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True Democracy

Steel PulseAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B0009I7NLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, even better remastered August 8, 2005
By Tom
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.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REGGAE AT ITS VERY BEST 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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars True Reggae; Quite Possibly Their Best? 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you move and think September 19, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough September 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a Reggae Fan and I Love This Album! January 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wanna live in your house... 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
love this album and it has many fantastic singles make it worth it just for one of the singles but there are at least 5
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary!!!!
the rydim section is the best scince the mighty wailers. david hines has krazy vocal range. songs are well written and well arranged musically. Read more
Published 3 months ago by travis j george
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this cd to help complete my reggae cd library
I did not have this cd in my collection. It was a perfect find from my lost vinyl album collection...
Published 4 months ago by Bernard napier
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Reggae Album??
Got to be one of the best reggae albums ever. Good old style upbeat reggae!! Ravers and Your House are 2 of the best tracks.
Published 5 months ago by Paul Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
It makes you want to got to Jamaica.
All you need is some rum and a beach and
you are there with this music.
Published 7 months ago by Toowidefor the world
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD Ever!
I love the way Steel Pulse sings thought provoking messages of life, love and struggles. Their sound is unique with so much purpose and reflection on mankind. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SEW Northern, CA
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Steel Pulse!
I have wanted this CD for along time and now I have it and paid a very reasonable price for it. Thanks Amazon!!!
Published 10 months ago by Janet Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Steel Pulse Wins Democratic Election
Learn the meaning of "Freedom" from this classic reggae album. One of the best compilations of great lyrics and the sounds that make you want to live.
Published 11 months ago by John D. Horvath
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pulse
They have another one before this but this is my into to Steel Pulse.
Guaranteed, David Hinds WILL BE one of your favorite leaders in music, reggae, or in general. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jg28907
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
So, I liked Bob Marley for awhile, like most people... I started listening to the Pandora Reggae station, and loved every song I heard. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ThaBigTasty
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