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Nothing Change (The Best of Talisman 1977​-​2018)

by Talisman

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    Sleeve notes by Martin Langford, artwork by Nick Darby. We are proud to bring you 'The Best of' Talisman

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Relijan 05:46
Wicked Dem 04:01
Dole Age 05:55
Free Speech 04:15
Culture 04:59
Hey Yout' 04:16
Jah Praises 05:31
Lick and Run 03:13


“Nothing Change” (The Best of Talisman 1977-2018)
Released on CD and Digital Download 25th May 2018 via Sugar Shack Records

Very few bands can celebrate forty years since their creation and far fewer can still perform and record at an equal or even higher level than in their early years. Talisman have always been something of an exception to the rule. Although they took something of a sabbatical during the late nineties and noughties, at their core this is the same Talisman that formed as Revelation Rockers back in 1977. They may have been forced into a name change along the way, but they never ever changed the messages in their music or the sheer energy and enjoyment of their live shows; their talents are undiminished.

To celebrate the band's longevity and give fans old and new a career spanning perspective in a convenient package, we are releasing “Nothing Change” (The Best of Talisman 1977-2018) a 17-track compilation that includes the band's earliest recordings under the guise of Revelation Rockers to tracks from last year's acclaimed “Don't Play with Fyah”. Throughout changing times, technology and line ups the core of founding members Dehvan Othieno and Dennison Joseph give the music a remarkable continuity and demonstrate how some musicians improve with age.

Of the three Revelation Rockers tracks only “Jah Praises” has previously been given a proper CD release, both “Culture” and “Wicked Dem” make their debut appearance on CD. All three tracks show a band that hit the ground running with well written songs and their own sound. It's interesting to compare their first recording of “Wicked Dem” with the reworked version that would feature on their second single four years later.

Naturally all four sides of the band's first two singles from 1981 have been included in the form of the original 7” mixes, “Dole Age”, “Free Speech”, “Run Come Girl” and the aforementioned second version of “Wicked Dem”. Unfortunately, a lack of space precluded the longer 12” workouts which are well worth tracking down.

1984's debut album “Takin' The Strain” donates not only it's title track, but also “Lick and Run” and “Ah What You Seh”, all well-rehearsed favourites of the band's live appearances back then.

What might be termed a comeback album and their first recordings after reforming, 2013's “I-Surrection” provides four tracks with “Greetings and Salutations”, “Hey Yout'”, “Things Ah Get Tough” and “Help Yourself”. The album is completed with three tracks from last years extremely well received “Don't Play with Fyah” release, “Talkin' Revolution”, “She Looks Like Reggae” and “Relijan” which proved something of a hit last year garnering strong radio play across Europe. These three tracks demonstrate that even after forty years Talisman continue to innovate and improve with age.

“Nothing Change” (The Best of Talisman 1977-2018) is released by Sugar Shack Records on CD and digital platforms on 25th May 2018, distributed by Shellshock and available from good retailers worldwide, it provides the perfect introduction to one of the best reggae bands Britain has ever produced.

ARTIST: Talisman
TITLE: “Nothing Change” (The Best of Talisman 1977-2018)
RELEASE DATE: 25th May 2018
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
DISTRIBUTION: Shellshock / Discovery
BARCODE: 5052571075920


released May 25, 2018

Tracks 2, 4, 9 and 10 originally released on Recreational Records in 1981 (Original 7” mixes) – Recorded at Crescent Studios, Bath and engineered by David Lord, Glen Tommey and Steve Street – Produced by Talisman and UK Scientist

Tracks 1, 5, 6 originally released on Sugar Shack Records 2017 (Taken from the “Don’t Play with Fyah” album)- Recorded at J&J Studios and Invada Studios, Bristol and engineered by Jim Barr, Stu and James – Produced by Talisman – Mixed by Dennis Bovell

Tracks 3, 8 and 15 originally released on Embyro Records 1984 (Taken from the ‘Takin The Strain’ album)- Recorded at Right Track Studios, Bristol and engineered by Richard Lewis aka UK Scientist – Produced by UK Scientist and Talisman

