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The Bristol Heavy Rock Explosion ARC303CD

The Bristol Heavy Rock Explosion

  1. Lautrec Mean Gasoline
  2. Bronz Ask No Questions
  3. Magic Muscle Free As A Bird
  4. Claytown Troupe Hey Lord
  5. Shiva Not There
  6. Stormtrooper In The State In The City
  7. Hunted Strangers
  8. Voodoo Crazy
  9. Mirror Mirror Domino Effect
  10. Brabazon Having The Time of my Life
  11. Headmaster Kids Said Rock
  12. Jaguar Stormchild
  13. Gazer Give It To Me
  14. Metropolis DC Snake Madness
  15. Stampede Shadows of The Night
  16. Onslaught Metal Forces 2013
  17. Amebix The Power Remains

The critically sanctioned history of Bristol music tells us that the melting pot of punk and sound systems spawned a generation of musicians who skipped arm-in-arm from hip hangout the Dugout Club to conquer the world with the fabled 'Bristol Sound'. All of which is true. But it's not the whole story. That great sage Mr. Rob Zombie has described metal as the biggest underground movement in the world. There are outposts in every major city - even cooler-than-thou Bristol. Mostly unnoticed by the local and national press, the city's hard rock and metal acts have created an impressive and remarkably diverse body of work over the years.

 

Of course, we shouldn't over-state the case. Bristol isn't the West Midlands. The city has never produced a Led Zeppelin, a Black Sabbath or a Judas Priest. Nor has there ever been a local hard rock/metal 'scene' as such; indeed, many of the bands in this compilation are not known to one another. If you choose to play this type of music, you cannot afford to succumb to the great Bristol band syndrome of cliquishness and insularity. No metal band has the slightest chance of becoming a big fish in this small pond. So as much through necessity as ambition - and there's been no shortage of the latter quality - Bristol's purveyors of the heavy stuff have tended to be much more outward-facing than their peers. And the rest of the world has been listening, from the NWOBHM-obsessed likes of Metallica's Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield lapping up Jaguar's proto-speed-metal and recycling it into world-conquering thrash to Max Cavalera of Brazil's Sepultura and key members of the early Scandinavian black/death metal scene gorging on the hugely influential anarcho-punk/metal crossover of Amebix.

 

 

Spanning nearly 25 years from the early '70s to the mid-'90s, The Bristol Rock Explosion celebrates the city's unfairly overlooked rock talent. Its 17 tracks, many of them rare and previously unreleased, also take in early space rockers Magic Muscle, punk rockers-turned-thrash metal titans Onslaught, the mighty goth-rockers Claytown Troupe, Shiva's pioneering prog-metal, the accomplished classic rock of Lautrec and Stampede, classy melodic rockers Bronz, Headmaster's saucy pin-up rock, the '90s sounds of Voodoo and Mirror Mirror, and much, much more.

 

Additionally, the extensive, anecdote-rich sleeve notes tell the frequently eye-opening stories behind this great music, written by Robin Askew

Careless Ways ep ARC293

Avon Calling

  1. Glaxo Babies It's Irrational
  2. Europeans On The Continent
  3. Europeans On The Continent
  4. Moskow Too Much Commotion
  5. Essential Bop Chronicle
  6. Directors What You've Got
  7. The Various Artists Own Up
  8. Sneak Preview Slugweird
  9. The Stingrays Sound
  10. The X-Certs Anthem
  11. Apartment The Alternative
  12. The Numbers Cross Slide
  13. Vice Squad Nothing
  14. Stereo Models Move Fast Stay Ahead
  15. Double Vision My Dead Mother

 

After the huge success of Attrix Records’ Brighton compilation Vaultage 78, there was something of a vogue for regional albums, and the obvious man to throw the West Country’s musical hat into the ring was Simon Edwards, head honcho of Bristol punk and post-punk indie label Heartbeat.

 

When Heartbeat distributors Cherry Red demurred, Edwards convinced them with the 4 Alternatives EP featuring excellent tracks by The X-Certs, 48 Hours, Joe Public and The Numbers. It more than did the job, though only The X-Certs went on to appear on the album. It was recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, with David Lord and Glen Tommey at the controls with two bands recording per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, sharing gear where possible. This was a fantastic studio, but not cheap so time was of the essence. The finished result, Avon Calling, was everything that Simon and Cherry Red had hoped for and then some. It’s now regarded as a post-punk and pop-punk classic and a cult favourite in countries like Japan, where The Stingrays tour every year, and their Avon Calling track Sound is a show-stopper every night.

