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Various Artists-Essential Interpretations (EMI/Capitol)

 

This two disc set has twenty-two current EMI artists taking a traipse through the label's back catalogue of hits. And surprisingly, it mostly works pretty well.

 

Sometimes the artists try too hard to be quirky, like John Butler's wallowing take on "Ode To Billie Joe," but more often the matches of song and artist are inspired. Former Waterboys leader Mike Scott takes Kate Bush's techno ballad "Why Should I Love You" and gives it a ringing Who sheen.

 

Dubstar rescues the Pet Shop Boys' gorgeous ballad "Jealousy" from obscurity. Also sublime is Foo Fighters rock extravaganza version of Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street."

 

Even some pairings that shouldn't work, like Belinda Carlisle covering the Sex Pistols' "Submission" somehow fly.

 

As with any tribute album, there's good stuff and there's bad. But it's surprising how much of this works.  (5/98)

 

Jay S. Jacobs

 

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