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Mixing impassioned political and social protest with stellar Rasta bats, these sons of Jamaican immigrants-led by David Hinds rose out of humble Birmingham origins to become one of the U.K.'s all-time greatest reggae acts and a globallyl revered band. Their live shows-both headlining and opening for Bob Marley and others-are legendary. Steel Pulse's Elektra debut album, True Democracy, ranks as one of their strongest, and Earth Crisis further built on their legacy as musical innovators and human rights advocates. Often fusing elements of jazz, dancehall, hip-hop, and Latin music into a roots reggae base, Steel Pulse will forever remain icons of the genre. Elektra. 2005.

1. Chant A Psalm
2. Ravers
3. Find It...Quick
4. A Who Responsible?
5. Worth His Weight In Gold (Rally Round)
6. Leggo Beast
7. Blues Dance Raid
8. Your House
9. Man No Sober
10. Dub' Marcus Say
11. Ravers (12" Version)
12. Leggo Beast (12" Version)
13. Your House (Dub Version)
14. A Who Responsible (Dub Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B0009I7NLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tom on August 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1981 Steel Pulse was practically bankrupcy without any money at all.

They managed to get some free of charge studio time in a small recording studio in Denmark to make this album.

The result was one of their best albums of all time.

Now a better sounding remaster is out adding 4 new extended previously unavailable tracks to this fabulous album.

Recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LEE JONES on December 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album introduced me to Steel Pulse.I was fortunate to have heard the track - RAVERS- on the radio one day,and from that moment I have been addicted to their music. This is arguably their greatest album next to Handsworth Revolution. It has a very fresh distinctive sound with David Hinds infectious vocals a joy to hear. I first saw the band at the now defunct -The Venue in Victoria ,London in 1984 and the memories of that gig is still fresh in my mind. I can never hear enough of this album. It's still a puzzle why Steel Pulse have never received the reception in England that its has in places like Japan,USA,Africa and the Caribbean.
LISTEN TO THE TEACHINGS OF STEEL PULSE
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2003
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You'll know what I mean when you listen to this classic! Compositionally, and musically, this stands up to any Marley or Tosh release, and even surpasses them! Steel Pulse is one of those Reggae bands that knows how to combine great, catchy, hooky songwriting with immaculate recording/production techniques, and Reggae fans are all the richer for this! THANK YOU David Hinds, and Steel Pulse for making my world a lot more palatable with your soulful, 'comes from the heart' music! "ONE LOVE..."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MCB on September 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
"Handsworth Revolution" or "True Democracy"? How can you go wrong with either one. I listened to "True Democracy" first and favor this a little more. The opening song is why I do. "Chant a Psalm" gets you skanking after only a couple of seconds and if you can't move to "Ravers", you don't like reggae that much anyway! Always true to their social and political beliefs, this album stays the course and asks "A Who Responsible" to terrorists of the world, chastises loose women (Leggo Beast) and drunkards (Man No Sober), and questions the tactics of the police (Blues Dance Raid). During the late 70s and early 80s, I thought that only Bob Marley made rasta reggae worth listening to. After seeing Steel Pulse perform in the movie "Urgh-A Musical War", I changed my mind. Steel Pulse's 1986 performance at the Universal Ampihteater in LA still remains the best live performance I've ever witnessed in my 20-plus years of concertgoing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 1998
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True Democracy is a true "Classic" reggae album that has stood the test of time. From the uplifting 'Chant A Psalm' and 'Ravers' to the cautionary 'A Who responsible' and the lovely 'Your House', every word and chord rings true. It will stay in your CD player for more than one round each time you play it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nomdeplume on January 1, 2005
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Like Marley, these songs transcend any musical style. Great melodies, intelligent and meaningful lyrics, talented musicianship-- it simply does not get any better than this. Why they aren't world famous is beyond me. Every song is a five out of five.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dextra L. Suggs on September 24, 2007
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I'm surprised that Steel Pulse hasn't gleaned a more widespread audience. Their upbeat version of reggae is light and refreshing; yet poignant. It's an awesome combination.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cindy F. Austin on August 3, 2007
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Not only is this one of the best Steel Pulse albums ever, it's one of the best roots reggae albums ever made! The worst track is "Man No Sober," but its not even that bad. Highlights of the album are "Chant A Psalm," "Ravers," "Worth His Weight in Gold (Rally Round)," and "Your House" (my favorite Pulse song). The long/dub versions at the end of the album are worthless (as most long/dub versions are in my opinion) but the actual album is a masterpiece. If you like reggae at all you won't be disappointed.
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