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Album Review

Taking obvious influence from UB40's Labour of Love albums, the Selector decided to make some recordings of reggae standards. This, the second in the series, is a rather flat release. The group attempts to cover such classics as "Cherry Oh Baby" (A song that actually appeared on the first Labour of Love), "Tide Is High," and "Pressure Drop." Essentially, the band lacks the musicianship necessary and vocalist Pauline Black doesn't quite have the pipes to pull these songs off. Reggae fans shouldn't even bother with this one and Selector faithful might be better off sticking to the group's originals.

Biography

Formed: 1979 in Coventry, England

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the key bands of the U.K. ska revival of the late '70s and early '80s, the Selecter were also one of the few racially and sexually integrated acts on the scene, and vocalist Pauline Black often tackled sexism along with racism and the other social ills focused upon by groups that were part of the 2-Tone movement. The Selecter originally began as a studio project: when the Specials released their debut single, "Gangsters," in 1979, they needed a second song for a B-side, and they decided to...
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The Selecter Perform the Trojan Songbook, Vol. 2, The Selecter
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Ska
  • Released: Jun 20, 2000

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