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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Easy Star All‐Stars : Dub Side of the Moon @ Islington Assembly Hall...



Last Friday night Stuart, Paul, Simon and I went to see the reggae outfit Easy Star All‐Stars perform their dubtastic album Dub Side of the Moon at the Islington Assembly Hall in London's glitzy Upper Street.

In fact, the band performed various hits from their repertoire, but drew mainly from their seminal work Dub Side Of The Moon (a complete reggae reworking of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon). We were also treated to tracks from their newer piece, Radiodread (the reggae treatment given to Radiohead's OK Computer). They even threw in the odd track from Thrillah too (their dub version of Michael Jackson’s classic album.)

The masterminds behind Easy Star All-Stars are Michael Goldwasser (a.k.a. Michael G), his production partner Victor Axelrod (a.k.a. Ticklah), and his two Easy Star label partners Eric Smith and Lem Oppenheimer. This New York reggae band are in fact a loose collective with a rotating line-up. Last night there were eight of them on a stage and they did a pretty good job of keeping us entertained.
Recommended, if you like dub. Which I do, diddly-do, diddly-do, diddly-do, do, do.

The setlist was:
True To Jah Love
Lovely Rita (The Beatles cover)
High and Dry (Radiohead cover)
Speak to Me (Pink Floyd cover)
Breathe (Pink Floyd cover)
On the Run (Pink Floyd cover)
Time (Pink Floyd cover)
The Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd cover)
Money (Pink Floyd cover)
Us and Them (Pink Floyd cover)
Any Colour You Like (Pink Floyd cover)
Brain Damage (Pink Floyd cover)
Eclipse (Pink Floyd cover)
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (Michael Jackson cover)
Climbing Up the Walls (Radiohead cover)
Electioneering (Radiohead cover)
Tell Dem Fi Gwaan

Encore:
One Likkle Draw
Karma Police (Radiohead cover)

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