Bristol Archive Records
LP (Limited Edition Vinyl) / Digital Release
April 22, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 4/5||Sleeve : 4|
Black Roots was founded in the late 70's in Bristol's Jamaican neighbourhood and comprised the following musicians : Errol Brown, Delroy Ogilvie, Cordell Francis, Jabulani Nzogi, Kondwani Ngozi, Derrick King, Trevor Seivwright, Carlton Roots and Rico Rodriquez, Dick Cuthell & Ruddi Hymes on horns.
In order to produce their first record the band organised a concert and invited the audience to give whatever they could to help the community youngsters. They gathered some 1200 donors and in 1980 the band put out their first releae, a 4 track EP, containing the tracks "Bristol Rock", "The Father", "Tribal War" and "The System". During the first half of the eighties they were constantly on stage and established themselves as one of the UK's leading live acts with a strong repertoire of socially aware songs reflecting the issues of the day. In 1983 they released their first full length album, which was critically acclaimed by the press.
The self-titled debut album originally appeared on the Kick label and is now re-released by Bristol Archive Records. This special reissue coincides with the album's 30th anniversary and, as this will be a vinyl only release, it's a contribution to this year's Record Store Day event. The album is filled with one drop riddims with a heavy drum bass led sound, that underpins the excellent vocals. Almost frightening is the tune "Juvenile Delinquent". On the other hand there's optimism heard in "The Opportunity", while a song like the cultural "Africa" has a more meditative atmosphere. One of the top tunes here is "What Them 'A Do", a great effort with wicked horn parts. Don't overlook "Tribal War" either, a song dealing with tribalism all over the world. The 12" version of "Move On", a tune that deals with affairs of the heart, rounds off this classic set in fine dubbed up style.
This release will be strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide. 400 copies will be available for Record Store Day, 22nd April 2013, at participating retailers and feature a facsimile of the original sleeve, whilst 100 copies will be available directly from Bristol Archive Records and very select retailers and feature a unique handmade screen printed sleeve as well as being individually numbered. In all a very special edition of essential historical stuff!!