15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York City’s Easy Star All-Stars have recorded their own songs before, but it’s their clouded, dubbed-out versions of other people’s music that has garnered them a following. Like 2003’s Dub Side of the Moon (a reggae take on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety) and 2006’s Radiodread (a hemp-friendly covering of Radiohead’s OK Computer steeped in old Trojan label ska influences), 2009’s Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band ambitiously takes on The Beatles’ entire magnum opus Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. The band did their homework in Beatles arrangements and in the history of ‘70s dub, proving to be great musicians. The flowing version of “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” boasts some soulful guest vocals by Dancehall star Frankie Paul, and the uplifting take on “Good Morning Good Morning” features Steel Pulse. Michael Rose and Menny More give “A Day In the Life” a new kind of melancholy, but “Fixing a Hole” sounds like it was originally penned as a reggae song.

EDITORS’ NOTES

New York City’s Easy Star All-Stars have recorded their own songs before, but it’s their clouded, dubbed-out versions of other people’s music that has garnered them a following. Like 2003’s Dub Side of the Moon (a reggae take on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety) and 2006’s Radiodread (a hemp-friendly covering of Radiohead’s OK Computer steeped in old Trojan label ska influences), 2009’s Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band ambitiously takes on The Beatles’ entire magnum opus Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. The band did their homework in Beatles arrangements and in the history of ‘70s dub, proving to be great musicians. The flowing version of “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” boasts some soulful guest vocals by Dancehall star Frankie Paul, and the uplifting take on “Good Morning Good Morning” features Steel Pulse. Michael Rose and Menny More give “A Day In the Life” a new kind of melancholy, but “Fixing a Hole” sounds like it was originally penned as a reggae song.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
176 Ratings

176 Ratings

F15h ,

ESAS's deliver another hit!

I am a huge fan of the Beatles and also reggae music. In my opinion Easy Star All-Stars have breathed new life into these songs while staying true to the classics all the while. I highly recommend this album.

broylesernst ,

Do yourself a favor, and don't write 'em off without listening to 'em...

ZOMG! These guys ROCK.
Usually I hate covered versions of my favorite music - but these guys are in a league of their own.
Do yourself a favor, and don't write 'em off without listening to 'em...

justonekid ,

Fitting tribute to the mother of all concept albums

Michael Goldwasser and his merry band of Easy Star dubsters pay fitting tribute to The Beatles classic concept album, 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' in classy fashion. I was initially intrigued by their Pink Floyd 'Dub Side Of The Moon' project and really sold on their cover album concept with their take on 'OK Computer' by Radiohead, aptly titled 'Radiodread.' However, 'Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band' showcases the band selecting the perfect album to flex their reggae re-interpretational skills. Perhaps the perfect album to throw on and welcome in Spring, this one works for all ages, 3 to 83! And don't miss Matisyahu's guest spot on "Within You Without You." Hopefully this is a tease of the new direction he's taking for his new album this summer.

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