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1 - HUNTED - FALLEN ANGEL (THE COLLECTION) - (CD) 
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Deluxe gatefold card sleeve. Strictly limited to 300 copiesIn the early 1990s, the fashion in rock music was to schlep around in plaid shirts pretending to be glum in emulation of such grungemeisters as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. This was not a time to launch a career in well-crafted melodic hard rock with soaring twin lead guitars; the remarkable thing about Hunted was that they managed to achieve so much during their all-too-brief flowering. Guitarist and Hunted founder Bob Starling had already tasted a modicum of success with Bristol NWOBHM Stormtrooper. Joining forces with old chum and fellow guitarist Dave Preston in the spring of 1992, Bob swiftly secured the services of vocalist Andy Milsom, bassist Mark Williams and drummer Andy 'Woody' Knight. By Christmas, the band had clocked up gigs at all the key venues on the local live circuit.In January 1993 they recorded their first, self-financed EP, 'Streets of Fire' then entered and won Radio 1's Rock Wars contest in June, bagging a recording session at the legendary Maida Vale Studios which was broadcast twice on The Friday Rock Show. Now established as Bristol's leading hard rock act, they secured coveted local support slots with Lionsheart, and Paul Di'Anno and Adrian Smith's respective solo projects.1994 continued on a high with an invitation to go to New York to discuss a potential development deal with RCA. Six new songs were recorded for the occasion and the A&R people were suitably enthusiastic, as A&R folks so often are. Back in the UK, Hunted played the Marquee and recorded more material for their proposed debut album, 'Crawl'. But the RCA deal fell through, hitting the band hard. With disillusion setting in, it was only a matter of time until the inevitable split. What they left behind are the tracks collected here for the very first time, which amount to Hunted's complete recorded output showcasing huge riffs, thunderous drums and powerful vocals. But there's plenty of versatility here, from driving rock to more intricate arrangements drawing on a variety of influences. In an alternative universe, they've got an A-list producer, a string of Platinum albums and a packed touring schedule of the world's biggest enormodomes heaving with devoted fans.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Strangers 02. Judgement 03. This Must Be Love 04. I See The Sun 05. Fallen Angel 06. Broken Heart 07. Three Wise Monkeys 08. Two Timed 09. Crawl 10. Streets Of Fire 11. Wish U Wuz Ded 12. Destiny 13. Kill Me 14. Victim 15. Swing Of The Pendulum


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 28-10-2016
Item # : 495004     
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2 - LOVE JUNGLE - MAKE ME SPECIAL (THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION 1987-1990 - (CD) 
BRISTOL ARCHIVES


Finally, the work of Love Jungle in the late 1980's and early 1990's is set to see the full light of day through the CD and online release of the 'Make Me Special' 21 songs album via Bristol Archive Records. At the heart of this Bristol quartet was the creative and personal dynamic between guitarist, Neil Darby and singer/keyboardist, Angela Huggins; not an unusual thing in bands at the time. The likes of The Sundays, T'Pau, Skin Games and Eurythmics saw the musical mixed with romantic between the female singer and male guitarist (usually). Love Jungle had a small part of the elements in those acts, but had a lot, lot more to them.

TRACKLISTING: 01. This Covenant 02. Good Enough 03. Blue Skies 04. Make Me Special 05. Holy Water 06. Wasn't There Something 07. Waiting 08. Je Taime 09. Sometimes 10. When I'm Gone 11. Hold Me 12. Only When I'm Sleeping 13. That's The Way 14. She's A Little Girl 15. Still Life 16. This Is Your World 17. One By One 18. Cast Adrift 19. Simple 20. Peace & Love 21. Show Me Some Emotion


