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Format: LP
Released: Jun 2012
Catalogue Number: ARC253V
Estimated time of shipping: 3-5 days
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Tracks for: I'm Free
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1. BUNNY MARRETT : 01
2. BUNNY MARRETT : 02
3. BUNNY MARRETT : 03

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bunny marrett - I'm Free

**Original, previously unreleased Bristol reggae with hints of jazz from 1980** "An influential figure on the Bristol reggae scene since the 1970s, Bunny Marrett has been shamefully neglected on record with just two tracks on the A side of a 1981 Shoc Wave 12" his sole output, although his compositions have fared somewhat better having been recorded and released by both Black Roots and Delroy Ogilvie. Bristol Archive Record's June 18th release of Bunny's 1986 recorded album "I'm Free," should go some way to making up for that oversight. As a bonus, Bunny is accompanied by legendary Bristol band The Startled Insects and equally legendary local jazz drummer Tony Orrell. Bunny may be a reggae artist, but he is also a jazz lover and with first rate jazz accompaniment, the music they produced is a totally natural fusion of reggae and jazz that more than twenty five years after it was recorded still sounds totally fresh. It's naturalness, it's simplicity and it's beauty make this music timeless and with an appeal far beyond the traditional reggae market. This is joyful music created by musicians who were obviously having fun and that shines through. There is no artifice in this meeting of Jamaica's and the United States' greatest musical gifts, it just works as a perfect blend of styles. Bunny has been singing since his childhood in Montego Bay and after relocating to Kingston was soon entering talent competitions. Moving to England whilst still in his teens, Bunny continued to sing as well as becoming involved with sound systems. He also embraced the local jazz scene as well as the diverse music of the West Indies including learning to play Piano with Laurel Aitken. Although his profile outside of Bristol may not have been high, by the time he recorded "I'm Free" he was an experienced writer and performer. When they collaborated with Bunny the, Startled Insects had already made an impact with their first two records on Antenna and were about to be signed by Island. One of the Startled Insects, Richard Lewis, will be well known to fans of Bristol Archive Records as legendary engineer and producer UK Scientist. The remaining band members known as just the Insects, would go on to a very successful career scoring music for film and television, writing for Massive Attack and working with several leading UK acts. Drummer Tony Orrell is something of a legend in Bristol music circles. In fact, having played with Spirit Level, Sphere, Andy Sheppard and Adrian Utley to name just a few, he's a hugely respected musician on the UK jazz scene and has often utilised his talents for non jazz artists. The vinyl LP contains the 1986 album as it was envisioned, four vocals, the uplifting title track "I'm Free", Bunny's tribute to Bob Marley with "Jazzy Reggae" making an excellent adaptation of the Wailers original. "Farm Diggin'" inspired by life in rural Jamaica and "Natural Princess" a pure love song, "Jazzy Reggae and "Farm Digging" are accompanied by their versions/dubs."

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ELECTRIC GUITARS - The Best of the Electric Guitars, BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
VARIOUS / BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS - The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live 2012, BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
DUBKASM - Brixton Rec, BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
VARIOUS / BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS - The Bristol Reggae Explosion 3: The 1980s Part 2, BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
VARIOUS / BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS - The Bristol Reggae Explosion 2: The 1980s, BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
BLACK ROOTS - The Reggae Singles Anthology, BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS
VARIOUS / BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS - Avon Calling 2, BRISTOL ARCHIVE RECORDS

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The Bristol Reggae Explosion 3: The 1980s Part 2

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*Includes sleevenotes by Dubmart's Martin Langford and 3 previously unreleased tracks*

ELECTRIC GUITARS

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The Bristol Reggae Explosion Live 2012

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DUBKASM

Brixton Rec

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Bristol Archives dig out a clutch of riddims from Digistep and DJ Stryda.

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The Bristol Reggae Explosion 3: The 1980s Part 2

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15 sweet treats from their home city's famed and deeply rooted Reggae scene circa '80s.

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The Bristol Reggae Explosion 2: The 1980s

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*Includes 16-page booklet with rare pictures and extensive sleevnotes*

BLACK ROOTS

The Reggae Singles Anthology

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*Deluxe CD/DVD with 16 page booklet including previously unpublished photos*

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Avon Calling 2

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Great archival discoveries, following up the legendary 1979 compilation of DIY independent sounds from Bristol

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DUBKASM - Emotion / Are You Ready EP, DUBKASM
VARIOUS - Listen Up! Rocksteady, KINGSTON SOUNDS
RASHEDA - Only Jah Worthy, RASHEDA LIONNESS MUSIC
THE CONGOS - Dub Feast, Jamaican Recordings
AUGUSTUS PABLO - Dubbing On Bond Street, Jamaican Recordings
STEEL AN' SKIN - Reggae Is Here Once Again, EM Records
PRINCE FATTY AND THE MUTANT HI-FI - Transistor Cowboy / Son Of A Thousand Fathers, Mr Bongo

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Studio One Sound

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Soul Jazz continue their journey into the vaults of the mighty Studio One...

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Manuela / Mark Ernestus Dub

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**Features Erykah Badu and Mark Ernestus versions exclusive to vinyl**

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Harmony, Melody and Style: Lovers Rock and Rare Groove in the UK 1975-92: Part One

Soul Jazz Records

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**Soul Jazz strike summer gold with an expertly-curated primer on lovers rock reggae**

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Harmony, Melody and Style: Lovers Rock and Rare Groove in the UK 1975-92: Part Two

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**Soul Jazz strike summer gold with an expertly-curated primer on lovers rock reggae**

DUBKASM

Emotion / Are You Ready EP

DUBKASM

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Cool Digi-Dub business from Bristol.

VARIOUS

Listen Up! Rocksteady

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RASHEDA

Only Jah Worthy

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Reissue of seminal, definitive UK Roots plate produced by Jah Shaka Music's The Disciples.

THE CONGOS

Dub Feast

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Smoked-out version excursion for one of JA's most righteous and long-standing vocal groups.

AUGUSTUS PABLO

Dubbing On Bond Street

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The mystical sound of Augustus Pablo cut at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle studio.

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STEEL AN' SKIN

Reggae Is Here Once Again

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Much needed 1st LP issue of this deeply endearing LP, newly remastered and housed in an embossed sleeve.

PRINCE FATTY AND THE MUTANT HI-FI

Transistor Cowboy / Son Of A Thousand Fathers

Mr Bongo

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A side of spaghetti western soundtrack-meets-Ska from Prince Fatty and The Mutant HiFi