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‘Black Roots’ – BLACK ROOTS

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With the release of the latest Black Roots album “On The Ground” and its dub counterpart “On The Ground In Dub” via our sister label Sugar Shack Records, Bristol Archive Records decided to do something special to celebrate the band’s return to the studio. What could be better than a very special reissue of Black Roots self-titled first album, released to coincide with its 30th anniversary and, as this will be a vinyl only release we thought we’d combine it with this year’s Record Store Day event.

 

 

 

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Artist: Black Roots
Format: Limited Edition Vinyl
Release date: 20th April 2013 – RECORD STORE DAY
Label:Bristol Archive Records
Distribution: Shellshock
Cat No.: ARC265V
Barcode: 5052571041611

 

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Shoc Wave – A Bristol Story

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19 Track CD & Digital Download, Released 15th April 2013.

Shoc Wave Records was the brainchild of Dominican immigrant Gene Walsh, Fitz Watson and Melford Gardener. From the late 1970s through to the 1990s, Shoc Wave provided the only label willing to put out records by the majority of the City’s reggae and soul acts ignored by bigger and more mainstream labels and too small to finance their own releases.

 

 

 

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Released 15th April 2013
Cat No. ARC263CD

 

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Reminisce – Vibes

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With decades of involvement in the Bristol music scene, Winston Minott and Popsy Curious are no strangers to Bristol Archive Records. Winston was the lead vocalist with Cool Runnings and can be heard on their self titled album as well as volumes 2 and 3 of our “Bristol Reggae Explosion” series. It is on volume 3 that you can also hear Popsy with his “Chant Down Bobby Rome”. It was after these recordings and after they had shared the stage as members of Black Flames that the two men decided they wanted to focus more on reggae and create their own sound, from which Vibes was born. After a few months, a chance conversation with the sister of local singer Veronica aka Veereal led to her recruitment and with the unusual mix of two men and one woman on vocal harmonies, the group’s sound fell into place.

 

 

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Released 15th April 2013
Cat No. ARC264CD

 

 

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On The Ground In Dub

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The Dub album of ‘On The Ground’ set for release on Monday 4th March 2013 on CD & digital download, through Sugar Shack Records / Nubian Records.

United Reggae – ‘On The Ground’ potentially Best Reggae Album of 2012

Mojo – ‘The militant pacifists still packing a fiery punch’ 4/5

 

 

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Released 4th March 2013
Cat No. FOD093CD

 

 

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BLACK ROOTS – Pompous Way

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Released 15th October 2012 on 12” Vinyl (Limited Edition) & Digital Download with additional exclusive mixes, through Sugar Shack Records / Shellshock and all digital platforms.

October 15th sees the release of “Pompous Way” on Sugar Shack Records in conjunction with Nubian Records, the first new Black Roots single in over twenty years. “Pompous Way” is taken from the band’s new critically acclaimed album “On The Ground” also released by Sugar Shack/Nubian Records.

The double A side twelve inch vinyl release features an exclusive extended mix of the album version of “Pompous Way”, clocking in at nearly seven minutes the vocal is seamlessly followed by the dub in classic discomix fashion. Although recorded this year and dealing with the economic and political mess we are currently facing, the song doesn’t attempt to cater to any current fads. Instead it’s a slice of roots reggae the way it used to be, real musicians playing real instruments and singing about real problems.

 

 

 

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Released 15th October 2012
Cat No. FOD092V

 

 

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DUBKASM – ‘BRIXTON REC’

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Released 8th October 2012 on LP (Limited Edition), CD & Digital Download, through Bristol Archive Records / Shellshock and all digital platforms.

Leading lights in the 21st century UK digi dub/roots scene Dubkasm have built themselves a worldwide following for their brand of reggae since launching their own Sufferah’s Choice label in 2003. What many fans may not realise is that even before that first Sufferah’s Choice release, Dubkasm had nearly a decade’s worth of recordings behind them. Unfortunately, other than a track on the 1996 “Dub Out West Volume Two” compilation album, those early recordings were the preserve of leading UK sound systems such as Aba Shanti and Jah Shaka and could only be heard played off dub plates at dances.

 

 

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Released 8th October 2012
Cat No. ARC262V

 

 

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Cat No. ARC262CD

 

 

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THE VARIOUS ARTISTS – SOLO ALBUM

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Released 1st October 2012 on CD (Deluxe Edition) & Digital Download, through Bristol Archive Records / Shellshock and all digital platforms.

NB this is not a compilation album.
20 tracks by the band that confused the hell out of record reviewers everywhere.

SOLO ALBUM originally released in 1980, and now re-released in 2012 rides again with a 16-page booklet entitled ‘The true story behind the most confusingly named band of all time’.

In 2012 the members of THE VARIOUS ARTISTS may have bought a Band Name Generator App to ensure a name that guaranteed the correct allocation of royalties and an indexing in record shops to aid discovery. Then again, if you made one mistake, you might not add to it by calling your album SOLO ALBUM. But then again, if you’ve been in Bristol for a few years Bristolian irony may just have rubbed off. We have to take some credit because this lot weren’t born and bred.

 

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Released 1st October 2012
Cat No. ARC259CD

 

 

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BLACK ROOTS ‘ON THE GROUND’

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Released 10th September 2012 on CD, Limited Edition Vinyl and digital download, through Sugar Shack Records / Bristol Archive Records

Following the 2011 release of “Black Roots – The Reggae Singles Anthology” and the 2012 rerelease of “All Day All Night” deluxe version by reissue label Bristol Archive Records, Black Roots and their label Nubian Records have now teamed up with Bristol Archive’s parent label Sugar Shack Records to release their brand new album “On The Ground”.

It may be more than twenty years since the original line up were together in the studio, but for their new record they’ve picked up where they left off and are right back in that classic Black Roots groove that will keep their existing fans happy and appeal to a whole new generation of reggae lovers, many of whom weren’t born when Black Roots released their string of classic records.

 

 

 

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Released 10th September 2012
Cat No. FOD091V

 

 

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DAN RATCHET – Jah Poor People

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Released 16th July 2012 on CD & Digital Download,
through Bristol Archive Records / Shellshock and all digital platforms.

1986 was a period of transition for reggae music. In Jamaica roots had been entirely displaced by dancehall which itself was progressing from the early digital sound into what would become known as ragga, whilst in the UK a more mellow approach inspired by the commercial success of lover’s rock held sway. Reggae’s twin capitals of Kingston and London couldn’t have been on more different paths and yet this was the year that a young Dan Ratchet would travel between both cities, absorbing their very different vibes and working with leading musicians from both scenes to record tracks for what was intended to be his first album…

 

 

 

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BUNNY MARRETT- ‘I’M FREE’

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Released 18th June 2012 as Vinyl LP (Limited Edition), CD & Digital Download, through Bristol Archive Records / Shellshock and all digital platforms.

An influential figure on the Bristol reggae scene since the 1970s, Bunny Marrett has been shamefully neglected on record with just two tracks on the A side of a 1981 Shoc Wave 12” his sole output, although his compositions have fared somewhat better having been recorded and released by both Black Roots and Delroy Ogilvie.

Bristol Archive Record’s June 18th release of Bunny’s 1986 recorded album “I’m Free,” should go some way to making up for that oversight. As a bonus, Bunny is accompanied by legendary Bristol band The Startled Insects and equally legendary local jazz drummer Tony Orrell…

 

 

 

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Released 18th June 2012
Cat No. ARC253V

 

 

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Released 18th June 2012
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