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Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band

April 14, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Label: Easy Star
  • Copyright: 2009 Easy Star Records
  • Total Length: 57:14
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001VG1B5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Customer Reviews

I just think its the wrong album for these really talented guys to do.
Bobby Dacron
ESAS did a great job making it sound new, and simultaneously giving the classic Beatles album its due respect.
Lily Kane
The Pink Floyd and Radiohead reggae versions are excellent, but this one is over the top.
Elliot Malach

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Grunt Hog on May 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is pretty good for what it is, but I kind of wish they had taken the concept further.

Problem is that this disc still sounds too close to the original Beatles songs. I've heard those arrangements a million times, so I was hoping this album would deliver a lot more radically altered, dubbed-out re-interpretations of this material. It's as if too much reverance for the originals seems to have held these guys back from putting more of their own stamp on it. That's too bad.

I also have to compare it against the Easy Star's high-water mark, which was Dub Side of the Moon. That work sounded really different from the original, in part because dub music is so much more light-hearted and relaxed than the angst-ridden, dark Floyd music of the original. Here they are starting from an album that is already very light and sunshiny, so the addition of the dub elements do not sound so out of place. This, in turn, makes the dub versions less interesting, as there is less tension between the feel of the originals and what you are hearing in the cover versions.

Otherwise the musicianship, vocals and overall vibe make this a very very good tribute to Sgt. Pepper's and quite an enjoyable listen. Despite not meeting my personal hopes for this album, it is still a solid work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Nigro on April 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Another thoroughly successful album by the quintessential reggae infused remake band. With Pink Floyd and Radiohead remakes under their belts, why not The Beatles? Let me say they pull it off with the utmost professionalism. With guests like Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Michael Rose, Bunny Rugs, and Ranking Roger, you really can't go wrong. It's a must have for anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to Easy Star All-Stars in the past. Some fans of The Beatles might be standoffish but I think with Easy Star All-Stars track record, this is a major success!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Carlyle on April 24, 2009
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After 5 straight years of charting success with `The Dub Side of the Moon,' the Easy Dub All Stars have returned from their highatus, this time turning their sights from Pink Floyd and dropping their magical mystery blend of rastadub on the Beatles. `Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band' hit last week and is quintessential summer party fare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Redgecko on November 7, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I don't particularly like reggae and I didn't think I'd like this at all. In fact, I didn't want to like it because my iPod is already overflowing. But I absolutely loved every track. No kidding, every single track. Some tracks were, (dare I say it?), an improvement over the Beatles originals; quite a statement from someone who has all of the Beatles on vinyl, CD and the remastered mono box set. Every song from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band through A Day In The Life adds fresh ideas, spot on vocals, and great electronic sound effects to this timeless Beatles classic. This is a very hard thing to do and no one has ever done it better. Cheap Trick made an uninspired attempt to basically copy the album in August 2009 (just a few months after this was released) and their effort was a cheap trick. There was also the Sgt. Pepper's movie of 1978 in which the Sgt. Pepper's songs were interleaved with other Beatles songs, but they passed on Within You Without You. Both the movie and the soundtrack were drivel. I love the Bee Gees, but they should stick to singing their own songs. I never liked the Beatles' own versions of their songs She's Leaving Home, Within You Without You, Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!, and When I'm Sixty-Four, but the fresh new renditions by the Easy Star All-Stars turned me around on those songs. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! is a vast improvement over the original and the song will finally be welcome on my iPod. The extended psychedelic endings for Fixing A Hole and When I'm Sixty-Four are very cool and tasteful. The female vocals and heavy reggae beat for She's Leaving Home are just what this song needed to give it what it was missing--soul. Within You Without you is made much more interesting by combining sitar and tabla with a rock/reggae beat.

I don't give many 5-star ratings and this one is well-deserved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julian P. Lazaro on June 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is solid, in a background music kind of way. Not at all the genius of Dubside or Radiodread, nor is it a good example of what roots reggae music can do; except for one track. Sugar Minott, who is known for putting his touch on music and production no matter the studio or producer, turned "When I'm 64" into an incredible reggae tune. The track uses scales of the heavenless riddim, and has all the stops and drops of great showcase style dub. It is inventive and unique, while the rest of the album seems to have generic dub effects and structure. Other tunes that I thought were pretty nice are "She's Leaving Home," sung by a woman, and Frankie Paul's "Lucy in the Sky"- this dude has a classic voice, and knows how to jam a tune. My main issue with the album is that it is nowhere near as nice to listen to as the original, which can't be said of E.S.A.S's previous cover albums. I'd honestly rather listen to Dubside or Radiodread in most situations (instead of listening to the originals) because these very dark albums are brightened up and yet retain their beauty with the reggae translation. I don't think that the All-Stars should only cover dark albums, but I think it is much more difficult to make a reggae cover album of an already gloriously positive album like Lonely Hearts Club Band. With that said, I still enjoy the album very much and look forward to more of these future classics.
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