With the body not even cold yet with the first Rewind compilation, Ubiquity has decided to murder yet again with a sequel. And, yet again, they are successful in assembling some impressive covers that mostly do justice to the originals.
Rewind 2 does, unfortunately, shoot blanks: John Beltran’s “Fragile” is as corny as the Sting original; Roy Davis Jr. should never have touched Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready”; and, as much as I love Terry Callier, he really can’t do justice to “Just My Imagination.” Without those three songs, this is a collection that approaches one of Plato’s Forms of Perfection. Superbaccana and Nicola Conte provide some nice Brazilian tunes. Yesterday’s New Quintet is flawless as always with “Deja Vu.” Greyboy’s “To Know You is to Love You” put almost as many tears in your ducts as Stevie (and it’s almost impossible to cover Mr. Wonder). Joseph Malik does Bill Withers justice. Soul Bossa Trio is appropriately reverential with John Coltrane’s “Naima.” Povo Povo, Karin Krog, and The Platinum Pied Pipers are impressive. And Fruitbread’s cover of Chrissie Hynde’s “Private Life” simply leaves you devastated.
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