Easy Star All-Stars re-imagine Sgt. Pepper’s

Following the widespread critical and commercial success of 2003’s Dub Side of the Moon and 2006’s Radiodread, Easy Star Records announces the Easy Star All-Stars’ complete reggae re-imagining of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album, titled Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band, is set for release April 14 on Easy Star Records and features guest vocals from an impressive list of reggae, dancehall and dub greats including Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Luciano, U Roy, Bunny Rugs (Third World), Ranking Roger (English Beat), Sugar Minott, Frankie Paul, Max Romeo and The Mighty Diamonds.

The first single, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” featuring Luciano, will be released as an iTunes exclusive February 10. It will be paired with a b-side dub version featuring the legendary U Roy. The Easy Star All-Stars will be touring this spring in support of the record, including dates at the SXSW Music Festival. Please see reverse for a complete list of tour dates.

Dub Side of the Moon, (Easy Star’s reggae tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon) is one of the most successful reggae albums of the 21st century and spent over five years on Billboard’s Top Reggae Chart. Mojo selected the record as the second greatest cover album of all time. Radiodread, which tackled Radiohead’s OK Computer, spent over 18 months on Billboard’s Top Reggae Chart and earned praise from Radiohead themselves.

Of the decision to infuse reggae into the Beatles classic, producer Michael Goldwasser says “We’ve focused on re-envisioning concept albums as reggae and it’s really important that the source material works as a whole and is not just a collection of songs. So, what better to take on next than the mother of all concept albums?”

Goldwasser is once more the musical mastermind behind this album, having arranged and produced the music, assembled the musicians and guest artists and played guitar throughout. Goldwasser is joined by Victor Rice (bass), Victor “Ticklah” Axelrod (keyboards) and Patrick Dougher & Eddie Ocampo (drums, percussion). Members of the touring version of the Easy Star All-Stars also contribute, including Ras I Ray, Jenny Hill, Buford O’Sullivan, Ivan Katz, Kirsty Rock, Tamar-kali, Junior Jazz and Menny More. In addition to producing six albums for Easy Star, Goldwasser has produced albums for Corey Harris, Hatikva 6 and others, and has had compositions featured in the motion pictures Failure To Launch and Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream.

For over a decade, Easy Star Records has been a trendsetting independent reggae label. Dub Side of the Moon and Radiodread form the backbone of a catalogue that includes progressive albums from John Brown’s Body and Easy Star All-Stars keyboardist Ticklah, reissues of classic material from Sugar Minott and Linval Thompson and new recordings from reggae legends The Meditations and Sister Carol.

EASY STAR ALL-STARS SPRING TOUR DATES

March 12                                         Fox Theatre                                    Boulder, CO
March 13                        Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom                     Denver, CO
March 14                                            Belly Up                                         Aspen, CO
March 15                                        Aggie Theatre                             Fort Collins, CO
March 18          IODA SXSW Opening Day Bash @ Emo’s Annex        Austin, TX
March 19                              SXSW Showcase @ Vice                             Austin, TX
May 14                                          Higher Ground                              Burlington, VT
May 15                                            Middle East                                     Boston, MA
May 16                                            The Asylum                                   Portland, ME
May 20                                         World Café Live                           Philadelphia, PA
May 21                                             BB King’s                                  New York, NY
May 22                                       Stephen Talkhouse                          Amagansett, NY
May 24                                          Summer Camp                              Chillicothe, NY
June 3                           Ram’s Head Live w/ Gregory Isaacs              Baltimore, MD
June 4                                 9:30 Club w/ Gregory Isaacs                 Washington, DC

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