The Selecter - Celebrate The Bullet LPSKU: CHRX1306
The Selecters’s second album, Celebrate The Bullet was released in February 1981 as the follow up to the successful 2 Tone debut album Too Much Pressure. Switching labels to Chrysalis Records, the band returned to On My Radio producer Roger Lomas, moving into a more melodic slower pace, whilst keeping their lyrical commentary on racial and social issues.
Original members Desmond Brown and Charley Anderson departed before the recording began, with Lomas and Norman Watt- Ray (Ian Dury) helping on bass before new members James Mackie and Adam Williams joined to complete the recording. Due to unfortunate timing, upon release the title of this album was misunderstood due to the recent murder of John Lennon and an assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Regan meant radio stations didn’t support the single or album and the release was largely ignored.
This forgotten classic from the 2 Tone era is a timely reissue and will give time for a re- evaluation in the same way the 2021’s reissue of too Much Pressure showed the band as relevant. Remastered by Alchemy Mastering At AIR from the original production tapes.
Format & package: LP on 180grams clear vinyl
Record label: Two Tone
Year of release: 2022 (reissued from 1981)
A1 (Who Likes) Facing Situations
A3 Red Reflections
A4 Tell Me What's Wrong
A6 Washed Up And Left For Dead
B1 Celebrate The Bullet
B2 Selling Out Your Future
B3 Cool Blue Lady
B4 Their Dream Goes On
B5 Bristol And Miami