Tracks 7, 12, 13 and 16 originally released on Sugar Shack Records 2013 (Taken from the
‘I-Surrection’ album)- Recorded at Buddha’s Fruit Studio, Bristol and engineered by Dennison Joseph – Produced by Talisman and Rootikal Productions – Mixed by David Hill and Darren Morris

Tracks 11, 14 and 17 originally recorded as Revelation Rockers in 1979 but not released until 2012 on Bristol Archive Records (Taken from the ‘Jah Praises’ album)

Tracks 2, 4, 9 and 10 published by Recreational Music
Tracks 1, 5 and 6 published by Archive Publishing Ltd
Tracks 3, and 15 published by Hue & Cry/ Warner Bros Music
Track 8 published by Adelma Music Ltd
Tracks 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17 published by Archive Publishing Ltd

Mastered by Steve Street April 2018

All recordings owned by Talisman and exclusively licenced to Sugar Shack Records

Copyright on all photos remains with the original photographer – we thank them for their great work
Including: Diane Potter, Anita Hummel, Lee Thompson, Kevin Wells, March Hayes

CD design and artwork by Nicholas Darby

(p)&© Sugar Shack Records 2018 / www.sugarshackrecords.co.uk


Talisman are:

Dehvan Othieno – Lead vocals & Ridim Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals, Kette Drum
Dennison Joseph – Bass & Lead vocals, Harmony Vocals, Keyboards, Drum Programming
Peter Fletcher – Lead guitar & Harmony Vocals

With over the many years:

Bill Bartlett, Donald de Cordova, Leroy Forbes, Brendan Whitmore, Chris Potter, Richard Lewis, Jennifer Allison, Jackie Wilson Asher, Stuart Gordon. Ray Colomb, Mike Crane, Steve Crane, Dennis ‘Chuncs’ Hutchinson RIP, Sir Reginald Chambers, Sharon Wynter, Sarah Bartlett, Henry ‘Matic Horns’ Tenyue, Darren Morris, Marqus ‘Fyah Sticks’ Peitter, Drumtan, Cyrus Richard, Gary Alesbrook, Craig Crofton, Gareth James Bailey, Dave and Mikey Taylor RIP.

Talisman thanks:

Mike Darby and the team at Sugar Shack Records, Pip and the team at Midnight Mango, Conrad Kelly, Henry ‘Zeb’ Holder, Caroline ‘Ridim Queen’ Williams, Marqus ‘Fyah Sticks’ Peitter, Zac, Ken Pustelnik, Steve Street, Martin Langford, Alec Cater, John Curd, Chris Parker, Lloyd Harris, Richard Lewis, Zulu PA, Dave Massey, Michael Eavis, Boss Goodman, Angela Davis, Shaun Joseph and last but not least John Peel RIP.

Live Bookings: pip@midnightmango.co.uk
Tel: +44(0) 7876758751 / +44(0) 1458211117

Management: mdarby@sugarshackrecords.co.uk
Tel: +44(0) 07885498402 / +44(0) 1179566280

www.talismanreggae.com / www.facebook.com/talismanreggae / twitter@talismanreggae / www.bristolarchiverecords.com

Talisman entire recorded output to date:

Dole Age / Free Speech (7” / 12”) Recreational Records 1981

Run Come Girl / Wicked Dem (7” / 12”) Recreational Records 1981

Takin the Strain (LP) Embryo Records 1984

Jam Rock (LP) Fat n Fas Records 1990

Dole Age (The 1981 Reggae Collection) (CD / LP) Bristol Archive Records 2011

Takin the Strain (Deluxe Edition) (CD) Bristol Archive Records 2012

Jah Praises (Revelation Rockers) (LP) Bristol Archive Records 2012

I-Surrection (CD / LP) Sugar Shack Records 2013

Nothing Change (12”) Sugar Shack Records 2014

Don’t Play with Fyah (CD / LP) Sugar Shack Records 2017


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