Nothing can prepare you for the sound that comes out of your speakers when you press play on an Easy Star album.
What do you do to an album like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon or Radiohead’s OK Computer, or even Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to make it sound completely refreshing and new?
A few years ago when I first heard that this obscure reggae band from New York was planning to do a dub version of Dark Side of the Moon (a perfect album by the way) I was thoroughly unimpressed. So unimpressed that I didn’t even subject myself to this disaster until several years after it’s release.
Then I listened to it.
Easy Star All-Stars is a reggae collective with a rotating roster of musicians and singers founded by the co-founders Michael Goldwasser, Eric Smith, Lem Oppenheimer and Remy Gerstein of New York City-based Easy Star Records in 1997. They are best known for covering popular albums in a reggae and dub style and have released three cover albums to date.
They also recently released their first original title First Light (2011), which features the likes of The Meditations, Cas Haley, Junior Jazz, Lady Ann, and Tony Tuff.
They are a stellar live act that never fails to bring the heavy dread and a groove like no other American reggae act touring right now. The All Stars have worked with the best and brightest in Jamaican roots music including Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, Toots and the Maytals, Citizen Cope, Big Youth, Israel Vibration, Frankie Paul, Sluggy Ranks, and many more.
Their street cred is earned and real, legitimized even more by the stature of the artists that continue to appear on their albums.
I spoke recently with Eric Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Easy Star Records and he tells me that the All Stars are in the studio right now working on the new tribute album due out this summer. Of course he won’t reveal which album they are “blessing” right now, but he assures me that they plan to press release it in June.
Until then, stay close to the Midnight Raver Blog, the only place to find live and lossless Easy Star dub on the web.
April 12, 2010
EASY STAR ALL STARS
LIVE AT THE SOCIAL
APRIL 12, 2010
01. UNTIL THAT DAY
02. THE VAPORISER
03. BED OF ROSE
04. SGT. PEPPERS FALSE START
05. SGT. PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS DUB BAND
06. A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
07. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
08. SHE’S LEAVING HOME
09. GIMME A LIGHT/ONLY THE FINEST ?
10. BREATHE / ON THE RUN
12. EXIT MUSIC (FOR A FILM)
13. LET DOWN
14. PARANOID ANDROID
15. WHEN IM SIXTY FOUR
16. A DAY IN THE LIFE
17. ENCORE CROWD
18. TIME ……………..
19. LOVELY RITA METER MAID
20. …BAND INTRODUCTIONS ETC…
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‘Nuff love and maximum raspect to my friend Rootsouljah for seeding Easy Star music! The music screams to be free!