Various Artists – Late Night Tales, compiled by Fatboy Slim
Children gather around and listen to a time before iPod playlists, a time when making a mix tape wasn’t as simple as a drag here and a drop there. When cassette players were high fidelity and records were still being pressed in high quantities. Notoriously nostalgic producer, DJ and taste maker Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim has blown dust of some of his musical gems that have been dug from the deepest corners of his record collection to bring us the next edition in the highly successful Late Night Tales series.
Opening up with the alt rock and cooing back up singers of Mink Deville’s Spanish Stroll, Cook rolls along in a groovy classic pop vibe with such novelties as Nick Lowe’s I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass. Before long we move into a reggae groove with a Hopeton Lewis cover of the classic Charles Wright track Express Yourself and the dub stylings of Rupie Edwards’ Ire Feelings.
As Cook head in a different direction, RnB diva Angie Stone features with a more laidback version of her hit Wish I Didn’t Miss You, of course sampling the O’Jay’s 1972 hit Back Stabbers. Verve classic Brother Where Are You? by Oscar Brown Jr. gets a showing, having recently been touched up for the Remixed series of the same label. Other highlights include country stunner Just Dropped In from Kenny Rogers and The Velvet Underground’s sugary sweet Who Loves The Sun. The album closes with a redux version of the highly covered Girl From Ipanema by Tom Jobim e Oquestra that leads into a Paul Heaton poem, read by none other than Bootsy Collins.
The surface has barely been scratched above, Cook’s eclectic taste on overdrive in this rare groove mix recorded directly from original pressings, the clicks and pops adding to the warmth of the album. A history lesson and good time mixed into one, this is a solid offering for those in search of the unknown sounds of yesteryear.
In a word: Authentic.