Steel Pulse sign worldwide deal with Island

Black Echoes front cover

21 January 1978

Steel Pulse have signed a long term world-wide deal with Island Records and their first single entitled Ku Klux Klan is scheduled for release within the next few weeks. The first 5,000 copies will be an extended 12" version and the group's first album will be released in early Spring. Steel Pulse have been rated as one of the best Reggae bands to emerge from Britain.

Tim Clark, managing director of Island Records said: "We are delighted to sign Steel Pulse. Their music is original and exciting and I'm sure their relationship with Island will be beneficial to both the band and the Company." Peter King, maanger of the band added: "The reason we signed with Island Records is that we were impressed with the way they handled Burning Spear when he came to Britain and we have full confidence in their commitments to Steel Pulse." The band are still touring Britain but have had to cancel the scheduled gig at the 100 Club on January 26.

Steel Pulse sign with Island Records - on the cover of Black Echoes Jan 1978.

Pictured from LtoR: (Standing) Alphonso Martin, Selwyn Brown, Michael Riley, Steve Nesbitt, David Hinds. (Sitting) Tim Clark (Managing Director of Island Records), Ronnie McQueen, Basil Gabbidon, and Peter King (Manager of Steel Pulse).

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