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ARTIST
TITLE
Steel An' Skin
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
EM 1075LP EM 1075LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/17/2012

First time-ever vinyl LP release of this steel pan + disco + dub material from the 1970s. This LP version consists of Steel An' Skin's 1979 debut 12" single Reggae Is Here Once Again, featuring "Afro Punk Reggae (Dub)," a fine disco-dub workout (now a worldwide dancefloor favorite), plus tracks from their 1984 album Acid Rain. Three of those tunes, 1980s modern-soul/boogie-influenced "Lady (Vocal)," "Lady (Instrumental)" and also a typical Steel An' Skin performance "Burning World" appear only on this LP version (not on previous CD version). Steel An' Skin was a unit composed of young nightclub musicians born in Ghana, Nigeria, St. Kitts, Trinidad and the UK, who once performed with Ginger Johnson's Afrikan Drummers -- a highlife band under the tutelage of the late Ginger Johnson -- and played at Johnson's Iroko Country Club in Hampstead, London. Steel An' Skin began giving concerts and workshops in London schools, expanding nationwide to prisons, psychiatric hospitals and summer festivals, including the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. The group combined an admirably brave, open and unironic mix of musical forms with a non-cynical approach to community outreach. Ultra-positive consciousness from Afro-Caribbean London, circa 1979. Features ex-members of the legendary 20th Century Steel Band (one of Grand Master Flash's favorites) sailing Trinidad-wise over gratifyingly intricate African ritual rhythms. Strong vocals compliment reggae, funk, disco and soul influences to form a relentless groove machine. Includes an insert in English and Japanese.