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Riding Strange Horses

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This is the third album by space cowboys Dub Spencer & Trance Hill for the Echo Beach label and it sees the four Swiss musicians herding together a pack of very strange steeds indeed. The strange horses come from famous stables (Falco, The Clash, Genesis, Deep Purple, The Catch, M, Tullio De Piscopo, Grauzone, etc.) and have notched up umpteen top-ten hits over the past three decades, albeit in disciplines that have about as much in common with dub as the forlorn pink rocking horse has with the dust-dry desert. Humor dominates the choice of tracks: monumental pop classics, schmaltzy rock-ballads and grimy hits -- the stuff that teenage dreams were made of. The tracklist is heavy on school-party classics and cult hits, all lathered-up and shaved in the best dub style! The aim was to keep the vocals as authentic as possible, and so the band did the obvious thing and contacted the copyright holders: their version of the 1984 British chart hit "25 Years" by The Catch features the original vocals by John Savannah. The soul reggae classic "When I Fall In Love" brings in the master and composer himself, Ken Boothe, and for the new wave hits "Echo Beach" and "Pop Muzik," Martha Johnson from Toronto and Robin Scott from London re-recorded their vocals. Naturally, it wouldn't be the same without dub-master Lee "Scratch" Perry, whose inimitable voice crowns a version of his own manifest "Blackboard Jungle." More local vocal power comes courtesy of William White, one of the most soulful voices in Switzerland; he sings the classic Deep Purple track "Smoke On The Water." The album also contains their version of Falco's scandalous "Jeanny." Fueled by the same fighting spirit of the duo they named themselves after, the Swiss band have transformed each track into an Italo karaoke version with a heavy dub feel. Familiar old hits are distilled down to their very essence and are reborn in truly great new versions. Also includes versions of songs by Ennio Morricone, Martha And The Muffins, The Ruts, Metallica, and W.S. Burroughs.