Sunday, June 12, 2005

RHINO CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF STEEL PULSE!

Expanded & Remastered Versions of Reggae Classics True Democracy and Earth Crisis hit Stores June 7th

LOS ANGELES - Reggae fans have reason to rejoice on June 7 with Rhino/Elektra reissues of Steel Pulse's TRUE DEMOCRACY and EARTH CRISIS. Both of these classic albums have been remastered and supplemented with bonus tracks.

The acclaimed 1982 set TRUE DEMOCRACY was Steel Pulse's first studio album for Elektra/Asylum Records, and the first to make an impact in the American marketplace (it made both the Pop and R&B charts here). In addition to the original album's ten tracks, the new CD features four previously unreleased bonus selections 12" versions of "Ravers" and "Leggo Beast" and dub versions of "Your House" and "A Who Responsible?"

Steel Pulse's 1984 follow-up, EARTH CRISIS, brought Jimmy Haynes in for production, applying further polish to the band's sound. Like its predecessor, it earned the group a gold record. Joining the eight songs on the original album are four bonus tracks drawn from promo-only 12" singles - dub and extended versions of "Steppin' Out" and remix and dub versions of "Roller Skates."

The new reissues of TRUE DEMOCRACY and EARTH CRISIS include liner notes from renowned reggae writer Roger Steffens (who worked these albums on their original release while a staffer at Elektra) as well as complete lyrics. Both will be available at retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $11.98.

One of Britain's greatest reggae groups, Steel Pulse arose from Birmingham's Handsworth slum in 1975. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter David Hinds, Steel Pulse blended roots grooves and Rastafarian politics – a mix that proved popular with a growing punk audience. The group signed with Island Records, issuing their debut album, the landmark Handsworth Revolution, in 1978. In the intervening years the band has released more than a dozen albums, earning several Grammy nominations in the process (and a win for 1986's Babylon The Bandit). Still going strong in their 30th anniversary year, Steel Pulse are currently touring in support of their 2004 album, the Grammy-nominated African Holocaust.

STEEL PULSE IN CONCERT!

June Brings 30th Anniversary Tour and Reissues of True Democracy and Earth Crisis
LOS ANGELES -- One of the greatest reggae bands of the last three decades celebrates 30 years together with a summer U.S. tour. The group hits the road in June just as reissues of their classic TRUE DEMOCRACY and EARTH CRISIS albums arrive in stores.
The acclaimed 1982 set TRUE DEMOCRACY was Steel Pulse's first studio album for Elektra/Asylum Records, and the first to make an impact in the American marketplace. Steel Pulse's 1984 follow-up, EARTH CRISIS, brought Jimmy Haynes in for production, applying further polish to the band's sound. Like its predecessor, it earned the group a gold record. The new reissues of these have been remastered and supplemented with bonus tracks and liner notes from renowned reggae writer Roger Steffens.
Steel Pulse arose from the Handsworth slum of Birmingham, England, in 1975. Led by singer/guitarist/songwriter David Hinds, Steel Pulse blended roots grooves and Rastafarian politics for their debut album, 1978's landmark Handsworth Revolution. In the intervening years the band has released more than a dozen albums, earning several Grammy nominations in the process for such discs as Babylon The Bandit (a Grammy winner in 1986) and their most recent release, last year's African Holocaust.

The following dates are confirmed and additional dates may be announced.

6/10 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Casino
6/11 Huntington, NY Inter-Media Arts Center
6/12 Amagansett, NY Stephen Talkhouse
6/14 Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theatre
6/16 Las Vegas, NV Skin Pool Lounge @ The Palms
6/17 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
6/18 Del Mar, CA Del Mar Fairgrounds
6/19 Angels Camp, CA Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
6/21 Saratoga, CA Montalvo Arts Center
6/22 Saratoga, CA Montalvo Arts Center w/The Neville Bros.
6/23 Aspen, CO Rio Grande Park
7/4 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
7/7 Cincinnati, OH Annie's
7/8 Portsmouth, VA NTELOS Pavilion @ Harbor Center


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