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 discovered that there was an entire unreleased album he had recorded in collaboration with the legendary Jah Bunny and Ras Elroy. They 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, as well as 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. 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.
One of my CRUCIAL SELECTIONS for 2013, Youthman (The Lost Album) was released on July 22, 2013 on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital download via Reggae Archive Records.
Here is my exclusive selector’s mix featuring several of the tuffest tracks from the album. Also features our brand new audio intro!