MOST OF US WILL NEVER DO GREAT THINGS, BUT WE CAN ALL DO SMALL THINGS IN A GREAT WAY.
Bristol Roots Reggae Talisman were one of the UK's top Roots Reggae bands in the later 70's and early 80's. The band's prowess earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. They reformed in 2011 with two of the original line up, after 30 years apart; to support the re-release of their classic roots single ‘Dole Age’ on the brand new compilation album ‘Dole Age - The 1981 Reggae Collection’. One of Bristol's and the UK’s finest live acts were back and ready to party once again.
Originally formed in 1977 Talisman were consummate performers constantly vying for the title of one of the country's most popular live reggae bands. They toured the UK building up a loyal following and leaving memories of gigs that are still discussed to this day.
Until 2011 the only way to hear Talisman had been to track down their two difficult to find singles from 1981, or their two later LPs, “Takin' The Strain” from 1984 and “Jam Rock” from 1990. Now after nearly thirty years Bristol Archive Records lovingly compiled the compilation album of the band at their peak in 1981. Not only does the record contain the band's two original 7” singles, but also eight carefully selected live cuts from classic shows at Glastonbury Festival’s main stage and other infamous shows.
Talisman have gone on to play Reggae Festivals in Poland, Italy and Belgium and virtually all the UK festivals including Glastonbury, One Love, Beautiful Days to name but a few.
Press Quotes: “Vivacious and packed with infectious island melodies, the album is perfect for connoisseurs of real roots music.” — Tom Williams, Big Cheese Magazine
“For someone not into reggae, if there was ever a band that would convert me, Talisman would be that band!” — Mr. T, Lights Out Zine
“It’s the seven live tracks that impress the most, an audio document of a band at the peak of their prowess.” — Martin Headon, Red Hot Velvet