Easy Star's Thrillah CD (2012)

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Label Easy Star/red
SKU 234087941
UPC 657481103425
UPC 14 00657481103425
Format CD
Release Date 8/28/2012
Author Easy Star All-Stars
Technical Info
Engineer Richard "Jah Pinks" Thomas; Johnny Dollar; Mr. Mojo Morgan; Michael Goldwasser; Andrew Thomas; Paul Schellack; Brad Watanabe; Gavriel Friesem; Amit Sagie; Matt Labozza; Jennifer Quard; Julio Matias; Andre Matano; Oren Pollak; Courtney "Spider" Blake; Clif
Producer Michael Goldwasser
CatalogID ES 1034
Lable Name Easy Star Records
Released 08/27/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 22s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00657481103425
Musical Guests
Ruff Scott
The Green
Mr. Mojo Morgan
Steel Pulse
Mikey General
Spragga Benz
Michael Rose
Cas Halay
Kirsty Rock
Christopher Martin
Album Notes and Credits
Tributee: Michael Jackson.
Personnel: Michael Goldwasser (guitar, melodica, Clavinet, synthesizer, glockenspiel, percussion, programming, background vocals); Shelton Garner (guitar, background vocals); Amit Sagie (guitar); Shlomi Alon (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jenny Hill (tenor saxophone); Sefi Zisling (trumpet); Yair Slutzki, Buford O'Sullivan (trombone); Elenna Canlas (piano, electric piano, Clavinet, organ, synthesizer, background vocals); Victor Axelrod (Clavinet, organ); Wayne Wiggum (synthesizer); Ivan Katz, Joe Tomino (drums); Gavriel Friesem, Andy Farag (percussion); Joanne Williams, Kirsty Rock, Paul Schellack, Tali Goldwasser, Simone Smith (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Michael Goldwasser; Tony Maimone.
Recording information: Big Yard Recording Studio, Kingston, JA; BW Music Studio, Kailua, HI; Capture Sound Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Casa Da Mae, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Cell Block Studios, Kingston, JA; Don't Trip Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Harari St. Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel; Homegrown Studios, FL; Jaro Recording Studio, Kingston, JA; King Shine Recording Studio, Kingston, JA; Mango Studio, Belem, Brazil; Mellowstone Studios, Woodmere, NY; Music Village Studios, Birmingham, UK; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Studio G Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY; Tha Agency, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Trackheadz Ent. Inc., Valley Stream, NY; Tuk-Tuk Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Illustrator: Jim Rugg.
Photographer: Jammi York.
Arranger: Michael Goldwasser.
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. ~ David Jeffries
Disc 1
1 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - (featuring Ruff Scott)
2 Baby Be Mine - (featuring The Green)
3 Girl Is Mine, The - (featuring Mojo Morgan/Steel Pulse)
4 Thriller - (featuring Mikey General/Spragga Benz)
5 Beat It - (featuring Michael Rose)
6 Billie Jean - (featuring Luciano)
7 Human Nature - (featuring Cas Haley)
8 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - (featuring Kirsty Rock)
9 Lady in My Life, The - (featuring Christopher Martin)
10 Dub It
11 Closer to Midnight
Product Attributes
Artist Easy Star All-Stars
Music Format Compact Disc

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