In celebration of a long, esteemed and wholly unique career that has seen The Guardian dub them “the best live band in Britain” A3 (known outside the U.S. as “Alabama 3” are to release a definitiveretrospective and tour the US this July, following recent performances at fundraisers and in Brixton Prison (!). Featuring material from throughout their years together, these shows culminated in Rock Against Racism’s HopeNot Hate concert at the Carling Academy again in Brixton, the band’s spiritual home. I’m including a link to the video for “Ain’t Going to Goa”
“An excellent introduction to this band.” – Clash
“The Sound of Wild West London.” – The Sun
“Imbued with a narcotic potency.” – Q
“Some of the most uplifting and smoothest trance vibes The Good Lord has empowered anyone to play.” – Artrocker
“Devilishly intoxicating – the ultimate good-time bastardos.” – Classic Rock
“Some of the most infectious, well-rooted grooves you’ll hear all year.” ***** – The Independent on MOR (Album of the Week)
Hits And Exit Wounds runs to eighteen tracks, encompassing highlights of their long career alongside new material in the form of a collaboration with Orbital on ‘Ska’d For Life’ and an Arthur Baker take on ‘Mansion On The Hill’. Closing with ‘Peace In The Valley’, the tracklisting reads like a hits-heavy live set, and sounds remarkably, wonderfully fresh. I do hope you’ll give this a listen and consider covering via feature or CD review.