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Article ID LP-14390
Format LP
Artist Various Artists
Title Handsworth Explosion Volume 1
Track list
Pos. Sample Artist Title Riddim Remarks
1 MP3 sample Sceptre Ancestors Calling
2 MP3 sample Truths,Rights New Language
3 MP3 sample Black Symbol Travelling
4 MP3 sample Gerald Love Jah Children
5 MP3 sample Zephaniah Music Business
6 MP3 sample Truths,Rights Saddest Moment
7 MP3 sample Black Symbol Spiritual Reggae
8 MP3 sample Gerald Love Scandal Man
9 MP3 sample Sceptre Living On Strong
10 MP3 sample Zephaniah Free Man
Style(s) Reggae
Label Reggae Archive Records
Country GB - United Kingdom
Quality m/m re
Remarks Review from record label: As with the second volume, the original of this release suffered from limited distribution and despite the valiant efforts of band members to promote the album, literally travelling around the UK's record shops with boxes of LPs, the original release sold in very limited numbers. It has justifiably become one of the most sought after and expensive British reggae LPs and one where the music more than lives up to expectations. Black Symbol provided other local Handsworth based bands with the opportunity to record their songs properly in the well equipped Outlaw Studio and then gave them the platform of this album with each band getting two tracks to showcase their talent. This volume leads off with Sceptre whose equally rare and indeed excellent album Essence of Redemption Ina Different Styley, is also seeing a long overdue reissue via Reggae Archive Records. Their contributions here are the superb Ancestors Calling with its refreshing female lead and maintaining the quality, Living on Strong , and both tracks firmly in the roots reggae camp. The band Zephaniah maintain the roots vibe with the classic sounding Freeman before switching style with Music Business which is exactly as it sounds, a comment on the music business, a business that has never looked kindly on reggae. Fortunately the altruism of Black Symbol means we can all get to enjoy the band's commentary. Truths And Rights add some variety to proceedings, diverging from the roots band template used by most of the others and delivering their tracks in what was the latest DJ style at the time with New Language and a tale of a lost family with Saddest Moment. Both vocals are underpinned by great heavyweight backing tracks and neither sound at all dated, even though very obviously of their era.
Price EUR 18.45
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