Easy Star All-Stars’ “Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band”
This just in! Easy Star Records’ Easy Star All-Stars announce their next follow up album re-imagining concept albums in a reggae style.
Here’s what they have to say in the press release that you can read in full at the Easy Star website:
“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, â€œWith A Little Help From My Friends,â€ 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.”
This is great news. The last 2 releases have been critical successes and well worth picking up to say the least. They have been very consistent with the live shows and recorded output and I am looking forward to this release as not just a Beatles fan but an Easy Star fan. Check out that guest list on the album! We’ve also mentioned Easy Stars’ Ticklah Vs. Axelrod album in a previous post as a wonderful collection of tunes.
While the Beatles catalog is no stranger to reggae covers and there have been more then a few previous cover versions by more then a few of the greats I can’t think of a complete reggae cover of a whole complete album. Trojan Records released a box set of all Beatles covers in their wonderful box set series many years ago that brought many of those versions together.
Read more at the Easy Star website.