Live Power

by Black Roots

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Realize 03:55
Let It Be Me 04:16
The Father 03:45
Suzy Wong 03:52
Oppressor 04:46
Far Over 03:39
Start Afresh 05:18


This album is part of a live set that was originally released in March 1989 on CD and vinyl entitled 'Live Power'. It was made available on download on 26th May 2015.

The idea for the project came from fans at their gigs that kept asking the band to record and release a live album. The right opportunity arose when the management of a small club, The Moles Club in Bath England that has a close intimate atmosphere, opened a 24 track studio in the same building that could be linked to the performance area. They offered the band the use of this new facility and in September 1988, they recorded a live set with Neil Fraser, the Mad Professor, at the controls that was later remixed by him at Ariwa Studios in London.

When these live recordings were made, Charles Bryan, one of the vocalists, Trevor Seivwright, the drummer and Derrick King, the bass player had left the band and Senouci Hardy, bass and Anthony ‘Druntan’ Ward drums, had been recruited to take their place. The set chosen for this album has 2 songs that do not appear on any other recordings ‘Oppressor’ and ‘Black Roots Skank (Mix Me Down)’. It also contains a version of ‘Juvenile Delinquent’ on which Carlton Smith takes the lead vocals and three songs ‘Start Afresh’, ‘Suzy Wong’ and ‘Let It Be Me’ that were released as singles at around that time. But as this set demonstrates most of their songs reflect the familiar concerns and themes common to roots reggae and it is this style that has brought them a loyal and growing international following.


released March 7, 1988

All songs composed by Black Roots except 'Suzy Wong' by P. Ecclestone
Published by Nubian Music except 'Suzy Wong' Copyright Control

All songs performed by Black Roots
Recorded live at the Moles Club, Bath on 2nd September 1988
Engineered and mixed by Mad Professor
Remixed at Ariwa Studio London
Artwork and cover design Inkworks Media Resource Unit and Steve Cole


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Black Roots Bristol, UK

Last year was the band's 40th ANNIVERSARy.This UK foundation roots reggae band from from St Paul's Bristol have been touring and recording since 1979 and have released several albums. Most recently working with French labels Soulbeats and Khanti Records and in UK with Sugar Shack and Bristol Archive Records. But they are best known for their eponymously titled albums Black Roots and The Frontline. ... more

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