All Over the World

All Over the World

by The Wailing Souls



Having signed to the Columbia subsidiary Chaos, the Wailing Souls were now ready to conquer America, and launch themselves all over the world. However, the title track, which opens the album, was guaranteed to send their old roots fans running for cover. A funky disco monster, it's hard to believe this is the same group that gave us "Bredda Gravilicious" and "Lawless Society" all those years ago. But just to drive home the changes, two tracks later the Souls throw themselves into the housey R&B of "If I Were You." All Over the World is as stunning as it is shocking, incorporating virtually every element of the current music scene, from jungle beats to urban R&B gloss, from rappers ("Pappa Juggy" and U-Roy) to backing vocalists parading as a church choir. The record's rhythms are absolutely astounding, a seething cross between the new hip jungle style and the dancehall's beloved military tattoo. The diverse sounds collide head on, as on "You Ain't Leaving," where the militaristic beats plow into the steel drums, and the ballad the Souls are crooning crash into the DJs' raps. Elsewhere, hardcore hip-hop smacks into R&B, as the amazing rhythms pummel everything in their path; Latino melodies slink in, too, but all that's nothing compared with the covers. The startling version of the Rolling Stones' "Sweet Black Angel" is done up Western style, but is corralled by a Gospel choir, and serenaded round the campfire by an incredibly smoky sax. Less successful, but equally unexpected, is the cover of a McGarrigle Sisters song; a love ballad gone jungle, but with elements of its folky origins still simmering in the brew. However, there are a few more island-orientated tracks, a purer dancehall number, the deep roots of "Shark Attack," and the blast from the past "Picky Picky Head," which blends early reggae, steel drums, digitized beats, and a roots segment into a frothy, infectious confection. A truly awesome album, that, even after multiple plays, continues to astound.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/16/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644865325
catalogNumber: 48653

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wailing Souls   Primary Artist
Prince Far   Guitar
U-Roy   Rap
Bill Summers   Percussion
Penny Ford   Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Eric Bazilian   Guitar
Randy Cantor   Keyboards
Phil Chen   Bass
N'Dea Davenport   Background Vocals
Santa Davis   Drums
Tyrell "The Rock" Deadrick   Percussion,Drums
Marcella Detroit   Background Vocals
Richard Feldman   Keyboards
Marty Grebb   Soprano Saxophone
Doug Grigsby   Bass
Maisha Grimes   Background Vocals
Jawge Hughes   Keyboards
Rob Hyman   Keyboards
Andy Kravitz   Percussion
Tampa Lann   Background Vocals
Earl Lindo   Keyboards
Winston "Pipe" Matthews   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lloyd McDonald   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Violin,Sarod
Pam Starks   Background Vocals
Keith Sterling   Keyboards
Mike Tyler   Guitar
Vikku Vinayakram   Percussion
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Einstein   Steel Drums
Ina Abdrabu   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Coleman   Art Direction
Skip Drinkwater   Producer
Richard Feldman   Producer,Engineer
Jon Ingoldsby   Engineer
Lee Jaffe   Executive Producer
Lee Manning   Engineer
John X. Volaitis   Engineer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Joel Nakamura   Artwork

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