It all started with Dub Side of the Moon, a Pink Floyd tribute album that re-imagined the classic album Dark Side of the Moon in a Dub format. In 2006, it was followed up by Radiodread, this time giving the same song-by-song island vibe treatment to Radiohead’s Ok Computer. This month, the Easy Star All-Stars released a third tribute album, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, a revised version of the legendary Beatles Album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
So who are the Easy Star All-Stars? They’re a group of some of the most talented reggae artists in New York City; a rotating cast and collective of artists that are signed to their own Easy Star imprint and work under the guidance of musical director Michael Goldwasser (a.k.a. Michael G), frequent production partner Victor Axelrod (a.k.a. Ticklah), and Easy Star execs Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer. As individual artists, the the band’s vocalists and instrumentalists have toured and recorded with Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Gil Scott-Heron, The Toasters, The Meditations, Bernie Worrell, DJ Logic, MC Solaar, King Django, Antibalas, The Scofflaws, Diana King, Dennis Brown, Monty Alexander, Sister Carol, and many others. The artists all come together in various and always changing permutations to record and put on a show, which creates an element of surprise for each performance.
Anyways, if you’re a fan of reggae music, and/or the Beatles, I definitely suggest checking out the album on Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band imeem page or get a preview after the jump – we’ve got a little video introduction to the album as well. If you like what you hear, hunt down the other two tribute albums, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
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