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Talent-spotted by Joy Division manager Rob Gretton, Manchester reggae band X-O-Dus is best known for its classic single English Black Boys, produced by Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell and released on Factory Records (Fac 11) in 1980.
Remastered by Peter Beckmann in 2021 and featuring Peter Saville artwork, this 7 track 180g vinyl edition includes both sides of the Factory single as well as 5 album demos recorded in 1980.
Limited to 500 copies, the vinyl inner bag contains sleeve notes by former manager Martin Dunlop, along with archive images including previously unseen shots from the Factory By Moonlight show by Peter Anderson.
X-O-Dus performed at live events such as Zoo Meets Factory Halfway (August 1979) and Factory By Moonlight (April 1980). In time-honoured Factory fashion Fac 11 was released almost a year late, being the only reggae record to appear in a sleeve designed by Peter Saville.
1. English Black Boys
2. See Them A’ Come
1. Take It From Me
5. If You Want My Lovin