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Sound System: The Island Anthology

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Sound System: The Island Anthology compiles the first three Steel Pulse albums, all recorded for the Mango label, were easily the best they ever made. This two-disc set compiles the entirety of those three albums Handsworth Revolution, Tribute to the Martyrs and Caught You, the last of which was titled Reggae Fever for U.S. release along with a handful of B-sides and live versions. The familiar pleasures are all here -- the dry, heavy skank of "Bun Dem" and "Soldiers," the strangely dreamy outrage of "Tribute to the Martyrs," the lighter grooves that buoy "Shining" and "Rumours Not True." The extra tracks aren't much to write home about; frankly, the two B-sides and two ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Sound System: The Island Anthology compiles the first three Steel Pulse albums, all recorded for the Mango label, were easily the best they ever made. This two-disc set compiles the entirety of those three albums Handsworth Revolution, Tribute to the Martyrs and Caught You, the last of which was titled Reggae Fever for U.S. release along with a handful of B-sides and live versions. The familiar pleasures are all here -- the dry, heavy skank of "Bun Dem" and "Soldiers," the strangely dreamy outrage of "Tribute to the Martyrs," the lighter grooves that buoy "Shining" and "Rumours Not True." The extra tracks aren't much to write home about; frankly, the two B-sides and two live tracks sound like filler. But the 12" version of the majestic "Babylon Makes the Rules" feel like divine revelation, as does the dubwise extension of "Heart of Stone" that was hinted at so tantalizingly in its original album version. For all of his jazzy excesses, David Hinds remains one of the finest reggae singers around, and there has never been a rhythm section to match this one for brick-wall solidity. An essential collection of top-flight British reggae.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731452432322
  • Catalog Number: 524323
  • Sales rank: 74,769

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Handsworth Revolution (5:20)
  2. 2 Bad Man (5:33)
  3. 3 Soldiers (4:36)
  4. 4 Soundcheck (3:26)
  5. 5 Prodigal Son (5:05)
  6. 6 Ku Klux Klan (6:45)
  7. 7 Prediction (5:27)
  8. 8 Macka Splaff (4:20)
  9. 9 Bun Dem (6:04)
  10. 10 Nyah Love (3:55)
  11. 11 Unseen Guest (6:03)
  12. 12 Sound System (5:41)
  13. 13 Jah Pickney -- R.A.R. (4:33)
  14. 14 Tribute to the Martyrs (6:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Babylon Makes the Rules/Devil's Disciples (8:00)
  2. 2 Uncle George (4:42)
  3. 3 Biko's Kindred Lament (5:29)
  4. 4 Blasphemy (6:52)
  5. 5 Macka Splaff (5:15)
  6. 6 Drug Squad (4:04)
  7. 7 Harassment (4:18)
  8. 8 Reggae Fever (3:25)
  9. 9 Shining (3:55)
  10. 10 Heart of Stone (Chant Them) (6:16)
  11. 11 Rumors (Not True) (3:51)
  12. 12 Caught You Dancing (6:52)
  13. 13 Burning Flame (3:08)
  14. 14 Higher Than High (3:17)
  15. 15 Nyahbinghi Voyage (4:59)
  16. 16 Don't Give In (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steel Pulse Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Selwyn Brown Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Dick Cuthell Drums
Dickage Cornet, Flugelhorn
Basil Gabbidon Guitar, Vocals
David Hinds Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Alphonso Martin Percussion, Vocals
Ronnie McQueen Bass, Percussion
Steve Nisbett Drums
Mikey Riley Percussion, Vocals
Godrey Maduro Saxophone
Technical Credits
Geoffrey Chung Producer
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Steve Lillywhite Producer
Godwin Logie Producer, Engineer
Del Newman Producer
Karl Pitterson Producer, Engineer
Trevor Wyatt Executive Producer
Tom Terrell Liner Notes
Pete King Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST STEEL PULSE GREATEST HITS EVER

    There are a couple of Steel Pulse greatest hits, but this one is the best. It has their best songs. I could listen to it forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Greastest hits of Steel pulse thus far

    There is nothing much to say about this album. It has ALL the best and greatest of steel pulse. This is not an album , this is an investment. Can't get any better than this except live in concert or on dvd. Mash it Grissly!!!

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