 

The ever-canny John Peel declared Avon Calling “…really the standard by which the others must be judged in future because it really is superb. There are fifteen tracks on the LP, genuinely not a bad one amongst them and a lot of really good stuff.” And he wasn’t wrong, of course.

 

All tracks digitally restored and remastered by Bristol's legendary recording engineer Steve Street.

 

Avon Calling comes home so to speak and gets a welcome rerelease via the Bristol Archive Records imprint. Released on CD and Digital Download on 21st October 2016.

'The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live' - Various ArtistsARC267

The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live

17 Track CD / 11 Track DVD & Digital Download. Released 3rdJune 2013.

For the past three years, Bristol Archive Records have shone the spotlight on the City's musical legacy, particularly reggae. Last year we decided we'd turn the spotlight on the artists themselves and so in August, a who's who of Bristol reggae artists gathered together for The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live. It was a unique chance to enjoy more than ten of the city's finest veterans sharing the same stage, in some cases for the first time in two decades.

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Western Stars - The Bands That Built Bristol Vol. 1ARC001

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  1. GLAXOBABIES THIS IS YOUR LIFE
  2. GARDEZ DARKX BLISS
  3. THE SPICS YOU AND ME
  4. THE NUMBERS ALTERNATIVE SUICIDE
  5. ELECTRIC GUITARS CONTINENTAL SHELF
  6. APARTMENT THE CAR
  7. SHOES FOR INDUSTRY THE INVASION OF THE FRENCH BOYFRIENDS
  8. ESSENTIAL BOP RAIDERS BLUES
  9. FISHFOOD THE MODERN DANCE CRAZE
  10. ART OBJECTS HARD OBJECTS
  11. VARIOUS ARTISTS TIME OF MY LIFE
  12. TALISMAN DOLE AGE (EXTENDED VERSION)

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EUROPEANS - Europeans (J Cole)
Originally released on Heartbeat Records, Pulse 2
7" Vinyl Single - copyright control - 1978

GLAXOBABIES - This Is Your Life (Glaxobabies) Originally released on Heartbeat Records, Pulse 3
12" Vinyl 4 Track EP - Heartbeat Music / Cherry Red Music - 1979

GARDEZ DARKX - Bliss (Gardez)
Originally released on Wavelength Records, Hurt 2
7" Vinyl Single - copyright control - 1979

THE SPICS - You & Me (Shennan / Dangerfield)
Originally released on Wavelength Records, Hurt 1
7" Vinyl Single - copyright control - 1979

THE NUMBERS - Alternative Suicide (McCawley)
Originally released on Heartbeat Records, The 4 Alternatives, Pulse 4
7" Vinyl EP- Heartbeat / Cherry Red Music - 1979

ELECTRIC GUITARS - Continental Shelf (Electric Guitars)
Originally released on Fried Egg Records, Egg 012
7" Vinyl Single - copyright control - 1980

APARTMENT - The Car (Griffiths / White / Emil)
Originally released on Heartbeat Records, Pulse 7
7" Vinyl Single - Heartbeat / Cherry Red Music - 1980

SHOES FOR INDUSTRY - Invasion Of The French Boyfriends (Davies / Porter / Chappells)
Originally released and taken from the album - "Talk Like A Whelk" on Fried Egg Records, Fry 1
12" Vinyl Album - Fried Egg Music / Heath Levy - 1980

ESSENTIAL BOP - Raiders Blues (Essential Bop)
Originally released on Monopause Records, Moan 1001
7" Vinyl Single - Speaking Dice Music - 1980

FISHFOOD - The Modern Dance Craze (Fishfood)
Originally released and taken from The Recorder 2, Bristol Recorder Records, BR 002
12" Vinyl Album - copyright control - 1980

ART OBJECTS - Hard Objects (Art Objects)
Originally released on Fried Egg Records, Egg 007
7" Vinyl Single - copyright control - 1980

THE X-CERTS - Queen And Country (Clive Arnold)
Originally released and taken from The Recorder 2,Bristol Recorder Records, BR 002
12" vinyl Album - Recreational Music - 1980

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Time Of My Life (J.J.Key)
Originally released and taken from 'The Solo Album', Various Artists Records, VA 1
12" Vinyl Album - Serious Pop Music - 1981

TALISMAN - Dole Age (Extended Version) (Joseph / Talisman)
Originally released on Recreational Records, Sport 12
12" Vinyl Single - Recreational Music - 1981

 

The back bar of The Lion, Cliftonwood, once I'd found it, was the place to hang. The glitterati met and talked in loud voices of big name supports and 'pie in the sky' record deals, but here too 'yet-to-be exploited' innovations were realised. Bands were formed, shuffled and renamed. No one had any money, signing on was fine if you said you were a poet, all our clothes were from second hand shops and DIY record production was the toast of the day. Heartbeat, Fried Egg, Wavelength recorded The Spics, Shoes for Industry, Various Artists, Gardez Darkx, The Europeans, The Untouchables, Wild Beasts, Essential Bop and more. Avon Calling became the first Bristol compilation album and in the absence of anyone spotting my potential as a lead vocalist, I became the first female DJ down the Dug Out.

