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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: Richman Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000EMT9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,328,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unseen Guest
2. Sound System
3. Jah Pickney -- R.A.R.
4. Tribute to the Martyrs
5. Babylon Makes the Rules
6. Uncle George
7. Biko's Kindred Lament
8. Blasphemy

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Biko's biro on 13 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Listening to this in the car the other day with a friend from way back when... we went to see Steel Pulse together on the 'Caught You' tour in 1980. "Listening to this now, it's even better than Handsworth Revolution" said my friend. "Babylon makes the rules" I said "and the rule is that nothing betters Handsworth Revolution!".

Well blow me - 4 repeated listens later and I've got to agree!! See back in the day the 45 was king and this baby doesn't have 45's in abundance - It has long, rootsy beautifully produced (almost at odds with the strident militant lyrics) songs that evidently take years to be fully appreciated! Absolutely love KKK, Prediction and Solidiers and all that but I've just heard them too many times - this is a whole new voyage of discovery, even if I have owned the damn LP for a quarter of a century! It will never be so neglected again.

From Unseen Guest right through to Blasphemy there isn't a dud in sight - Since buying the CD (another Amazon bargain), I now find myself singing along as I hoover the hall or wash the pots "we're gonna hunt the National Front" "George Jackson solidad brother" etc - quite preposterous really when you consider the content, but hey, just go and own this thing - it's a life changer that was cruelly ignored in it's day - shame coz the Pulse were never so vital again and made ever more commercial records (see State of Emergency, Babylon the Bandit etc) after this one in a bid to recover the massive sales and mainstream crossover of their debut. Should have stayed on this true and righteous path.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. gardner on 15 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
back in the time of this albums release i would have been 12 years old and reggae was not in my vocabulary but due to the fact one of our student lodgers left a vinyl copy of this behind when he moved out i am still listening to
my cd copy to this day and it just doesnt age.every song has its place in the reggae hall of fame considering
pulse are still going to this day they never reached the heights of their first 2 albums.let us not forget steel
pulse of this era were bob marleys favourite band.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre Lawrence TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I wept uncontrollably.

The sorrow and the pain of rejection afflicted my soul so horrifically that I haven't been able to rest. How could I do such a thing, I wondered, as tears streamed down my face? To make matters worse, there was no one to console me. I even went to the mountain to offer my prayers, appeals for Divine consideration but all I got was mosquito bites. Nothing. Nada. I was alone. With no one to turn to and no one to help carry this burden. I had to come to terms that I must face this by myself. So here it is...

The seventh greatest reggae album in this entire world is... TRIBUTE TO THE MARTYRS.

"Down in the dungeon
I heard them constructing the scaffold
Where I'll be lynched aloft high
The thoughts of me to die
Rocking like a pendulum,
Anyway, it doesn't matter cause
I'll be swinging to the rhythm of it..."
--- Unseen Guest.

TRIBUTE.... is, for me, the last of the 7 albums that one could easily justify as the greatest reggae album of all time. If we could place the six albums before this in a spindle and randomly select one, any of these would make a strong argument for greatest reggae album and certain all of these are must have's. Don't misunderstand me, there are still great, 5-star albums coming up, but albums that you must not be without at any cost is this meager list of 7. The top 20 would be, in my humble estimation, the reggae albums that every person who loves the genre should and probably does own in some fashion.

TRIBUTE... is, like Marley's Survival, a concept album. It could be considered either the 2nd of 2 or the 2nd of three.
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By S. D. Infield on 8 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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. Whilst it is hard-hitting and uncompromising, it doesn't scream at you; it is not tiresome - this is great music. This isn't sugar-coated reggae, but the musician-ship, the songwriting and production are superb. If you like good reggae - Peter Tosh etc - and want probably the best of British reggae, then Steel Pulse have to be it along with Reggae poet. Linton Kwesi Johnson's absolute genius album 'Forces of Victory'.
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As good as Handsworth brilliant album, they are my 2 fav reggae albums, saw them in Brighton April5th excellent and they must be in there 60's. If you liked Handsworth Revolution you will love this as well.
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