Easy Star All-Stars Dub Side of the Moon

Music is life, and I love life. I cannot imagine a life without music, and that is the entire rationale behind my work in Genesis - the love and sharing of music.

This next album is likely to raise the heckles of some purists, but I don't care. Music should be shared with a passion!

Released in 1973 by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon explored the themes of greed, conflict and time. With over 50 million copies sold, it is one of the best selling albums of all time, and Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album. It is still as popular today, and is often referred to as one of the greatest albums of all time. It is an album I love, and I have probably every single version of it - on LP, CD, and SACD with multiple re-issues of each.

DSotM has also spawned several tributes. This is what raises the heckles of purists - with calling it a parody and an insult and likening it to "New Coke". However, I grew up with Pink Floyd, and if you gave it a chance, you will realize that the experience of listening to this album is ethereal.

Yes - this is Dub Side of the Moon! It features the house band of renown New York Dub label Easy Star Records, and is an ambitious and in my mind entirely successful take on Pink Floyd's psychedelic rock. It makes the surreal even more surreal with dub-style loops, slow reggae beats and atmospheric sounds.

In particular, listen to the opening track of side 2 - Money, instead of the sounds of cash registers and coins, it's the sound of bong hits, coughing and maniacal laughter. When I played the LP at a recent meeting of the Pacific Northwest Audio Society, I was almost trampled by members who wanted to see the album cover.

Mono & Stereo friend Gary Koh of Genesis Advanced Technologies, Inc.