Bristol Archive Records Blog

FRESH 4 ‘The Lost Tapes’

October 24th, 2015

FRESH 4 LP’s can be purchased from:
Plastic Wax, Gloucester Road, Bristol
Rise Records, Clifton, Bristol
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Apache Dropout

October 19th, 2015

Bristol Archive agree a digital release for this lost album from the rather wonderful Apache Dropout – 27th November 2015 to be exactApache-Dropout-Masters

Fresh 4 – Blue Vinyl

October 14th, 2015

Here we have it – the Limited Edition (100 copies only) FRESH 4 Blue Vinyl package. Screen printed numbered sleeve, Blue Vinyl, Replica cd, Poster and Insert – exclusive to our website – visit – official release date is Oct 23rd LP and Digital download – ‘The sounds of 0272′

Glaxo Babies reform

October 12th, 2015

Un-Peeled 2015: Glaxo Babies, Sauna Youth & many more

Sunday, 25 October 2015 – 1:30pm

Un-Peeled, Preston’s tribute to the late great DJ John Peel returns in 2015 with a terrific line-up packed full of Peel session vets and great new bands.

Glaxo Babies

Un-Peeled is honoured to host the first show in over 25 years from Bristol punk and post-punk pioneers, Glaxo Babies, a much loved and re-issued group, with their work variously repackaged by labels in the UK, Japan and America in the years since they split.

Glaxobabies Baby pic

They formed in 1977, just about making it into the first wave of punk bands, but didn’t get to release their first record until Feb 1979, with bassist Dan Catisis also playing in The Pop Group. The ‘This is Your Life’ EP, which secured them the first of two Peel sessions. One track from this session, ’It’s Irrational’, was later used to open up the seminal ‘Avon Calling’ compilation album of Bristol area bands, swiftly followed by the terrific ‘Christine Keeler’ single which ensured that they would be remembered fondly by post-punk fans across the world.

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Following the addition of sax player Tony Wrafter, the band took a left-turn “into a more experimental area, leaning towards a free-form fusion of jazz and dance rhythms”, which resulted in them recording the ‘Nine Months to the Disco’ album in one day. By the time this was released in March 1980 the band had split up. A further single and album of early demos were released on Dick O’Dell’s ‘Y’ label, (which also put out records by Pigbag, Slits and The Pop Group) and most of the band went on to found another legendary group, Maximum Joy.

The Glaxo Babies reconvened for a spell between 1985 and 1990 with original singer Rob Chapman, a period which was documented on the 2007 compilation ‘The Porlock Factor’. Both the original 1980 albums have recently been reissued by boutique US label Superior Viaduct.

The Glaxo Babies line-up for this show features original members Dan Catsis (guitar/keys), Geoff Alsopp (drums) and Tony Wrafter (sax/keys/guitar) plus Steve Street (bass) and Tony’s son, Oscar Wrafter on vocals and they will be concentrating on their late 70s material.

The Untouchables

October 5th, 2015

Great gig at The South Bank for our annual Bristol Boys Make More Noise! event
(c) Rosie Tomlinson

More Rockers

September 30th, 2015

More Rockers agree a deal today for Bristol Archive to rerelease their entire catalogue in physical and digital formats in 2016.
The three albums:
1. Dub Plate Selection Volume One (1995)
2. Selection Two (1998)
3. Selection Three ‘Tried and Tested’ (Previously only available in Japan) (2004)
There will also be a singles and dubplate album with previously unreleased material.
Bass Culture Bristol Style – BOOM!
More news soon

The Bristol Roots Explosion

September 30th, 2015

To be released in Feb 2016
A new compilation on Vinyl LP and Digital

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Side A
1. Big Roy – “Ethiopia Revelation” (R Bailey 1976)
2. Revelation Rockers – “Culture” (D Taylor 1979)
3. Joshua Moses “Africa (Is Our Land)” (S Bailey / D Bovell 1978)
4. Bunny Marrett – “Times Are Getting Harder” (B Marrett 1980)
5. 3D Productions – “Riot” (J Carley 1980)

Side B
1. Rhythmites – “Nation Integration” (Rhythmites 1989)
2. Restriction – “Calling For Mercy” (Restriction 1983)
3. Zion Band – “Twelve Tribes” (R Duncan 1982)
4. Talisman – “Dole Age” (7″ Mix) (D Joseph / Talisman 1981)


More news very soon

Flynn – Fresh 4 (Check the new site)

September 28th, 2015

Flynn from fresh 4 is back on the scene

Check –

Fresh 4 album review – Record Collector

September 16th, 2015

Fresh 4 Record Collector Review Sept 2015 3 star

The Untouchables – Sat 3rd Oct – Southbank Club, Bristol

September 3rd, 2015

Tickets go on sale TODAY for this not to be missed event
South Bank Club
Southville, Bristol
Sat 3rd Oct 2015

Those under the illusion that BRISTOL BOYS MAKE MORE NOISE Gig#1 The Spics, was a one hit wonder need to get down The SouthBank on Saturday October 3rd for another act from the archive as we move into ‘annual event’ status.
The launch of the book and album BRISTOL BOYS MAKE MORE NOISE which visits the Bristol Music Scene 1974 – 1981 has spawned a desire for repeat of the good times.
Gig#2 THE UNTOUCHABLES are this years offering from promoters Bristol Archive Records and Tangent Books
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39 years 11 months before Gig#2 Dr Feelgood played the Colston Hall and two barely teenage boys went to see them and got the blues. Jerry Tremaine and Marc Clements formed THE UNTOUCHABLES an R & B band modeled on The Feelgoods, playing their covers and guided by their 50’s/60’s influences.

BRISTOL BOYS MAKE MORE NOISE the book, contains John Spink’s photos of an early gig at The Bear in Hotwells, Gill Loats in her anecdotal text takes some credit for Tremaine’s talent, due to her irresponsible ‘babysitting’ and the track on the accompanying album Keep on Walking, is the one Wilko Johnson produced.

Another opportunity to buy the book, album and the T Shirt at Gig#2 with DJ LORD DUBS to fill in the in-between bits with ‘music to watch the years go by’ and our headliners THE UNTOUCHABLES authentic rhythm and blues ensuring another great BRISTOL BOYS MAKE MORE NOISE gig.

Tickets £8, go on sale September 3rd from recession 8 Jacobs Wells Road BS8 1EA
Door £10