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Ah, Bristol in the punk era! Guitars, cafes, speed and conspiracy theories. Originally one of the main punk centres (early attention for the Cortinas, Social Security and The Pop Group), by 1979 it had settled into the position it holds today - self-sufficient bohemianism with a hint of cross - over and the occasional defining moment to interest the outside world.

By the turn of the decade, the original punk-oriented labels were already looking beyond the city to fame and big bucks (yeah right) and not reflecting the uniquely pungent flavour of punk, pop, pilfering, piss-take and pretension that has always characterised this inland port.

Gerard Langley

This compilation is designed as a tribute to all the bands from the period 1978 - 1981. They should never be forgotten.

Mike Darby

CREDITS

This compilation could not have happened without the support and approval from Simon Edwards (Heartbeat), Andy Leighton (Fried Egg), Thos Brooman (Wavelength and The Recorder), Steve Bush, Dan Catsis, Mike Crawford, Jonjo Key, Alan Griffiths, Steve Street (The Main Man!), Des and Dennison and Latif Gardez.

Thankyou.

Fried Egg Records - E(gg)clecticARC006

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  1. SHOES FOR INDUSTRY JERUSALEM
  2. PETE BRANDT'S METHOD POSITIVE THINKING
  3. ART OBJECTS HARD OBJECTS
  4. EXPLODING SEAGULLS
    JOHNNY RUNS FOR PAREGORIC
  5. THE WILD BEASTS MINIMUM MAXIMUM
  6. SHOES FOR INDUSTRY
    INVASION OF THE FRENCH BOYFRIENDS
  7. THE VARIOUS ARTISTS ORIGINAL MIXED UP KID
  8. THE FANS FOLLOWING YOU
  9. THE STINGRAYS EXCEPTIONS
  10. THE VARIOUS ARTISTS UNOFFICIAL SECRETS
  11. THE UNTOUCHABLES KEEP ON WALKING
  12. ELECTRIC GUITARS CONTIENTAL SHELF

This compilation was originally released on Fried Egg Records in 1980.

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The Bristol Recorder - First EditionARC009

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  1. ELECTRIC GUITARS CONTINENTAL SHELF
  2. ELECTRIC GUITARS DUMB WORDS
  3. ELECTRIC GUITARS LE CAMPING
  4. ELECTRIC GUITARS MAGIC SURFACES
  5. CIRCUS CIRCUS FRIENDS WILL
  6. CIRCUS CIRCUS SQUARES OF THE CITY
  7. CIRCUS CIRCUS LIVING LIES
  8. VARIOUS ARTISTS UNLUCKY IN LOVE
  9. VARIOUS ARTISTS UPMARKETTE
  10. VARIOUS ARTISTS QUESTIONIARRE?
  11. VARIOUS ARTISTS OTHER PEOPLE'S PARTIES
  12. JOE PUBLIC YELLOW RUNS FOREVER
  13. JOE PUBLIC TIME, PLEASE
  14. JOE PUBLIC PART-TIME BOY

Recorded live at Cawardines, Queens Road, Bristol 8 in 1980
Originally released on Wavelength Records BR001

The concept was unique - to release a record with a magazine in a gate fold sleeve.

Cast of thank yous: Bob Hooton, Stephen Pritchard, Dave Choen,Nick Fox, Debbie Cleverley,Rachel Morgan, Rachel Swan, and Vee Gee (the typing pool): Paul Graham, Jo Swan, John Michael, Frances Gapper, Val, Griff, Gerard Langley, Paul Davies, Danica and Steve (Devious Designers), Thos Brooman.

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Bristol Recorder 2ARC028

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Fishfood - Bristol Recorder, Vol. 2

 

Featured Track

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Night Of Passion

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  1. Fish Food - Dry Ice Hot
  2. Fish Food - Seventeen Eels
  3. Fish Food - Modern Dance Craze
  4. The Radicals - Nights of Passion
  5. The Radicals - Time Out
  6. The Radicals - Soul Eternal
  7. The X-Certs - Queen and Country
  8. The X-Certs - Visions of Fate
  9. The Welders - Voices

Tracks 4, 5 and 6 from the original vinyl release have been excluded form this re-release as they were three live tracks by Peter Gabriel as follows:

  1. Not One Of Us
  2. Humdrum
  3. Ain't That Peculiar

All tracks copyright control except:
Tracks 7 and 8 Recreational Music
Track 9 Doublejay Entertainments

 

Fish Food are:
Andy - Voice
Howard Purse - Guitar
Doug White - Bass
Danny Duck (alias Daniel Swan) - Drums

The origins of this band are unknown. They live in a disused church hall near Bristol's Docks. This is where they practice. Fish Food have played four times in the last year (1980). They took three and a half hours to record the music for this album.

