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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap / Artist: Mark Ronson / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2007-04-16 at Columbia

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      08.01.2011 12:22
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      Overall a good album and easy to listen to.

      Mark Ronson has become a well know popular music producer and collaborator throughout the UK and the rest of the world. The first of his singles that I remember was his version of the Zuton's single "Valerie" which Ronson did with Amy Winehouse. This single is featured on this album and since this, Ronson has been releasing singles and albums.

      On first looks, the CD cove looks quite catching with the torn picture overlaid with text. The picture in the background is of Ronson and on the actual CD case itself there are various stickers stating the CD name, Parental Guidance and which artists have been covered. The album name "Version" is very fitting for the album as it is just an album of covers with his personal twist on them. As you turn the cover over to the back, the whole back is covered by the track listing in bold white text on a black background. In total there are 14 tracks on this album, which is the second in Ronson's discography. Released in April 2007, it went to number 2 in the UK album charts and spent 10 weeks in the top 10, become a double platinum album for him.

      Track 1 --- God Put A Smile Upon Your Face feat. The Dapton Horns
      This track opens the album, and for those who have listened to the original Coldplay version, it comes as a bit of a shock to hear the upbeat brass version. This has to be one of my favourite tracks on the album as being a fan of Coldplay, to hear the track in this style is very good.

      Track 2 --- Oh My God feat. Lily Allen
      This track, originally done by the Kaiser Chiefs takes the faster tempo of the original song and slows it down to suit Lily Allen's style. There is less of the guitar featured and more of a brass/percussion backing instrumental instead. A good track and good cover.

      Track 3 --- Stop Me feat. Daniel Merriweather
      Originally performed by The Smiths, this one I have never heard the original so it is hard to make a comparison. It starts as quite a slow song before a drum line kicks in and it builds up a bit. Like the first two tracks there is the brass backing group which adds a nice twist to it. It's not my favourite track but it's quite easy to listen to.

      Track 4 --- Toxic feat Tiggers
      I've never heard of "Tiggers" before but the song is a cover of Britney Spears big selling single. Unlike the original, there is a jazz backing group and the singer is male. Personally I don't like this one as I don't really like the sound of it.

      Track 5 --- Valerie feat. Amy Winehouse
      This has to be the most popular and well known track from this album and I think it also brought the Zutons into the limelight. This came out not long after The Zutons released it as a single and I think everyone I know much prefers this album. The mix of Amy Winehouse's voice and the brass, drums and piano make it a upbeat, jazzy song.

      Track 6 --- Apply Some Pressure feat Paul Smith
      A cover of Maximo Parks song, at the start it is a bit slow but if you bear with it, it gets a little better. The singer, Paul Smith, is quite monotonic in this. Personally I would say that this is one track to miss.

      Track 7 --- Inversion
      This is just an instrumental break between tracks, probably just to fill time.

      Track 8 --- Pretty Green feat Santo Gold
      Santo Gold is a band I have heard little about, and from this track I understand why. The original version of this song by The Jam is far better than this and this is one of the worse collaborations on this album.

      Track 9 --- Just feat. Phantom Planet
      This cover or Radioheads song Just has a great catchy start to it. I've never heard of Phantom Planet before but they have definitely done this song justice. Again the brass ensemble features throughout this track which gives it a feel that makes it easy to listen to. Its not the quickest of songs but I think they have the tempo just right on this.

      Track 10 --- Amy feat. Kenna
      This song was originally performed by Ryan Adams, an artist that I have never heard of before. The song itself is again, quite a slowish song with very few changes in tempo. The artist performing it, Kenna, I have never heard of either but actually sounds good through this. I would actually recommend this one to be listened too.

      Track 11 --- The Only One I Know feat. Robbie Williams
      When I saw that Robbie had joined with Mark for a song I was excited. The song by The Charlatons is quite an oldish one and starts with a nice upbeat rhythm. Sadly I was quite disappointed with this track as it had no real flair to it that I would of expected from Robbie. One to miss sadly.

