Lonely Hearts Dub Band

EASY STAR ALL-STARS' RE-IMAGINING OF SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
LONELY HEARTS DUB BAND SET FOR RELEASE APRIL 14
ALBUM FOLLOWS THE TREMENDOUS SUCCESS OF DUB SIDE OF THE MOON and RADIODREAD

"They made a smashing success out of their cover of Dark Side of the Moon..."—Pitchfork

"The All-Stars have tackled Radiohead's OK Computer, and the result is again impressive." —Rolling Stone

Easy Star All-Stars
Following the widespread critical and commercial success of 2003's Dub Side of the Moon and 2006's Radiodread, Easy Star Records announces the Easy Star All-Stars' complete reggae re-imagining of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album, titled Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band, is set for release April 14 on Easy Star Records and features guest vocals from an impressive list of reggae, dancehall and dub greats including Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Luciano, U-Roy, Bunny Rugs (Third World), Ranking Roger (English Beat), Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, Max Romeo and The Mighty Diamonds. The first single, "With A Little Help From My Friends," featuring Luciano, will be released as an iTunes exclusive February 10. It will be paired with a b-side dub version featuring the legendary U-Roy.

Of the decision to infuse reggae into The Beatles classic, producer Michael Goldwasser says, "We've focused on re-envisioning concept albums as reggae and it's really important that the source material works as a whole and is not just a collection of songs. So, what better to take on next than the mother of all concept albums?"

Goldwasser is once more the musical mastermind behind this album, having arranged and produced the music, assembled the musicians and guest artists and played guitar throughout. Goldwasser is joined by Victor Rice (bass), Victor "Ticklah" Axelrod (keyboards) and Patrick Dougher & Eddie Ocampo (drums, percussion). Members of the touring version of the Easy Star All-Stars also contribute, including Ras I Ray, Jenny Hill, Buford O'Sullivan, Ivan Katz, Kirsty Rock, Tamar-kali, Junior Jazz and Menny More. In addition to producing six albums for Easy Star, Goldwasser has produced albums for Corey Harris, Hatikva 6 and others, and has had compositions featured in the motion pictures "Failure To Launch" and Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream."

For over a decade, Easy Star Records has been a trendsetting independent reggae label. Dub Side of the Moon and Radiodread form the backbone of a catalogue that includes progressive albums from John Brown's Body and Easy Star All-Stars keyboardist Ticklah, reissues of classic material from Sugar Minott and Linval Thompson and new recordings from reggae legends The Meditations and Sister Carol.

http://www.easystar.com/

[Published on: 1/15/09]

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BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 09:54AM
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BGsteveBG

sounds sweet

GeorgieP starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 09:58AM
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GeorgieP

Fuck and yes. Definitely looking forward to this. Dub Side of the Moon might be my favorite album to smoke a blunt to. I imagine this should be pretty awesome as well.

uakari starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 10:25AM
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uakari

Dub side of the moon is a great way to honor the Dark Side, and I imagine this will be bomb also!

Lenox Thu 1/15/2009 10:45AM
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Lenox

sick tight.

fishbone1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 10:48AM
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fishbone1

fuckin' A, man. fuckin' A

hippiedaze Thu 1/15/2009 11:11AM
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Christ man, i definately need to get my hands on that, after radiodread and dub side, this shit has to be stellar. Wish I could see these guys at sxsw!

Deklen starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 11:30AM
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Deklen

What a way to start off the summer! and hey Fishbone1, fuck a B, it has two holes!

phunkle starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 11:32AM
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phunkle

I have no doubt this will be outstanding like everything they do. A dub version of Sgt. Peppers sounds very interesting.

DibS starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 11:38AM
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DibS

Easy Star is amazing, I wonder if they will play lonely hearts dub band @ SXSW for the first time!??!?! Saw them premier Radio Dread at all good 06' and dub side with sandwiched sets from brothers past, that shit was epic.

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 12:54PM
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RambleOnShelbyRose

dub side is awesome. ill def check this out looks sick

andyedds Thu 1/15/2009 01:03PM
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andyedds

can't wait to trance out to this mofo ... shit yeah!

Hans Thu 1/15/2009 01:40PM
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Hans

Wow nice. I love Dub Side and Until that Day....this sounds absolutely disgusting sick. Michale Rose, Sugar Minot, Steel Pulse appear? Nuff' said right there. Cannot wait to hear !!LOVELY RITA!!

Putnameter starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 02:50PM
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Putnameter

fuckin a right, I love these guys! kirsty is extremely attractive and has an amazing voice.

TranceLikeAGidget Thu 1/15/2009 04:28PM
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TranceLikeAGidget

this looks sick, love dub side of the moon!

groovatronics starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 04:51PM
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this is spectular news

i really hope they do a great job like they did with dub side of the moon. (which it sounds like they surely will) that is a wonderfully creative piece of music and should be recognized by anyone, fan of dub or the floyd, but sounds like most of you have already heard it. right on!

jesposito Thu 1/15/2009 04:59PM
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jesposito

sweeeet! can't wait to check this out!

ClaysTribe starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/15/2009 07:41PM
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ClaysTribe

butter

OOOMMM starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/17/2009 01:14PM
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Fucking Sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

apollo18 Sat 1/17/2009 04:10PM
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I'm in...I listen to Dub Side more than Dark Side....

STS9frog starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/30/2009 09:24AM
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Sweet! I loved Dub Side & Radiodread so this is gonna be epic! I hope they consider Tool:Lateralus for a future concept album!

Anyways, I hope they hit the midwest so I can see them live!

bobmarleyfan1105 starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/14/2009 12:33PM
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wow cant wait

Kavinorum starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/1/2009 12:04AM
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I have heard the entire album (like 3 times since yesterday) and let me tell you, it is awesome. They did a great job with this. Being a huge Pink Floyd fan, I still think Dub Side is better, but I think this is better than Radiodread.

Still, amazing rendition!