Easy Star All-Stars

Easy Star All-Stars

Easy Star All-Stars is a reggae collective with a rotating roster of musicians and singers founded by the co-founders (Michael Goldwasser, Eric Smith, Lem Oppenheimer & Remy Gerstein) of New York City-based Easy Star Records in 1997.[1] The first original album by the band, released in 2003, was an interpretation of Pink Floyd‘s classic The Dark Side of the Moon entitled Dub Side of the Moon; the second was 2006’s Radiodread, a song-by-song cover of Radiohead‘s OK Computer. In April 2009, they released a cover of The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band entitled Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band. In 2012, Easy Star’s Thrillah was released, a cover of Michael Jackson‘s classic album.[2]

They originally formed as a studio band for the label’s earliest recordings. Although they have backed many artists[who?] and produced several original releases, they are best known for covering popular albums in a reggae and dub style and have released four cover albums to date.[2]

In February 2003, Easy Star All-Stars released a cover album of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon entitled Dub Side of the Moon, a complete reggae reinterpretation of the Pink Floyd album. Dub Side of the Moon has remained on the Billboard Reggae Charts since its release in 2003.[3] It features instructions on how to synchronize the record with The Wizard of Oz, referencing the audiovisual pairing sometimes referred to as Dark Side of the Rainbow.

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