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The Wheel

by Red Beat

Released 2014
Manic Machine Products
Released 2014
Manic Machine Products
Apocalyptic Dub-Rock from the streets of post punk London
All the tunes on this album were written and performed by cult band, Red Beat between 1979 and 1981. Some of them were originally released on vinyl and have been digitally re-mastered . Several tracks are taken from live recordings at Red Beat gigs in Middlesborough and Brighton in 1981 and have been reworked by vocalist Roy Jones aka dRedzilla. These include the tracks Ritual Sacrifice, Searching for Change, Cool War, Fire Dance and Child. The Wheel was reworked from a studio recording with added synth and new vocals in a more bluesy style. Mystical Cult is an uncut live recording run off the desk at the UK Subs gig at Middlesborough where Red Beat played support. The rock line up was Chris Thompson on bass, Kevin Mann on guitar, Paul Jones on drums and his brother Roy on vocals. Machines in Motion , Red Beat and Cut Dub have Martin Jones on guitar and Majid Ahmed on bass while the reggae tune More or Less Cut features Roy on bass. Roy also plays keyboards on The Wheel and Shadow Boxing.

During the time when these tunes were written and performed, the band lived in squats in London's Ladbroke Grove/Notting Hill Gate area. They were originally on Killing Joke's label, Malicious Damage and then formed there own label, Manic Machine Products and released their music through Rough Trade Distribution, making them one of the first real 'Indie' bands. They recorded a session for legendary BBC radio one DJ, Jon Peel in 1980, which he repeated twice. This is available only on the CD 'The Missing Album' which was released in 2004. The version of the hard hitting track, 'See' on this album, is taken from Red Beat's first single on their own label and recorded at Matrix Studios in London. For a full discography visit the manicmachine website.

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