Dub Side of the Moonby Easy Star All-Stars
It was one of those really stupid ideas that we can all be grateful someone had the guts to follow through with. Yes, it's a reggae version of the Pink Floyd classic Dark Side of the Moon, every track drastically reworked and presented in the same order as on the original album. And yes, it works far, far better than you'd have any right to expect. The artists vary from the relatively obscure (Kirsty Rock, Dollarman) to the big-time (Corey Harris, Frankie Paul, the Meditations) and the musical styles range from roots to dancehall to jungle. Every track works well, but highlights include a very fine (and uncredited) jungle mix of "On the Run" and the great singer-deejay combo track "Time," on which Corey Harris' chesty baritone singing voice is nicely counterbalanced by Ranking Joe's speed-rap. There are several bonus dub mixes tacked onto the end of the program, and while none of them is revelatory they don't detract from the proceedings, either. At the end you realize that you were wrong to even think this was a dumb idea to begin with -- dub‘s psychedelic mysticism is a perfectly good match for Pink Floyd's mannered weirdness. Highly recommended.
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Performance CreditsEasy Star All-Stars Primary Artist
Jenny Hill Saxophone
Larry McDonald Percussion
Mike Wagner Trombone
Eddie "Headdie" Ocampo Percussion
Victor Rice Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Victor Axelrod Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Melodica
Patrick Dougher Drums
Technical CreditsRoger Waters Composer
Nick Mason Composer
Richard Wright Composer
David Gilmour Composer
Eric Smith Executive Producer,Artwork
Victor Axelrod Engineer
Michael G. Producer
Roberto d'Aquino Engineer
Ira Heaps Engineer
Victor Axel Engineer
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I'd not give any star if B&N allows. If you call this Pink Floyd, than the real Pink Floyd would be red. I am surprised that the international copy right of The Original Dark Side of the Moon is so openly violated.
This is one tight album. It's so true to the original electronic mood music of the original, it's a perfect remake. Groove Armada aren't pioneers; they are just carrying the torch. But of course, that's not what it's about. Dub is what we came here for. And dub is what we get. When the rhythm calls for it and with full effect. You like the Lee Perry sound of the 70's? Jacob Miller? You get it. This album stands on its own as strictly roots. But if you are all about the 70's psychedelic tunes and Pink Floyd are your boys, get it anyway! The feeling is still there! And you can kick back and relish that a whole new generation will feel the vibe...
An excellent job done covering one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Definately worth getting if you like Pink Floyd and reggae. Who would have thought they'd mix together so well?
Stoners delite, or straight edge hit. Listening to this CD I don't think they could have caputured it more perfectly. I'm a Pink Floyd fan, and an avid reggae fan, but suppose I wasn't, I still don't think I would be able to hold myself back from this.