Pioneering British, Brit Funk Group Hi Tension.
Hi Tension were a band from north west London who started as Hot Waxx and included Phil Fearon (Galaxy and Kandidate) and Lloyd Phillips, brother of Paul (Kandidate), in the early '70's before becoming the famous Hi-Tension. They had major chart success with hit tracks British Hustle and the very funky Hi Tension. The group comprised:
brothers Paul Mclean (lead guitar) and Patrick Mclean (saxophone), brothers David Joseph (keyboards / lead vocals) and Ken Joseph (bass guitar), uncle and nephew Jeffrey Guishard (percussion/ lead vocals) and Leroy Williams (congas), Paul Phillips (rhythm guitar / vocals), David Reid (drums) and Courtney Pine (sax on tour).

The band split in the early '80's with David Joseph pursuing a solo career.

In 1984 Ken, Leroy and Jeff reformed the band (with other members David Joseph and Paul Phillips on the recording sessions) and released 'Rat Race' in 1984, and 'You Make Me Happy' (originally recorded as 'Happy' by Surface) in 1985. Both versions scored in the Top 40 at the same time. Paul Phillips was first seen as a Record Producer in 1981 with AD 2000 and then DC Allstars and for Record Label Streetsounds.
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Hi-Tension Discography Tracks


Hi-Tension Hi-Tension (Album) Island Records France 1978 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Hi-Tension Autumn Love / Unspoken (Single) Island Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
Hi-Tension British Hustle (Single) Island Records, Island Records US 1978 Sell This Version
Hi-Tension Hi-Tension (Single, Maxi) Island Records US 1978 Sell This Version
IS 8793 Hi-Tension Peace On Earth(7", Promo) Island Records IS 8793 US 1978 Sell This Version
J.B. 142 Hi-Tension / Johnny Wakelin Hi-Tension / Johnny Wakelin - Hi Tension / Afro Afrique(7", Jukebox) Island Records, Pye Records J.B. 142 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Hi-Tension There's A Reason (Single) Island Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
Hi Tension* Funktified (Single) Island Records Germany 1979 Sell This Version
IDJ 29 Hi-Tension Unspoken / Power And Lightning(12", S/Sided, Promo) Island Records IDJ 29 UK 1979 Sell This Version
Hi-Tension We've Got The Funk / Objects EMI UK 1981 Sell This Version
WIP 6705 Hi-Tension Hi-Tension / British Hustle(7", RE) Island Records WIP 6705 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Hi-Tension How D'you Feel (Single) EMI UK 1982 Sell This Version
Hi-Tension Rat Race Streetwave Italy 1984 Sell This Version
Hi-Tension You Make Me Happy (Single) Streetwave France 1984 Sell This Version


PRP-8098 Hi Tension* / Grace Jones Hi Tension* / Grace Jones - Hi Tension / Do Or Die / Pride / Fame(12", Comp, Promo) Island Records PRP-8098 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
David Joseph & Hi-Tension David Joseph & Hi-Tension - The Best Of David Joseph & Hi-Tension (Comp) Island Masters, Island Masters Germany 1993 Sell This Version

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