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1 - BLACK SYMBOL - BLACK SYMBOL - (CD) 
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Black Symbol are among the unsung heroes of British Reggae. During their heyday in the early 1980s, they not only released a handful of their own songs as singles, now highly sought after, but financed and released the two volumes of "Handsworth Explosion", records that documented and showcased so many talented local acts. Although their reputation within Birmingham was and still is second to none, their self-released records lacked the promotional muscle of major label backing and enjoyed modest sales, not escaping beyond the specialist reggae market.The music itself is roots reggae at its best, clearly British, but firmly anchored to the childhood home of the band's core members in St Ann's on Jamaica's North coast. Although all tracks were recorded at Outlaw Studios in the heart of Birmingham, this music is among the most Jamaican sounding of any British recordings.The CD version contain sleeve notes based on interviews with original band members; Fatman, Blobbo and Rhino plus archive photos provided by bandleader Fatman

TRACKLISTING: 01. Everything Has It's Time (4.49) 02. Everything Has It's Time (version) (4,46) 03. None A Jah Jah Children (4.21) 04. None A Jah Jah Children (version) (3.50) 05. Travel (7.38) 06. How Long (9.48) 07. Loving Jah (6.28) 08. In The Name Of Jah (4.04) 09. In The Name Of Jah (dub) (4.04) 10. Trouble Trouble (5.03) 11. Spiritual Reggae (3.06) 12. Travelling (3.06) 13. My Heart Reveals Danger (3.30) 14. Dub Piano (3.30) 15. Solidarity (5.25) 16. Tension (4.11)

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 16-03-2015
Item # : 472091     
Availability: IN STOCK
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2 - BLACK SYMBOL - BLACK SYMBOL - (LP) 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


Black Symbol are among the unsung heroes of British Reggae. During their heyday in the early 1980s, they not only released a handful of their own songs as singles, now highly sought after, but financed and released the two volumes of "Handsworth Explosion", records that documented and showcased so many talented local acts. Although their reputation within Birmingham was and still is second to none, their self-released records lacked the promotional muscle of major label backing and enjoyed modest sales, not escaping beyond the specialist reggae market.The music itself is roots reggae at its best, clearly British, but firmly anchored to the childhood home of the band's core members in St Ann's on Jamaica's North coast. Although all tracks were recorded at Outlaw Studios in the heart of Birmingham, this music is among the most Jamaican sounding of any British recordings.The CD version contain sleeve notes based on interviews with original band members; Fatman, Blobbo and Rhino plus archive photos provided by bandleader Fatman

TRACKLISTING: 01. Loving Jah (6.28) 02. Everything Has It's Time (12" Mix) (9.35) 03. None A Jah Jah Children (4.06) 04. Jah Children Version (3.50) 05. In The Name Of Jah (4.07) 06. In The Name Of Jah Version (4.04) 07. In The Name Of Jah (drum & Bass Reprise) (1.53) DISC #2: 01. Travelling (7.41) 02. How Long (9.48) 03. Solidarity (7.13) 04. Tension (7.01) 05. My Heart Reveals Danger (3.30)

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Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 16-03-2015
Item # : 472092     
Availability: IN STOCK
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3 - DAVIS, JANET LEE - MISSING YOU DELUXE EDITION - (CD) 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


Often cited as one of the best lovers rock albums ever, Janet Lee Davis' 'Missing You' was originally recorded and released by Fashion Records in late 1994. Long out of print, Reggae Archive Records couldn't think of a better candidate to mark their first venture into the often neglected field of lovers rock and their second release in conjunction with Fashion.The original album stands as a classic, but there's always room for improvement and so this edition is a deluxe version and not only includes the full original album, but also an additional five tracks previously only to be found on a limited and very rare Japanese only CD issue.Having moved back to the UK from Jamaica in the 1980s Janet was soon recording, but it was during the 1990s that she became a leading force on the reggae scene with hit singles and numerous awards including best female singer, best album and best single her talent being noticed beyond the reggae world. Her collaboration with the Fashion label found both parties at the top of their game with 'Missing You' being rightly acclaimed as one of the decade's highlights.This new deluxe version of 'Missing You' contains 20 tracks including one remix of the finest lovers rock, the one style of reggae that can claim British origins. In addition to showcasing Janet's soulful voice and versatility, she is joined and ably supported on two tracks by Peter Hunnigale and Tippa Irie.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Baby, I've Been Missing You 02. Girl On The Side 03. Your Sweet 04. She's Got Papers 05. Do You Remember 06. We Can Work It Out 07. Ooh Baby Baby 08. Big Mistake 09. Who's That Girl 10. Love Me Boy 11. Baby I've Been Missing You (groove Remix Featuring Tippa Irie) 12. Walk On By 13. Ready To Learn (yes, I'm Ready) 14. Two Timing Lover 15. Love 16. I Don't Want To Say Goodbye 17. This World 18. Take Time 19. Show Me Some Love 20. I'll Come Running


Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 17-06-2013
Item # : 442506     
Availability: IN STOCK
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4 - NIGHTDOCTOR - MENELIK - (12") 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


Nightdoctor's instrumental "Menelik" is a track that was originally recorded almost as an afterthought but in the years since, has become recognised as a sound system classic. Its re-release is long overdue and as a bonus we've included an unreleased alternative mix from Chris Lane, an early dubplate only mix and "Return of Menelik" Nick Manasseh's later updated take on the track. In 1981 Nightdoctor met with Chris Lane who had recently started Fashion Records, and it was decided that the band should record a lovers rock tune as that style was doing particularly well at the time. The band set about writing what was to become original A side "Romancin'" and Chris suggested a militant instrumental would be a good choice for the B side and that's how "Menelik" came to be chosen. With some financial backing from The Specials drummer John "Brad" Bradbury and help from The Specials manager Rick Rogers, the band set up a brand-new label Race Records to handle this and similar releases.On release, A side "Romancin'" did well for an independent reggae release receiving plenty of airplay. Meanwhile the B side started to find its own following in dancehalls being taken up by Jah Shaka and becoming a sound system staple. Nearly forty years after its release copies of the original 12" are highly sought after and can fetch over 100. This four-track release not only makes the original version of "Menelik" available at a reasonable price, but also includes two sound system friendly unreleased mixes and as an extra bonus Nick Manasseh's 1989 update "Return of Menelik" featuring Danny Red and Lidj Ishu

TRACKLISTING: 01. Menelik (original 1981 Mix) 02. Menelik (original 1981 Unreleased Alternative Mix) 03. Menelik (original Dubplate Mix) 04. Return Of Menelik Featuring Danny Red & Lidj Ishu

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Format: 12"

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 29-06-2018
Item # : 515257     
Availability: IN STOCK
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5 - VARIOUS - COMPLETE HANDSWORTH EXPLOSION - (CD) 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


Black Symbol presents The Complete Handsworth Explosion2014'S vinyl reissues of "Black Symbol presents Handsworth Explosion" and "Black Symbol present Handsworth Explosion II" LPs collected on one CD. It's hard to overestimate the importance of what Black Symbol did for their local community, in Birmingham's Handsworth neighbourhood, by providing bands with studio time at the well equipped Outlaw Studio and then releasing many of the finished results on the two original vinyl LPs. They have left us with a unique snapshot of the Handsworth scene in the early eighties; a scene that was at its creative peak but would very soon almost entirely disappear.It's never too late to discover talent and hopefully this CD release will indeed open the eyes and hearts of many to the great bands and singers featured: Sceptre, Zephaniah, Truths And Rights, Gerald Love, Mystic Foundation, Benjamin Zephaniah, Black Knight, Man From the Hills and last, but by no means least, Black Symbol themselves. The music is mostly roots reggae, but the tracks also provide a great deal of variety whilst maintaining a high quality threshold..

TRACKLISTING: 01. Sceptre - Ancestors Calling 02. Truths & Rights - New Language 03. Black Symbol - Travelling 04. Gerald Love - Jah Children 05. Zephaniah - Music Business 06. Truths & Rights - Saddest Moment 07. Black Symbol - Spiritual Reggae 08. Gerald Love - Scandal Man 09. Sceptre - Living On Strong 10. Zephaniah - Free Man 11. Benjamin Zephaniah - Stop The War 12. Man From The Hills - Redemption Day 13. Mystic Foundation - Life In The Ghetto 14. Black Symbol - Feeling Is Irie 15. Black Knight - Lets Make Up 16. Black Symbol - Trouble Trouble 17. Benjamin Zephaniah - Unite Handsworth 18. Man From The Hills - How Long 19. Mystic Foundation - Handsworth 20. Black Knight - Feeling

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 29-06-2015
Item # : 477135     
Availability: IN STOCK
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6 - VARIOUS - MIDLANDS ROOTS EXPLOSION VOL.1 - (CD) 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


"The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One" from Reggae Archive Records, is the first in a series of compilations that hope to showcase some of the unreleased, forgotten and barely known musical gems from what was such a vibrant scene. It's only appropriate that the first volume leads off with the band that put both Handsworth and Birmingham on the musical map, Steel Pulse. We've included the band's first release from 1976, the very scarce "Kibudu - Mansatta - Abuku," a track that strongly hinted at the heights they would soon reach. As a bonus, we've also included the instrumental version from the original B side; both tracks are making their debut on LP and CD.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Kibudu-mansatta-abuku - Steel Pulse 02. Mansatta (instrumental) - Steel Pulse 03. Redemption Day - Man From The Hills 04. Blood Fi Dem - Eclipse 05. Political - Musical Youth 06. Ancestors Calling - Sceptre 07. Unite Handsworth - Benjamin Zephaniah 08. Rome - Oneness 09. In The Name Of Jah - Black Symbol 10. Fa-ward - Groundation 11. Instruments - Mystic Foundation 12. Slow Down - Iganda 13. I Will Never - Capital Letters 14. Mr. Workhard - Carnastoan 15. Free Man - Zephaniah

