First Light

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After covering the Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Beatles songbooks, Easy Star All-Stars finally get around to their first full-length album of original songs with First Light, a satisfying set of jam band reggae with its feet firmly planted in roots culture. The woozy, nighttime Rasta track "Easy Now Star" with special guests the Meditations is a top-shelf version of the modern roots number, while "All the Way" is lover's rock in a "Breakfast in Bed" style, matching that classic Lorna Bennett tune on the sensuality scale. Smoker's songs are an easy score for this group, but "One Likkle Draw" is still truly inspired, and when it comes to reggae-pop, "Unbelievable," with Easy...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
After covering the Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Beatles songbooks, Easy Star All-Stars finally get around to their first full-length album of original songs with First Light, a satisfying set of jam band reggae with its feet firmly planted in roots culture. The woozy, nighttime Rasta track "Easy Now Star" with special guests the Meditations is a top-shelf version of the modern roots number, while "All the Way" is lover's rock in a "Breakfast in Bed" style, matching that classic Lorna Bennett tune on the sensuality scale. Smoker's songs are an easy score for this group, but "One Likkle Draw" is still truly inspired, and when it comes to reggae-pop, "Unbelievable," with Easy Star Records labelmate Cas Haley, shows how to go sunshine without getting too sugary. The dub stuck on the end of the album is the kind of druggy journey in space you'd expect from this top-notch studio crew, and anyone who has seen the group live will enjoy having plenty of vocals from Joanne Williams and Kirsty Rock for their home and headphones. Fourteen tracks that flow by without a hitch prove that this reggae crew has plenty to offer past the tribute album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Easy Star
  • UPC: 657481102527
  • Catalog Number: 1025
  • Sales rank: 82,387

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Stop the Music (4:19)
  2. 2 Break of Dawn (3:42)
  3. 3 First Light (Ramblin' Fever) (3:55)
  4. 4 One Likkle Draw - Daddy Lion Chandell (4:13)
  5. 5 Something Went Wrong (3:49)
  6. 6 Easy Now Star - Lady Ann (4:05)
  7. 7 Universal Law (3:26)
  8. 8 Paid My Dues (4:34)
  9. 9 Reggae Pension (4:17)
  10. 10 In the Light (4:15)
  11. 11 Unbelievable - Cas Haley (4:18)
  12. 12 All the Way (3:32)
  13. 13 I Won't Stop (4:23)
  14. 14 Don't Stop Dub Music (4:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Easy Star All-Stars Primary Artist
Jenny Hill Saxophone
Joanne Williams Vocals, Background Vocals
Buford O'Sullivan Trombone
Ivan Katz Percussion, Drums
Michael Goldwasser Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass
Shaul Eshet Keyboards
Kirsty Rock Vocals, Background Vocals
Shelton Garner Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Menny More Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Avgil Drums
Oded Meir Trombone
Pam Fleming Trumpet
Gavriel Friesem Percussion
Amit Sagie Guitar
Shlomi Alon Saxophone
Sefi Zisling Trumpet
Nadav Barak Bass
Justin Filmer Bass
Elenna Canlas Keyboards, Background Vocals, Melodica, Synthesizer Bass
Renard Shy Sr. Bass
Cliff Simpson Drums
Technical Credits
Jenny Hill Horn Arrangements
B. Smith Composer
Eric Smith Executive Producer, Concept
Jeff Lipton Mastering
Paul Schellack Engineer
Ivan Katz Composer, Programming
Michael Goldwasser Programming, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Lem Oppenheimer Executive Producer, Concept
Remy Gerstein Executive Producer
W. Morris Composer
J. Morrison Composer
Miki Bornstein Engineer
Justin Filmer Programming
Mark Hopkins Artwork, Concept
Maria Rice Mastering
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