Eclipse as relevant today as 30 years ago

Successful British reissue label Bristol Archive Records have increased their operation to include long lost material from other UK towns and cities via the newly established sister label Reggae Archive Records.

Its initial release is the lone album from Birmingham’s Eclipse, also known as The Eclipse Band. The original album title was Eclipsed, and has been reissued by French label Onlyroots on LP as Inner Reggae Rhythm.

To confuse things further the album from Reggae Archive Records is titled Corrupted Society and collects the original eight tracks plus both sides of the bands final single along with two previously unreleased live recordings with surprisingly good audio quality.

Eclipse were friends and contemporaries with Grammy winners Steel Pulse and were together for ten years, from 1975 until 1985. In that time they managed to release this Sidney Crooks-produced album and three 7”, a small and powerful legacy that definitely deserves to be recognised by a new and wider audience.

The material on the album was recorded and written over 30 years ago, but sounds surprisingly fresh, both musically and lyrically. Titles such as Corrupted Society, Immigration and Six Dead deal with familiar topics and are as relevant today as they were in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

Fans of early UK roots with household names such as Aswad, Black Slate, Black Roots, Misty in Roots and the aforementioned Steel Pulse won’t be disappointed with this set available on CD and digital platforms.

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