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Fresh 4 ‘The Lost Tapes’

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Released on LP (Limited Edition) and Digital Download 23rd Oct 2015

Think of the “Bristol Sound” and the same three or four bands tend to spring to mind however, the first widely heard example of the pioneering new sound from the West Country came with a 1989 attack on the Top Ten from South Bristol in the shape of established collective Fresh 4. Co produced by fellow Bristol pioneers Smith and Mighty, “Wishing on A Star” was the first exposure many people outside of Bristol got to the unique fusion of heavy bass lines, Hip Hop beats, soulful vocals and new takes on classic songs.

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Strictly Limited Edition (100 copies) numbered Blue Vinyl - SOLD OUT

Record/Vinyl
Exclusive screen printed jacket
Insert
Signed poster
Cd of the tracks on the vinyl
Numbered on Blue Vinyl

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ARTIST: Fresh 4
TITLE: “The Lost Tapes”
RELEASE DATE: 23rd Oct 2015 
LABEL: Bristol Archive Records 
DISTRIBUTION: Shellshock / SRD
FORMAT: LP (Limited Edition) and Digital Download
CAT NO: ARC273V
BARCODE: 5052571061916
GENRE: Dance, Hip Hop, Bass Culture
WEBSITE: www.bristolarchiverecords.com


 

Limited Edition Black Vinyl

Includes insert
CD of the tracks on the vinyl
Edition of 400

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Rhythmites ‘Integration’

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Released on CD and Digital Download 18th September 2015

Originally formed in the mid-eighties, Bath based reggae outfit Rhythmites spent more than a decade gigging throughout the UK and Europe, building up a loyal fan base and a strong reputation as the West Country’s leading proponents of live roots reggae. Although their catalogue wasn’t excessively large, they did manage to record and release a couple of cassettes, a 12” single and most memorably in 1989, a very well received vinyl only album, “Integration”.

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ARTIST: Rhythmites
TITLE: “Integration”
RELEASE DATE: 18th September 2015
LABEL: Bristol Archive Records
DISTRIBUTION: Shellshock / SRD
FORMAT: CD and Digital Download
CAT NO: ARC274CD
BARCODE: 5052571062029
GENRE: Reggae, Dub
WEBSITE: www.bristolarchiverecords.com


 


 

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RESTRICTION ‘ACTION’ EP

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100 copies available on White Vinyl with replica poster (Strictly Limited)

Rereleased for Record Store Day 18th April 2015

Although Bristol Archive Records has done its best to expose their music to a wider audience, Restriction remain an unknown pleasure to many reggae fans. Hopefully 2015 will see this change with the release of an album of previously unreleased recordings spanning the group’s active years -1982 to 1986. As something of an appetiser for that future full length album, we thought we’d celebrate Record Store Day 2015 with a limited edition of the only record Restriction issued during their existence; the four track 12” “Action” EP.

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12” Vinyl

Limited edition (500 copies)

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Bristol Boys Make More Noise! The Bristol Music scene 1974-1981

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Book, CD and download celebrates Bristol music scene 1974-1981

Bristol’s leading counter-culture publishers Tangent Books and Bristol Archive Records have joined forces to produce a photographic book, download and CD celebrating the Bristol music scene 1974-1981.

The book, Bristol Boys Make More Noise is based on the work of John Spink one of the few photographers to capture the Bristol music scene from the mid 1970s to the early 1980s. John moved to Bristol from London in 1972 and fell in with the band Magic Muscle who lived in the communal ‘Fun House’ in Cotham’ He worked as an occasional photographer for music mags as well as performing in some early shows by the surrealist Crystal Theatre.

He pioneered a technique of processing black and white film using X-ray developer which enabled him to shoot in low light (such as clubs) without using flash. This collection not only captures the Bristol scene during these years as Bristol music moved from 70s rock (Magic Muscle) through punk (The Cortinas) to the experimental adventurers The Pop Group and The Various Artists but also showcases John’s unique photographic style.

In 1981, John left Bristol for New York where he worked for Caroline Records. He now lives in Northern California and works as a tour manager for a large music merchandising company.

John’s pictures are put in context by author Gill Loats who was at the heart of the Bristol music scene working as a DJ at the infamous Dug Out Club and watching live music most nights of the week.

The release of the book is accompanied by the launch of a CD and download. The CD features 22 tracks including contributions from Magic Muscle, The Cortinas, Shoes for Industry, The Various Artists, The Ratbites From Hell, The Spics and The X-Certs.
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Format - CD

Strictly Limited Edition 450 copies, numbered Deluxe CD

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Artist: Various Artists
Format: CD and Digital Download
Release date: 6th October 2014
Label:Bristol Archive Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: ARC270CD

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The Book

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Artist: Various Artists
Format: Book and Digital Download
Release date: 6th October 2014
Label: Bristol Archive Records / Tangent Books
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: BARC001

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Artist: Various Artists
Format: Bundle of The Book and the CD
Release date: 6th October 2014
Label: Bristol Archive Records / Tangent Books
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: ARC270CD

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‘The Best of Heartbeat Records’ – Various Artists

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24 Track CD & Digital Download. Released 10th February 2014

Heartbeat Records was set up in Bristol in 1978 by local folkie-type musician Simon Edwards and music store owner Tony Dodds to release the debut single by Bristol punk band Social Security. John Peel dubbed ‘I Don’t Want My Heart to Rule My Head’ “Charmingly rustic”, but then he would. With a free button badge coming with each copy, the record sold well and despite Dodds jumping ship after its release, the label was up and running.

