Dub Side Of The Moon
Easy Star All Stars
Easy Star Records
March 1, 2003

Track list
  1. Speak To Me / Breathe (In The Air) feat. Sluggy Ranks
  2. On the Run
  3. Time feat. Corey Harris & Ranking Joe
  4. The Great Gig In The Sky feat. Kirsty Rock
  5. Money feat. Gary "Nesta" Pine & Dollarman
  6. Us And Them feat. Frankie Paul
  7. Any Colour You Like
  8. Brain Damage feat. Dr Israel
  9. Eclipse feat. The Meditations
  10. Time Version
  11. Great Dub In The Sky
  12. Step It Pon The Rastaman Scene feat. Ranking Joe
  13. Any Dub You Like
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4/5
The New York based label Easy Star Records presents a "reinvention" of the Pink Floyd concept album "Dark Side Of The Moon". The release coincides with the 30th anniversary of the original album, which was released in 1973 and is considered the best Pink Floyd album ever. Featuring themes such as conflicts, insanity, greed, the passing of time, the album is still on the Billboard chart and worldwide it sold millions of copies.

The idea for the album was first hatched in 1999 by Easy Star Records vice president Lem Oppenheimer. Pink Floyd’s challenging masterpiece had been one of his favorite albums as a teenager, but after years as a reggae obsessive, he imagined a reworking of the original that would echo Dark Side’s album artwork i.e. refracting Pink Floyd’s music vision through a prism of reggae’s rich rhythmic and instrumental possibilities. The result is an ambitious experiment in reggae riddims and trip-hop sounds and a remarkably elemental complement to the original and was over three years in the making.

The Easy Star All-Stars are essentially two longtime friends who grew up in New York’s fertile music scene surrounded by a revolving cast of some of the finest reggae players in the region. Michael Goldwasser (a.k.a. Michael G) and Victor Axelrod (a.k.a. Ticklah) form the core of the group that has provided the music and arrangements for all of Easy Star Records’ original productions since 1997. With the release of this project Michael G and Ticklah have made their mark as one of the most innovative and creative teams working in modern reggae. The other two members are Victor Rice and Patrick Dougher. Victor Rice has played and recorded with a wide range of projects, from his own Victor Rice Octet to work on albums by Everlast, Glenn Branca, the Slackers, the Scofflaws, the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble, and the Stubborn All-Stars. Patrick Dougher played in the Boilers with Victor Axelrod, as well as Roots Combination and Tru Mystic Sound.

But also other talented musicians were recruited to help make "Dub Side Of The Moon" a reality. Guest vocalists include roots/blues stalwart Corey Harris, as well as a virtual who’s who of modern reggae artists: top dancehall veteran Frankie Paul, Wailers singer Gary "Nesta" Pine, the Jamaican harmony trio The Meditations, Brooklyn pacesetter Dr. Israel, legendary toaster Ranking Joe, frequent Easy Star contributor Sluggy Ranks, and talented newcomers Kirsty Rock and Dollarman. On the instrumental side you'll also find contributors such as Burning Brass saxophonist Jenny Hill; Tamar-Kali, who has been singing solo and in New York bands since the mid-nineties; percussionist Larry McDonald, who currently plays with Gil-Scott Heron, and has played with Peter Tosh, Ernest Ranglin, and others; Eddie Ocampo, who has played with the Victor Rice Octet and the Stubborn All-Stars; trombonist Mike Wagner, who has played in King Chango, the Daktaris, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, the Soul Providers, and the Victor Rice Octet; veteran reggae bassist Wayne Wiggum, who has most recently played as a member of Roots Combination.

The reggae excursion to "The Dark Side Of The Moon" is in the same order as on the original album and incorparates a variety of styles and four bonus tracks. When you're familiar with the original album you will be surprised by the inventivity and musical craftmanship that was used in 'rebuilding' the album. Here you'll find a jungle version of On The Run, while Time features the deejay Ranking Joe who lays down a hard and heavy 'roots rockers' toast. The alternate mix of Time features a melodica. The vocals of David Gilmour are replaced by horns in Any Colour You Like, while Ranking Joe takes an alternate mix of the song and adds some classic deejaying. Furthermore the song is dubbed to the max on the closing (bonus) tune Any Dub You Like. Frankie Paul takes good care of business as he does Us And Them, adding some extra 'soul'n'power' to the original tune. Dr. Israel takes a spacy one-drop riddim, filters his voice and creates a lunatic atmosphere which suites the song Brain Damage perfectly well. The Meditations deliver Eclipse inna fine Nyabinghi drumming style.

"Dub Side Of The Moon" brings Pink Floyd & Reggae together in perfect relationship.