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Putumayo Presents Cover the World - World Music Versions of Classic Pop Hits

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Disc: 1

  1. El Lado Mas Bestia De La Vida (Walk On The Wild Side) - Albert Pla
  2. Hit The Road Jack - Mo'Horizons
  3. Nobel (In The Air Tonight) - Toure Kunda
  4. Afrika (Africa) - Tukuleur
  5. People Get Ready - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  6. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher (Higher And Higher) - Chris Aroin
  7. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) - Les Go
  8. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) - Angelique Kidjo
  9. Magot Tcheri (In The Summertime) - Fatal Mambo
  10. Ces Soirees La (December 1963 - Oh, What A Night!) - Yannick
  11. Ain't No Sunshine - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  12. No Woman, No Cry - Nenes

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars what a hoot! 6 April 2003
By m_noland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As with most compilations, there is a certain amount of unevenness to the selections. Highpoints: Catalan Albert Pla's absolutely hysterical lisping flamenco version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side;" Beninois Angelique Kidjo's nearly guitar-less version of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" (though nothing can match the absolutely ferocious version she does live in which she sings the lead guitar part); and the female Okinawan band Nenes' sanshin-driven version of Bob Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" (which, when you think about it, a female sanshin-driven version sung in Okinawan is pretty good evidence for the case that Bob Marley is indeed the world's best loved musician). Some of the covers are less successful to my ears, at least in part because I don't like the originals. One exception is the Ivorian trio Les Go's version of Hall and Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" - for me, having successfully repressed the original in my consciousness, their cover is simply a pretty good dance track, typical of Les Go.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You'll hate it... or love it 18 Dec. 2008
By Megan Jones - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you're the typical target audience of Putumayo and appreciate the label for bringing excellent lesser-known world musicians to the forefront, then you'll probably find these compilations offensive to the ear. Speaking as someone who adores Putumayo, I found this cd so bad that I felt I had to write a review to warn other Putumayo fans. That being said, if you're just interested in hearing some bizarre and quirky arrangements of popular songs, then you might like it. Do yourself a favor and if you think you might be interested in this album, go to Putumayo's website first and listen to the samples. You'll either love it or hate it.
3.0 out of 5 stars A few Gems amidst the Rubble 9 April 2015
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm a sucker for these sorts of cover albums, especially when the songs chosen are not ones that are commonly covered. Seeing the first track, a Spanish language version of Lou Reed's "Walk On the Wild Side" was almost enough to make me buy the CD right then and there. The fact that the CD was in a very cheap sale bin at a local shop motivated me to get it.

Well, this is definitely a mixed bag. I like some songs and am annoyed by others. But there are definitely a few gems amidst the rubble. I particularly enjoy the 2 tracks featuring Ladysmith Black Mombazo. One if their version of "People Get Ready" with the great, underrated Phoebe Snow, and the other is a cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" with Des'ree. Another artist from the African continent, Angelique Kidjo, turns in an interesting version of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child", and Toure Kunda's take on "In The Air Tonight" is a keeper too.

If you enjoy obscure cover versions of hit songs you might enjoy some --- or many --- of the songs on this compilation. I don't think it's nearly as bad as some reviewers have complained, nor is it a fabulous 5-star collection as others have raved. But hey, overall it was a fun idea and there certainly are some fun and memorable moments on here.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gets old PDQ! 21 July 2006
By KiKi - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I used to work at a store in the mall, that often circulated several putumayo titles on our sound system which we also sold. We had Cuba, Samba Bossa Nova, Asian Groove, Arabic Groove, Zydeco, World Lounge, African Groove, Euro Lounge, Global Soul, just to name a few! I loved them all, even after listening to them every time I worked for almost a year...except one! Cover the world, drove me up the wall the first few times I heard it. Now, there are a few good songs on here ("Ain't no sunshine", is my fav) but overall, not for long term listening in my opinion. Hearing Asian women sing "No woman no cry" gets flat out annoying after awhile! Would recommend the titles I stated above, over this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun--but not one of Putomayo's most stellar 1 Mar. 2006
By R. Kyle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Most of the Putomayo I own are CDs I can play over and over. "Cover the World" was interesting the first time around, but I doubt I will be revisiting the collection as often as I do "Celtic Tides" or any of the others with more original works.

Standouts are Kidjo's "Voodoo Child," and the 2 selections by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
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