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 25-05-2018
Item # : 514083     
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3 - VARIOUS - AVON CALLING - (CD) 
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After the huge success of Attrix Records' Brighton compilation Vaultage 78, there was something of a vogue for regional albums, and the obvious man to throw the West Country's musical hat into the ring was Simon Edwards, head honcho of Bristol punk and post-punk indie label Heartbeat. When Heartbeat distributors Cherry Red demurred, Edwards convinced them with the 4 Alternatives EP featuring excellent tracks by The X-Certs, 48 Hours, Joe Public and The Numbers. It more than did the job, though only The X-Certs went on to appear on the album.It was recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath, with David Lord and Glen Tommey at the controls with two bands recording per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, sharing gear where possible. This was a fantastic studio, but not cheap so time was of the essence.The finished result, Avon Calling, was everything that Simon and Cherry Red had hoped for and then some. It's now regarded as a post-punk and pop-punk classic and a cult favourite in countries like Japan, where The Stingrays tour every year, and their Avon Calling track Sound is a show-stopper every night. The ever-canny John Peel declared Avon Calling ".really the standard by which the others must be judged in future because it really is superb. There are fifteen tracks on the LP, genuinely not a bad one amongst them and a lot of really good stuff." And he wasn't wrong, of course.Avon Calling comes home so to speak and gets a welcome rerelease via the Bristol Archive Records imprint

TRACKLISTING: 01. It's Irrational - Glaxo Babies 02. On The Continent - The Europeans 03. Green Is In The Red - Private Dicks 04. Too Much Commotion - Moskow 05. Chronicle - Essential Bop 06. What You've Got - Directors 07. Own Up - Various 08. Slugweird - Sneak Preview 09. Sound - The Stingrays 10. Anthem - X-certs 11. The Alternative - Apartment 12. Cross-slide - Numbers 13. Nothing - Vice Squad 14. Move Fast-stay Ahead - Stereo Models 15. My Dead Mother - Double Vision

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 21-10-2016
Item # : 495005     
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4 - VARIOUS - BRISTOL HEAVY ROCK EXPLOSION - (CD) 
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The critically sanctioned history of Bristol music tells us that the melting pot of punk and sound systems spawned a generation of musicians who skipped arm-in-arm from hip hangout the Dugout Club to conquer the world with the fabled 'Bristol Sound'. All of which is true. But it's not the whole story. That great sage Mr. Rob Zombie has described metal as the biggest underground movement in the world. There are outposts in every major city - even cooler-than-thou Bristol. Mostly unnoticed by the local and national press, the city's hard rock and metal acts have created an impressive and remarkably diverse body of work over the years.Of course, we shouldn't over-state the case. Bristol isn't the West Midlands. The city has never produced a Led Zeppelin, a Black Sabbath or a Judas Priest. Nor has there ever been a local hard rock/metal 'scene' as such; indeed, many of the bands in this compilation are not known to one another. If you choose to play this type of music, you cannot afford to succumb to the great Bristol band syndrome of cliquishness and insularity. No metal band has the slightest chance of becoming a big fish in this small pond. So as much through necessity as ambition - and there's been no shortage of the latter quality - Bristol's purveyors of the heavy stuff have tended to be much more outward-facing than their peers. And the rest of the world has been listening, from the NWOBHM-obsessed likes of Metallica's Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield lapping up Jaguar's proto-speed-metal and recycling it into world-conquering thrash to Max Cavalera of Brazil's Sepultura and key members of the early Scandinavian black/death metal scene gorging on the hugely influential anarcho-punk/metal crossover of Amebix.Spanning nearly 25 years from the early '70s to the mid-'90s, The Bristol Rock Explosion celebrates the city's unfairly overlooked rock talent. Its 17 tracks, many of them rare and previously unreleased, also take in early space rockers Magic Muscle, punk rockers-turned-thrash metal titans Onslaught, the mighty goth-rockers Claytown Troupe, Shiva's pioneering prog-metal, the accomplished classic rock of Lautrec and Stampede, classy melodic rockers Bronz, Headmaster's saucy pin-up rock, the '90s sounds of Voodoo and Mirror Mirror, and much, much more.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Lautrec - Mean Gasoline 02. Bronz - Ask No Questions 03. Magic Muscle - Free As A Bird 04. Claytown Troupe - Hey Lord 05. Shiva - Not There 06. Stormtrooper - In The State In The City 07. Hunted - Strangers 08. Voodoo - Crazy 09. Mirror Mirror - Domino Effect 10. Brabazon - Having The Time Of My Life 11. Headmaster - Kids Said Rock 12. Jaguar - Stormchild 13. Gazer - Give It To Me 14. Metropolis Dc - Snake Madness 15. Stampede - Shadows Of The Night 16. Onslaught - Metal Forces 2013 17. Amebix - The Power Remains

