Eddy Grant

Hits From the Frontline

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Here's the guy everybody knows for his monster rock/reggae/electro hit "Electric Avenue." What did he ever do after that? Almost nobody knows, and that's what this Music Club collection attempts to inform the world of for a budget price. Personally, I love Music Club reissues; they are priced super reasonably, they have lovely packages that feature enough tracks to give a representative sample with a few rarities tossed in, and they offer an adequate set of liner notes to educate the listener. This is helpful in the case of Grant, who, at least in the U.S., is a one-hit MTV wonder. Eddy Grant had an awesome band of rockers and soulsters together in the 1960s called the Equals who had a string of modest British hits -- including "Police on My Back" -- that everybody identifies with the Clash. As a solo performer, Grant placed a number of singles during the 1970s in minor places on the charts in the U.K. and in Jamaica. He didn't chart in the U.S. until 1979 when his Living on the Frontline and its killer single, "Electric Avenue," broke through. That track and all of those singles, including his other big hit, "Walking on Sunshine," are included here as well as "'Til I Can't Take It No More," "Boys on the Street," "Do You Feel My Love," "Put a Hold on It," "Harmless Piece of Fun," "Living on the Frontline," and many others -- 17 in all. Grant's brand of funky reggae with an electro/rock edge was an original blend of styles that nobody's ever been able to balance as well, despite taking credit for it. Grant was an original in an era when being an original was the worst thing you could be, and if anyone deserves a retrospective of his killer tracks, he does. The set comes with a full bio to give the punters an education, and as previously mentioned, the price is smokin'.

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