      Track 12 --- Diversion
      Another instrumental interlude.

      Track 13 --- LSF feat Kasabian
      Originally by Kasabian themselves this is no real cover as such. I've heard the original release of this and this is a nice version of the original. Again the brass instruments feature which makes a change from the guitars and drums of the original. One to listen to.

      Track 14 --- Outversion
      The final instrumental track of the album and the end.

      Overall this album has some hit and miss tracks, but it generally impresses. Some of the collaborations are very good and how the songs have been changed shows great musical knowledge on Mark Ronsons part. If may be quite a few years old now, but it is a very good album to have in your collection. As all of the songs are quite low tempo and have the brass ensemble backing them, it makes a good CD to have on for many occasions as it isn't to intrusive but it is nice to listen to.

      I bought this from a car boot sale for about 50p so I can really comment on the shop or price really. Looking on Amazon shows that it sells for £4.40, which for an album of this quality is very good. Overall, because of some of the songs aren't quite as good as others I'll only give it 4/5.

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        07.09.2010 23:23
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        Taking songs you know in a different direction and doing it well.

        Most descriptions of Mark Ronson's second album, which was released in April 2007, will invariable describe it as a remix or covers album. I think that does it an injustice. In my mind a more appropraite description would be reimagining, like JJ Abrams Star Trek, it takes elements we know but in a new and exciting direction.

        This album contains 14 tracks, 11 of them originally by other artists and the remaining three are instrumentals by Ronson himself. Of the 11, 4 have been released as singles and i'm sure you've heard them all. The first 'Stop Me' was originally by The Smiths. Here, vocals duties are passed to Australian singer/ songwriter Daniel Merriweather. His style is very different to that of Morrisey making this a far more energetic, upbeat single.

        Further releases included the Kaiser Chiefs Oh My God with Lily Allen and Radiohead's Just featuring Phantom Planet. But the track which everyone knows and has probably had to put up with at every party they have been to in the past three years is Valerie featuring Amy Winehouse. It is hard to believe that this was originally a hit for The Zutons originally but Ronson's version has completely outshone it commercially peaking at no 1 and staying there for four weeks. At the same time, it became Amy Winehouse's most succesful UK hit to date going Gold.

        And yet in my opinion, none of these four are the best track on the CD. To my mind that honour must go to the version of Coldplay's God Put a Smile on your Face. In a break from the rest of the CD, the vocals are abandoned as the guest are the Daptone Horns. The result is a jazz infused record that bounds along with great energy. It is the first track on the CD and as such provides a great start to the whole experience which the other 13 tracks live up to.

        There are guest appearances from more stars such as Kasabian and Robbie Williams which do not dilute the sense of fun that seems to have taken place in creating this record. It is a soundtrack to a great Summers evening, and will liven any party. You can pick up a copy for £3.99 from amazon.co.uk but I imagine that if you haven't bought it by now, you probably never will. The four singles would have given you more than enough reason to purchase.

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          31.07.2009 08:25
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          Mark Ronson's second album

          Unlike with his Hip Hop debut (featuring the hit "Ooh Wee") the Brit-born Mark Ronson released his second album, which came out in 2007 in an alternative manner as he produced in another album with many f his associates, both form the Hip Hop world and in the Soul, R&B, and Indie fields with this covers album "Version".

          1. "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (feat. Daptone Horns)

          To get things underway we have a track which you are bound to recognise, in spite of the fact that it didn't really do all that well upon initial release. However it is a hot one and a joint which kicks off the album well with a hyped approach from Ronson, rich in horns, freaky percussion and just general funkiness.

          **Five Stars**

          2. "Oh My God" (feat. Lily Allen)

          You see that in this particular one (a track which was amongst the three most successful singles on the record) he transforms a pretty basic Indie track from Kaisher Chiefs into a hardcore R&B tune by using a Pop artist as the leading role in the tune. It is a killer tune and really sands out here as Ronson shows how well he can cope with this style.

