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Capital Letters were a reggae band out of Wolverhampton, England. A move to Shepherds Bush, Middlesex in 1977 set them in place to become one of the Greensleeves label’s first signings. Their single “Smoking My Ganja” blew the woofers out of UK soundsystems throughout ‘78, and propelled them into the studio to record a full-length. The resulting LP, Headline News , was Greensleeves’ seventh release and one of the more critically acclaimed reggae records of 1979 with its finely balanced blend of African, Jamaican, and English influences and songs that covered topics ranging from religion to marijuana legalization to the bloody reign of Idi Amin.

Capital Letters were a big band, eight-strong (adding another guitarist/vocalist for their 1979 John Peel radio session), that boasted four vocalists, two drummers (one the conga player) and two percussionists among their ranks. In Jamaica, brass and/or organ filled out the arrangements.

Unfortunately, Capital Letters were also a relatively-short lived band. After Headline News they only released one other LP—Vineyard on a minor German label in 1982—and it is rarely in print. That and a handful of fine 12” were all the Capital Letters wrote.

Goodnews CAPITAL LETTERS the band are now practising and will be playing out soon doing all their tracks and more , I should know I’m the keyboard player Perch.

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  • schneder

    Jah Jah bring out the sunshine and send down the rain! iRIe

    20 Jan 2012 Reply
  • PartangPartyngs

    fuck babylon!

    5 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Duck10

    There's a fire burning in a babylon

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • yoka

    Don't know how I came across this band but I can't stop listening. Finally came across Vinyard and it's such a solid album.

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • rich_heartlion

    Do we really need a government? - Nooooo! ..great band!! =)

    18 Jan 2010 Reply
  • eastbaythunder

    awesome

    2 Jan 2010 Reply
  • qrobur

    They were far less prominent than their contemporaries, Misty In Roots, and looking back 30 years it's hard to say why. 'Headline News' is a good lp deserving of a place in any reggae collection.

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • eigenstil

    i love it!!!!!! awesome <3

    5 Jun 2009 Reply
  • st0mpr

    Great band, this shoutbox is way to empty...

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • schneder

    Vinyard!

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • The_DK

    RUN MAN RUN!!!

    20 Jul 2008 Reply

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