Mark Ronson - Version

Double Album 2LP Black Vinyl Records, Reissue

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Version is the second studio album by English producer Mark Ronson, released in June 2007 by Allido Records.

OK, let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way. Mark Ronson, is a talented DJ and he knows how to produce.

Mark Ronson the man behind much of the two best British pop albums in 2006, had been a fixture in the N.Y.C. and London DJ scenes long before this, and had even released an album called Here Comes the Fuzz in 2003 that found him enlisting a cast of American hipsters to front tracks he crafted. 

Ronson keeps that same blueprint for Version, but sets his sights on the U.K., the country that finally turned him into a star thanks to those Allen and Winehouse productions, bringing in Lily and Amy and a parade of modern Brit stars to sing over his tracks. This time around, he’s ginned up the original concept with a better concept: to cover a bunch of contemporary British pop classics and modern hits, ranging from the Jam's "Pretty Green" to Maxïmo Park's "Apply Some Pressure".

All of the tunes have been run through Ronson's grinder, turning them into splashy, clever, but not-quite-campy blends of old-school hip-hop, '60s soul (equal parts Motown and Stax), postmodern pop, and classic kitsch, so it sounds like a modern update on a late-'60s variety show.

Since Ronson has a distinct musical viewpoint - one that's heavy on style, of course; one that's designed for club play but emphasizes melody and feel over beats - Version holds together as a proper album, but that's primarily because Ronson turns everything into a soundtrack for an absurd retro-fantasia of a Northern soul club, one where the beat never stops pounding even as it morphs into rolling hip-hop loops, one where the horns never stop blaring, one where the pop hooks are as prominent as the groove.

Whether you're into club music or pop, it's easy to be seduced by Ronson's fantasy, and Version sure is fun as it plays the first time through, and several of his reinventions are giddy, devious delights, as when he finally injects some humor into Coldplay by turning "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" into an instrumental fueled by The Daptone Horns, or doing a similar deed to Radiohead's "Just" (here sung by Phantom Planet), or how The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" is turned into a soul medley with The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On" as sung by Daniel Merriweather.

Version is a great party record anchored by two brilliant moments: Lily Allen's take on the Kaiser Chiefs' "Oh My God" and Amy Winehouse's flat-out stupendous reworking of the Zutons' "Valerie", which turns it into a lost Motown classic. Not for nothing are these two highlights from the artists who made Mark Ronson a star - not only do their aesthetics match his, but they're the ones with enough charisma to overpower his showy tracks and make them into their own. 

This double album 2LP record is a reissue on black vinyl with printed inner sleeves, pressed in Europe.

(886970899918)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

God Put A Smile On Your Face

3:12

A2

Oh My God (Feat. Lily Allen)

3:35

A3

Stop Me (Feat. Daniel Merriweather)

3:53

B1

Toxic (Feat. O’ Dirty Bastard and Tiggers)

4:05

B2

Valerie (Feat. Amy Winehouse)

3:39

B3

Apply Some Pressure (Feat. Paul Smith)

3:36

B4

Inversion

1:47

C1

Pretty Green (Feat. Santigold)

3:16

C2

Just (Feat. Phantom Planet)

5:20

C3

Amy (Feat. Kenna)

3:32

D1

The Only One I Know (Feat. Robbie Williams)

4:00

D2

Diversion

1:19

D3

L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever) (Feat. Kasabian)

3:30

D4

Outversion

1:50

SKU 886970899918
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88697089991
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 26 March 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 16 April 2007
Barcode # 886970899918
Shipping Weight 0.4500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeves, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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