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Monday, March 14, 2011

Easy Star All-Stars Announced Release of Their First Original Studio Album

Known for their great covers of popular albums in reggae and dub style, the Easy Star All-Stars have officially announced their first full length album of all original material. Appropriately titled "First Light", is expected to be released on April 5th, 2011 and will come out in the UK on May 30th, 2011.

The Easy Star All-Stars have helped to bring the sounds of reggae music to the masses by releasing highly successful series of tribute albums: Dub Side of the Moon (2003), a reggae re-invention of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon; Radiodread (2006), the band's take on Radiohead's OK Computer; Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009), a cover of Sgt. Pepper's and was the first reggae record to crack the Billboard Top 200 chart in over 2 years; and finally Dubber Side of the Moon (2010) a monumental remix of their landmark album.

First Light is an important step in the band’s story, demonstrating a wide range of approaches to reggae, from progressive to classic, roots to futurist, confirming the All-Stars place as one of the most influential acts on the US reggae scene. The album includes 12 songs and one dub, with guest appearances by The Meditations, Cas Haley, Junior Jazz, Lady Ann and Tony Tuff.

The band will embark on their First Light Tour on March 31. The tour will run the entire length of the Atlantic Coast, from Canada to Florida and back. The first 10 shows features support from the biggest up-and-coming band in reggae today, Hawaii's The Green (who is currently on a US tour), as well as from Easy Star artist Cas Haley, who just released his latest album, CONNECTION, last Fall.


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