Rub-A-Dub Soul - Reggae Covers Beatles Songs

KINGSTON, Jamaica - Nov. 1, 2023 - PRLog -- If there's one thing most Jamaicans can agree on is the power of a great song, so naturally, Jamaica's love affair with The Beatles is everlasting. From Jackie Mittoo's cover of 'Norweigan Wood' for Studio One to the evergreen 'Blackbird Singing' by Rosalyn Sweat and The Paragons, 'You Won't See Me' by The Clarendonians to Marcia Griffiths' sublime 'Don't Let Me Down', the island's musicians have been reimagining Lennon & McCartney's songs since the 60s and the melodies of those songs are deeply embedded in their DNA.

Flash forward to 2023 and Clive Hunt, the ace Jamaican producer, has assembled an elite team of musicians and vocalists from around the world to breathe new life and positive Reggae vibes into The Beatles' songbook. The result is 'Rub-A-Dub Soul', a twelve-track LP / fourteen-track CD featuring standout performances from legends such as Barry Biggs and The Pioneers plus contemporary artists such as Tarrus Riley and Gentleman.

Jamaica's influence on The Beatles' members is well documented also, Paul McCartney first visited the island of Jamaica in 1971, with his then-wife Linda. McCartney recounts "We were up in Scotland and I was painting the big corrugated iron roof. During that time, Linda had bought some of the first Reggae records that hit Britain, Tighten Up, and she'd play them downstairs while I was painting the roof. We both loved the music and going to Jamaica became our big ambition. When we did, we really fell in love with it: the country, the people, the music, the lifestyle, and the weather." John Lennon, when asked in New York in 1979 about what he missed about England is quoted as saying "In the last 10 years, one of the things I miss about England is Reggae…"

Seasoned Reggae veteran musicians Robbie Lyn, Dean Fraser, Kirk Bennett and many more star alongside relative newcomers such as Okiel McIntyre & Lamont Savory, who rethink these classic songs under Clive Hunt's watchful eye, allowing the remarkable cast of Little Roy, The Tamlins, Patrice and Pierpoljak and more space to put their own spin on songs like 'Norwegian Wood', 'Blackbird', Let It Be' and a wealth of quintessential Beatles material.

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