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5 * for the complement.,
This review is from: Dub Side Of The Moon (Audio CD)
Its a very interesting album...I got home late last night as the coach I was on broke down....so coming through the front door, tired and hungry imagine my delight to see Dub Side of the Moon staring up at me, so having quickly russled up some inconsequential meal I hurriedly ran upstairs stuck the album into my CD player, put the head phones on and turned the volume up very loud...and there I was standing in my room w/headphones on listening to the first heartbeats of the album playing similar to the original Floyd version...so imagine my surprise as the first cords of rang out and instead of Gilmours loose string guitar sound playing in the opening bars of the track..this fabulous reggae beat pulls through and the album is of...
What do I think? well this album works because although it is so so different from the original it isnt different at all, you know what I mean. The tracks are all instantly recgonisable as Floyd, and the easy all stars stay incredably faithful to Floyds production, so much so that in tracks like "Money"(which when you hear the dub version you can see that this was always going to be the easiest track to re-produce) it doesnt vary too much from the path of Gilmour and co, but instead of cash registers at the start it is the sound of a man sucking on a hookah pipe....and indeed later on the infamous line "the lunatic is on the grass" becomes a lot more symbolic with this redeniton of the floyd classic.
The easy all stars reproduce the album with drum n' bass in places, horn sections and some quality regaae vocals, and in which this is probably more so a regaae album as opposed to dub, but dont get me wrong the bass is there and aplenty..
As they say in the album credits..merging Floyd and Dub is only going to appeal to a select band of members...but if like me you love both then this is an interesting album to buy.
The thing about this album and I suppose in a way the beauty of it.....whilst musically I have moved on in my musical tastes, Floyd very obviously holds a special place in my heart and we cannot get away from the fact that the music that they produced was legendary...still regardless of how good "Dark side of the moon" is as an album...you have to be in the mood to sit down and listen to it..and this is still very much the same with "dub side....." and that quality is very endearing...You still have to be in the mood for floyd to listen to this album as the whole album doesnt change too much at all...and I for one like it...
However to give it a proper appreciation..it needs a smoke, a beer, a saturday afternoon and some volume...with the willingness to sit back relax, not say a lot and just listen....now I dont know what your pre-thailand schedule is like, but am I right in thinking that Im sure you could fit in a couple of hours at weekend to do just that..let me know