Personnel: David Hinds (vocals, guitar); Selwyn Brown (vocals, keyboards, bass); Clifford "Moonie" Pusey (guitar); Alvin Davis (saxophone, trumpet); Martin Seaman, Adrian Hallowell, Luke Shingler (saxophone); Luke Tunney, Peter Thoms, Jacko Peake, Colin Markland, Steve Morrison, Duncan MacKay (trumpet); Jo Cang (keyboards, bass, drum programming, background vocals); Graham Dickson (keyboards, bass, drum progamming); Sidney Mills (keyboards, drum programming); Alvin Ewen (bass); Steve Nisbett, Neil Harvey (drum programming); Ruby Turner, Don Campbell, Kevin Batchelor, Yasmin Alexander, Peter Culture, Debbie Ffrench, Robbie Talyor (background vocals); Mega Banton, Prezident Brown, Diana King, Jukie Ranks, Michael Franti.
Producers: Graham Dickson, Jo Cang, Sydney Mills, Neil Harvey, Steel Pulse.
Recorded at The Dub Factory, Birmingham, England.
RAGE AND FURY was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.
Personnel: David Hinds (guitar, background vocals); Clifford Moonie Pusey (guitar); Alvin Davis (saxophone, trumpet, horns); Martin Seaman, Luke Shingler (saxophone, horns); Adrian Hallowell (saxophone); Colin Markland, Luke Tunney, Jacko Peake (trumpet); Steve Morrison, Duncan Mackay, Peter Thoms (trombone); Graham Dickson, Joe Cang (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Sidney Mills (keyboards, drum programming); Selwyn Brown (keyboards, background vocals); Neil Harvey, KKK, Steve Nisbett (drum programming); Yasmin Alexander, Robbie Taylor, Don Campbell, Debbie Ffrench, Debbie French, Peter Culture, Ruby Turner, Kevin Batchelor (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Graham Dickson; Joe Cang; Sidney Mills.
Carrying the mantle of English reggae into the '90s, Steel Pulse's RAGE AND FURY cleverly combines the newer sounds of dancehall, rap and R&B with the band's core Rastafarian beliefs. Leader David Hinds sings of dishonest politicians ("The Real Terrorist"), role models decimated by a sensationalist media ("Role Model") and a chilling case of mistaken identity ("Blame On Me"). Like Maxi-Priest, Steel Pulse's commercial reggae sound relies on lots of bright synths, drum programming and rubbery-sounding bass applied liberally to tracks like Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl." A horn section is introduced on a reworking of Pulse's "Ku Klux Klan," off the seminal HANDSWORTH REVOLUTION.
Despite focusing on many dark topics, Hinds and company are optimistic about racial equality ("Peace Party") and black pride ("Black And Proud"). Spearhead's Michael Franti raps on the Gamble/Huff penned "Black Enough?" lending street cred before RAGE AND FURY closes with the sparse dub of "KKK In The Jungle."
Vibe (12/97-1/98, p.172) - "...The most compelling tunes...lyrically balance sophisticated introspection with youthful rebellion..."