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Handsworth Revolution [CASSETTE]

Steel Pulse Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (18 Dec 1987)
  • Label: Uni/Mango
  • ASIN: B000003QH6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

1. Handsworth Revolution
2. Bad Man
3. Soldiers
4. Sound Check
5. Prodigal Son
6. Ku Klux Klan
7. Prediction
8. Macka Splaff

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone for reggae music 20 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is a milestone in the development of reggae music. It demonstrated that although the sound of British reggae was different to the sounds coming from Jamaica, it was as thought provoking and melodic as anything the Wailers produced. Simply this album put British reggae on the map. It will always be a vital and enjoyable musical experience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First taste of a British revolution 14 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album was the first reggae purchase I made thanks to John Peel (radio dj) who supported the band with airtime to help get this album recognised.The stark anti-nazi image of the band dressed in KKK uniform along with the haunting melody and driving bass of the single Ku Klux Klan was thought provoking to this English youth at the time.Steel Pulse must be credited for moulding there own unique style of reggae which clearly has other musical influences as can be heard on this set.
This album has had a huge influence on my life.I woke up and realised the foolishness of raccism as prescribed by my post war (ignorant) parents and I started to understand Jamaican/British culture.I kind of personally evolved beyond new wave and still follow true roots reggae to this day.Just seen Sly & Robbie live-I feel truly blessed!
This album kind of relayed a theme of modern day suffering and poverty both in the UK and beyond reflected in the wonderful artwork which was better appreciated with a 12" cover.It really is a classic. Bob Marley listened to it in his tour bus at the time-recommendation enough for most. Buy this and then check out 'Misty In Roots Live at the Countervision' for an education in the moulding of UK roots reggae of the finest order.
PS Felt the negative vibe towards Aswad in other review was a little unfair as they were a sensational live band in their roots era.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world classic 13 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've read and agreed with everything the other reviewers have said about this Roots/Dub masterpiece,the only things I can add is that this album is one of THE greatest ever,in or out of the UK.It stands shoulder to shoulder with anything by Burning Spear,Culture,U-Roy,LKJ,Augustus Pablo....I could go on.
One word of caution though,after purchasing this album you will own Steel Pulse' best recordings by a country mile.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars handsworth revisited 27 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'd forgotten just how good this album is! A blast from the past, Handsworth Revolution resurrects the spirit of the time; Rock Against Racism marches, Anti Nazi League protests all rounded up with a party of punks, dreads and like minded people in unison! Enough nostalgia, Steel Pulse's Handsworth Revolution has stood the test of time; smooth vocals over original dub bass representing the struggle of that era all contribute to an album which should be hailed as a reggae classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'The' classic British reggae album 26 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
Birmingham's Steel Pulse provided us with the only truly great British reggae album of the last 30 years in 1978's Handsworth Revolution. Seven great reggae musicians from all over north Birmingham, ie ,Lozells, Handsworth and Handsworth Wood, got together to create an unforgettable sound that is true to the roots of Jamaican reggae, unlike the over-commercialised offerings of UB40 and Aswad throught the 1980s (although both bands did strive for authenticity on their first couple of albums).
There is a real positive vibe to this music, with classics such as Klu Klux Klan, Sound System and Prodgical Son (a Top 40 hit) providing the standout moments.
Meanwhile, fellow Brummies UB40, together with Aswad, were waiting in the wings with their crossover reggae-pop for the 'reggae-ignorant' mainstream audience. Forget this lot, this is true reggae with real spirit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No rest in Birmingham 1 April 2008
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
In the late 1970s, amid the hurricane of the new wave, Steel Pulse were seen as the UK reggae band most likely to mix it with other newcomers, and were hardly ever out of the NME. Every track on this album seems to me to be tied to the title track, its portentous 'Babylon is falling' warning set to a restless undercurrent. Steel Pulse seemed to capture some of the social discontent of the time with a no-nonsense approach to their music. They occasionally added colour, as in the guitar flourishes on 'Soldiers,' but they were direct rather than poetic. The titles tend to leave little to the imagination. Other than on the celebratory 'Sound Check' they chart fairly gloomy territory, until the closing 'Macka Splaff,' which seems to represent comfort rather than solution. They never achieved the acclaim that seemed to be predicted for them, but 'Handsworth Revolution' is a satisfying album, and one which highlights how half-baked most white interpretations of the form are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Milestone...as a previous reviewer said. 7 Sep 2012
Format:Audio CD
'Handsworth Revolution' is beautiful music...and it's hard...and it's heavy. It's British Blacks peed off with oppression.Steel Pulse were the hardest-hitting, most socially-relevant, musically-profound reggae band to come out of Britain and do anything that Jamaica could do, putting it into a UK context.
I am Rocking Against Racism, there's someone selling cans of Red Stripe and the air is florally fragrant.
If that sounds a little over-the-top/ pretentious, let me say that this is supremely beautiful reggae music.
And how about this for pretentious......
I would like to think that, one day, the title track is recognised as classical music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars BACK TO BLACK vinyl re-issue is very dissapointing.
Essential reggae album, 5 stars for the music but better to avoid the Back to Black vinyl reissue as it lacks space and dynamics. There is too much focus on the treble. Read more
Published 4 days ago by J. Deen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the best reggae album ever made
Published 17 days ago by R. Gold
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply great british sound of the midlands......class album
Published 1 month ago by Michael Bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars Handsworth Revolution
Great classic album, I have it on vinyl too. needed CD for the car. Great condition and worth every penny.
Published 4 months ago by Giulia
5.0 out of 5 stars T'revolution
I love this album and always have but it got lost ten years ago and I have finally replaced and wonder why I waited so long. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ruby Rocket
5.0 out of 5 stars steel pulse
What a great album this is! So much of their songs still relevant today, hasn't dated at all in my opinion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius album - the cream of great reggae
I bought this back in the late 70s, and it is just as good and fresh now as it was then. Timeless. Fantastic. This is British reggae at it's best. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. D. Infield
5.0 out of 5 stars Hansworth Revolution
This is one of the great reggae records of the 70s era and I recommend it without any provisos. If you like Bob Marley then you will love this. Read more
Published 14 months ago by apollyg
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle melody and groove hides a bite, tea cosies off to the boys from...
For me this is a watershed English reggae album. Like early seventies Marley, you can swim along with the music and enjoy the roll. Listen to the lyrics and it is something else. Read more
Published on 24 July 2012 by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars not much room for improvement
To call Handsworth revolution, one of the all time great reggae albums, is no exaggeration; it is right up there with the best of them; the sound production is superb, with really... Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by cagire
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