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Earth Crisis [Bonus Tracks]
     

Earth Crisis [Bonus Tracks]

by Steel Pulse
 

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Not quite the landmark that Handsworth Revolution was, Earth Crisis suffers from uneven songwriting and dated, polished production that's sometimes too slick for its own good. What's more, the album is poorly sequenced, placing the weakest cuts, "Steppin' Out" and "Tightrope," at the very beginning. "Throne of Gold,

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Not quite the landmark that Handsworth Revolution was, Earth Crisis suffers from uneven songwriting and dated, polished production that's sometimes too slick for its own good. What's more, the album is poorly sequenced, placing the weakest cuts, "Steppin' Out" and "Tightrope," at the very beginning. "Throne of Gold," the album's love song, has beautiful lyrics but lacks a truly compelling melody to get them across. After that, the album picks up with a string of superior songs, all of which decry social injustice and have powerful music to back them up, though they occasionally drag on longer than they need to and are saddled with horn and synthesizer parts that sound superfluous. Still, the strength of material in the album's second half definitely proves why Steel Pulse earned their reputation as a top-notch act. Had the songs been more focused, the production less slick, and the album sequenced correctly, Earth Crisis would stand as a watershed album of the '80s. As it stands, it's certainly worth hearing, but probably not the place where newcomers should be introduced to Steel Pulse's talents. [The album was reissued by Rhino in 2005 with four bonus tracks added: dub and extended versions of "Steppin' Out" and dub and remixed versions of "Roller Skates."]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227468729
catalogNumber:
74687
Rank:
29763

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steel Pulse   Primary Artist
Selwyn Brown   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
David Hinds   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Voices,Vox Organ,Group Member
Alphonso Martin   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Ronnie McQueen   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Steve Nisbett   Percussion,Drums
Carl Atkins   Saxophone,Soloist
Jimmy Haynes   Bass,Guitar
Richard Bailey   Track Performer
Stevie "Grizzly" Nesbitt   Percussion,Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Steel Pulse   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes   Arranger,Producer
David Hinds   Composer
Del Newman   Producer
Jack Nuber   Remixing
Steve Thompson   Remixing
Roger Steffens   Liner Notes
Tony Humphries   Remixing,Dub Mixing
Neville Garrick   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Jimmy Haynes   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Morongell   Engineer
Dave Lester   Engineer
Kenny Nemes   Reissue Producer
James C. Bracken   Composer
Matt Abels   Reissue Producer
Richard Bailey   Contributor
Peter Halm   Art Direction

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