Radiodread CD (2006)

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Product Overview

Radiodread is the long awaited follow-up to Dub Side of the Moon. This time out Radiohead's OK Computer is the subject of The Easy Star All-Stars' reggae treatment.


Label Easy Star
SKU 202883048
UPC 657481101421
UPC 14 00657481101421
Format CD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Author Easy Star All-Stars
Artist Influence Bob Marley
Artist Influence Bunny Wailer
Artist Influence Horace Andy
Artist Influence King Tubby
Artist Influence Mad Professor
Artist Influence Peter Tosh
Artist Influence Pink Floyd
Artist Influence Radiohead
Artist Influence Shaggy
Artist Influence The Clash
Artist Influence The Scofflaws
Artist Contemporary Antibalas
Artist Contemporary Balkan Beat Box
Artist Contemporary Dengue Fever
Artist Contemporary Dirty Heads
Artist Contemporary Dub Colossus
Artist Contemporary Dub Trio
Artist Contemporary Gogol Bordello
Artist Contemporary Hazmat Modine
Artist Contemporary I-Wayne
Artist Contemporary Iration
Artist Contemporary Javaughn
Artist Contemporary Las Rubias del Norte
Artist Contemporary Nouvelle Vague
Artist Contemporary Robotiks
Artist Contemporary Slavic Soul Party!
Artist Contemporary Slightly Stoopid
Artist Contemporary The Green
Artist Contemporary Trumystic Sound System
Technical Info
Producer Michael Goldwasser
CatalogID ES 1014
Lable Name Easy Star Records
Released 08/22/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 65m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00657481101421
Musical Guests
Frankie Paul
Horace Andy
Sugar Minott
Toots & The Maytals
Morgan Heritage
Israel Vibration
Album Notes and Credits
Easy Star All-Stars: Daddy Lion Chandell (vocals); Michael Goldwasser (various instruments); Victor Rice (melodica, bass guitar, percussion); Jeremy Mage (piano, keyboards, glockenspiel); Ivan Katz (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: Citizen Cope, Frankie Paul, Horace Andy, Israel Vibration, Morgan Heritage, Sugar Minott, Toots & the Maytals.
It stands to reason that rock revisionists Easy Star All-Stars would follow DUB SIDE OF THE MOON, their dub-inflected take on Pink Floyd's all-time classic DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, with a similarly styled version of Radiohead's OK COMPUTER. Both OK COMPUTER and DARK SIDE OF THE MOON were the landmark statements of sophisticated art-rock in their times, and the All-Stars bring the same respect, care, and creative imagination to RADIODREAD as they did to the Floyd project. Even better, All-Star masterminds Michael G. and Ticklah rope in some top-shelf reggae acts--Israel Vibration, Toots & the Maytals, and Horace Andy, among them--to interpret the songs from OK COMPUTER. The resulting reggae-rock creations are clever, evocative, and highly enjoyable.
Artist Overview
The accomplished reggae musicians in New York City's Easy Star All-Stars (including Victor Axelrod, aka "Ticklah," who also plays keyboards in the Afro-beat band Antibalas) have created high-concept entertainment that transcends gimmick through the sheer power of the music. Simply put, the band records and performs dub and reggae versions of popular rock albums, providing an entree into reggae for curious pop fans, and vice-versa. To date, they have recorded textured, compelling covers of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Radiohead's OK Computer, and have played to capacity crowds all over the country.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.86) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Robust horns replace the driving guitars on 'Paranoid Android', while patois-inflected Rasta sits in for the android on 'Fitter Happier'....Thoughtfully considered..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.78) - "The most radical, and best, track is 'Let Down.' Fueled by Toots Hibbert's grainy gospel fervor, it turns Yorke and company's anguished ballad into an uplifting rocksteady tune." -- Grade: B
The Wire (p.71) - "'Airbag' is the standout track, with its guitar-meets-cello riff and extended disco mix with a dubwise reprise at the album's close."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[O]n hearing Airbag's ominous riff scaling a heavy Two Tone skank before Horace Andy's aching staccato enters, you have to admit it, this works."
Artist Bio
The Easy Star All-StarsThe Easy Star All-Stars are a collective family of some of the finest reggae musicians in the New York area. The band features a rotating cast drawn from a talented pool of players, meaning that every show has its own nuances and its own life. The masterminds behind the All-Stars are Easy Star musical director Michael Goldwasser (a.k.a. Michael G), his production partner Victor Axelrod (a.k.a. Ticklah), and his two Easy Star label partners Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer. These four were the team behind the album Dub Side of the Moon (2003), which was a complete reggae re-vision of Pink Floyd?s Dark Side of the Moon. That record has been locked on the Billboard charts for over 3 years.As individuals, the band?s vocalists and instrumentalists have toured and recorded with Gil-Scott-Heron, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, The Toasters, The Meditations, Bernie Worrell, DJ Logic, MC Solaar, King Django, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, The Scofflaws, Diana King, Dennis Brown, Monty Alexander, Sister Carol, and many others. Each of these musicians gets a chance to shine in the typical Easy Star set, whether it is through soloing, composing, or singing, or simply through playing an essential part in this tight-knit collective. Each line-up may result in slightly different sounds for this unique reggae band, but regardless of who plays, the one thing that never changes is that the Easy Star All-Stars deliver a fun, exciting, and different show every time out.
Disc 1
1 Airbag
2 Paranoid Android
3 Subterranean Homesick Alien
4 Exit Music (For a Film)
5 Let Down
6 Karma Police
7 Fitter Happier
8 Electioneering
9 Climbing Up the Walls
10 No Surprises
11 Lucky
12 Tourist, The
13 Exit Music - (Bonus Track)
14 Airbag Saved My Dub, An - (Bonus Track)
Product Attributes
Artist Easy Star All-Stars
Music Format Compact Disc

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