Easy Star's Thrillah

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With the LP work of Pink Floyd (2003's Dub Side of the Moon), Radiohead (2006's Radiodread), and the Beatles (2009's Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band) already in their past, the Jamaican/American studio band known as Easy Star All-Stars were coming upon a decade of classic album tributes with this reggae redo of Michael Jackson's Thriller, but there's plenty of life left in this formula. After taking a break from the concept with 2011's First Light -- their first full-length album of original songs -- they've returned with a new attitude, attacking the opening favorite "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with a double shotgun blast of joy and Afro-pop, as if Fela returned to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
With the LP work of Pink Floyd (2003's Dub Side of the Moon), Radiohead (2006's Radiodread), and the Beatles (2009's Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band) already in their past, the Jamaican/American studio band known as Easy Star All-Stars were coming upon a decade of classic album tributes with this reggae redo of Michael Jackson's Thriller, but there's plenty of life left in this formula. After taking a break from the concept with 2011's First Light -- their first full-length album of original songs -- they've returned with a new attitude, attacking the opening favorite "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" with a double shotgun blast of joy and Afro-pop, as if Fela returned to be crowned the king of post-disco. It's an instant, unique party, but that familiar Easy Star island flavor returns with the following "Baby Be Mine," a reggae-meets-R&B take with touches of Earth, Wind & Fire and Justin Timberlake, and also a sequential clue that Thrillah covers Thriller in order. Brilliant how the gravelly voice and deep patois accent of Spragga Benz replaces Vincent Price's "rap" during the monumental "Thriller" itself, and interesting how the too cool "Beat It" becomes ominous and dark when played midtempo and with Black Uhuru's Michael Rose as its streetwise teacher. With devout Rastafarian Luciano on the mike, "Billie Jean" is played as a funky techno caution with Biblical verses in the mix, while Cas Haley travels to Margaritaville with his suitably smooth and sweet caressing of "Human Nature." Reggae-disco, cowbells, and in-house singer Kirsty Rock give "P.Y.T." the proper amount of flash, before a dubby version of "The Lady in My Life" and two actual dubs put a wrap on this diverse, fun, and very welcome return to form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2012
  • Label: Easy Star
  • UPC: 657481103425
  • Catalog Number: 1034
  • Sales rank: 40,047

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Ruff Scott (7:47)
  2. 2 Baby Be Mine - The Green (4:30)
  3. 3 The Girl is Mine - Mojo Morgan (4:01)
  4. 4 Thriller (7:33)
  5. 5 Beat It (5:26)
  6. 6 Billie Jean (6:25)
  7. 7 Human Nature - Cas Haley (4:55)
  8. 8 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Kirsty Rock (4:08)
  9. 9 The Lady In My Life - Christopher Martin (4:53)
  10. 10 Dub It (4:55)
  11. 11 Closer to Midnight (6:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Easy Star All-Stars Primary Artist
Jenny Hill Tenor Saxophone
Joanne Williams Background Vocals
Yossi Fine Bass
Victor Axelrod Organ, Clavinet
Buford O'Sullivan Trombone
Joe Tomino Drums
Andy Farag Percussion
Paul Schellack Background Vocals
Ivan Katz Drums, Electric Drums
Michael Goldwasser Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Melodica
Kirsty Rock Background Vocals
Shelton Garner Guitar, Background Vocals
Yair Slutzki Trombone
Gavriel Friesem Percussion, Binghi Drum
Amit Sagie Guitar, Binghi Drum
Shlomi Alon Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sefi Zisling Trumpet
Elenna Canlas Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Wayne Wiggum Synthesizer
Tali Goldwasser Background Vocals
Simone Smith Background Vocals
Technical Credits
James Ingram Composer
Michael Jackson Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
John Bettis Composer
Selwyn Brown Engineer
Tony Maimone Engineer, Digital Editing
Steve Porcaro Composer
Eric Smith Executive Producer, Concept
Rod Temperton Composer
Andrew Thomas Engineer
Syl Gordon Engineer
Victor Axelrod Engineer
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Johnny Dollar Engineer
Paul Schellack Engineer, Digital Editing
Michael Goldwasser Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Digital Editing, Concept
Lem Oppenheimer Executive Producer, Concept
Remy Gerstein Executive Producer
Alexis Berthelot Digital Editing
Mojo Morgan Engineer
Richard "Jah Pinks" Thomas Engineer
Brad Watanabe Engineer
Gavriel Friesem Engineer
Amit Sagie Engineer
Matt Labozza Engineer, Digital Editing
Jennifer Quard Engineer
Julio Matías Engineer
André Matanó Engineer
Tony Shadman Digital Editing
Oren Pollak Engineer
Jim Rugg Illustrations
Courtney "Spider" Blake Engineer
Clifton Hicks Engineer
Maria Rice Mastering
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