The Bristol Reggae Explosion 3 The 80's Part 2

by Various Artists



15 Track CD, 8 Track LP & Digital Download. Released 19th March 2012.

The Bristol Reggae Explosion is back with a third volume. Whilst still happily exploring what was happening in the city during the 1980s, we've bent the rules and included a lone track from 1979. If anything, this third volume is our strongest so far, an amazing achievement when you consider that 11 of the 15 tracks are previously unreleased.

By popular demand, “Bristol Reggae Explosion Volume 3 – The 1980s Part 2” has a strong leaning towards the roots side of reggae. The album opens with Revelation Rockers “Jah Praises”, recorded in 1979 and taken from the album of the same name that sees its first release on Bristol Archive Records in March 2012 exclusively on vinyl, so it's inclusion on Volume 3 will be it's only CD issue. Revelation Rockers soon changed their name to Talisman and as such they feature twice more with the unreleased (Cave mix) of “Takin' The Strain” and “Lick & Run” taken from their debut album “Takin' The Strain”, re-released on CD as a deluxe edition in March 2012.

We included Bunny Marrett's only vinyl outing on Volume 2. He returns for Volume 3 with an incredibly soulful and atmospheric performance of “I'm Free.” An alternative version will be included on Bunny's first album which Bristol Archive Records plan to release later in 2012, something we are really excited about.

Another act from whom we intend to release a long overdue album is Joshua Moses. ‘Stick It Up’ is a live recording that gives you some idea just how good his shows were and is a taster from the album ‘Joshua to Jashwha- 30 Years In The Wilderness’. Maintaining the roots vibe are Zion Band, most of whom would go on to form Restriction but not before putting out a six track EP and we’ve included “Babylon Fire/Babylon Dub” from that scarce vinyl release.

Two more previously featured acts from Volume 2 are Alfred McIntosh, whose dubs were so well received last time, and Cool Runnings, with unreleased alternative versions of two songs taken from their forthcoming self-titled album on Bristol Archive Records.

Although very well known locally, Popsy Curious gets his introduction to the worldwide reggae community with his “Chant Down Bobby Rome”. He makes a second contribution showing his lovers rock side, as one of the vocalists on Vibes' “My Love”. The remaining artists Ron Green, Zapp Stereo, The Radicals and Dan Ratchet will be familiar to those who have our previous volumes. It is worth noting that Dan Ratchet is backed by members of Aswad for his take on the classic mid-eighties U.K. reggae sound. Bristol Archive Records are currently working on releasing Dan's first album from which “Sweet Rosie” is taken as well as an album from the multi-talented Ron Green.

All in all, these 15 tracks provide a great overview of the diversity of ideas and styles that were bubbling away in 1980s Bristol. We have had a great response to our first two volumes and hopefully volume three will receive an equally positive welcome.


released July 21, 2012

CD Tracks

1. Revelation Rockers Jah Praises (Taylor 1979) (p) Archive Publishing 1979

2. Bunny Marrett I’m Free (Bunny Marrett 1983) (P) Copyright Control 1983

3. Talisman Takin’ The Strain (Cave Mix) (Taylor 1983) (p) Hue & Cry/Warner Bros Music 1983

4. Joshua Moses Stick It Up (Joshua Moses/Mikey Taylor 1983) (p) Archive Publishing 1983

5. Alfred McIntosh Pain (Dub) (McIntosh/Talisman 1983) (p) Archive Publishing 1983

6. Babylon Fire / Babylon Dub Zion Band (Reynold Duncan 1982) (p) Copyright Control 1982

7. Talisman Lick & Run (Taylor 1983) (p) Hue & Cry/Warner Publishing 1983

8. Cool Runnings You Can’t Pay Me (Condover/Minott 1983) (p) Archive Publishing 1983

9. Ron Green featuring Glen Quake Then Came You (Dub) (Ron Green 1983) (p) Third Kind Music 1983

10. Popsy Curious Chant Down Bobby Rome (Barrett 1989) (p) Archive Publishing 1989

11. Zapp Stereo The Mission (Snow/Palaste 1984 ) (p) Copyright Control 1984

12. Cool Runnings Playhouse (Condover/Minott 1983) (p) Archive Publishing 1983

13. The Radicals Soul Eternal (John Carley 1980) (p) Archive Publishing 1980

14. Vibes My Love (Barrett/Minott/Morrison 1988 ) (p) Copyright Control 1988

15. Dan Ratchet Sweet Rosie (Neil Williams 1985) (p) Archive Publishing 1985

Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,8,10,11,12,14 previously unreleased

