Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Top 5 Songs: Easy Star and the All-Stars: Lonely Hearts Dub Band

Happy F'N Hump Day!!!!!!!!


So what's on today's agenda? Oh yeah, The Top F'N 5 songs that's what!

Well today I have a treat you guys. Today I'm picking songs from my new favorite Reggae band, Easy Star and the All-Stars.

Yep, I recently discovered this kick-ass band per chance while listening to the music program Echoes on NPR. Yes I sometimes listen to NPR. Don't laugh.

Well the this edition of Echoes(where they play all sorts of music, especially ambient) featured Easy Star and the All-Stars and their reggae rendition of Pink Floyd's hit album, Dark Side of the Moon.

Of course, their album was called "Dub Side of the Moon". Cute huh?
Don't worry, I'll be covering that album next.

Anyways I found myself enjoying the reggae versions of my favorite rock songs, and quickly scoured the internet to see what else they did.  They've covered Radiohead's Ok Computer, Michael Jackson's Thriller album, and this one, The Beatles' Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Well, I decided to pick 5 songs from the latter.

Released on April 14, 2009, here's my top 5 picks from an awesome album:

5). "A Day In The Life"  Ft. Michael Rose and Menny More/"Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" Ft. Ranking Roger

     A Day In The Life

   Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite 

I had to go with a tie here, seeing as how both really add to already incredible songs. The reggae editions just add that much more you know?

4). "Within You and Without You" Ft. Matisyahu  

It's hard to top the original, what with the heavily and unapologetically Indian-influenced beat and arrangement by George Harrison. But Easy Star and the band sure do manage to top even that, with adding a reggae beat on top of an already killer song. It's like adding whip cream and a cherry on top of an ice cream sundae that's just been covered with drizzled chocolate sauce; You may not need it, but it does make it that much more tastier.

3). "Lovely Rita" Ft. Bunny Rugs and U-Boy.

You can practically smell the herb from your computer screen man!;)
So yeah, they covered Lovely Rita, and hey, what song doesn't sound good with a reggae beat am I right?

2). "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" Ft. Frankie Paul.

This is the live version of course, but it still sounds awesome. I love the whole arrangement and production on this one myself. I haven't been this enthralled by a cover of LSD since Elton John's.

1). "She's Leaving Home" Ft. Kristy Rock.

Quick confession: I picked this video because the song was performed on Aug 4th, my birthday....and all other videos were too small to paste;)

Seriously though, you guys know how much I love this song, and thanks to singer Kristy Rock it still sounds beautiful but not as sad as the original. It sounds like a fun, party song, and that's how it should be. And thus why, it's numero uno on my list.

So yeah, I highly recommend you guys go YouTube these and other covers they do. You will not be disappointed.

So roll a joint/blunt, puff, puff, pass, and prepare to feel ire;)


Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

i had one Hell of a hump day as you well know.

Dale Bagwell said...

But of course;)

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