It seems fitting that on the 15th anniversary of the Wah Wah 45’s label that they would release a retrospective of some of the finest cover tunes the label has put out over the last decade and a half. Do not fear though, it’s not all old material, they have thrown in some recent covers to spice up the pot. With a keen ear for a special reworking of a tune, Wah Wah 45’s has always been able to release a killer version of a great song from a variety of artists. This group of a dozen songs goes from Bruce Springsteen to Talking Heads to Richard “Groove” Holmes to Rose Royce, all done in a really unique way. The roster of Stac, Hackney Colliery Band, The Gene Dudley Group, Bev Lee Harling, Lea Lea, and Richie Phoe among others goes from electronic to a brass version of Hip Hop to club classics and mellow grooves in no time flat. In other words, this is a beautiful selection of songs to make exciting and new. The brass reworking of Jay Z’s “Empire State of Mind” is a head nodder, while Phoe’s island influenced version of “Thriller” sits nicely alongside a cover of Toto’s “Africa” and a haunting rendition of “Psycho Killer”.
Slated for a July 14th release, The Wah Wah Version is that left field record that has some out there covers that quite frankly work like a charm. There are cover records, and then there are cover records. Wah Wah 45’s have done a bang up job over the years (and in recent times too)in choosing just the right songs to rework for your listening pleasure. Sometimes an entire cover record is hit or miss like an Odetta song, but this time the lads from Wah Wah 45’s are hit, and spot on at that. Even if cover songs aren’t your thing, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that there is something for everyone on this release.
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