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Steel Pulse Album
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Steel Pulse is a Rastafarian British Reggae Band. Along with Aswad they are one of the most successful reggae bands in the UK. Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin. Handsworth Revolution released in 1978 is a landmark in British Reggae. As the '80s wore on, slick synthesizers and elements of dance and urban gradually crept into their sound, even as their subject matter stayed on the militant side. By the late '80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory. Steel Pulse initially had difficulty finding live gigs, as club owners were reluctant to give them a platform for their subversive Rastafarian politics. Luckily, the punk movement was opening up new avenues for music all over Britain, and also finding a spiritual kinship with protest reggae.