In July 1984, Black Roots released their second album, The Front Line, on vinyl and cassette.
The title track of this album, ‘Frontline’, was the theme song for the BBC Television sitcom that ran for one series by the same name. It is a story of 2 brothers who are constantly fighting like ‘cat and dog’ and the reason is that one is a police man and the other a dreadlocks man, both living together in the same house. Their life styles are such opposites that they can never agree about anything. And this clash of lifestyles is what informs the comedy that unfolds.
Unfortunately it was not deemed a success and it does not make it past that the first series of 6 episodes for a longer run. However, it is a positive experience for Black Roots as it introduces the band to a wider audience and affords the opportunity to release and promote another album release.
Now on 15th July 2014, almost 30 years to the day since it was first released, Nubian Records, is releasing this set as part its program of uploading and making its back catalogue available for download.
In addition to the original classic tracks that originally made up this album, like ‘War’, ‘Struggling’ and ‘Blackheart Man’, Nubian have added 2 bonus tracks, ‘Chanting For Freedom’ and’ Confusion’. Although these 2 tracks were originally released on 12” vinyl in 1981, as the follow up to the ‘Bristol Rock EP’ they never featured on any of the early albums.
released July 11, 1984
All songs composed and arranged by Black Roots
published by Nubian Music
Recorded at Satril Studios, Mushroom Studios, CTS Studios and BBC Enterprises Studio
Produced by Black Roots and Denny Vidal for Joy Records Ltd
Cover Photography Julio Etchart