what becomes obvious from these fresh interpretations is how brilliantly crafted these songs were in the first place, and how well they wear today. --Derek Rath

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's not often that you'll find reggae superstars paying tribute to the Babylon (slang term for the police), so this album is certainly unusual in at least that respect.

There are a few stand-out performances by reggae luminaries like Aswad, who does a great version of "Roxanne", and Steel Pulse who perform "Can't Stand Losing You", but Maxi Priest doesn't do justice to "Message in a Bottle" at all. Sting also guests on two of the better songs, one with Ziggy Marley.

As Police covers, there's nothing really different other than the reggae rhythms, except perhaps for "Spirits in the Material World" by Pato Banton and Sting, where Pato improvises a bit on the chorus.

An interesting novelty album, and quite listenable, but does nothing to showcase or enhance the music of either The Police or the reggae artistes.

Amanda Richards, Feb 2, 2005
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on August 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a bonified fan of The Police, and a moderate fan of reggae, I was excited to hear old favorites redone by reggae artists. However, this album is surprisingly bland and unoriginal (aside from the fact that they're a bunch of Police covers--obviously, I didn't expect new lyrics). The arrangements were new to me but the sound was stale. How sad. Put your good money on "Outlandos D'Americas," a tribute to the Police in Spanish: it's far better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 1999
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Although a bit hokey at some points (see "Jamaican in New York"), this album rocks! Liking the Police is one thing, Regatta Mondatta takes it to the next level. The twisted and turned harmonics, along with lyrics which have been given an "irie" feel make this a welcome addition to any pop-reggae listeners.
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By bbkong on February 3, 2013
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I'm not a fan of compilations but this album combines two things I really like, reggae and the Police. I first heard it drunk in Hermosa Beach while attending a ritual sacrifice.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Colwin on June 28, 2002
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If you like the Police ... and like good reggae .... you'll be disappointed in this album. Great artists, great tunes and alot of potential -- but falls way short in this overly commercial sounding tribute.
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By J. Brown on April 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, I purchased this CD after the Spirits of the Material World tribute to the Police, so I was severely dissappointed. It doesn't hold a candle. I would recommend you listen to the songs before committing to spending money to own the album!
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