          **Five Stars**

          3. "Stop Me" (feat. Daniel Merriweather)

          This Smith cover has him use the up-and-comer Daniel Merriweather to do what he can with the material in order to shift the direction of the music towards a much more soulful rendition of the Alt. Rock joint. Personally, it didn't really do it for me, and as it was the first single to really make any sort of impact, I wasn't too optimistic about this project at the time.

          **Three Stars**

          4. "Toxic" (feat. Nick Catchdubs, Ol' Dirty B*****d and Tiggers)

          This was an unexpected inclusion on the album as you see that here you get a Hip Hop remix of a popular Britney Spears track. It has Ronson showing his skills at producing in a style which you get throughout this one whilst bringing in some of his earlier work as a Hip Hop DJ with a little of this added to it in addition to a posthumous rap form Wu-Tang's ODB.

          **Four Stars**

          5. "Valerie" (feat. Amy Winehouse)

          This one was probably the biggest songs from the album and on which you cannot do without. It is a boost to what was already a nice little song from The Zutons, but in this case you see that with the modifications and re-working made to fit in with the R&B style of Amy Winehouse, it makes for a killer song which features some of the most exciting melodies you will get in the whole album.

          **Five Stars**

          6. "Apply Some Pressure" (feat. Paul Smith)

          Maxïmo Park 's lead vocalist Paul Smith is the one who holds this one together as you see that in this particular one you have him breaking out in a joint which remixes the Maxïmo Park joint in a kind of Hip hop manner as Ronson introduces more of the typical choices with a little added touches with certain instruments, but most notably the exciting Breakbeats.

          **Four Stars**

          7. "Inversion" (Lude)

          8. "Pretty Green" (feat. Santagold)

          The Jam have their song revamped in a manner which reflects the style of the featured artist,. Santagold (now Santigold), who chooses to come with her bluntly-san vocals on top of some of the now standard-styled beats which you tend to get with the artist. However although I enjoyed the production, Santagold's style isn't something I can really get down to, and it only really suits House backing.

          **Two Stars**

          9. "Just" (feat. Phatom Planet)

          This is a freaky take on a Radiohead tune, and one which really stands out as it does the record just with an approach from the artist which appears to take on much more of a Jazzy Funk style on the standardized percussion breaks. The arrangement is lively and gets you moving despite the apparent laid-back nature of it.

          **Five Stars**

          10. "Amy" (feat. Kenna)

          This Ryan Adams cover is on of the tunes on the album which really didn't do all that for me as I couldn't really see where it fitted in with the manner in which the artist goes about things. It doesn't really fit in here and although it takes on many of the basic elements of Ronson's work, it seems to be far too tamed and it prevents it from really breaking out into anything special.

          **Two Stars**

          11. "The Only One I Know" (feat. Robbie Williams)

          Here you get a bit of Robbie from the artist as you see that we get into a jam which has Ronson showing off more of his freaky an energetic self when producing for a diverse artist in Robbie. It was one which took a while to get into, but generally, it is a strong one and has a fits in with the work done in a way which supports the strengths of all involved.

          **Four Stars**

          12. "Diversion" (Lude)

          13. "L.S.F." (feat. Kasabian)

          You have another remix on the album as with this one you have Kasabian having a role in the making of the re-don version for Ronson. It is much more appealing than the original as you see that with his jazzy approach it brings out much more energy out of the tune to counteract the plainness of the sound which came form the first version.

          **Four Stars**

          14. "Outversion" (Lude)

          Although this is a pretty alternative album, I couldn't help but feel that the way in which things were done in the album were relentless and pushed to the max as the style only really made big changes for the tunes which came as singles. However, I can't say that I didn't enjoy it for the most part and so in spite of the fact that the Hip Hop elements are relaxed and used only for the percussion, it was a good progressive work form Mark Ronson.

