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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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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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‘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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