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Old 07-08-2009, 09:45 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Absolutey fab!!!

Bought 'Handsworth Revolution' earlier on this afternoon. Great band, great music.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:39 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Good lad As I think I've said before, True Democracy's by far my favourite of theirs. Tribute To the Martyrs is a great album too. I do love me a bit of Handsworth Revolution as well though.

By the way, anyone wanting to dig around their discography a bit (which I must say would be well worth the hassle), just keep well away from Earth Crisis and State Of Emergency.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:42 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Good lad As I think I've said before, True Democracy's by far my favourite of theirs. Tribute To the Martyrs is a great album too. I do love me a bit of Handsworth Revolution as well though.

By the way, anyone wanting to dig around their discography a bit (which I must say would be well worth the hassle), just keep well away from Earth Crisis and State Of Emergency.
Im curious, why not 'State Of Emergency'?

It is the only other Steel Pulse album that they have in my regular music stores sadly.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:48 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Im curious, why not 'State Of Emergency'?

It is the only other Steel Pulse album that they have in my regular music stores sadly.
It's basically the sound of the guys trying to make a reggae-pop album and failing miserably. It's swamped in horrifically dated studio treatments and production techniques, which'd be ok if the songs themselves were actually any good (which, by the way, they ain't!).

If you're curious, give it a try, but don't say I didn't warn you
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It's basically the sound of the guys trying to make a reggae-pop album and failing miserably. It's swamped in horrifically dated studio treatments and production techniques, which'd be ok if the songs themselves were actually any good (which, by the way, they ain't!).

If you're curious, give it a try, but don't say I didn't warn you
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I think im still gonna give it a bash sooner or later seeing as there are only about 5 more reggae albums left in the whole town which I could buy. Sad state!

Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse, Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey, Third world - reggae greats compo, culture - nuff' said and at least 40 million variations of Bob Marley... Not exactly spoilt for choice.
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I think im still gonna give it a bash sooner or later seeing as there are only about 5 more reggae albums left in the whole town which I could buy. Sad state!

Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse, Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey, Third world - reggae greats compo, culture - nuff' said and at least 40 million variations of Bob Marley... Not exactly spoilt for choice.
Unfortunately it's the same story with a lot of places I've been to in England - unless you're looking in the biggest HMV or whatever in the country, you're likely to come across some pretty pathetic reggae sections. Before I started getting my albums off blogs I just kept using amazon and itunes to find all the good stuff.

If you're ok downloading for free, I can hook you up to a couple of good reggae blogs if you like.
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and to think I live in probably the 3rd biggest city in the country.... hmmmm!

At the moment the only downloading I do is off new artists/genres in attempts to explore more stuff, but I have already been looking around at some reggae albums and blogs to download. Wouldn't mind giving them a look if thats not a hassle. Thanks.
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Old 07-11-2009, 05:02 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I think im still gonna give it a bash sooner or later seeing as there are only about 5 more reggae albums left in the whole town which I could buy. Sad state!

Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse, Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey, Third world - reggae greats compo, culture - nuff' said and at least 40 million variations of Bob Marley... Not exactly spoilt for choice.
There is also a shortage of reggae music in retail stores here in the USA. My favoritie retailer used to carry a fully stocked reggae section with about 100 different artists. Now there isn't a proper reggae section but a "world" music section carrying albums only by Marley, Tosh and UB 40. Music retailers are cutting their own throats by carrying only the music that sells quicky off the shelf because they're losing guys like me who purchase a lot of offbeat and slow selling titles.

The good news is that Amazon and Rhapsody are carrying a gold mine of old and new reggae and digital titles about half the price you'd pay for a cd or vinyl version. I go crazy whenever I shop there because the albums run from $5.99 to 8.99 (US Dollars) and single downloads are only 99 cents.

I'm not sure what's available at Amazon UK or Amazon South Africa, but I do know that I can't download titles from Amazon UK because of EU copyright laws. It surprises me there is such a shortage of reggae music in Africa because Africa is one of the few places that reggae singers can still fill football stadiums for concerts.
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Handsworth Revolution was a pretty good album, but it was oddly dry-sounding, and they seemed to be somewhat humorless/overly serious about their lyrics. I've been planning to get something else by them at some point, though.
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Handsworth Revolution was a pretty good album, but it was oddly dry-sounding, and they seemed to be somewhat humorless/overly serious about their lyrics. I've been planning to get something else by them at some point, though.
It's true they lack the more playful kind of slant on their lyrics that, say, Barrington Levy or Eek-a-mouse have (comparatively anyway), but to me it's just part and parcel of the core values of roots reggae. Good that you still liked Handsworth Revolution regardless of that though. True Democracy is definitely the next best place to go with them - brilliant songwriting, brilliant production, just a truly fantastic and well-rounded piece of work.
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