David Bowie‘s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars will receive a reggae makeover on an upcoming tribute album titled Ziggy Stardubcourtesy of the Easy Star All-Stars collective.
Helmed by producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and Easy Star Records co-founder Michael Goldwasser, Ziggy Stardub will offer a wide range of guests, including Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Vibrant color guitarist Vernon Reid. It follows Easy Star All-Stars’ previous reggae outing Pink Floyd‘s The dark side of the moon, Radiohead‘s OK Computer and beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The lead single “Starman”, led by British vocalist Maxi Priest, can be heard below.
“I listened to it Ziggy Stardust as a teenager, but when we decided to do it as a tribute album, I listened to it like crazy,” Goldwasser shared Rolling stones. “I thought about elements from the original songs, the little details that would be cool to interpolate or just copy into the new versions because I want people to listen many times and hear different things each time. David Bowie was a genius, but to do what I do, it takes a certain level of insanity to execute every detail of every arrangement and then keep track of the big picture.”
Goldwasser added that “Starman” was “the song most crucial to the loose story of the original album,” and he knew it would require a skilled vocalist. “The chorus of ‘Starman’ has this lift that really draws people in because it jumps a whole octave from the ‘star’ to the ‘man,'” he explained. “We needed a talented singer who could do something like that. It’s not easy, and I suspected Maxi could pull it off, and of course he did.”
Easy Star All-Stars is released Ziggy Stardub on April 21. More details about the album are available at Band camp.
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