A return look and listen to this historical and breathtaking collaboration between two of the great figures of modern music should naturally be prefaced by a few key facts. Although this album presents itself as the soundtrack to the film The Hot Spot, like many such releases it bares little relation to the music that was actually used in the film — not that much of this music was actually used. All one really needs to know about the film itself, other than the fact that it was directed by Dennis Hopper, is that it is awful, even by bad film standards. That it was the impetus for this marvelous music to be made is something listeners should be thankful for, particularly fans of either Miles Davis or John Lee Hooker
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.