Easy Star All-Stars tackled the King of Pop in 2012, recruiting Luciano, Michael Rose, Cas Haley, Steel Pulse, The Green and more to reinterpret Thriller in a reggae style. The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart.
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
“Covering a song in a different genre can be gimmicky, as is the case with this Brooklyn reggae outfit’s take on Michael Jackson’s classic (from “Easy Star’s Thrillah,” an all-covers album). Here however, it just happens to be a good gimmick, put over a spongy groove and dancehall giant Luciano’s simmering, committed vocal.” – New York Post
“Nailing a song is a challenge, but an entire album of covers?…Michael Goldwasser’s crew brings it home with Thrillah (Easy Star)…this homage is tasteful and eloquent, avoiding modern reggae’s trappings, such as vocoders and synth-based horns. Amassing 21 musicians and recorded in five countries, this truly global endeavor honors the King of Pop in an entirely unforeseen way.”
– The Huffington Post
“The All-Stars are able to keep their style fresh by only changing songs ever so slightly. Each cover song still has a strong connection to the original.” – The Aspen Times