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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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Released 10th September 2012
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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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Released 16th July 2012
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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
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DAN RATCHET – ‘Afrikana Policies / Ekomé Is Unity’

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Released 11th June 2012 as 12”Vinyl (Limited Edition) & Digital Download, through Bristol Archive Records / Shellshock and all digital platforms.

For the young Dan Ratchet 1986 was a busy year. Under the guidance of Simbarashe Tongogara, his cousin and a man with extensive experience in the music industry, he spent several months working in Kingston and London studios recording what was intended to be his first album. For various reasons, the only songs to see a release were “Sweet Rosie,” which saw a limited pressing on the Jamaican Star Time label and “The Time Has Come” which had been co written with Misty’s drummer Munya Brown and released in Zimbabwe as a double A Side, coupled with Misty In Roots “Wandering Wanderer.” The rest of the tracks remained in Simba’s safe keeping until Bristol Archive Records licensed the album for forthcoming release under the title “Jah Poor People”.

 

 

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Released 11th June 2012
Cat No. ARC254V

 

 

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SMITH & MIGHTY – The Three Stripe Collection 1985-1990

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Released on 14th May 2012

Limited Edition Pressing Double Vinyl LP

During the 1990s, “The Bristol Sound” became a global phenomenon with albums from Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky regularly placed high in polls of the best albums of the decade or indeed of all time. But for those in the know, “The Bristol Sound” had been defined at the tail end of the eighties with a string of releases from the studio of Rob Smith and Ray Mighty.

 

 

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Released 14th May 2012
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AMJ Dub Collective ‘Sound History Volume One’

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Released 23rd April 2012
as 12” Vinyl (Limited Edition)

AMJ Dub Collective have reggae in their blood and now they tell the story of the scene they grew up in, “Sound History” is an authentic slice of eighties reggae recorded in the 21st century.

The group’s name may be new to people, but their part in Bristol’s musical heritage goes back more than thirty years. Mark Spence and Andy Clarke, the band’s rhythm section are graduates of Zion Band from which they progressed to legendary Bristol band Restriction,). The third member of the trio is producer John Hollis, another Restriction graduate and for their first release they’ve called on two other former band mates Eric ‘The General’ McCarthy on MC duties and Bristol legend Rob Smith for a brace of mixes.

The trio’s aim was to recreate the classic reggae sound that they grew up with, yet they aren’t afraid to bring things up to date where appropriate as well as bringing in some guest musicians for an added Latin twist that harks back to Jamaican music’s origins and close links with Cuba and the wider Caribbean.

The idea for these tracks came from Mark Spence who felt it was long overdue to document in song the City’s rich heritage of sound systems, their selectors, MCs and the posses who supported them, a tribute to the reggae scene that nurtured and inspired the members of AMJ Dub Collective as well as countless others over the decades.

 

 

 

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Released 23rd April 2012
Cat No. FOD090V

 

 

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BLACK ROOTS ALL DAY ALL NIGHT

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Released 23rd April 2012
on CD

Having previously teamed up with Nubian Records to release the critically acclaimed “Black Roots – The Reggae Singles Anthology”, Bristol Archive Records have once more been allowed into the Black Roots/Nubian tape vaults. This time we bring out a 25th anniversary deluxe CD edition of “All Day All Night”, the album that saw them teaming up with the Mad Professor and moving away from their original sound for a more polished version. Whilst the music may have been brought up to date, the band’s lyrics rarely strayed away from the same themes of social and historical justice that define the roots genre.

 

 

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Released 23rd April 2012
Cat No. ARC252CD

 

 

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COOL RUNNINGS – Cool Runnings

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With a career that spanned twelve years including the entire 1980s, Cool Runnings were one of Bristol’s longest lasting bands, yet their failure to gig beyond the West Country or release anything more than their lone twelve inch single means that they are also one of the City’s best kept musical secrets. Originally formed in Weston-Super-Mare by Keyboardist Mark Tuck and Guitarist George Condover, they immediately relocated to Bristol and recruited various local musicians including an experienced and talented singer, Winston Minott…

 

 

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Released 9th April 2012
Cat No. ARC248CD

 

 

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JOSHUA MOSES JOSHUA TO JASHWHA – 30 YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS

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Released 9th April 2012
as Limited Edition Vinyl with Insert, CD and
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From the beginning of Bristol Archive Records involvement in documenting Bristol’s neglected reggae heritage we’ve wanted to release an album that showcases the great talent of one of the local reggae scene’s mainstays, Joshua Moses.

Unfortunately, Joshua has no copies of the many recording sessions he has done in the years since his first session in 1978, and so it has taken more than eighteen months of painstaking research and the pursuit of numerous leads to gather together the fifteen tracks on “Joshua To Jashwha – 30 Years In The Wilderness”. The result is more than worth any effort involved on our part and is as strong a debut album as anyone could wish for, guaranteed to create a buzz among reggae fans worldwide.

 

 

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Released 9th April 2012
Cat No. ARC250V

 

 

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