If you ever woke up thinking, "Gee, I wish there was an upbeat reggae version of 'Ol' Man River' that uses the hook from 'Fortune Teller,' but isn't called 'Ol Man River,' today is your day.
Give a listen to "Bronco" by The Upsetters.
I am well aware that both jazz and reggae are not necessarily everyone's cup of tea. Comments and blog views tell that story. But I get real pleasure from these forty to fifty year old ska and reggae covers. They may seem simple on the surface, but the grooves are unstoppable. And come on, props must be given to the "creative" minds behind some of these recordings.
I am also fascinated by the appropriation of so many songs, a practice that would never fly in any other genre. There are many articles about non-Jamaicans playing reggae--the white boy appropriation--but as far as I can tell after about three minutes of research, nothing that talks about the renaming of and taking credit for pop standards.
How about these gems below? The Skatalites basically covering Georgie Fame's "Yeh Yeh" but opting to call it "President Kennedy!" Or, "Darker Shade Of Black," a song you will find on a number of reggae records, and it's always "Norwegian Wood!"
If anyone knows a real story behind this practice, do tell. Until then, enjoy these classics and if you know of more, serve'em up!