Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band

Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band

by Easy Star All-StarsEasy Star All-Stars


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After their full coverage of classic albums from both Radiohead and Pink Floyd, the collective known as the Easy Star All-Stars go way back to the band and the album that pretty much changed everything. The accent, as always, is on the Easy part of the band's name, meaning this easy-skanking tribute to Sgt. Pepper's flows effortlessly, never getting caught up in overly ambitious detours or ridiculously huge arrangements. Tracks like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" with guest vocalist Frankie Paul and "Within You Without You" with natural mystic Matisyahu have slick studio touches, but the heavy lifting is left up to the performances, and both guest vocalists are perfect choices who simply nail it. Having been on the road frequently the previous two years pays off, as the players are suitably loose, creating grooves that feel natural and alive. The ever growing importance of the horn section comes to fruition as they shrink some of the original album's elaborate arrangements into smaller packages, ones that could be imagined in a live setting or -- in the case of Ranking Roger's "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite" -- at some wicked ska-fueled pool party. The warm voice of Michael Rose closes the set on a dubby "A Day in the Life," a cover version drenched in reverb with a clever imitation of the locked groove gibberish found at the end of the original Pepper's LP.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2009
Label: Easy Star
UPC: 0657481101827
catalogNumber: 1018

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Easy Star All-Stars   Primary Artist
Selwyn Brown   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Pamela Fleming   Trumpet,Group Member
Eddie "Headdie" Ocampo   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Victor Rice   Bass,Guitar,Group Member
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Junior Jazz   Background Vocals
Victor Axelrod   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Melodica
Buford O'Sullivan   Trombone,Group Member
Patrick Dougher   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Jennifer Smith   Background Vocals
Jonathan Dinklage   Viola
Paul Schellack   Acoustic Guitar
Ivan Katz   Percussion,Group Member
Alex Kadvan   Cello
Michael Goldwasser   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Menny More   Vocals
Roger Lipson   Sitar

Technical Credits

George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Selwyn Brown   Engineer
Tony Maimone   Engineer
Eric Smith   Executive Producer
Victor Rice   Arranger,Engineer,String Arrangements
Roger Charlery   Engineer
Paul Schellack   Engineer
Ariel "A Train" Levine   Engineer
Michael Goldwasser   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Lem Oppenheimer   Executive Producer
Remy Gerstein   Executive Producer
André Robert Lee   Engineer

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