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            13.06.2009 20:16
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            Nicely executed cover album

            Version by Mark Ronson is an album of covers created by the Uber-producer and DJ, unlike his earlier hip hop work, this relies more on brass arrangements and an array of interesting duets with famous singers or bands. I bought this album because I wanted to hear if a cover of a Radiohead classic could be done, in my opinion, it wasn't quite but this is an interesting and varied album (So long as you like horns!):

            God Put a Smile Upon your Face: This starts with some rampant drumming and really is a fun song, it lacks some of the original songs emotion, but totally takes away any trace of Coldplay and comes up with a funky brassy version of the song. Ronson has put this in first to show how much he can change a song and he is right to avoid adding a vocal to this as it would take away from what is a compelling remake of a classic song.

            Oh My God - Featuring Lily Allen - This is a remake of a storming Kaiser Chiefs song, but for this version we are given the sarcastic drawl of Ms Allen and it works really well as she makes this song her own and wipes all traces of the Kaisers from the song. This really brings the lyrics out perfectly and the Kaiser Chiefs should be happy with this excellent version of their classic tune. This is a cool song the beats and saxophones work well, but Lily's girly vocal is wicked.

            Stop Me - Featuring Daniel Merriweather - Ronson's first song featuring his new protégé, to some this is sacrilegious taking a Smiths song and reworking it, but along with Valerie this is the most popular song on the album, again the more soulful vocal, the beats and strings and the beats make this an entirely different song to the original and for that reason its easy to overlook this liberty and enjoy this song as a totally different thing in its own right.

            Toxic - Featuring Tiggers and OI Dirty Bastard - This is a fun brassy version of a Britney classic, Tiggers vocal is messed up and really works and ODB's work on the chorus is as crazy as ever, the horns allied to the mental vocals make this a memorable song in my mind. Nice hip hop version of a pop classic, slowed down, souled up and totally revamped. ODB's raps make no sense but as ever are wicked!

            Valerie - Featuring Amy Winehouse - If you don't know this song where have you been, one of the stand out tracks of the last few years and one of Ms Whitehouse's greatest moments, this has a real 50's feel to it, the vocal is amazing, the beats superb the whole band ethic to it are marvellous, but that voice makes it a classic, something out of the ordinary, so many people have tried to copy or better this but I don't think they will, this is one of those tunes that is just incredible and doesn't get boring. Its got great pacing, recreates an era perfectly and is absolutely timeless. The Zutons never sounded this good!

            Apply Some Pressure - Featuring Paul Smith - A remake of a Maximo Park song keeping things contemporary, this starts with horns like most of the songs on the album. Again its totally different to the rockier original version and Smith has a fantastic voice that really hits the spot, its not an album highlight but is a decent song that is lively and memorable nonetheless.

            Inversion - This is a decent tune which uses the horns and guitars and piano well, it is funky and a nice ensemble piece that doesn't really go anywhere but is nice nonetheless.

            Pretty Green - Featuring Santogold - This is different to the rest of the album, great vocal from Santogold, the beats are more warped than other songs, although the horns are still there, this is one of the few songs where the sampling can be heard and its great, the horn led songs can get boring after a while but this breaks things up perfectly with its lively funk.

            Just - Featuring Phantom Planet - Redoing a radiohead classic raised my eyebrows, it shouldn't be done, I thought, well to a point I was right the guitar and funky clapping doesn't add too much to the original the horns are great and do give it a new feel but the vocal still isn't as good, this is a nicely funked up version of a classic and builds well but for me the vocal lets it down its the only bad point about this song.


            Amy - Featuring Kenna - This is cool, sounds a bit baggy from the early nineties, I don't know the original song but this is cool, I like the thumping beats the arrangement works and the vocals are nice a trippy, this is a nice song and really adds variation of pace and content to the album.

            The only one I know - Featuring Robbie Williams - This unfortunately isn't a patch on the classic Charlatans version of this song, it starts like a seventies classic, has some nice funky riffs and horns but the vocals are weak and not a patch on Tim Burgess, which is a shame as Williams deserves a break, but this just sounds like a misjudged Robbie Williams song rather than a Ronson version. It doesn't sound new and sounds more dated than the original.

            Diversion - Another instrumental interlude, nice enough but not anything amazing. Nice horny tune.

