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Superb one-away roots production by Lloyd Barnes for the singer’s own imprint. No-prisoners organ; singing from the school of Pablo Moses.

Jah Upton joins Lloyd Barnes and Prince Douglas at the desk for another must-have Bullwackies dub set, originally released in 1977. From tapes recorded at Tubby’s with the Soul Syndicate band.

Black print on yellow.
‘Signed Ras Senrab, President, John Clarke Fan Club, c/o Wackies House Of Music.’

Black on baby blue.

Wicked early-eighties Wackies, unsteady and moody, with a Hudson connection.

Up there with Melt Away as the best side Max made outside the Black Ark; and surely the best of his twelve years away from Jamaica, from 1978 -1990.

Megaton 1979 Soul Syndicate rhythm, the workings of Wayne Jarrett’s Brimstone And Fire, put down in Jamaica, dubbed-up in the Bronx with deadly syndrums, synths, signature reverbed metal percussion. Raw soul.

A 1977 dub album collecting Wackies recordings made in JA — studios like Randys, Black Ark, Treasure Isle — and in NYC before the White Plains Road studio was established, where finally they were overdubbed and mixed.

Issued around 1977 on the City Line imprint, these were based around singles which had appeared over the previous few years also on labels like Versatile, Rawse and Senrab.

‘Natures Dub, this sound a rockers…rockers…rockers…me say a rockers…rockers…’

The musicians are Itopia augmented by Leroy Sibbles and Jackie Mittoo. Also Annette Brissette on drums — her solo album provides three outstanding cuts here, featuring Menelik in fine style on percussion.

‘From over 150 singles and 20 albums these 10 extracts are showing you the quality and range of Jah Reggae music’, as the cover puts it.

Pretty much since its original release in 1977, Creation Dub has been as Wanted amongst reggae bounty hunters as its Wild West cover typography suggests - every track a killer, a key Bullwackies dub album.

From the original sleeve-note — ‘reggae music is reaching its peak and this album is a perfect example of the roots of its success… an exceptionally well put together album with various artists at their best.’

Magnificent dub album out originally on the Senrab label in 1976.

Sweet mellow roots from the man named after Kingston College, with some total classics under his belt from JA — No No No, Anywhere But Nowhere — before becoming a Wackies stalwart in NYC.

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