20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Steel Pulse

20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Steel Pulse

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by Steel Pulse
     
 
Steel Pulse is perhaps the greatest reggae band from England. Their smooth, heavy rhythms, melodic tunes, and wonderfully full and tight vocal harmonies made everything they recorded a treat to hear. Add to that David Hinds' powerful lead vocals and their deeply political lyrics, and you have enough to make a case for them being right up there at the top among

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Steel Pulse is perhaps the greatest reggae band from England. Their smooth, heavy rhythms, melodic tunes, and wonderfully full and tight vocal harmonies made everything they recorded a treat to hear. Add to that David Hinds' powerful lead vocals and their deeply political lyrics, and you have enough to make a case for them being right up there at the top among homegrown bands in Jamaica, too. There have been many collections of the group's work, and while 20th Century Masters - Millennium Collection: The Best of Steel Pulse isn't the most comprehensive study of the band's career it does a fine job of recapping the highlights. The disc contains three songs from their first three albums on Mango/Island: 1978's landmark Handsworth Revolution, 1979's Tribute to the Martyrs, and 1980's Reggae Fever. The songs are well chosen giving a sample of the band's political side ("Handsworth Revolution," "Ku Klux Klan," and "Drug Squad") and their poppier side ("Sound System" and the booming "Reggae Fever"). The collection continues with a song from their excellent True Democracy record cut for Elektra in 1981 ("Ravers"), then jumps to the band's late-'80s/early-'90s work for MCA for two songs: "State of Emergency" and "Taxi Driver." It also picks up the song they recorded for the soundtrack to Do the Right Thing in 1989, "Can't Stand It." These songs are a bit jarring, as they have almost nothing in common with the band's early roots sound, instead being pop-reggae replete with banks of synths and programmed drums. Still, the songs are catchy and Hinds is as great as ever. Despite glossing over the band's stay at Elektra, this disc does serve as a pretty solid intro to Steel Pulse.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498166574
catalogNumber:
000251902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steel Pulse   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Steel Pulse   Producer
Selwyn Brown   Composer
Geoffrey Chung   Producer
David Hinds   Composer,Producer
Dennis Keeley   Cover Design
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Godwin Logie   Producer
Alphonso Martin   Composer
Ronnie McQueen   Composer
Steve Nesbitt   Composer
Karl Pitterson   Producer
Mikey Riley   Composer
Sidney Mills   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer

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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Steel Pulse 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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British reggae group Steel Pulse has just released a 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection CD of their greatest hits. If you don’t know who Steel Pulse is, they’ve been jamming together for over 25 years, putting out some of the best reggae music on the planet. Pulse's performances serve as a spiritual uplifting and hand the satisfaction of knowing what you're going to get – high-energy reggae that will have your arms in the air and an energy that is hard to resist. The collection of songs on this CD, ranging from the politically-minded “Ku Klux Klan” to the more pop-like “State of Emergency” will satisfy the average music goer, while staying true to hard-core Pulse fans. The vocals have been cleaned up on this collection and every song sounds amazing. If you’re new to reggae and have only heard the music of Bob Marley, this is the perfect CD to buy to start out your reggae collection! One love.