Easy Star's Thrillah

Easy Star's Thrillah

by Easy Star All-Stars


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
Label: Easy Star
UPC: 0657481103425
catalogNumber: 1034
Rank: 103075

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Easy Star All-Stars   Primary Artist
Jenny Hill   Tenor Saxophone
Joanne Williams   Background Vocals
Yossi Fine   Bass
Victor Axelrod   Organ,Clavinet
Buford O'Sullivan   Trombone
Joe Tomino   Drums
Andy Farag   Percussion
Paul Schellack   Background Vocals
Ivan Katz   Drums,Electric Drums
Michael Goldwasser   Synthesizer,Guitar,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Melodica
Kirsty Rock   Background Vocals
Shelton Garner   Guitar,Background Vocals
Yair Slutzki   Trombone
Gavriel Friesem   Percussion,Binghi Drum
Amit Sagie   Guitar,Binghi Drum
Shlomi Alon   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sefi Zisling   Trumpet
Elenna Canlas   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Wayne Wiggum   Synthesizer
Tali Goldwasser   Background Vocals
Simone Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Ingram   Composer
Michael Jackson   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Selwyn Brown   Engineer
Tony Maimone   Engineer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Eric Smith   Executive Producer,Concept
Rod Temperton   Composer
Andrew Thomas   Engineer
Syl Gordon   Engineer
Victor Axelrod   Engineer
Johnny Dollar   Engineer
Paul Schellack   Engineer
Michael Goldwasser   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Concept
Lem Oppenheimer   Executive Producer,Concept
Remy Gerstein   Executive Producer
Mojo Morgan   Engineer
Richard "Jah Pinks" Thomas   Engineer
Brad Watanabe   Engineer
Gavriel Friesem   Engineer
Amit Sagie   Engineer
Matt Labozza   Engineer
Jennifer Quard   Engineer
Julio Matías   Engineer
André Matanó   Engineer
Oren Pollak   Engineer
Jim Rugg   Illustrations
Courtney "Spider" Blake   Engineer
Clifton Hicks   Engineer

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