            L.S.F - Featuring Kasabian - The band join Ronson on a new version of their own song which is brave and shows their confidence in him and themselves to do it justice. Following on from Diversion with the same horn led song, Tom from Kasabian uses his trademark vocal to build this up, but instead of guitars he is joined by electric funk guitar, horns and a string section, this works as a diversion, but isn't a patch on the original lacking the passion and the storming nature of the song, it sounds like a nice novelty song, but lacking any of the resonance which made the original so great.

            Outversion - Finishing the album with horns, drums, guitars, this is lively and a nice instrumental piece.

            Available on Amazon for £4.98 or ebay for less, this is well worth a listen there are a lot of songs for the money, and tunes like Valerie are classics, some tunes will upset fans of the originals, others will be enjoyed by new fans, the horns sound does get repetitive after a while and a few collaborations are a bit misjudged (Robbie Williams). Overall its well produced, there are some wicked tunes and you will keep listening to it.

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              28.05.2009 12:10

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              Well put together album.

              I dont normally buy music, Im happy to listen to the radio and therefore Cds always seem a waste of my hard earned money! I knew I liked Mark Ronsons songs as I had heard a few on the radio and liked them. I then got in someone elses car and heard this CD I really really liked it and went out and purchased it for myself.

              It seemed to have a great mix of songs. Not every song was single material, some seemed the be the cement between very different singles that held the album together. All the songs, and the order they were put together in worked really well. The album had a balance of high energy songs (like the amy winehouse valery track) and some slower ones. There is quite literally something for everyone. For me the only downside was that I purchased this album before valerie cam eout as a single. I loved it on the album and played it repeatedly, so by the time I was sick of it, it came out and was played constantly on the radio!

              I played this album over and over again and definitely got my moneys worth. I would recommend it, great for summer bbqs.

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              27.11.2008 12:01
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              A good album, but a couple to leave off the ipod

              Dooyoo have labelled this up and Hip-Hop / Rap but I'm not convinced on that. First and foremost this is essentailly a covers album but there's a little bit of everything in there.

              Basically Mark Ronson has taken some brilliant songs from Coldplay, Paul Weller, The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs amoungst others, collabrated with sone other big names such as Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Amy Winehouse to produce them with his own twist.

              The result of these collaborations, generally it pretty good. by far the best song and one of the albums biggest hits is Stop Me featuring Daniel Merriweather. Lily Allen doing The Kaisers Oh My God is also a highlight.

              Down point is definately Robbie Williams doing The Charlatans The Only One I Know.. a strange choice as it's a poor song given to a great artist. Didn't work.

              Probably the biggest hit of the album which I can't really not comment on is Amy Winehouse's not as good as the original Zuton's song Valerie, it was never bad, but isn't everyone sick of it now?? It's one of those songs that's been so overplayed it's painful to listen to.

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              A Really great feel good album

              When this album was first released back in 2007,to be honest i never was a big 'Mark Ronson' fan and only heard of his work through collaborations he did with the likes of 'Amy Whinehouse' and Lily Allen'. Visiting my sisters house one day she had this album playing in the background and the more i listened the more i grew to like it.

              Mark Ronson is internationally renowned as one of the worlds finest DJ's, born back in 1975, and went to school in new York. His love for music has always been a major part of his life, and he started out like the rest of them, working in back street clubs Djing for pittance money.

              Now he is widely known for producing many major Hip/hop and rap songs and working with the likes of Sean Paul and Nate Dogg.

              This album 'Version' was his second and focus's on the British music scene, with covers of songs by the likes of Radiohead, Maxïmo Park, The Smiths, The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs.

              The album includes three top ten hits and won Ronson a BRIT Award for Best Male Artist 2008. He is the first person to win a BRIT award who does not sing on the actual recording.

