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.
As well the original dozen vocal tracks, we've added several dub versions and the extended 12” mix of “Pin in the Ocean”. The music itself saw the band embracing new technology and production techniques to give themselves a more contemporary UK sound, expertly helmed by the UK's leading reggae producer Neil Fraser. The dub mixes give another dimension to the music, the Mad Professor's signature mixing style meaning these mixes wouldn't seem out of place in his own “Dub Me Crazy” series.
A quarter of a century after its first release, “All Day All Night” is worthy of reissue and hopefully will find a new audience amongst fans who were too young for its original release as well as appealing to those who want to supplement their vinyl issues and enjoy the many extra tracks included on this CD. Bristol Archive Records have paid their usual attention to detail and to complement the newly re mastered music, the booklet will include many previously unpublished photos of the band.
Back together after many years, Black Roots are working on a new album to be released in late 2012 as well as performing around the UK. The fact that several of these songs have found a firm place in their live set, emphasises the quality of the writing and the need for this long overdue reappraisal. Bristol Archive Records have once again fulfilled their mission and rescued another deserving and high quality album from obscurity for a new generation of fans.
released 21 July 2012
All songs composed and performed by Black Roots
Black Roots are: Cordell Francis - Lead Guitar, Errol Brown - Vocals, Jabulani Ngozi - Rhythm Guitar, Delroy Ogilvie - Vocals, Trevor Seivwright - Drums, Kondwani Ngozi - Congas/Vocals, Derrick King - Bass, Carlton Roots - Keyboards/Vocals.
Horn section on Tracks 1, 2, 4, 8, 9:
Vin Gordon – Trombone
Mike ‘Bammie’ Rose – Tenor Sax and Flute
Max Carrot – Trumpet
Produced by Neil Fraser AKA ‘Mad Professor’
Recorded and Mixed at the Music Factory, Cardiff, Wales, UK 1986
Originally released on Nubian Records in 1987
All songs published by Archive Publishing 2012
Original artwork and cover design by Tony Christie
All tracks mastered by Steve Street December 2011
Compiled by Mike Darby/Martin Langford December 2011
All Rights Reserved
P&C Bristol Archive Records 2012
All recordings owned by Black Roots/Nubian Records and exclusively licenced to Bristol Archive Records
Thanks to Jabulani, Black Roots, Alfredo Vasquez, Nubian, Richard, Neil Fraser aka The Mad Professor , Denny Vidal, Martin Langford, special thanks to Vin Gordon, Dai Shell
Photo Credits: Thanks to the original photographers and artwork designers with whom copyright remains on their work and Keith Painter, Julio Etchart and Gert De Ruyter
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This album is dedicated to Revolver Distribution, Bristol, UK
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Cat Nos: ARC252CD
Respect to Jabulani and Black Roots for allowing Bristol Archive Records the opportunity to share with the world one of the UK’s finest Reggae bands – ‘Bristol boys make more noise!’
Mike Darby, Head of Bristol Archive Records