‘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.
Both sides are tough, edgy, dubby lovers’ rock - Joy Card is confident and winning, Lloyd Barnes busy and thrilling throughout.
Originally released in 1982 this album recasts Philadelphia-style sweet soul within the shimmering, bass-heavy textures of classic Wackies dub, with spine-chilling results.
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.
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.
Four songs and their dubs — lovers, bubblers, rockers, and well-charge dub, with great playing and Sugar brilliantly focussed throughout — originally a 1983 picture-sleeved ten-inch on his own Black Roots imprint.
Out originally in 1979, on the Wackies’ imprint Hardwax. (The original cover commemorated the first year of Honest Jon’s new reggae shop Maroons Tunes, Bullwackies’ UK distributor.)
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.
Upful dancehall vibes address topics such as vegetarianism, skin colour, school, good old-fashioned rocking the mic. One toast laments Batta’s girlfriend running off with Sugar Minott.
Bullwackies recorded this album during the same weeks as Horace Andy’s Dance Hall Style: two of the greatest vocal reggae LPs of all time.
Black print on yellow.
‘Signed Ras Senrab, President, John Clarke Fan Club, c/o Wackies House Of Music.’
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.’
The Love Joys’ first album, initially released in 1981 on the Florida-based Top Ranking label: ten tunes produced and recorded at Wackies NY, ranging from lovers rock and uptempo dance vibes to roots and reality.
Two versions, different dubwise mixes of Sugar Minott’s massive Informer rhythm — both choca with living dancehall vibes and Channel One-style deadliness.
Out originally mid-70s on the Aires label, in a plain, stencilled sleeve, this is based around three cuts of the dreader than dread Free For All rhythm.