The Reggae Singles Anthology

by Black Roots

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    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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04:15
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04:24
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03:30
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04:00
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03:30
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06:09
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05:15
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03:24
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04:59
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05:55

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BLACK ROOTS
‘The Reggae Singles Anthology’
Released 5th September 2011.

Double Vinyl LP - Limited Edition Pressing with
Insert (only available on the original pressing) 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.

Black Roots were Bristol's leading exponents of reggae, constantly touring throughout the UK and Europe. They also managed to release a steady stream of LPs and singles mostly on their own Nubian label. Now for the first time the majority of those singles are brought together on a single CD and limited double vinyl LP.
The music includes all of their key early singles, their first EP in its entirety, the three track follow up, the original single mix of “The Frontline” from the BBC series of the same name and later releases such as their collaborations with the Mad Professor.

This release wouldn't have been possible without the full support of the Band's own label, Nubian Records, who have allowed us free reign of their archives, the result being a 16 page booklet to accompany the CD that is packed full of previously unpublished photos of the band, the limited double vinyl issue comes with a similarly illustrated LP size insert.

As if a 16 track selection of some of the finest UK reggae wasn't enough the initial run of CDs have an added bonus, the first DVD issue of the impossible to find “Celebration”. A great live show from 1986, recorded at the Bristol Studio and previously only available on the original self financed video cassette issue. Taken directly from the video master this performance catches the band in fine form, joined by a horn section that includes the legendary Vin Gordon on Trombone the ten tracks are evenly split between their then pending “All Day All Night” album and their earlier more roots orientated material. Seeing them on stage 25 years ago really brings home how versatile the band were. Fortunately the original line-up of Black Roots reformed last year and with plenty of gigs in the pipeline everyone will be able to experience their live shows again.

As is usual Bristol Archive Records have paid meticulous attention to detail and, not only do you get a selection of great music, sleeve notes, a booklet packed with great photos, and a bonus live DVD, but we truly believe the music has never sounded so good on CD.

credits

released September 5, 2011

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/Mikey Taylor - Keyboards/Vocals.

Additional musicians: Rico Rodriguez - Trombone on tracks 7 and 9, Dick Cuthell - Flugel Horn tracks 7 and 9, Rudi Hymes - Saxophone tracks 7 and 9, Vin Gordon - Trombone on track 12, Michael "Bammie" Rose - Tenor Sax and Flute on track 12, Max Carrot - Trumpet on track 12.

All tracks produced by Black Roots except: track 8,10 and 11 co-produced by Denny Vidal, track 9 produced by Denny Vidal, tracks 12,13 and 14 produced by Neil Fraser (The Mad Professor).

Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 mixed by Richard Lewis (UK Scientist)

All tracks mastered by Shaun Joseph at Optimum, April 2011

Compiled and high resolution transfers by Martin Langford April 2011

All Rights Reserved

P&C Bristol Archive Records 2011

All recordings owned by Black Roots/Nubian Records and exclusively licenced to Bristol Archive Records

All tracks published by Nubian Music except tracks 1, 4 and 15 Copyright Control

Thanks to Jabulani, Black Roots, Alfredo Vasquez, Nubian, Richard Lewis aka UK Scientist, Neil Fraser aka The Mad Professor , Denny Vidal, Martin Langford (India and Harley), Basil Greenwood and Mike Taylor for their contribution in the early years, and a special thanks to the late Derrick King who passed away in May 2011

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

Front cover photograph taken by Julio Etchart

Artwork by samgilesdesign@gmail.com

This album is dedicated to Derrick King (RIP).

A comprehensive and fully illustrated Black Roots discography can be found at www.bristolarchiverecords.com

All Black Roots albums are available to purchase as digital releases from:
www.nubianrecords.co.uk

For information please email: info@bristolarchiverecords.com

TEL: 01179 855092

Live Bookings: zac@midnightmango.co.uk
Tel: 07837 681 905

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