Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music.
IKARUS were an early 6 piece Krautrock band who sang in English and featured sax, flute, clarinet, organ, piano and some strings besides the usual instruments. They just released this one album back in 1971, and it's interesting reading the lyrics to see how much they cared about the enviroment back then.
Widely acclaimed as a classic, Handsworth Revolution not only established Birmingham-based Steel Pulse as one of reggae’s most talented and original groups, it also proved beyond doubt that the UK could produce roots music of the highest quality. The release of this deluxe 2CD set with the original 8 tracks augmented by an incredible 22 bonus tracks. Lovingly packaged and released to coincide with the band’s reunion for a European tour, this 30 track is an essential acquisition for the group’s fans and those simply wishing to discover why Handsworth Revolution is still so revered, some 37 years after its original release.
During the 90’s and into the 2000’s one of the major discussion points within the heavy rock fraternity surrounded the perceived lack of UK bands. Whilst that may have rang true from an industry perspective, it would have been difficult to really ascertain due to the lack of any kind of network. Obviously now, we have a much more open system of not just social media and blogs, but also the ability to market the music for yourself. That perceived lack of UK heavy rock bands suddenly opened up to a whole new world when Bandcamp et al. came on the scene. Now there are umpteen bands, although arguably the industry may still perceive there to be a lack, but that’s their mistake now.