RADIODREAD: EASY STAR

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Easy Star All-Stars - Radiodread - August 22 Release

Easy Star All-Stars's Radiodread is the long awaited follow-up to Dub Side of the Moon. This time out Radiohead's OK Computer is the subject of The Easy Star All-Stars' reggae treatment. Available now!

Tracks:
1. Airbag (featuring Horace Andy)
2. Paranoid Android (featuring Kirsty Rock)
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien (featuring Junior Jazz)
4. Exit Music (For A Film) (featuring Sugar Minott)
5. Let Down (featuring Toots & The Maytals)
6. Karma Police (featuring Citizen Cope)
7. Fitter Happier (featuring Menny More)
8. Electioneering (featuring Morgan Heritage)
9. Climbing Up The Walls (featuring Tamar-kali)
10. No Surprises (featuring The Meditations)
11. Lucky (featuring Frankie Paul)
12. The Tourist (featuring Israel Vibration - Skelly Vibe)
13. Exit Music (For A Dub)
14. An Airbag Saved My Dub

THE EASY STAR ALL-STARS

The Easy Star All-Stars are a collective family of some of the finest reggae musicians in the New York area. The band features a rotating cast drawn from a talented pool of players, meaning that every show has its own nuances and its own life. The masterminds behind the All-Stars are Easy Star musical director Michael Goldwasser (a.k.a. Michael G), his production partner Victor Axelrod (a.k.a. Ticklah), and his two Easy Star label partners Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer. These four were the team behind the album Dub Side of the Moon (2003), which was a complete reggae re-vision of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. That record has been locked on the Billboard charts for over 3 years.

Three years later—while the album continues to register on the Billboard Reggae Catalog Chart—Easy Star is set to release their concert DVD, Dub Side of the Moon Live, on June 27, 2006. While over thirty musicians contributed to the Dub Side CD, the DVD finds a tight and crystallized live touring band. Following this release is Radiodread on August 22, 2006. The log awaited reggae version of Radiohead's OK Computer.

The Easy Star All-Stars began as a studio ensemble when Michael G and Ticklah were producing and recording the music for Easy Star Records' debut CD, Easy Star Volume One. With each successive recording, the two principal All-Stars worked with an ever-widening group of musicians to help flesh out their visions. After the release of Dub Side of the Moon, there was intense demand to have the group tour, thanks to the record's instant success. Ticklah was already committed to touring with one of his other projects (the critically acclaimed Afrobeat revivalists Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra), so Michael G called on many of the musicians they had been working with to make up the touring version of the Easy Star All-Stars. For the first outings, this included saxophonist/ flautist Jenny Hill, vocalist Kirsty Rock, drummer Ivan Katz, keyboardist Jeremy Mage, bassist/vocalist Ras Iray, and trombonist Buford O'Sullivan. Completing the group was dub engineer Dave Hahn (also the leader of up-and-coming reggae act Dub Is A Weapon). This line-up debuted in July 2003 and earned rave reviews during a three-week tour of the East Coast that fall.

In 2004, the Easy Star All-Stars family continued to grow and evolve, even while the band achieved more and more success playing major festivals and touring California and beyond. DJ Dollarman, who chatted on "Money" from the record, as well as on Easy Star Volume Two: Dancehall Culture, joined in Fall 2003 and toured with the group through early 2005. Reggae veteran Junior Jazz was added on vocals and guitar (at times playing with Michael G in a two-guitar line-up). When Kirsty Rock took time off to focus on her own band, Trumystic, the All-Stars happily called on singer Tamar-Kali to fill her spot. Tamar-Kali had also sung on the Dub Side of the Moon album, as well as on Ticklah's first solo record, Polydemic (1998). DJ Menny More joined up for the band's Midwest tour in June 2005 and has stayed on board for many of the shows since then. Other members of the musical collective, such as Victor Rice (Victor Rice Octet, Version City All-Stars and bassist on Dub Side of the Moon), Ruff Scott, Groove Collective's Jay Rodriguez, and Ticklah himself, join the All-Stars on specific gigs, adding their abilities to the already talented ensemble.

The Easy Star All-Stars—in any combination of members—have been a resounding success. The band has played at major festivals such as Northern California's Reggae On The River, Ragga Muffin Reggae Festival (in Long Beach and San Francisco), Colorado's Reggae On The Rocks, and the U.K.'s Big Chill and Glade Festival. They've headlined their own shows during two different tours in California (including playing to an estimated 10,000 people at the Twilight Dance Series in Santa Monica), sold out shows in England, and played special one-off appearances in the Midwest, New England and the entire Atlantic seaboard. The band has toured Europe, playing to large crowds in France, Italy and Zagreb, Croatia, as well as Brazil and Argentina.

As individuals, the band's vocalists and instrumentalists have toured and recorded with Gil-Scott-Heron, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, The Toasters, The Meditations, Bernie Worrell, DJ Logic, MC Solaar, King Django, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, The Scofflaws, Diana King, Dennis Brown, Monty Alexander, Sister Carol, and many others. Each of these musicians gets a chance to shine in the typical Easy Star set, whether it is through soloing, composing, or singing, or simply through playing an essential part in this tight-knit collective. Each line-up may result in slightly different sounds for this unique reggae band, but regardless of who plays, the one thing that never changes is that the Easy Star All-Stars deliver a fun, exciting, and different show every time out.

[Published on: 8/22/06]

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NickBoeka starstarstarstar Tue 8/22/2006 12:12PM
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NickBoeka

Dub Side of the Moon is so hot, can't wait to hear this one too. check out their live performance set from All Good (up on BT.etree):
http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=27241
It says live premier, but it has been performed several times before.

They also performed the RadioDread set for the first set*break*, and im patiently waiting for someone to post up that one, if it was recorded.

Either way, this NYC supergroup is tight shit!

matthau starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/22/2006 12:35PM
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Hells yeah ! If only more peeps were this creative.

whobjohn starstarstarstar Tue 8/22/2006 01:39PM
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no one has this where I live. Tower, Best Buy, Circuit City, no one...damn

Stevie_t star Wed 8/23/2006 01:47AM
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i hate to be the inevitable negative post for this thread, but i don't really think it's all that creative to take well-recieved, critically acclaimed, blockbuster albums and just cover the whole thing in a different musical genre. not to put down anyone involved in these projects, and the end results are kinda cool (i don't think i'd buy either album tho) but thats just how i feel.

does the band have original material??? more power to them if they do. peace.

MikeMosher Wed 8/23/2006 07:56AM
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MikeMosher

Hey Stevie... did you even read this story before becoming Mr. negativity? All the musicians in this group have created all sorts of original music together and apart...

Jeruth starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/23/2006 08:28AM
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Jeruth

i really enjoy the album. it is great stuff. stevie the group is sorta like the wu tang clan of reggae. they really tear it up alone and together. bought it yesterday and love it. back to work! YES!

nfenne starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/23/2006 08:44AM
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nfenne

If Tower, Best Buy and Circuit City were the only music stores I had in my town I would probably move.

Seeing these guys sandwiched w/ Borothers Past at All Good was one of my musical highlights of this year.

andrewe843 starstarstarstar Wed 8/23/2006 11:28AM
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Definetly the movement of unity through music...taking one genre and bridging the gap to show very little difference between genres...music is music and its healing powers are great and easily harnessed...great album...great group...great label...jah ras tafari guide through the darkness to the light

caleb10 starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/24/2006 01:44PM
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Both of these albums are the nasty!!