31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

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31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby seb_carayol » Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:16 pm

FINALLY! After the much talked-about Zen Bow 12" ("Impression"), Reel-Heavy Music's 2nd reissue project is about to release. This time in slightly more rootsy vibe... Sorry for the overly "press kit" tone of what's below, but you'll get the gist of what this is about. Should be ready to hit shops in two/three weeks. It was a bit of an adventure as usual...


NORRIS REGAL : Struggle 12""
a sirron music / reel-heavy music reissue - cat # rhm-002


Among the flock of so-called ‘Shaka tunes’ these days, only a few were actually played by the legendary London-based Jah
Shaka sound system. This heavy 12’’ from 1983 was one of them. Slow, melancholic, backed by a fantastic female chorus, it was the only song ever put out by artist Norris Regal, who completely disappeared from the music business following this ethereal, debut tour de force.

Where did Norris go? As per usual, it took a few detective-style tactics to track him down, but it all worked out in the end. This time, the miracle link came by way of the… Anglo Caribbean Domino League! (click: http://www.reelheavy.wordpress.com for full story -in a couple weeks).

Now 54 years old, the singer behing this tough roots 12’’ had become an electrical engeneer in Rugby, UK since Struggle had come and gone --and was certinaly not waiting to ever hear of his musical career ever again.

With Norris’ master tapes absolutely intact --they sported two unreleased cuts to Struggle!-- it didn’t take a lot of convincing for this majestic record to ride again…

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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby kalcidis » Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:37 pm

Wow! I actually did research on Norris several months back. I had even bookmarked a domino page with a photo of the guy I suspected could have been him. I guess it was him then. :D Great song!

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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby jahkob » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:57 pm

interesting. any sound clip available?
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby seb_carayol » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:11 pm

Yes Kalcidis - same Norris it is.
I will post up sound clips on the blog soon. Thanks in advance for the support!
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby DeepSelector » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:26 pm

curious to listen the unreleased! Well done
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby SteveT » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:55 am

Killer track - if ya want a listen its on volume 6

http://www.crytough.com/soundsystem.html
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby RB » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:56 pm

big up seb every time. :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby seb_carayol » Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:25 am

RB, thanks ! Was gonna say the same thing about yourself -man, some scorchers I brought back!
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby onlyroots » Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:57 pm

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Out Now ! Available at www.onlyroots-reggae.com
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby seb_carayol » Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:43 pm

Only Roots : you just won the "best banner graphic design" in my book ! Thanks man !
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby seb_carayol » Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:15 pm

Hi there,

The 12'' is slowly reaching the shops, and as for the Zen Bow I will be posting in episodes the whole saga it was to track him down> First episode of 'The Search for Norris RegaL is now up on the blog ! Check:

http://reelheavy.wordpress.com/2014/02/ ... egal-pt-1/

And feel free to like the Facebook page as well, won't hurt!
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby jps » Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:51 pm

Will this be reaching Ernie B's in the states?
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby Dubba » Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:51 pm

Thanks Seb, looking forward to the next chapter! Waiting on my copy to come through from Honest Jons.
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby seb_carayol » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:25 pm

jps wrote:Will this be reaching Ernie B's in the states?

yes, eventually !
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Re: 31 years later, "Struggle" rides again (Norris Regal)

Postby John Eden » Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:41 pm

Love your writing on these quests, Seb. 8)

Big up.
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