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.
Although “Robin Hoods Of The Ghetto” was their solitary release, the band regularly recorded material throughout their career and fortunately thanks to the foresight of George and Mark in holding onto various master tapes, Bristol Archive Records are able to release the band's self titled debut album “Cool Runnings”.
We've selected a dozen tracks recorded between 1983 and 1985 at various local studios, and a couple of live tracks, to give an idea of why the band were so popular in person. Although their music leans towards the more mellow end of the market, (Lovers Rock), music ideally suited to Winston's soulful voice, the band were more than capable of writing good roots tunes, five of which are featured including the excellent “We Must Go Home”, “Children Of Zion” and the previously released “Robin Hoods Of The Ghetto”. Winston Minott had spent many years touring all over Europe with soul band The Invaders and many songs showcase his vocal talent, but a particular highlight has to be “Playhouse” an alternative recording of which can be found on “The Bristol Reggae Explosion Volume 3”.
Perhaps proper management would have seen Cool Runnings achieve the success and wider exposure that their combined talents and unique take on reggae undoubtedly deserved. Now twenty years after the members went their separate ways, Bristol Archive Records are pleased to fill in another missing piece of the City's musical heritage with a band whose music fits perfectly with their name, Cool Runnings.
released 21 July 2012
Tracks 5 and 10 recorded at Right Track Studios, Bristol March 19th 1983 - Engineered by Liam Henshall and Produced by Liam Henshall and Cool Runnings
Tracks 3, 4 and 9 recorded at Right Track Studios, Bristol February 9th 1984 - Engineered by Liam Henshall and Produced by Liam Henshall and Cool Runnings
Tracks 11 and 12 recorded at Diamond Studios Bristol 1984 – Recording engineer unknown
Tracks 1, 2, and 8 recorded at Commander Studios, St.Pauls Bristol UK 1985 - Recording Engineer unknown
Track 6 and 7 recorded live at the Western Star Domino Club, St.Pauls, Bristol UK 1984
All tracks published by Archive Publishing Ltd 2011
Winston Minott (lead vocals)
‘Trevor’ Leroy George Depass (bass)
Kent Bernard (drums)
Gerald Thomas (percussion/vocals)
Mark Tuck (keyboards/vocals)
George Condover (lead/rhythm guitars)
Robin Hoods Of The Ghetto originally released on Raka Records 1983 all other tracks previously unreleased.
Artwork designed by Sam Giles firstname.lastname@example.org
All tracks mastered by Steve Street September 2011
(p)(c) Bristol Archive Records 2012
All Rights Reserved
High resolution transfers by Adrian at The Great Bear
Compiled by Martin Langford September 2011
All recordings owned by Cool Runnings and exclusively licenced to Bristol Archive Records
This album is dedicated to The Western Star Domino Club, Bristol, UK
Mike Darby, Bristol Archive Records (Bristol Boys Make More Noise)