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Black Roots

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This album was the fourth Black Roots release and first hit the streets on Vinyl and Cassette early in 1987. More recently Bristol Archive Records re-released a ‘deluxe’ version in 2011 on CD featuring bonus dub tracks.

It was recorded in Cardiff in 1986 and was the first studio collaboration with Neil Fraser aka The Mad Professor. And over the next few years Mad Professor was to work on another 2 albums with the band.

In this work, Mad Professor uses his production skills to take the band in a new direction, that ‘live feel’ that punctuates the early releases ‘Black Roots’ and ‘The Frontline’ is gone. The sound in this album is fuller, deeper and more mature without compromising the band’s unique roots feel that is punctuated by powerful and harmonic vocals. Mad Professor’s work as producer is made easier by a powerful horn section, brought in by the band and used on several tracks, led by Vin Gordon, the legendary trombone player who was living in Bristol at the time, and assisted by Mike ‘Bammie’ Rose on Tenor Sax and Flute.

This download version consists of 15 songs featuring 11 of the 12 original tracks, with the extended mix of ‘Pin in the Ocean’ replacing the original vocal version and it is finished off by 3 extra dub mixes.

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