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  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B006TX2758
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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* Originally released in 1979 on Island Records, the album features the Top Ten double A side smash hit `British Hustle' / `Peace On Earth' and the Top Twenty hit `Hi Tension', both 7"single versions are included in this package as Bonus Tracks.

* Both `British Hustle' & `Hi Tension' were club classics of their time and the "Hi Tension" album featured extended versions of both tracks.

* Hi Tension featured the vocal talents of David Joseph who went on to have solo hit singles in the early 80's.

* The albums was Produced by Alex Sadkin & Kofi Ayivor (Osibisa)

BBC Review

Hi-Tension were briefly at the vanguard of British funk, and their sole album remains a vibrant capture of a simpler time. Running in tandem with punk, this first wave of what became known as Brit funk emulated the prevalent US soul sound, but simultaneously had a uniquely underlying jagged edge.

Coming out of northwest London, Hi-Tension injected a much-needed breath of air in the stultifying heat of the 1976 summer. Gaining fans such as Johnny Jackson, the drummer in The Jacksons’ touring band, a tape of theirs found its way to Chris Blackwell at Island Records. Although it took Hi-Tension until 1978 to release their debut album, they did so on Island, one of the most hallowed record labels of all time.

Produced by group mentor Ayivor and Alex Sadkin, who would soon produce Grace Jones’ groundbreaking work at Compass Point Studios, and in part by Blackwell himself, this album captured the best of the group’s electrifying stage set. From the sunshine wake-up of You’re My Girl through the groove of Searchin’, this was exciting music.

Their debut single, Autumn Love, is suitably dreamy and laidback. Like Kool & the Gang, they had their own, eponymous theme song – Hi-Tension was a steamy, percussion-driven number that reached number 13 on the UK singles chart in May 1978.

But it was the follow-up single, British Hustle, which took Hi-Tension into the top 10. It lit a flame with the soul DJs of the time, Robbie Vincent and Greg Edwards, who rushed to play them. The single had a freshness, edginess and pizzazz that simply wasn’t coming out of the US disco phenomenon at that point.

Their material is sung with a British accent throughout, which probably explained their lack of success in the US. And that was more or less it. It was always something of a disappointment that Hi-Tension didn’t last longer – they certainly paved the way for the next wave of Brit funk. Light of the World, Linx, Central Line and Freeez all owed them a debt, and this, their only album, is a testament to their prowess.

--Daryl Easlea

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buyer on 1 May 2012
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A truly wicked album from the pioneers of Brit Funk. I've had this on heavy rotation since it arrived. I had half of this album on a CD collection of David Joseph & Hi-Tension but you need the whole thing to truly appreciate its quality. Their unique sound is reminiscent of Earth, Wind & Fire but very much in the Brit-Funk mode - a delightful blend of harmony soul, jazz, disco and funk. The anthemic singles "British Hustle" and "Hi-Tension" are included in their full length glory and as single versions, but also dig deeper for the Dexter Wansel-esque jazz-funk of "Power & Lightening" which segues into the energetic horn-heavy "Unspoken" which incidentally was paired with the lovely midtempo "Autumn Love" as a single - a real steppers delight. The closing track on the album should get special mention too, the uplifiting optimistic "Peace on Earth" and to my great delight the single-only b-side "Girl I Betcha" is included as a bonus track which sounds like its paving the way for the likes of future UK jazz-soul artists such as Sade. It's very rare you get an album where every track is a winner but this is definitely one of them. If there's a better Brit Funk album out there then I need to hear it! Essential purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A KERSHAW on 25 Feb. 2013
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At last ! after 30 odd years of waiting we have hi tension to enjoy once again in all their glory.. this album includes the 12" versions of " hi tension " and "british hustle " and is still very enjoyable to this very day..
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By IDB on 9 Mar. 2012
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I agree with Mr Smith's review. Although "Funktified" "There's A Reason" and "Latin Inspiration" were all available on the CD before. BRITISH HUSTLE: "THE BEST OF DAVID JOSEPH & HI-TENSION" released on CD in 1993. Probably quite hard to find now.
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By Old school on 12 July 2012
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The product arrived quickly and securely.
It is a quality cd by a group much forgotten at a decent price too!
Would recommend it.
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