Easy Star All-Stars – Ziggy Stardub - 2023 Dub Reggae - Royal Blue Vinyl - Sealed LP

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Easy Star All-Stars – Ziggy Stardub


Label:    Easy Star Records – ES-1100V
Format:    Vinyl, LP, Album, Blue Translucent [Royal Blue]
Barcode (Printed): 6 57481 11001 0
Country:    USA & Europe
Released:    Apr 21, 2023
Genre:    Reggae
Style:    Reggae, Reggae-Pop, Dub


A1        Five Years
Featuring – Steel Pulse
A2        Soul Love
Featuring – Mortimer 
A3        Moonage Daydream
Featuring – Naomi Cowan
A4        Starman
Featuring – Maxi Priest
A5        It Ain't Easy
Featuring – Samory I


B1        Lady Stardust
Featuring – Sundub 
B2        Star
Featuring – Carlton Livingston
B3        Hang On To Yourself
Featuring – Fishbone, Jonnygo Figure
B4        Ziggy Stardust
Featuring – The Skints
B5        Suffragette City
Featuring – The Expanders
B6        Rock 'N' Roll Suicide
Featuring – Macy Gray



"Easy Star All-Stars continue to do the unthinkable, transforming classic rock masterpieces into reggae, ska and dub works of art, most recently Ziggy Stardub, their reworking of David Bowie’s 1972 masterpiece The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. The alchemy at play in creating versions that retain the recognizable traits of these songs while inhaling the cloud of dub and making them relevant for people living well beyond the expiration date is due to the perseverance to Easy Star co-founder Michael Goldwasser.

One needs to have a flexible mind to get your head around notions like combining the guitar virtuoso of Rush’s Alex Lifeson with chilled vocals of Naomi Cowan (her dad Tommy Cowan is a producer, songwriter and the former road manager of Bob Marley) to deliver “Moonage Daydream.” The use of a single bass line throughout the track roots the song in the reggae tradition while the backing vocals give the song more of a Bowie vibe before layers of echo are added. The addition of strings provides another layer to the mix, to create the appearance that creating reimagined tracks may take longer than cutting the original recordings.

The characters chosen to add their vocals to these recordings is impressive, with the talent stretching from old hands like Maxi Priest and Steel Pulse to young guns SunDub and Mortimer. Fishbone lend a hand to “Hang on to Yourself,” while Macy Gray provides and interesting depth to “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide.” While guests turn up all over the tracks, the basic band is no group of slouches, either.

The band finds the grooves and keep things moving. The opening beats of “Five Years” establish the vibe while Steel Pulse finds the tone that keeps Bowie real and relevant to an audience that may not have heard many of the original tracks. It’s amazing how flexible the material is. “Soul Love” sounds as though it had been written for a reggae framework. It has the strut and skank of classic reggae, yet Bowie had something much different in mind when he and the Spiders from Mars recorded it 51 years ago." (Spectrum Culture review)

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Condition New
Format LP
Color Blue