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Youthman - The Lost Album (Errol Bellot meets Jah Bunny & Ras Elroy Ina 80​’​s style)

by Errol Bellot

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(Errol Bellot meets Jah Bunny & Ras Elroy Ina 80’s style)

17 Track CD, 9 Track Limited Edition Vinyl & Digital Download. Released 22NDJuly 2013.

Errol Bellot is one of the best kept secrets in British reggae with a career spanning more than thirty years, he has released dozens of high quality records and become a singer of choice for reggae connoisseurs worldwide. The fact that his name is barely known beyond the hardcore reggae audience, is symptomatic of a career focused on one off singles for small independent reggae labels unable to give Errol's talent the support and exposure it so deserves.
Reggae Archive Records is all about showcasing the wealth of talent that the UK scene has in abundance; working with Errol was high on our wish list. We originally hoped to compile a best of package, an idea we hope to return to, but when we discovered that there was an entire unreleased album he had recorded in collaboration with the legendary Jah Bunny and Ras Elroy, our plans changed.
We were given full access to the session tapes recorded between 1983 and 1985 and selected a standout mixture of 16 vocals, dubs and extended disco mixes to which we've added Errol's first self-production, the excellent, expensive and very sought after “The Wicked Them” which is sequenced together with its previously unreleased dub version discovered on the original master tape. The only other track on the album to have previously surfaced is “Rootsman” which saw a belated and limited issue on 10” in 2006.
The bulk of the tracks were recorded to four track and have the raw feel of dubplate mixes with an emphasis on the bass line and sound system play. Rather than try and tame them we've embraced that authentic sound. The tracks were transferred at the famous Conscious Sounds studio and where necessary, were then edited together by Rootikal's David Hill giving us four extended disco mixes that only add to the genuine eighties vibes. Five of the vocals are paired with full dub counterparts with Jah Bunny showing his mastery of the dub version and giving speakers a real workout with tracks like “Do What You Have To Do Dub” pushing your woofers to their limits. This entire album is definitely sound system friendly.
The emphasis is heavily towards roots with the majority of tracks having a heavy roots theme, whilst even those songs that aren't ostensibly roots have a seriousness in their delivery that belays their more mundane themes. Even the soul song dealing with relationships, “Reason and Chat”, is about as far removed from lovers rock as one could imagine.
Although recorded thirty years ago using contemporary rhythms and sounds, these tracks sound totally fresh and are a revelation. Perhaps we should have called this album a best of after all as the calibre of the music is that high. It is the fact that the majority of tracks are previously unreleased that denies them that accolade.
The package is completed by full sleeve notes telling the story of Errol and Jah Bunny and how they came to collaborate, in their own words, as well as a selection of rare archive photographs. This really is an essential slice of British reggae history featuring many of the key players from the scene.
Released on 22ND July 2013 on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital download via Reggae Archive Records.


released July 22, 2013

Track 1:

Drums – Brian 'Rimbim' Gustave

Bass – Danny Vernege

Guitar – Patrick Hislop

Keyboards – Lindell Lewis

Lead Vocals – Errol Bellot

Backing Vocals & Harmonies – Errol Bellot & Patrick Hislop

Toasting – Michael 'Militant Mikey' Gentiles

Recorded and mixed at Mark Angelo Studio London 1983
Mixing engineer – Lindell Lewis

Producer – Errol Bellot

Executive Producer – Tony Davis

Tracks 2-17:

Drums - Jah Bunny

Bass – Ras Elroy Bassy on tracks 2-9 & 14-17, Red-Eye Errol on tracks 10-11, Keith Drummond on tracks 12 & 13

Piano – Ruddy Rankin, Ras Elroy Bassy

Organ & Casio Synthesiser – Ruddy Rankin

Guitars – Ras Elroy Bassy, Stanley, Tony Chinaman, Tonik, Locksley Geechie, Hughie Isachar

Horns – Patrick 'Buttons' Hislop and Henry Tenyue (Matic Horns)

Lead Vocals – Errol Bellot

Vocal harmonies – Errol Bellot

Percussion – Jah Bunny, Red-Eye Errol, Keithy, Must Dance family,

Syn drums – Jah Bunny, Red-Eye Errol

Recorded at Must Dance Studio, London 1983 - 1985
Recording engineer Jah Bunny and Red-Eye Errol
Mixing engineer – Jah Bunny on tracks 2-3, 7-12 and 14-17, Dougie Conscious on tracks 4-6, Chazzbo track 13


Very special thanks to Jah, our father, for the musical experience and the good spiritual connections amongst the musicians – I thank thee O Jah. Jah Blessings to the musicians and singers, Red-Eye Errol, Ruddy Rankin, Ras Elroy Bassy, Ziggy, Keith Drummond, The Kids, Mikey Ranks, The Must Dance Family, nuff nuff. Blessed,
(Jah Bunny)

Jah Most High and all the Hackney Massive Musicians and artists
(Ras Elroy)


Side A

1. The Wicked Them (Discomix)
2. Rootsman (Discomix)
3. Rockers (Discomix)

Side B

1. Youthman
2. Youthman (Dub)
3. Reason And Chat
4. Reason And Chat (Dub)
5. Jah Guide Over Me
6. Jah Guide Over Me (Dub)

All Rights Reserved
P&C Reggae Archive Records 2013

All recordings licenced to Reggae Archive Records by Jah Bunny ‘Must Dance’ and Errol Bellot

Reggae Archive Records wish to thank the following people for their help with this project: Errol, Jah Bunny, Ras Elroy, Delroy Pinnock , David Hill, Steve Street, Martin, Sam and most importantly all the artists and musicians.

Editing and disco mixes by David Hill for Rootikal Productions

Mastered by Steve Street

Photo Credits: Thanks 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 Matumbi, The Cimarons and Black Slate

For further information please email: info@reggaearchiverecords.com

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All tracks published by Archive Publishing Ltd


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