Black Roots were a powerful and potent force in the British reggae music scene throughout the 80’s and left a legacy of no less than ten albums and more than eight singles before bowing out of the public eye in the mid-90’s. Hailing from the St Paul’s area of Bristol, the original eight-member band were formed in 1979 and quickly gained a large following by touring almost non-stop around the country, playing their brand of ‘militant pacifism’ roots.
Their debut album “Black Roots” released in 1983 was a highly acclaimed debut for Black Roots and saw them make their mark immediately on the national music scene. Their second album “The Frontline” included the title track “The Frontline” which had been composed at the request of BBC TV for a new television comedy series of the same name. Black Roots’ fourth album “All Day All Night” was produced by Mad Professor. The album “Live Power” was recorded at a gig at the Moles Club in Bath on 22 September 1988, which came about after fans asked for a live album, seeking to capture the power and strength of Black Roots’ tight, vibrant and entertaining stage performance.
In 1991 Black Roots and Neil Fraser released “Dub Factor: The Mad Professor Mixes” along with Black Steel and the horn section from the All Day All Night album. The tenth and final album “Dub Factor 3: Dub Judah & Mad Professor Mixes” released in 1995 finally brought the curtain down on Bristol’s finest exponents of reggae and without doubt, one of Britain’s best loved performing bands of the Eighties.
Two years ago, in September 2014, Soulbeats Records, the independent French record label, released some of these songs in a set entitled 'Ghetto Feel'. And now Soulbeats Records in collaboration with Nubian Records have released another album 'Son Of Man'. It is another set of 11 new songs of tight harmonic vocals, punctuated by strident horns, melodic guitar and keyboard playing laid over a thumping bass and drum section delivering a powerful message.
It is another uprising and uplifting collection of full on deep roots.
Autêntico Roots Rock Reggae em pleno século 21 !
01. Son of Man
02. War Zone
03. All Sing the Song Key
04. One Ebony Girl
06. Guess Who
07. Wake Up
08. Can't Get out of That
09. Trickle Trickle Treat
10. Poor Old Mama
11. One Thing