Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"The All Stars’ LP proves that in addition to having a knack for remaking classic rock records, they also possess a wealth of original songwriting talent. This album takes the listener on a rhythmic ride through traditional reggae with hints of dub, soul and R&B... Whether providing luscious backing vocals, or singing lead on one of the five lady-led tracks, Joanne Williams and Kirsty Rock have two of the most beautiful voices in contemporary reggae music. A tight group of musicians, complete with saxophone, trumpet and trombone provide a solid platform for all of these songs to stand tall." -GratefulWeb.com
Personnel: Michael Goldwasser (guitar, Clavinet, synthesizer, bass synthesizer, percussion, programming, background vocals); Shelton Garner (guitar, background vocals); Elenna Canlas (melodica, keyboards, bass synthesizer, background vocals); Jenny Hill (saxophone); Buford O'Sullivan (trombone); Ivan Katz (percussion); Menny More, Joanne Williams, Kirsty Rock (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Michael Goldwasser; Paul Schellack.
Recording information: Capture Sound Studio, Brooklyn, NY; DB Studios, Tel Aviv, Israel; Mellowstone Studios, Woodmere, NY; Rymshot Production Studio, Miami, FL; TrackHeadz Ent. Inc., Brooklyn, NY.
Photographer: Mark Hopkins .
After covering the Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Beatles songbooks, Easy Star All-Stars finally get around to their first full-length album of original songs with First Light, a satisfying set of jam band reggae with its feet firmly planted in roots culture. The woozy, nighttime Rasta track "Easy Now Star" with special guests the Meditations is a top-shelf version of the modern roots number, while "All the Way" is lover's rock in a "Breakfast in Bed" style, matching that classic Lorna Bennett tune on the sensuality scale. Smoker's songs are an easy score for this group, but "One Likkle Draw" is still truly inspired, and when it comes to reggae-pop, "Unbelievable," with Easy Star Records labelmate Cas Haley, shows how to go sunshine without getting too sugary. The dub stuck on the end of the album is the kind of druggy journey in space you'd expect from this top-notch studio crew, and anyone who has seen the group live will enjoy having plenty of vocals from Joanne Williams and Kirsty Rock for their home and headphones. Fourteen tracks that flow by without a hitch prove that this reggae crew has plenty to offer past the tribute album. ~ David Jeffries