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This review is from: Celebrate the Bullet (Audio CD)
By the end of 1980 The Selecter were trying to distance themselves from 2 Tone by releasing this on the Chrysalis label (Two Tone were managed under Chrysalis). They responded by releasing a very mature, rock based lp. The production is very good, and some great playing, fretless bass on Cool Blue Lady, Noel Davies guitar sound fills out the recored with a brilliant lead solo on Selling Out Your Future, the best track. No filler at all, every track is very strong, Pauline Blacks vocals are so brilliant I am surprised she never went on to have a big solo career. Pauline also writes some great songs, Bristol and Miami, and Deepwater. It still has the ska feel but much more of a rock sound than 2 Tone. The single Celebrate the Bullet was released in Dec 80 (just as John Lennon was shot) it got banned and the record bombed. A shame as I still play it 30 years later, just love the 80s guitar effects Noel Davies used. Washed up and left for Dead is also a key track to close the LP. After poor sales the band split up, but its well worth buying if you like great songs with meaning and a band all playing excellent music, in a 80s new wavish sound.