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Funky Nas­sau: The Com­pass Point Story 1980-1986 Strut

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

It was one of Chris Black­well’s many good ideas. The geezer who set up Is­land Records and helped turn Bob Mar­ley into a global su­per­star es­tab­lished the Com­pass Point record­ing stu­dios in the Ba­hamas in 1977. Many bands recorded there, in­clud­ing U2, AC/DC and The Rolling Stones, but this com­pi­la­tion con­cen­trates on the dubby, spacey grooves from its post-punk, newwave and reg­gae clients, many of whose record­ings fea­ture rhythm twins Sly Dun­bar and Rob­bie Shake­speare. What’s re­mark­able about the cuts from Tom Tom Club, Talk­ing Heads, Grace Jones and Will Pow­ers (pho­tog­ra­pher Lynn Gold­smith’s one-off record­ing project) is how darn cur­rent they still sound, with Tom Tom Club’s Ge­nius of Love in par­tic­u­lar dis­play­ing much low-slung, funky mag­nif­i­cence. www.strut-records. com Down­load tracks: Tom Tom Club, Ge­nius of Love; Talk­ing Heads, Born Un­der Punches; Will Pow­ers, Ad­ven­tures in Suc­cess

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