Part of the Reggae Rocks series (which also has volumes focusing on Bob Dylan and the Beatles), Paint It Black features a dozen reggae covers of tunes from the Rolling Stones' catalog. The set features performances by established artists, such as Toots & the Maytals (who cover "Start Me Up") and Steel Pulse (covering "You Can't Always Get What You Want"), and more obscure acts. The Stones have had a fairly close relationship with reggae dating back to the early '70s, so it's not too far removed to hear some of Mick Jagger's melodies realized as such. As legend has it, "Start Me Up," the Stones' frequent barnburning show opener, began life as a reggae tune. Hearing a reggae version, though, it's immediately obvious why it didn't quite work out. Unlike the Dylan volume, the music here seems to lose much of its vitality. A notable exception is Sugar Black's toast-filled version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash."
AllMusic Review by Jesse Jarnow