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X-O-Dus | English Black Boys

LTM presents the first CD by Manchester reggae band X-O-Dus, best known for their Dennis Bovell produced 12" English Black Boys on Factory Records in February 1980. Formed in the late 1970s, X-O-Dus elected to play a more political/progressive style of reggae, free from the religious dogma typical of other reggae bands at the time.
Talent spotted by Joy Division manager Rob Gretton, the group were invited to record for Factory, with leading producer Dennis 'Blackbeard' Bovell hired to mix down English Black Boys and See Them A' Come as an extended dub single. In true Factory style the 12" was released a year late, and stands as the only reggae record sleeved by Peter Saville.
Though X-O-Dus performed at live events such as 'Zoo Meets Factory Halfway' and 'Factory By Moonlight', the group found it hard to make headway on an experimental art label, and disbanded in 1981 without releasing an album. Digitally remastered, this archive collection includes both sides of the lengthy Fac 11 12" along with seven album demos recorded in 1980.

| tracklist
01 See Them A'Come
02 English Black Boys
03 If You Want My Lovin
04 Take It From Me
05 Society
06 Leaders
07 Imagine
08 We Can Feel It
09 Dance
10 Underwater Dance
11 Narrow Road

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