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True Democracy [Bonus Tracks]
     

True Democracy [Bonus Tracks]

by Steel Pulse
 

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Steel Pulse is one of the toughest British reggae bands ever, and it also boasts one of the sharpest names in the biz. Born amid the blood and smoke of Birmingham's Handsworth riots, Steel Pulse was never part of reggae's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" school. Even after Pulse had made a name for itself with uncompromising rebel music like "Handsworth Revolution" and "Ku

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Steel Pulse is one of the toughest British reggae bands ever, and it also boasts one of the sharpest names in the biz. Born amid the blood and smoke of Birmingham's Handsworth riots, Steel Pulse was never part of reggae's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" school. Even after Pulse had made a name for itself with uncompromising rebel music like "Handsworth Revolution" and "Ku Klux Klan," TRUE DEMOCRACY, released on the band's own Wise Man Doctrine label in 1982, was a breakthrough album -- Pulse never sounded tighter, and its members were writing great songs. It's all there on the irresistible "Blues Dance Raid": the shimmering voice of front man David Hinds, the bright guitar chops, bouncy bass lines, swirling synth chords, and catchy call-and-response vocal hooks. From the dance hall blaster "Ravers" to the Afrocentric energy of "Rally Round" and "Dub Marcus Say," this is a reggae album that hums with high-energy power pop at its most infectious.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Although the group's first three albums are generally considered their finest, there is a very strong case to be made for including Steel Pulse's Elektra debut in their core collection as well. Where Reggae Fever had found the band moving from hardcore Rasta politics into lover's rock and party anthems, True Democracy marks a return to more ideological subject matter; the cover art, which shows singer David Hinds reading the Bible to his rapt bandmates, is a dead giveaway. Their sound might be a little bit slicker than before, but it's also harder and the lyrics less compromising -- "Leggo Beast" denounces adultery over a stripped-down one-drop beat; "Man No Sober" inveighs against drunkenness; "A Who Responsible?" uses a dour trombone line to call down judgment on Babylon. But the mood is lightened somewhat by "Your House," a gorgeous love song, and by the exalted "Chant a Psalm." This is one of Steel Pulse's most satisfying and fully realized albums. [The record was reissued in 2005 by Rhino and features four bonus tracks: 12" versions of "Ravers" and "Leggo Beast" and dub versions of "Your House" and "A Who Responsible?"]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0081227928728
catalogNumber:
79287
Rank:
27807

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steel Pulse   Primary Artist
Selwyn Brown   Keyboards,Vocals
Basil Gabbidon   Guitar
David Hinds   Guitar,Vocals
Alphonso Martin   Percussion,Vocals
Phonso Martin   Percussion,Vocals
Ronnie McQueen   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Nesbitt   Drums
Steve Nisbett   Drums
Ronald "Stepper" McQueen   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

David Hinds   Composer
Alphonso Martin   Contributor
Phonso Martin   Composer
John Nielson   Engineer
Karl Pitterson   Producer,Audio Production
Dennis Thompson   Engineer
Roger Steffens   Liner Notes
Ron Coro   Art Direction
Ole Lauritsen   Engineer

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