Reggae Covers: Ken Boothe – Mustang Sally (Mack Rice/Wilson Pickett)

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Ken Boothe is one of those reggae artists (like Alton Ellis) who consistently brought contemporaneous American & UK rock, easy listening, and country music to the reggae oeuvre. This cover is not entirely exceptional, except inasmuch as the human ear seems always to love hearing familiar language rendered in an accent. Here a ubiquitous rock number –one to which most of us can remember Wilson Pickett’s vocal inflections to the point of barroom mimicry– transformed in substance by conversion to the reggae style and in inflection through Ken Boothe’s Jamaican pipes.

Mustang Sally, guess you better slow that Mustang down

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