              There are 14 tracks altogether=

              1~'God put a smile upon your face'
              2~ Oh my god- feat Lily Allen
              3~ Stop me- Daniel Merriweather
              4~ Toxic
              5~ Valerie- feat Amy whine house
              6~ Apply some pressure
              7~Inversion
              8~ Pretty green
              9~ Just
              10~ Amy
              11~ The only one i know
              12~ Diversion
              13~ LSF
              14~ Outversion.

              My favorites have to be Stop me, Valerie and The only one i know, not being a major fan of this type of music i was shocked at how much i really enjoyed the whole album.

              To me there really feel good songs, and i think Mark Ronson has done a excellent job writing and re-recording these tracks.

              He has worked with some big names on this album including- Amy Whinehouse, Lily Allen, Robbie Williams and Daniel Merriweather.

              Althought the album is nearly two years old i never get bored of listening to it, and now have become quite a big fan of Mark ronson.

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              a really good CD almost like 'a complilation by Mark Ronson'

              TRACK LIST:

              1. God put a smile upon your face, featuring the daptone horns
              2. Oh my God, featuring Lily Allen
              3. Stop Me, featuring Daniel Merriweather
              4. Toxic, featuring Tiggers
              5. Valerie, featuring Amy Winehouse
              6. Apply some pressure, featuring Paul Smith
              7. Inversion
              8. Pretty Green, featuring Santo Gold
              9. Just, featuring Phantom Planet
              10.Amy, featuring Kenna
              11.The only one i know, featuring Robbie Williams.
              12.Diversion
              13.LSF, featuring Kasabian
              14.Outversion

              Super Producer Mark Ronson pairs up with some really big names on this great CD; Robbie Williams, Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse!

              Great songs a really good mix of styles, with a CD like this at least none of the tracks are similar. Its one of those rare CDs you can actually enjoy each track of. no skipping tracks with this one thats for sure.

              Whatever kind of music or artist you like I think you'd enjoy this CD for the diversity of artists etc.

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              Contempary classics reworked

              I love the Radio One Live Lounge albums, especially the cover versions that the artists choose to do, and this production from British born producer turned DJ Mark Ronson is very much along those lines, hence the title "Version". He has chosen a mixture of songs, some of them bordering on classic status and put them back out with a new artist or on a couple of occasions the original artist (including a lot of his showbiz mates) and a Ronson twist, which he has developed whilst living and working in New York, although he seems intent on pursuing the Mockney geezer route when he is clearly a posh boy from a privileged background, which may irritate people enough to overlook his blatant talent. Ronson isn't a new name on the scene, he is renowned in clubland and has tried his hand with a 2003 album (Here Comes The Fuzz) release prior to this, which was much more hip hop based, so he must have thought he had something new to offer.

              The album opens with an instrumental version of Coldplay's "God Put A Smile On Your Face", and on first listen it really doesn't sound like anything special, but remember with this man it is about the music, and after a few listens the omission of the lyrics are soon forgotten. Watch out Chris Martin, you and your miserable face could be out of a job!! The only negative is that I am sure it would used as backing music on Match Of The Day, or some other sports review programme, it just has that kind of feel. The first track I heard from this album was "Oh My God", which saw Lily Allen rework The Kaiser Chiefs anthem. Her version is certainly not as stomping as the original, but the chilled jazz twist reworks the song brilliantly, and Allen's vocals are as good as anything else I have heard her dom and it prevents the song being nothing more than karaoke. That was my first track from the album, but for the majority of people it was the song of summer "Stop Me" featuring little known vocalist Daniel Merriweather, replacing Morrissey at the helm. There isn't the scathing sarcasm that the original had, but Merriweather's smooth soulful vocals change the story behind the song. The band behind the sound are never more evident than on this track, and I can imagine live this music is absolutely amazing, and judging by his performance on The Electric Proms, he is someone I would love to see live either as a DJ or presenting this album in the live format.

