Around 1980, London-based Bullwackies fan Ed Brennan circulated amongst his friends a homemade cassette of his own favourite Wackies productions. In turn, Lloyd Barnes made his own selection from this Pirate’s Choice — adding several debut cuts, but retaining Ed’s title and much of his artwork, and omitting the barcode which he had snipped from a can of drink. Like the Coxsone re-appropriation, this makes for a superlative compilation.
Lloyd Barnes trumps Ed Brennan throughout, kicking off with a killer one-off rhythm from the vaults, featuring Bobby Sarkie of The Immortals, before teaming Joy Card’s Black Girl with a previously unreleased singjay version by Barrington Spence. Other highlights include Clive Hunt’s reading of Wayne Jarrett’s Darling Your Eyes, Joe ‘No Equal Rights In A Babylon’ Auxumite’s interpretation of New Sensation (by Wackies songwriting regular Andrew McCalla), and Sugar Minott singing beautifully over an exclusive horns mix of his Sometime Girl 12-inch.