couldn't possibly rate this anthology with any less than 5 stars, island records have real skill in compiling these collections that encapsulate an artist/bands' tenure with them. this covers the 1st 3 albums, 'handsworth revolution' being one of the finest debut albums ever, hardly a note wasted, 'tribute to the martyrs' and 'caught you', also very strong albums. there are a few excellent extra tracks, and the odd album track replaced with the 12" mix. as i said - superb. however, despite many differing approaches and techniques, it will not sync to my walkman in the correct order, which is very frustrating, and makes for irritating listening. this may be due to the fact that it is a 2 part (2 disc) download. it is fine on the 'cloud', tho', but none of the other similar island albums have this problem. maybe it's just me and my inept it skills.
as an addendum - after some 'footering aboot' i resolved the above situation, but am a little foggy as to exactly how.
I am writing this review solely to advise readers to beware of the recommendation to consider the additional purchase of the CD of 'Handsworth Revolution' (because other customers have allegedly done so)! The eight Handsworth Revolution tracks are what you get on the first eight tracks of this useful compilation. This compilation then offers you the next two LP albums, with perhaps the best of the three ('Tribute to the Martyrs') split across the discs. In addition to the three LPs, you also get a few 12" versions/live tracks from that era around 1980 This kind of marketing/promotional blunder really does Amazon no credit. And look out elsewhere in case this is becoming a regularity! [i.e. Beware of deliberately advised duplication.]
My rating for the anthology is represented by the stars. This is good reggae with an individual and unique vocal contribution that sets it apart from the pack.
Island Records have had some of the best reggae artists we've ever heard. And they've done a few anthologies of different artists, along with various compilation sets. They've been in the business for decades and there's now a specific 'sound' we've come to expect from this record label. Once you listen to Steel Pulse, you'll understand why people love their music. This album features the three records I heard from them, many years ago on the radio: Ku Klux Clan; Sound System; Prodigal Son; and those are followed by another super 27 songs that are just as full of sound.
I've always been amazed how a band can sound as if they are playing live, even in a studio. Their production is so rich and 'alive'. This is a cracking album. I dare you to listen and buy it.
Great compilation at a good price and nice to see some 12" mixes included. Agree with a previous reviewer regarding no point in buying this and then buying Handsworth Revolution. Had this compilation included the 12" of Nyah Luv then would have been 5 stars, but for some reason this doesn't seem to appear on any Steel Pulse release....
Excellent urban reggae from one of our best reggae bands, including all tracks from classic album Handsworth Revolution which I used to hear played on John Peel, great stuff and great double cd at an excellent price :-)