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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

Genre: Reggae

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

Despite being the band that got the least press during the ska revival of the early '80s, the Selecter, while only recording one undeniably fine record, deserved better than they got. Hailing from Coventry, England, the same hometown as ska pals the Specials, the Selecter's secret weapon was lead singer Pauline Black, arguably the best lead singer of the ska revival, who gave the jumpy and jittery songs an edge that veered into haunting drama. Although they got off to a roaring start with their debut...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, Ska
  • Released: Jun 20, 2000

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