This deluxe edition finally does justice to this project and every tracks sounds wonderfully clear and brings the spirit of Compass Point studios and the sunshine of the Bahamas into your living room.
A 2CD package with a very extensive booklet covering the whole history of the band along with numerous photographs and artworks; the music covers their first two albums as well as dub versions, extra tracks and B sides. It's all got that infectious groove that pervaded everything Island records and Chris Blackwell did in the period - for example, Sly and Robbie were next door with Grace Jones Private Life: The Compass Point Sessions [2CD
The music developed out of Talking Heads and the groove-based tracks they started exploring in Fear of Music
and this album comes after Remain in Light
. Chris and Tina were drummer and bass player and much like Sly and Robbie, anchored the band - but here they introduce Tina's sisters for a unique contrast in the vocals. Rap meets Everly Brothers harmonies - meets funk and reggae dub beats.
It's all well-known now and has been sampled and covered by many newer bands and artists - but the unique sound of this collaboration deserves a package like this and it is worthy of a place in most collections.