Assembled chronologically and drawing its material from all the labels Steel Pulse recorded for (but rightly concentrating heavily on their early Island years), The Ultimate Collection may be the best single-disc anthology of the band's work thus far. In addition to collecting the cream of their first three albums (by far their best work), the compilation also includes the rare "Revolution Dub, Pt. 1," an extended, spliced-together version of "Back to My Roots/Dub to My Roots," and the latter-day trip-hop track "Evermore." It's the perfect introduction to the group for casual fans who don't want to spring for the two-disc Sound System, which contains most (but not all) of these songs.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Huey