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by Capital Letters

Reality 04:09
Reality Dub 04:04
Dub Dance 03:55
Love The Dub 04:39
Cocaine 03:43
No Joke Dub 03:51



14 Track CD, Limited Edition Vinyl and Digital Download.
Released 10th February 2014.

Reggae Archive Records launched with an album from Birmingham band Eclipse and we've always planned to return to British Reggae Midlands’s heartland, home to so many great bands and source of so many great records. We got our chance to return to the Black Country when we were contacted by Wolverhampton’s Capital Letters and so the Reggae Archive team embarked on the journey north, up the M5 where we enjoyed the hospitality of the band's JB and his wife Rose. We returned to Bristol bearing treasure, several reels of tape and a fantastic scrapbook full of photos and press clippings that Rose had lovingly compiled and kept safe.

Unfortunately, for various reasons, several of the recordings were unusable whilst other tapes contained the unmixed multi-track masters. We really wanted to tell the story of Capital Letters in their own words and so we gave the unmixed multi-tracks to Dave 'Oldwah' Sandford who did such a good job mixing vintage tracks on the album “Reminisce” by Bristol band Vibes. The results of our efforts are a brand new, yet vintage, 14 track Capital Letters album from 1985, the year everything was recorded. Five of the tracks are the band's original 1985 mixes, one track is a live recording and the other eight are newly mixed from the original session tapes.

The music itself has something of a roots edge with title track “Reality” and “No Jobs” both having strong messages. There is also an entirely new mix of the bands breakthrough hit “Smoking My Ganja” which is completed with its dub version whilst “Reality” comes with both original and 'Oldwah' vocals and dubs. The other tracks take a different direction and emphasise how versatile the band were.

Having originally formed in 1971 just for the fun of playing, Wolverhampton’s Capital Letters were one of the UK's first Reggae bands. They enjoyed huge popularity and success during the late seventies and early eighties both within the UK, becoming firm favourites of BBC Radio 1's John Peel, and further afield in Europe where they undertook pioneering tours and built up a strong Continental fan base. The tracks on this album represent the last recordings from that classic line-up.

In addition to the previously unreleased music, the package contains extensive sleeve notes telling the story of the band based on interviews with original members and fully illustrated with archive photos, posters and other ephemera thanks to Rose Brown and her precious scrapbook that she kept safe for so many years. This release helps to document another piece in the often untold story of British Reggae.

Released on 10th February 2014 Capital Letters “Reality” is available on CD, limited edition vinyl, (featuring an exclusive track), and digital download, available from all good retailers and direct from Reggae Archive Records.

ARTIST: Capital Letters
TITLE: ‘Reality’
RELEASE DATE: 10th February 2014
LABEL: Reggae Archive Records
FORMAT: CD, Vinyl and Digital Download


released February 10, 2014

1. Reality
2. Reality Dub
3. Smoking My Ganja (Oldwah Mix)
4. Ganja Dub (Oldwah Mix)
5. This Is Club Dance
6. Dub Dance
7. Beautiful Woman Dub
8. No Jobs (Live)
9. Still In Love
10. Love The Dub
11. Cocaine
12. No Joke Dub
13. Oldwah's Reality
14. Oldwah's Real Dub

Bass - J.B. and Tony Thomas
Drums - George Walker and Clive Brown
Keyboard - Carlton Taylor (Popi)
Guitar and vocals - Teacher and Lucas
Bass and vocals - J.B.
Horns - Kadeem and Dave
Backing vocals - Steve Ital and Ladie D

Recorded at Far Heith Studio, Northampton 1985
Engineer - Steve Johnson and Dred Lester
Produced by Capital Letters

Track 8 recorded live at Jaderi, Dudley 1985

Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 11 mixes from the original master tape
Tracks 3, 4, 7, 9,10,12, 13 and 14 all mixed by Dave ‘Oldwah’ Sandford Oct 2013 at Oldwah Studios, Kent, UK

Thanks: Melvin Jones for his lead guitar and inspiration

Side A
1. Reality
2. Reality Dub
3. Smoking My Ganja (Oldwah Mix)
4. Ganja dub (Oldwah Mix)
5. No Jobs (Live)

Side B
1. Oldwah's Reality
2. Oldwah's Real Dub
3. This Is Club Dance
4. Dance Dub
5. Cocaine Dub (vinyl only bonus)

All Rights Reserved
P&C Reggae Archive Records 2014

All recordings licenced to Reggae Archive Records by JB from Capital Letters

Reggae Archive Records wish to thank the following people for their help with this project: JB and Rose, Capital Letters, David Hill, Steve Street, Martin, Sam, Adrian at Great Bear for the tape baking and transfers and most importantly Dave ‘Oldwah’ Sandford for the mixing.

Mastered by Steve Street

Photo Credits: Thanks to JD and Rose for giving us access to their Archive and to the original photographers and artwork designers with whom copyright remains on their work.

Artwork on this release by samgilesdesign@gmail.com

This album is dedicated to the Midlands Reggae scene past and present

For further information please email: info@reggaearchiverecords.com

Reggae Archive Records is a sister label of:

All tracks published by Archive Publishing Ltd except tracks 3 and 4 published by Greensleeves Publishing Ltd

All tracks written and composed by Capital Letters
Granville Brown JR
Donald McKen
Lucas Dailey

Cat Nos: RARC010CD and RARC010V

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