Reggae Celebrates the Detroit Sound features contemporary reggae artists paying tribute to classic Motown songs and other Detroit sounds. Highlights include Blue Riddim Band's mellow, bouncy version of "Come See About Me," Junior English's sunny, dub-tinged "Tears of a Clown," and the Pioneers' spooky, stylish cover of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." Delroy Wilson's "This Old Heart of Mine" differs the most from the original, but its slower pace and Wilson's lilting vocals make it one of the most successful songs on the album. Judy Mowatt's "Stop In the Name of Love" also benefits from a radically different arrangement, focusing on the rhythm and her soulful, yearning voice. Winston Groovy's version of "Nightshift" adds a tribute to Bob Marley to the original's verses about Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson, tying together Reggae Celebrates the Detroit Sound's themes of Motown soul and reggae heart.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares