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Easy Star's Thrillah

Easy Star All-Stars Audio CD
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Combining musical versatility, instrumental prowess, beautiful vocal harmonies and a superb rhythm section, the Easy Star All-Stars have established themselves as one of the top international reggae acts since their live debut in 2003. They rock every crowd they play for, whether it’s to thousands at festivals or hundreds at club gigs and private events (like the wedding of NYC Mayor ... Read more in Amazon's Easy Star All-Stars Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Easy Star
  • ASIN: B008BBSGEM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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EASY STAR ALL-STARS - pioneers of covering entire albums, something that has since caught on in many genres - return with their 4th reggae tribute, this time tackling the Greatest Selling Album of All Time, Michael Jackson s THRILLER! The CD has two bonus dubs and vocals from Steel Pulse, The Green, Luciano, Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), Cas Haley, Spragga Benz and more. Double LP version comes in gatefold jacket with two non-CD bonus tracks.

BBC Review

The series of crossover covers albums by NYC's Easy Star Records have done valuable work taking reggae into the mainstream. Their latest, however, departs from the student digs of Dub Side of the Moon, Radiodread and Lonely Hearts Dub Band for an American artist who’s been a huge influence on Jamaican music.

For this reason, there is less of a ‘magic trick’ involved in reworking Michael Jackson’s Thriller than, say, Pink Floyd or Radiohead. Jackson's songs have been repeatedly done over in reggae, so these retreads invite more critical comparison with previous versions – not to mention the near-insurmountable achievements of Jackson, Rod Temperton and Quincy Jones.

Many tracks are – naturally – slower than the originals. Yet after a token blast of Vin Gordon's classic Heavenless, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – pairing JoWil and an underused Ruff Scott – acclimatises reggae newcomers with an Afrobeat-style pattern (referencing the use of Manu Dibango's Soul Makossa in the lyrics).

Mojo Morgan and Steel Pulse's duet on Jackson and Paul McCartney's The Girl Is Mine isn't as vocally assured as Mojo's own group Morgan Heritage's less-rootsy cut on their 2012 EP, The Return. But a beautifully ethereal, horn-drenched Human Nature (featuring talent-show-contestant turned Easy Star-signing Cas Haley) stands its ground against Tarrus Riley's groovier, poppier 2008 recording.

Curiously, it is Thriller’s biggest, most danceable hits that are slowed to the sparsest soundscapes. Luciano's Billie Jean seems to consciously avoid the direct route taken by Sly and Robbie's 80s outing, opting for a ponderous, cavernous feel. The same is true of Beat It, sung by Sly and Robbie’s ex-associate Michael Rose (and using a King Tubby inspired test-tone to replicate the intro’s doomy synths), and Mikey General’s title piece (with deejay Spragga Benz in Vincent Price role). Both get superior reworkings in dub at the album’s close.

Strange choices and idiosyncrasies aside, the bankable marriage of timeless compositions to reggae rhythms means that there are no dud tracks here. It’s not a visceral thriller like its inspiration, but a pleasant mellow listen, throwing some interesting silhouettes behind the King of Pop.

--John Aizlewood

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening 26 Nov 2013
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I did not find this quite up to the standards of their previous remakes but nevertheless, still very enjoyable and will be played countless times in the car.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love what Easy Stars do with a well known album. 28 July 2013
By SuzieQ
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I would say if you are a fan of the original album and are open minded then you will love this version.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing. Their worst yet . 22 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
As someone who has bought and loved all the other Easy-Stars albums I was really looking forward to getting this one. Sadly it turned out to be a huge disappointment. The inspired dub style of earlier albums such as Dub Side of the Moon or Easy Stars Lonely Hearts Dub Band has, by and large, gone and been replaced by formulaic and to be honest slightly boring covers . The album doesnt actually hit a groove til the 3rd track (the girl is mine), the first two tracks are just so bland that they come across as a watered down UB40. There are possibly 3 or 4 decent tracks on here - The girl is mine, Thriller, Beat it are all good . Billie Jean starts off well then meanders on for two minutes longer than it ought to . And really thats it. A real shame- far and away the worst album the Easy Star All stars have come up with and unlikely to get played very often.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick to covering rock songs 9 Mar 2013
By MO
Format:Audio CD
As most of the other reviews have stated, this is a mostly disappointing affair.
I think the reason for this is that all their previous outings have been covers of popular rock albums, which lent themselves to a Roots Reggae enterpretation.

However, by taking on what is generally regarded as one of the greatest funk albums of all time, there was no way they would be able to stop this sounding like some sort of cod reggae-funk hybrid. Like Third World on a bad day.

I don't think musically it's bad, just a different style of reggae. If they just stuck to covering mainstream classic albums, where the roots reggae sauce could be added without diluting the flavour of the original, the well would never run dry.

But I do like 'em.
I'm a reggae fan first and foremost and their previous outings are some some of the best, musically, I've heard. I've always felt if you're going to remake something, it has to be better or totally different. That's where these guys have always been successful.

This album just made me want to listen to the much better original.
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