Track 6 Originally released on Zion Band Records 1982

Track 7 Originally released on Embryo Records 1984

Track 9 Originally released on Third Kind Records 1983

Track 13 Originally released on The Bristol Recorder 2

Track 15 Originally released Star Time Records 1985

Track 1 Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath.
Engineered by David Lord and Glen Tommey and Produced by Revelation Rockers

Track 2 Recorded at Right Track by Liam Henshall. Produced by Bunny Marrett

Track 3 Recorded by Andy Allen at Cave Studios, St.Pauls, Bristol. Produced by Talisman

Track 4 Recorded live at Dockland Settlement, St.Pauls, Bristol with Full Force and Power.

Track 5 Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath. Engineered by David Lord and Glen Tommey and Produced by UK Scientist

Track 6 Recorded by Liam Henshall at Right Track, Bristol. Produced by Liam Henshall

Track 7 Recorded by UK Scientist at Right Track, Bristol. Produced by UK Scientist and Talisman

Track 8 Recorded by Liam Henshall at Right Track, Bristol. Produced by Liam Henshall and Cool Runnings

Track 9 Recorded by Ron Green at The Facility, Bristol. Written, arranged and produced by Ron Green

Track 10 Recorded and Mixed at Jungle Red Studios, Bristol. Produced by Chunk E Hutchinson.

Track 11 Recorded by UK Scientist at Right Track, Bristol. Produced by UK Scientist

Track 12 Recorded at Commander Studios, St.Pauls, Bristol UK - Recording Engineer unknown

Track 13 Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath. Engineered and Produced by David Lord

Track 14 Recorded at Shan Studios, Lockleaze, Bristol. Produced by Vibes.

Track 15 Recorded at BBMC Studios, Wilesden, London. Mixed by Michael (Ruben) Campbell BBMC. Produced by Simbarashe Tongogara.

Disclaimer: We have made every attempt to find the original owners of these wonderful recordings. If a member of the band or anyone else reads this and can supply us with any information it would be greatly appreciated in relation to Zion Band and Zapp Stereo.

All tracks mastered by Steve Street throughout 2011

All recordings owned by the original artists/original record labels and exclusively licenced to Bristol Archive Records

High resolution transfers by Martin Langford and Adrian Finn at the Great Bear 2011

Compiled by Martin Langford June 2011

All Rights Reserved.

(P)(C) Bristol Archive Records 2011

Thanks to:
Martin Langford, Steve Street, Gene Walsh, Micky Taylor Hall/Joshua Moses/Shoc Wave/Unitone Publishing, Bekele, Dennison/Talisman, Jabulani Ngozi/Black Roots/Nubian Records, John Carley/Ron Green/Third Kind, Rob Smith, John Hollis/Restriction, Adrian Finn at Great Bear, Bunny Marrett, Mackie, Dan Ratchett, Samual Hutchinson, Mark Tuck, George Condover/Cool Runnings, Dave Massey (special thanks), Richard Lewis, Neil Fraser, St.Pauls Community, Easton Community, Liam Henshall/David Lord/Glen Tommey, Pops, Dennis McCalla, Dudley (Genesis), Dave (Plastic Wax) Lawrence and Andy, Jane and Chris at Shellshock, Garry at SAN Pr, Dave Fisher/Papa Roots, Ras Muffett, Dan Ratchet, Simbarashe Tongogara, Glen Crookes and all the musicians who played on these tracks.

Photo credits:

Thanks to the original photographers and artwork designers whom copyright remains on their work.

Front cover photo:
‘Iquator Sound System 1984 Bristol – featuring Budgie Dread and Scientist

Photo by Beezer Copyright 1984

Artwork by

This album is dedicated to Gene Walsh and The Shoc Wave Records Crew

Mike Darby, Bristol Archive Records (Bristol Boys Make More Noise)

Cat Nos : ARC 249CD AND ARC 249V



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