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Here Comes the Sun: A Reggae Tribute to the Beatles

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Here Comes the Sun is easily the most successful of Madacy's three Reggae Rocks discs, mostly because of the simple durability of the Beatles' melodies and the universality of their message (which, all things told, is pretty similar to reggae's). Despite some cheesy production on various numbers (a few bad synth arrangements), the songs truly manage to transcend their recordings. The music is enjoyable, sunny, and warm. There are appearances by noted reggae artists such as Toots & the Maytals (covering "Hey Jude") and Steel Pulse (covering "We Can Work It Out"), as well as more obscure artists. There is something simple and straight-ahead about the Beatles' music that is captured gracefully in reggae's laid-back rhythms. Despite its apparent simplicity, it takes a great deal of talent to pull off reggae well. The same might be said for the Beatles' repertoire. And while not everything on the disc is a complete success, the music is still thoroughly enjoyable.

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