Up and down stuff, but worth it for Mr. Bassie, Fever and especially the stricken funky blues of New Broom. Oh Lord, Why Lord is a cover of Parliament, believe it or not.
Horace has made just three truly great albums: Skylarking, for Studio One; In The Light, for Hungry Town; and — with the biggest impact at the time, and by far the most contemporary — Dance Hall Style.
Vintage Wackies, and — spun out of Horace’s all-time greatest album — unmissable.
The Bullwackies cut of Horace Andy’s Serious Thing eclipses on all sides the classic Bunny Lee version of five or so years earlier — Horace like an angel over a stepping roots arrangement with horns and effects.
Tribute was originally released on the Top Ranking label in 1981, soon after the Wailer’s death in May. An outstanding cut on Sleepy’s Exclusively album, issued the next year in London by Solid Groove.
Some classic Bunny Lee do-overs of some of Sleepy’s finest moments, refreshed by Steelie and Clevie. Some exclusive dubs included, by the look of it.
Two cuts from the sessions which produced that great showdown album with Patrick Andy. The second runs the same ace rhythm as Barry Brown’s Over Me.
Sleepy’s first ever record, produced by Phil Pratt. Peter Austin on the flip probably trumps him, with some good, current advice.
Top-notch Horace — on the rebound from Studio One — recorded by Phil Pratt in the early-seventies.
Three front-rank reggae singers — with extensive credits for such producers as Coxsone Dodd, Augustus Pablo and Glen Brown — whose work at Wackie’s without question includes their very best. Originally two 10s.
From Sugar an essential, down-to-the-bone version of the foundation Real Rock rhythm. Featuring Jackie Mittoo and Bagga Stewart from Willie Williams’ classic Armagideon Time cut, alongside Wackies’ Itopia Crew.
The rhythm is so magnificent, the singing and toasting so expert, with Tubbys dishing it out, that you don’t notice the lyrics are twaddle.