Sound System: The Island Anthology

Sound System: The Island Anthology

by Steel Pulse

CD

Overview

Sound System: The Island Anthology compiles the first three Steel Pulse albums, all recorded for the Mango label, were easily the best they ever made. This two-disc set compiles the entirety of those three albums (Handsworth Revolution, Tribute to the Martyrs and Caught You, the last of which was titled Reggae Fever for U.S. release) along with a handful of B-sides and live versions. The familiar pleasures are all here -- the dry, heavy skank of "Bun Dem" and "Soldiers," the strangely dreamy outrage of "Tribute to the Martyrs," the lighter grooves that buoy "Shining" and "Rumours (Not True)." The extra tracks aren't much to write home about; frankly, the two B-sides and two live tracks sound like filler. But the 12" version of the majestic "Babylon Makes the Rules" feel like divine revelation, as does the dubwise extension of "Heart of Stone" that was hinted at so tantalizingly in its original album version. For all of his jazzy excesses, David Hinds remains one of the finest reggae singers around, and there has never been a rhythm section to match this one for brick-wall solidity. An essential collection of top-flight British reggae.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/1997
Label: Island
UPC: 0731452432322
catalogNumber: 524323

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steel Pulse   Primary Artist
Selwyn Brown   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Dick Cuthell   Drums
Dickage   Cornet,Flugelhorn
Basil Gabbidon   Guitar,Vocals
David Hinds   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Alphonso Martin   Percussion,Vocals
Ronnie McQueen   Bass,Percussion
Steve Nisbett   Drums
Mikey Riley   Percussion,Vocals
Godrey Maduro   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Geoffrey Chung   Producer
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
Godwin Logie   Producer,Engineer
Del Newman   Producer
Karl Pitterson   Producer,Engineer
Trevor Wyatt   Executive Producer
Tom Terrell   Liner Notes
Pete King   Executive Producer

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Sound System: The Island Anthology 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is nothing much to say about this album. It has ALL the best and greatest of steel pulse. This is not an album , this is an investment. Can't get any better than this except live in concert or on dvd. Mash it Grissly!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are a couple of Steel Pulse greatest hits, but this one is the best. It has their best songs. I could listen to it forever.