 

The X-Certs are:
Clive Arnold - Guitar and Vocals
Chris Bostock - Bass and Vocal
Neil Mackie - Drums
Kev Mills - Guitar

Of all the bands that started up in Bristol during the 77-78 period, the X-Certs are one of only a handful remaining. Originally the local heroes of every spikey-haired person ( and honour now bestowed to Vice Squad ), the X-Certs have grown older. wiser and they can now play their instruments. Their first recordings were for Heartbeat Records, 'Blue Movies' can be heard on the Four Alternatives ep and 'Anthem' was featured on the Avon Calling compilation LP.

Their improvement during the intervening eighteen months has been substantial and the introduction of Chris and Kev to the line up has added maturity and power to the bands set. The X-Certs remain one of Bristols best and most popular live bands and a reggae influence now features in about fifty per cent of their material.

 

The Radicals are:
John - Singing, Guitar and Percussion
King - Bass
Donald - Drums
Martin - Trumpet
Rob - Keyboards
Wendy - Backing Vocals

The Radicals is one of those terrible names that gets thought up when a group of musicians have to find a name for themselves. This is a way of saying that The Radicals do not really exist as such. The songs are written by John and King. John used to play percussion with The Spics, King is a well known musician form the St Pauls area of Bristol.

 

The Welders are:
Phil Harrison - Keyboards, drums
Stuart Gordon - Guitars, vocals, percussion
James Warren -Tesco Bass, Backing Vocals

This group of musicians from Bath are better known as The Korgis and recorded this one track for The Bristol Recorder using a different name

The Studio tracks on this album were recorded and mixed 16 to 20 October, 1980 at Crescent Studios Bath. They were engineered by David Lord and assisted by the wonderful Steve Street.

This version of the Recorder was conceived and produced by Martin Elbourne, Jonathan Arthur and Thos Brooman with the invaluable help of the following:

Bob Charles
Steve Bryne
Danica Gacesa
Jo Swan
David Cohen
Stephen Pritchard
Dave, Niki and Angi
Henry and Eric
John Michael
Mr Gotts
Out West
Graham Carey
David Gentle

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Bristol Beat 1980 - The Stonehouse TapesARC036

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  1. Creature Beat - Sister of Troy
  2. Creature Beat - Cambodia
  3. Sound To Light - Army
  4. Sound To Light - Part of The System
  5. Stingrays - Dancing
  6. Stingrays - Darling
  7. Stingrays - Happy
  8. Color Tapes - Sound of Silence
  9. Color Tapes - Guns To The Disco
  10. Traiters - Mexico
  11. Mayfair - Attitudes
  12. Mayfair - Redland Park
  13. Siren - Almost In love
  14. Siren - Mr C.O

Recorded live at The Famous Stonehouse, Bristol between 8/3/1980 and 15/3/1980.
Steve Street engineered and Produced on the Dougy Mobile with editing completed by Martin Elliott.

 

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Fried Alive 1980 World Tour EPARC056

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  1. The Stingrays - Countdown
  2. Exploding Seagulls - Johnny Runs for Paregoric
  3. The Various Artists - Original Mixed Up Kid
  4. The Viceroys - Angels In the Rain
  5. Shoes For Industry - Sheepdog Trial Inna Babylon

Originally released in 1980 but only ever sold at Fried Egg Records Gigs never distributed officially

 

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The Bristol Roots ExplosionARC279

Bristol Roots Explosion

  1. Big Roy - Ethiopia Revelation
  2. Revelation rockers - Culture
  3. Joshua Moses - Africa (Is Our Land)
  4. Bunny Marrett - Times Are Getting Harder
  5. 3D Production - Riot
  6. Rhythmites - Nation Integration
  7. Restriction - Calling For Mercy
  8. Zion Band - Twelve Tribes
  9. Talisman - Dole Age (7" Mix)

 

 

 

Nine tracks of classic Bristol Roots Reggae including two previously unreleased tracks. The LP comes with a limited edition, signed, numbered poster (100 copies) only available from Band camp and the Bristol Archive Records website:

Includes digital pre-order of The Bristol Roots Explosion. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released.

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