Any man who fronts a band as good as the stone roses, owes it to the world have their musical inspirations put onto disk for all to see. And with this compilation Brown obliges...
Yet his taste is far from what many would expect, there is little or no sign of rock'n'roll, no Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Led Zepplin or the likes, Which might appear to be a problem (to some), however if you have an open mind to go beyond this, let Borwn take you on a journey of Funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, dub, mowtown, punk, gospel. It's magic.
In each song the quality stands out. The album starts with Genus/GZA "Liquid swords", using classic Japanese style sample intro working into a great hip hop track.
"Under The influence" progresses with Burning Spear & Jounior Byles adding a bit off a regage dub flavour, then a more modern Reggae sound with the likes of Sizzla and Buju Banton flying the dancehall flag loud and clear. The Last 8 tracks then take an entirely different direction with a more mowtown, funky vibe, "James Brown esk" with my personal favourites being larry williams and Johnny Watsons's "too late" anf Womack's "110th street"
All in all, it's a bit special. If you're a big fan of Ian Brown's solo work, this may well be right up you're street. And if you like this, get you're hands on Planet Groove asap.