Eddy Grant - Road to Reparation: The Very Best of

2009-01-23 12:02
 
Road to Reparation
 
It's a comprehensive collection, boasting Eddy's very first number one hit, "Baby Come Back", which was first recorded with his band The Equals in the late 60s. Not many artists making music today have songs that have lasted 41 years on the world's playlists! And even though the global political climate has changed, his music and lyrics are still as relevant and revered as they were all those years ago and serve as a chronicle to those who were a part of it. Who can ignore the impact "Gimme Hope Jo'Anna" had back in the old apartheid days? Yep, Eddy Grant is undoubtedly one of the coolest "struggle" artists around, even at the ripe old age of 60. 

The appeal isn't all politics though. Road to Reparation is one heluava fun album with vintage hits such as "Electric Avenue", "I Don't Wanna Dance" and "California Style" all still able to get the party started decades later. But there is one gaping hole – the endearing "I Love to Truck" from his classic Can't Get Enough album is strangely absent. Still, everyone has at least one favourite Eddy Grant song and the nostalgic Road to Reparation probably houses it. It's served best with old friends, family and maybe even a bottle of rum.
Almost every Eddy Grant single that ever really meant anything is on here, making it the kind of album you'll want to listen to the whole way through.

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