Handsworth Revolution

Handsworth Revolution

by Steel PulseSteel Pulse


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/1990
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0042284657921
catalogNumber: 8465792
Rank: 18727

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steel Pulse   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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