With a few exceptions, Heartbeat largely moved away from punk into post-punk territory, serving up a dazzling array of clever, quirky bands – lots of sparse jagged guitars, busy drums and all the synths you could eat. But having said that, bands like Europeans, Apartment, The X-Certs, Glaxo Babies, The Letters, Stormtrooper, Art Objects and Affairs of the Heart, to name just several, were exploring very different styles giving the label a richly diverse roster that probably reached its peak with the release of Heartbeat’s 1979 compilation Avon Calling, described by John Peel (again) as “…really the standard by which the others must be judged in future. Because it really is superb there are 15 tracks on the LP, genuinely not a bad one amongst them, and a lot of really good stuff.”

And that went for Heartbeat as a whole, as you’ll hear on this comprehensive collection of the label’s finest tracks. The Best of Heartbeat Records is released by Bristol Archive Records on 10th February 2014 available on CD and digital download.

 

 

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Artist: Various Artists
Format: CD and Digital Download
Release date: 10th February 2014
Label:Bristol Archive Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: ARC268CD
Barcode: 5052571051221

 

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‘Fishfood vs.The Birth of Sharon’– Andy Fairley

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9 Track Limited Edition Vinyl (Screen Printed Jacket), CD & Digital Download. Released 3rd February 2014

‘This album is like the missing link in Bristol’s musical history. The good albums that is!!’ GEOFF BARROW – PORTISHEAD

As the 1970s blurred into the 1980s, the sparks generated by the City’s punk bands with their ‘can do attitude’ to the music business ignited and Bristol’s music scene burst into life with a myriad of separate scenes springing up across the city, reggae, jazz, power pop, jazz funk and post punk. Many of the latter were part of what was called the Clifton set, named after Bristol’s most famous Georgian suburb where they mostly lived, played and held court.

 

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Artist: Andy Fairley
Format: Limited Edition Vinyl
(Screen Printed Jacket),
CD and Digital Download

Release date: 3rd February 2014
Label:Bristol Archive Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: ARC269V and ARC269CD
Barcode: 5052571051313/5052571052020

 

STRICTLY LIMITED VINYL EDITION - ‘This album is like the missing link in Bristol's musical history. The good albums that is!!‘

GEOFF BARROW – PORTISHEAD

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100 copies on Yellow vinyl in a screen printed
jacket. Insert signed by Howard Purse and Jimmy
Galvin plus hand made and hand numbered
limited to 100 copies replica CD.

 

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Black Roots The Reggae Singles Anthology

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Re-Released 15th October 2013.

Double Vinyl LP – Limited Edition Pressing (SOLD OUT) plus Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and Download.

Thirty years after they released their first four track EP Black Roots’ singles output is finally showcased on “Black Roots – The Reggae Singles Anthology”. Released on September 5th, by Bristol Archive Records in collaboration with Nubian Records this 16 track album spans the band’s creative peak of the 1980s.

 

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Format CD
Released 5th September 2011
Cat No. ARC219CD

 

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‘I-Surrection’ – Talisman

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This album takes the best aspects of reggae’s musical heritage and fashions them into an album that deals with the realities of 2013. Roots reggae is back and the revival starts here! ‘I-Surrection’ is released on CD and Digital platforms on the 30th September 2013.

Thirty years after they recorded their debut long player, 1984′s ‘Takin The Strain’, Bristol’s roots reggae pioneers Talisman have found enough space in their busy live schedule to record their third studio album, ‘I-Surrection’, to be released via Sugar Shack Records on 30th September.

Having reformed in 2011, Talisman have spent the last two years honing their skills and playing live shows at every opportunity, including the support slot on The Selectors’ recent UK tour. Original core members Dehvan and Dennison have also found the time to write the six new songs that, along with their instrumental and dub counterparts, form this latest twelve track set. It’s hard to escape the economic and political similarities between today and the bands early eighties heyday, so it’s no surprise that all of the songs deal with political or roots themes and resonate with the classic sound of British reggae from the golden age..

 

 

 

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Artist: Talisman
Format: CD
Release date: 30th September 2013
Label:Sugar Shack Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: FOD097CD
Barcode: 5052571048313

 

Format – Limited Edition Vinyl

(100 numbered) Screen printed sleeve 
with insert and poster, autographed by
the band.

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Artist: Talisman
Format: Vinyl
Release date: 30th September 2013
Label:Sugar Shack Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: FOD097V
Barcode: 5052571048313

 

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The Best of Electric Guitars (re-Strung)

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Spanking new album ‘The Best of Electric Guitars (re-Strung)’ set for national release on Monday 15th July 2013 on CD & digital download, through Bristol Archive Records.

This is the early eighties at it’s very best, whether it’s called Post-Punk, New Wave or whatever the historians are calling the age in which we evolved the music. These boys took all the best bits of the freedom that punk provided and turned it into something accessible, something you could dance to or at least tap your foot to without being accused of mediocrity.

 

 

 

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Artist: Electric Guitars
Format: CD
Release date: 15th July 2013
Label: Bristol Archive Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: ARC260CD
Barcode: 5052571035627
GENRE: Post Punk, 1980’s, Alternative Pop Music

 

 

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‘The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live’ – Various Artists

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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.

Special fund raiser for St. Pauls Carnival

 

 

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Artist: Various Artists
Format: CD/DVD and Digital Download
Release date: 3rd June 2013
Label:Bristol Archive Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: ARC267CD
Barcode: 5052571045923

 

 

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