An anthology set of the group that launched the On-U Sound label with the first album and single, New Age Steppers were a collective with an evolving line-up, built around the driving forces of Ari Up (The Slits) and producer Adrian Sherwood. Their records featured contributions from several singers and players from the UK post-punk vanguard such as the Pop Group, The Raincoats and The Flying Lizards; colliding with established movers from the reggae world such as Bim Sherman, Style Scott and George Oban. Contains the following discs: New Age Steppers (1981), Action Battlefield (1981), Foundation Steppers (1983), Love Forever (2012), Avant Gardening (a new compilations of rare dubs, version excursions and unreleased tracks from the vault) plus 32 page book containing photos, ephemera and a new sleevenotes by Oli Warwick that trace the history of the group via conversations with Adrian Sherwood and other contributors.
"Wild, unpredictable, and great." All Music
Tracklist: DISC1 (New Age Steppers, 1981) 01. Fade Away 02. Radial Drill 03. State Assembly 04. Crazy Dreams And High Ideals 05. Abderhamane’s Demise 06. Animal Space 07. Love Forever 08. Private Armies
DISC2 (Action Battlefield, 1981) 01. My Whole World 02. Observe Life 03. Got To Get Away 04. My Love 05. Problems 06. Nuclear Zulu 07. Guiding Star
DISC3 (Foundation Steppers, 1983) 01. Some Love 02. Memories 03. 5 Dog Race 04. Misplaced Love 05. Dreamers 06. Stabilizer 07. Stormy Weather 08. Vice Of My Enemies 09. Mandarin
DISC4 (Love Forever, 2012) 01. Conquer 02. My Nerves 03. Love Me Nights 04. The Scheisse Song 05. Musical Terrorist 06. The Fury Of Ari 07. Wounded Animal 08. The Worst Of Me 09. Revelation 10. The Last Times 11. Death Of Trees
DISC5 (Avant Gardening, 2020) 01. Aggro Dub Version 02. Send For Me 03. Izalize 04. Unclear 05. Singing Love 06. I Scream (Rimshot) 07. Avante Gardening 08. Wide World Version 09. Some Dub 10. May I Version