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 11-11-2016
Item # : 495006     
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5 - VARIOUS - THIS IS 80S POP (OUT WEST) - (CD) 
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Do you think of the West Country in the 1980's as a source of plentiful pop acts? Go on, pull the other one! With the music that's normally associated with Bristol, Bath and places out west, a number of stereotypes come to mind. That can be down to the known success stories or just plain perception. There has always been a broad picture of the scope of music that has come out of the west end of the M4 and M5 in general, from the more fundamental areas of rock, indie, reggae, rap, R 'n B and dance music, through to the more arcane areas of post-punk, jazz, punk-funk, punk jazz, art-rock and even once in a while a moody singer-songwriter.But the most prominent of the acts to have been born, raised and emerged from the city of Bath itself were Tears for Fears in the 1980's. It begs the question, did any other pop-orientated acts from the region come through, and if so what happened to them? Were they any good? This prompted Bristol Archive records owner, Mike Darby, and the long-time music industry creative and journalist, Dave Massey, to go through their extensive archive of local music and see if there was an album that could be compiled of those acts' tracks that could be regarded as 'lost hits'.The 20 tracks on the compilation are worthy contenders to be heard on day-time radio, in a top line club, blasting out of a TV screen or from in a car with the windows wound down on a sunny summer's day, and just listened to by any pop fan. It's a treasure trove of glorious commercial, but savvy and sexy pop music. Get into the groove of this wonderful west of England sonic pleasure feast!

TRACKLISTING: 01. Hey Belaba - Can't Stop Running 02. Wadi Vision - Forwards Backwards 03. Vicious Circle - Sorry 04. Bush And Clarke - I'm Satisfied 05. Umo Vogue - Who's Sorry Now 06. Frame By Frame - Kill For Less 07. Great Naked -narrow Bed 08. Kick City - Cover Your Eyes 09. The Works - When The Glitter Fades 10. Paul Sandrone (pola) - I'm Alone 11. Umo Vogue - Make It Real 12. Snapshot Parody - Money Makes Money 13. Vicious Circle - Temptation 14. Great Naked - Hanging Around My Door 15. Wadi Vision - This Is Ha Ha 16. The Big Outdoor Type - Don't Be A Stranger 17. Bush And Clarke - Guru Maserati 18. Hey Belaba - Call Of The Wild 19. Pola - Mistakes 20. Vicious Circle - Woman's World

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 06-10-2017
Item # : 507009     
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6 - X-CERTS - FUSSIN' & FIGHTING - (CD) 
BRISTOL ARCHIVES


Released for the first time on CD. From the very beginning the X-Certs were politically motivated and early gigs were filled with songs detailing the frustrations of the time. The political stance of the songs earned the attentions of The Socialist Workers Party and organisations like Rock Against Racism, who invited the band to play at many functions (usually on the back of a lorry ending in a confrontation with the police). The association with R.A.R. helped to promote the band and a dedicated following started to form. The early line up of The X-Certs recorded a number of tracks for Simon Edwards at Heartbeat Records and their first release was "Blue Movies" on the 4 Alternatives EP, shortly followed by "Anthem" on the wonderful Avon Calling compilation album.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Together 02. Queen And Country 03. Visions Of Fate 04. Secrets (demo) 05. Stop The Fussing And Fighting (demo) 06. Slow Down (live 1981) 07. No One Gives A Shit Anymore (live 1981) 08. Youth Is Calling (live 1981) 09. Frustration (live 1981) 10. Together (live 1981) 11. Visions Of Fate (live 1981) 12. Untogether


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 28-06-2019
Item # : 533632     
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