              "Toxic" with TIggers is next up, and it is the only track I cannot understand why it was chosen. Originally, it was not that good a track, and the slowed down jazz style benefits it in no way at all. Ex Wu Tang Clan, and now deceased ODB (known as Dirt McGirt for this track) only adds more confusion to the song. I can only imagine how many substances he was on when he was doing this, as there were some times that he was so far off the mark it was astounding. Although the more I think about it, this is probably the kind of performance Britney Spears would give in her current state. Track of the album and still a current dance floor filler is "Valerie" with Amy Winehouse. For me, the remix of this far transcends the original by The Zutons. The Motown influence gives the song the base to really tell the story and take the listener along for the ride. It is much more suited to a woman's voice, but I bet The Zuton's aren't complaining as I am sure this version has earned them more royalties than their own did.

              "Apply Some Pressure" is my out and out favourite Maximo Park song, and I am so so glad that Ronson did not try to get another vocalist to do this, and just got Maximo vocalist Paul Smith to work with the big band. The result is a refreshed stomping performance with the slight edge that Smith gives every performance. I love Smith for not trying to disguise his Northern accent, and he is proud of the Geordie (in his case mackem!!!!) roots we both share. There are some really ponient moments in the song where the band dips in sound, and Smith's vocals are really true and so brilliant. Trumpet fest "Inversion" lets you catch you breath, and after that tune, I was really expecting great things......oh how wrong can one person be? "Pretty Green" with Santo Gold could have been much much better if a better vocalist had been chosen. The singing verges on babyish and is extremely irritating, and gives the song too much of a novelty factor, which is a criminal thing to do to a Jam song. Why not look for a really strong vocalist to give Weller a run for his money?

              Radiohead's "Just" is a work of genius in my opinion, and a track which is almost beyond compare, so I had a few reservations when I saw it was on here. However, the horns and heavy on the trumpet upbeat style compliment the vocals from Phantom Planet. It was a big ask to produce something as good as the original, but Ronson succeeds on all fronts, I loved it. "Amy" featuring Kenna doesn't do it from me, and brought me back to earth after "Just". I am not really that familiar with the original by Ryan Adams, so have nothing to benchmark it by, which I am not sure is a bad thing. Now, it is no secret that Robbie Williams can do no wrong in my eyes, I even loved "Rudebox" which was panned by just about anyone who heard it. Saying that, I twisted my face in disbelief when I heard he was taking on the flawless Charlatan's trademark song "Only One I Know". Oh, and I hate to say it but this is not brilliant...it isn't terrible but it just isn't Robbie, and he sings like his heart is not into it, and that he knows he has fallen short of the mark.

              "Diversion" is Ronson preparing us for the onslaught of the tremendous Kasabian with "LSF". For me, Kasabian have never lived up to the brilliance of this track, and everything they have done before and after just feels flat for me, which is why I am not a huge fan. This stays quite close to the original, and just has the added horns and trumpets to make it a real funky foot stomper, and something I would happily dance to, and it really gives me a much needed adrenaline rush during a hard gym session or long dog walk, whilst "Outversion" brings the album to a slightly cheesy 70's feel close. For the most part, Ronson stays true to the original, but this album is by no means a roaring success, but it was brave and I just feel that he is wasted reworking songs. I want to hear some more original material from Ronson and see what he is really made of. This doesn't come close to the standard of The Live Lounge albums, so my closing comment would be "Mark has talent but must try harder".

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              Disc #1 Tracklisting
              1 God Put A Smile Upon Your Face - Ronson, Mark & Daptone Horns
              2 Oh My God - Ronson, Mark & Lily Allen
              3 Stop Me - Ronson, Mark & Daniel Merriweather
              4 Toxic - Ronson, Mark & Tiggers
              5 Valerie - Ronson, Mark & Amy Winehouse
              6 Apply Some Pressure - Ronson, Mark & Paul Smith
              7 Inversion - Ronson, Mark
              8 Pretty Green - Ronson, Mark & Santo Gold
              9 Just - Ronson, Mark & Alex Greenwald
              10 Amy - Ronson, Mark & Kenna
              11 Only One I Know - Ronson, Mark & Robbie Williams
              12 Diversion - Ronson, Mark
              13 LSF - Ronson, Mark & Kasabian
              14 Outversion - Ronson, Mark