Ali Campbell tackles some Great British Classics
Ali Campbell, the voice of UB40, releases his fourth solo album Great British Songs. Produced by Ali, with Sly & Robbie at the helm of the rhythm section, it's a collection of iconic British hits reinterpreted in a reggae style. Release is scheduled for 18 October.
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 even, 1978’s Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty.
Campbell: “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.