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 29-06-2015
Item # : 476044     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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7 - VARIOUS - MIDLANDS ROOTS EXPLOSION VOL.1 - (LP) 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


"The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One" from Reggae Archive Records, is the first in a series of compilations that hope to showcase some of the unreleased, forgotten and barely known musical gems from what was such a vibrant scene. It's only appropriate that the first volume leads off with the band that put both Handsworth and Birmingham on the musical map, Steel Pulse. We've included the band's first release from 1976, the very scarce "Kibudu - Mansatta - Abuku," a track that strongly hinted at the heights they would soon reach. As a bonus, we've also included the instrumental version from the original B side; both tracks are making their debut on LP and CD.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Kibudu-mansatta-abuku - Steel Pulse 02. Mansatta (instrumental) - Steel Pulse 03. Redemption Day - Man From The Hills 04. Blood Fi Dem - Eclipse 05. Political - Musical Youth 06. Ancestors Calling - Sceptre 07. Unite Handsworth - Benjamin Zephaniah 08. Rome - Oneness 09. In The Name Of Jah - Black Symbol 10. Fa-ward - Groundation 11. Instruments - Mystic Foundation 12. Slow Down - Iganda 13. I Will Never - Capital Letters 14. Mr. Workhard - Carnastoan 15. Free Man - Zephaniah

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Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 29-06-2015
Item # : 476045     
Availability: IN STOCK
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8 - VARIOUS - MIDLANDS ROOTS EXPLOSION VOL.2 - (LP) 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


Vinyl is deluxe gatefold sleeve, double LPLast year's release of "The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One", saw the culmination of many years work spent tracking down artists and tapes to shine a light on one of England's greatest, yet most overlooked musical scenes; the home grown take on reggae that briefly flourished from the mid-seventies and had almost disappeared little more than a decade later.Volume Two starts off in exactly the same way as its predecessor with Handsworth's biggest musical exports, the legendary Steel Pulse and "Bun Dem produced by the legendary Dennis Bovell. Our first act new to the series are Natural Mystique with their 1982 single "Generals" whilst tracks 3, 4 and 5 round off the missing A and B sides from some of the most popular artists we included last time with Iganda's "Mark Of Slavery", Carnastoan's "Sweet Melody" and yet another Generals, this one from Musical Youth featuring the same line up that caused so much surprise and positive feedback with their inclusion on Volume One.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Bun Dem -steel Pulse 02. Generals - Natural Mystique 03. Mark Of Slavery - Iganda 04. Generals - Musical Youth 05. Sweet Melody - Carnastoan 06. Africans - Bass Dance 07. Hustling Man - Linton Haughton DISC #2: 01. Rebel - Groundation 02. Ruled By The Stone - Sledge Hammer 03. Cannot Take It Away - Mystic Foundation 04. Right Time Coming - Sceptre 05. Equalisation - Capital Letters 06. Immigration - Eclipse 07. None A Jah Jah Children - Black Symbol 08. Run And Hide - Afrikan Star

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Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 20-05-2016
Item # : 486928     
Availability: IN STOCK
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9 - VARIOUS - MIDLANDS ROOTS EXPLOSION VOL.2 - (CD) 
REGGAE ARCHIVES


Last year's release of "The Midlands Roots Explosion Volume One", saw the culmination of many years work spent tracking down artists and tapes to shine a light on one of England's greatest, yet most overlooked musical scenes; the home grown take on reggae that briefly flourished from the mid-seventies and had almost disappeared little more than a decade later.Volume Two starts off in exactly the same way as its predecessor with Handsworth's biggest musical exports, the legendary Steel Pulse and "Bun Dem produced by the legendary Dennis Bovell. Our first act new to the series are Natural Mystique with their 1982 single "Generals" whilst tracks 3, 4 and 5 round off the missing A and B sides from some of the most popular artists we included last time with Iganda's "Mark Of Slavery", Carnastoan's "Sweet Melody" and yet another Generals, this one from Musical Youth featuring the same line up that caused so much surprise and positive feedback with their inclusion on Volume One.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Bun Dem -steel Pulse 02. Generals - Natural Mystique 03. Mark Of Slavery - Iganda 04. Generals - Musical Youth 05. Sweet Melody - Carnastoan 06. Africans - Bass Dance 07. Hustling Man - Linton Haughton 08. Rebel - Groundation 09. Ruled By The Stone - Sledge Hammer 10. Cannot Take It Away - Mystic Foundation 11. Right Time Coming - Sceptre 12. Equalisation - Capital Letters 13. Immigration - Eclipse 14. None A Jah Jah Children - Black Symbol 15. Run And Hide - Afrikan Star

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 20-05-2016
Item # : 486929     
Availability: IN STOCK
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