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BLACK SYMBOL finally gets album release

Reggae Archive Records has compiled an album for Birmingham roots reggae band BLACK SYMBOL which is due for release on 16 March.

More than three decades since the tracks were recorded, the Black Symbol record will feature singles, tracks included on two volumes of Handsworth Explosion and unreleased songs.

The CD version contains 16 tracks of which four are versions, while the high quality double vinyl contains 12 tracks including versions and is cut for maximum dynamic range.

Where they exist on the master tapes Reggae Archive Records has used slightly different mixes on the vinyl and CD, and while the CD contains tracks from the two volumes of Handsworth Explosion, these are omitted from the vinyl as they can be readily found on their vinyl reissues of those LPs.

The double vinyl LP comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and both it and the CD version contain sleeve notes based on interviews with original band members Fatman, Blobbo and Rhino, plus archive photos provided by bandleader Fatman.

Last year Fatman also released a new album under the BLACK SYMBOL name called  Journey which is available on sister label Sugar Shack Records.

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