On The Ground

Black Roots

In cart Not available Out of stock

Following the 2011 release of some of their back catalogue by Black Roots and their label Nubian Records have teamed up with Bristol Archive's parent label Sugar Shack Records to release an album of brand new material called “On The Ground”.

It may be more than twenty years since the original line up were together in the studio, but on this record they've picked up where they left off and are right back in that classic Black Roots groove that will keep their existing fans happy and appeal to a whole new generation of reggae lovers, many of whom weren't born when Black Roots released their string of classic records.

The music is entertaining and upbeat, but it is still roots music. These songs have a social message that is just as relevant in the troubled world we inhabit in 2012 as the band's songs were during the ups and downs of the 1980's.

Opening track “I Believe” makes it clear that for all the progress we've made, for many people life today is just as hard as it's ever been. Surviving the system isn't easy. Second track “Pompous Way” is also concerned with society, but this time with fixing it and reaching out to the next generation rather than labeling them as the problem. The music itself harks back to Black Roots of old and other than the mention of the digital age could easily have been recorded thirty years ago.

Another song that sounds like it could have come from the band's first incarnation is “Militancy” definitely sounding like Black Roots of old and also touching on the theme of slavery, a theme that receives further exploration in the aptly titled “Slavery” recalling the memory of the great evil that befell millions of Africans and their descendants.

There are more upbeat songs recalling a life in rural Jamaica with “Long Long Ago” or celebrating Africa with “Oh Mama Africa.” In fact whatever the message the band are delivering they still do it with great and enjoyable music, the new members of the band more than earning their place alongside the founding fathers.

More than three decades after they formed, Black Roots returned back with a 17 track CD album that defies the passage of time and will appeal to all reggae fans.

/
  1. 1 I Believe 03:43
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  2. 2 Pompous Way 03:51
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  3. 3 Long Long Ago 03:42
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  4. 4 Militancy 03:53
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  5. 5 Earth Land 04:03
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  6. 6 I Am Flying 04:27
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  7. 7 Slavery 04:27
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  8. 8 Oh Mama Africa 03:38
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  9. 9 Hide Out 04:38
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  10. 10 On The Ground 04:12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  11. 11 Call Me Out 03:01
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  12. 12 No Fee 03:20
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  13. 13 Struggle 04:42
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  14. 14 Landscape 03:38
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  15. 15 Without Direction 03:55
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  16. 16 Capitalism 03:46
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /
  17. 17 Come and Sing 03:45
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    /