Handsworth Revolution

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Steel Pulse's debut album set the band decisively apart from its British colleagues. This was not, by any stretch of the imagination, either pop-reggae or lovers rock. Nor was it the kind of dreamy Rasta reggae or art-for-art's sake dub that was popular at the time. Though the subtly jazzy swing that would later become explicit was already informing Steel Pulse's groove, the band's first album seemed not at all interested in generating anything like a party atmosphere. Handsworth Revolution is about politics first and religion second, with a quick nod to the dance "Sound System" and another to the herb "Macka Splaff" and not a single love lyric to be found anywhere. This ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Steel Pulse's debut album set the band decisively apart from its British colleagues. This was not, by any stretch of the imagination, either pop-reggae or lovers rock. Nor was it the kind of dreamy Rasta reggae or art-for-art's sake dub that was popular at the time. Though the subtly jazzy swing that would later become explicit was already informing Steel Pulse's groove, the band's first album seemed not at all interested in generating anything like a party atmosphere. Handsworth Revolution is about politics first and religion second, with a quick nod to the dance "Sound System" and another to the herb "Macka Splaff" and not a single love lyric to be found anywhere. This gives the music a certain intellectual urgency, and the band's instrumental virtuosity is impressive given its youth and relatively inexperience. But it also makes for a rather dry listening experience; other than "Ku Klux Klan" and the gorgeous "Prodigal Son," there's not much to hold onto here, melodically speaking -- and even those two songs sound dry in comparison to the band's subsequent work. Still, there's a solidity to these tunes, a sheer tensile strength, that makes them compelling in their own Spartan way. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/1990
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 042284657921
  • Catalog Number: 8465792
  • Sales rank: 26,940

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Handsworth Revolution (5:23)
  2. 2 Bad Man (5:39)
  3. 3 Soldiers (4:40)
  4. 4 Sound Check (3:30)
  5. 5 Prodigal Son (5:10)
  6. 6 Ku Klux Klan (3:44)
  7. 7 Prediction (5:25)
  8. 8 Macka Splaff (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steel Pulse Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Selwyn Brown Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Basil Gabbidon Guitar, Vocals
David Hinds Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Godfrey Madura Saxophone
Alphonso Martin Percussion, Vocals
Ronnie McQueen Bass, Percussion
Steve Nesbitt Drums
Steve Nisbett Drums
Mikey Riley Percussion, Vocals
Technical Credits
Selwyn Brown Composer
Basil Gabbidon Composer
David Hinds Composer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Godwin Logie Producer
Alphonso Martin Composer
Ronnie McQueen Composer
Steve Nesbitt Composer
Steve Nisbett Composer
Karl Pitterson Producer
Mikey Riley Composer
Andrew Aloof Illustrations, Illustration Concept
Martin Fuller Logo
McQueen Composer
Pete King Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top Five albums of all time

    To me, it dosen't get any better than this. This is the finest reggae album ever produced. The melodies with each song are universal, this is an album you can sing along with. Each instrument has it's own character, and when played together, the band reaches a ''spiritual high'' few have reached before. A definite for any music lover, my top five ever.

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