Easy Star All-Stars - Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band
Having never been a huge Beatles fan, I didn't have to control my excitement as much as I've had to with the past two Easy Star All Stars' releases. Regardless of my Beatles purchase history, I've always respected their influence on various generations of music I enjoy, as well as their early abilities at creating fairly impressive psychedelic rock. Mixing that aforementioned aspect of The Beatles with The Easy Star All Stars uncanny covering flavor had to be recommendable at the very least no?
The title track is finely tuned in an upbeat transition Reggae Dub licks. Lead singer Junior Jazz's voice is blaring and aggressive, all the while subtle and refuge. "With a little help from my friends" seems a bit overcooked at time, but nonetheless this song could surely be recognized by anyone who's been exposed to music for say, O, the last 50 years. Yes, for those who are familiar with Dub Side Of The Moon and Radiodread, Frankie Paul is back as well and as good as ever. The belief that this song was not originally recorded for Reggae to begin with is hard to swallow after enjoying this retaste. On the closing "A day in the life", has a soft turn in the proper direction of this classic.
Of course, as you can tell, like most Easy Star All Star efforts, this recording is soaked in guest appearances, and its only enhancing the "trip". From the mystique of Matisyahu on "Within you without you" to Steel Pulse on "Good Morning, good morning" this release wreaks of signature Reggae rewrite. Is there any artist in the history of music The Easy Star All Stars can't improve on with their own blend of 21st century dub? Recommendable? Without a doubt, three in a row for these guys..
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