Bristol Archive Records
12" Vinyl Single (Limited Edition) / Digital Release
April 15, 2015

Artist & tune

  • Restriction - Action / The General - Four Point Plan
  • Restriction - Restriction / Restriction - Re-Action
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Whether it's Bristol Archive Records or its sister label Reggae Archive Records, they always manage to come up with something interesting from the past. It made them a well respected record label among fans of vintage UK Roots music. To celebrate Record Store Day 2015, Bristol Archive Records treats these fans to a limited edition of the only record the group Restriction issued during their existence; the four track 12inch "Action" EP. We're pretty sure not that many Reggae connaisseurs and fans know Restriction and their music, so let's first introduce this band.

Restriction had their roots at the start of the 1980s in Zion Band, a group put together as a backing band for a publicly funded musical aimed at reducing the then chronic unemployment rate among young adults. The results of this state funded endeavour were much better than the idea might sound on paper and can be heard on Bristol Archive's "Bristol Reggae Explosion" series. Once it came time to move on, the core members of Zion Band formed a new group named Restriction. Unusually for the time, the group was multi racial and would also come to employ both a male and female lead vocalist.

As a young band with a diverse line up, their gigs showcased an assortment of reggae styles with much more diversity in their sets than older more established bands. They soon garnered a dedicated following across the UK and beyond as well as support slots for leading Jamaican acts. Unable to obtain a record deal, they financed their own release. To record the record they teamed up with a young engineer who was already having an impact on the UK scene, the one and only Neil Fraser aka Mad Professor, so the band travelled to London to record at Ariwa Studios in February 1984. The fruits of the collaboration with Mad Professor was put on 12inch vinyl. The latter was called "Action" and released in small numbers. For the first time in 30 years, Restriction's first record is available again, which will certainly please many UK Roots fans.

Side A starts with "Action", an uplifting message song ("To be confident... in the things that you do. To be positive... with the words that you say. To have real belief... in the way that you live. To be definite... in your actions. Have faith in yourself.") with the female vocal of Jendayi alternating and contrasting with the band's male vocalists. A song that grows on you after several listens. Without a pause (and thus in true discomix style), it continues with the excellent "Four Point Plan", a deejay cut with the one they call The General on vocal duties. Worth noting is the temporary addition to the band's line-up of legendary Jamaican Trombonist Vin Gordon, who at the time was a fellow resident of Bristol and happily shared his skills with many local musicians. Also Side B brings the listener some great music. First there's the truly great and very enjoyable horns driven instrumental "Restriction", and then "Re-Action", a full percussion led dub workout of the instrumental. Having listened to this record it's hard to understand why this band didn't manage to make a serious impact in the UK Roots scene at the time of its existence

With only 500 copies of this 12" vinyl single worldwide available, vinyl buyers shouldn't hesitate, 'cause otherwise this recommended re-release might be gone.