Scene Magazine Article Published AUGUST 22, 2007
By D.X. Ferris
"Believe it or not, Cleveland reggae soldier B.E. Mann sounds straight outta Trenchtown.
His lovers rock is always solid if not blazingly original. On his 24th LP, Mann pays tribute to U.K. artists,
most of them reggae greats. Mann passes around a double-dose of THC with Forde's "Just a Little Herb"
and his own "The Ganjah Sound." French production team Bost and Bim join him on
"Everybody Knows My Business," and he retools the Specials' "Ghost Town."
Despite the covers, Mann is still the star of the disc. He sings all the vocals, plays nearly every instrument,
and pulls out a real surprise to close the party. In the Smiths' classic
"Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want," Mann replaces one of music's great mandolin solos
with radiant keyboard and sunbeam trumpet. Mann could probably record an album of grunge covers,
and Jah would approve."
Beacon Journal Newspaper Article Published AUGUST 30, 2007
By Malcolm X.Abram
"For his . . . heck, I don't know, 79th recording, Mann does the one-man-band thing for much of the disc,
with a little help from Jimmy Corn Allstars on horns. He deftly mixes covers with a few originals.
Cool Runnings plays to Mann's strengths, highlighting his love of the classic rock-steady sound
and the slick British pop-reggae of groups such as Steel Pulse, UB40 and Aswad. He offers three tunes
from Aswad, one of the most popular English-bred reggae bands of the '80s, and his versions of the title track,
I Asked a Question and Just a Little Herb. They're eerily faithful but also quite good. Herb, in particular,
mingles some nice dub effects with a relatively organic-sounding computerized beat and well-stacked
harmonies. Mann takes more liberties with some of the other covers, such as giving George Michael's
A Different Corner a percolating groove and turning the Smiths' mopey classic
Please Let Me Get What I Want into a mopey rock-steady tune.
I'm less enamored of his cover of the Specials' classic Ghost Town, in which Mann changes the melody
and groove just enough to remove the song's bleak, ''ghostly'' feel.
Mann's originals Ganjah Sound, the breezy Everybody Knows My Business and the '80s dance-hall
groove of Moving On are solid as always...if you just enjoy hip-swaying rhythms with pop melodies,
Mann is likely the, uh, man for you."
The cd you hold in your hands is B.E.Mann's 24th full length release.
It commemorates his 20 year anniversary in the music biz (1987-2007).
A classic mixture of vintage dancehall & loversrock tunes sure to get the reggae party jamming!
On this release B.E.Mann is accredited to performing ALL vocals & instrumentation (except where noted).
B.E. wrote three of the songs, while the rest is a variety of some of his all-time favourite songs written
& performed originally by British based artists. You will enjoy B.E. versions of songs originally by Aswad,
Private Collection, George Michael, Vivian Jones, The Specials, The Smiths & more.
B.E.'s 'sound' has always been in line with those coming from England, so this makes a logical high
quality tribute. A solid release from a solid recording performing artist.
ALL TRACKS PERFORMED, PRODUCED, ARRANGED, RECORDED,
MIXED, & MASTERED by B.E.Mann
ALL VOCALS, ALL INSTRUMENTS: B.E.Mann
horns by The Jimmy Corn Allstars
guitar on #8 by: Wes McCraw
instruments on tracks 4, 7, 10
2007 COPYRIGHT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ASCAP.
Mann 2 Mon Music & Publishing
Since 1987 B.E.Mann has released 24 full length releases, performed 2400+ live shows, music producer/
co-actor on two t.v.shows, six #1 songs in eight European countries (world charts), two time Billboard song
award of achievement recepient, a former lead vocalist for Island records group 'Identity', & has a long
detailed history. www.bemann.com OR www.myspace.com/bemann