throughout the illustrious thirty-year recording career of horace andy. with its innumerable highs. his unmistakable falsetto has lit up just three albums of indisputable greatness - skylarking. for coxsone at studio one. in the light. for everton dasilvas hungry town label. in queens. new york. and - with the biggest original impact. by far the most contemporary of the trio - dance hall style. for bullwackies in the bronx. recorded at the turn of the seventies. dance hall style reworks songs first recorded by bunny lee (money money) and derek harriott (lonely woman) - alongside a version of lloyd robinsons cuss cuss - and births classics like spying glass (later covered by massive attack). the musicians include wackies regulars like owen stewart and oral cooke from itopia. ras menilik and jah t.. also horaces multi-instrumentalist spar myrie dread from the hungry town sessions. at the desk. lloyd barnes. junior delahaye and douglas levy coax unequalled vocal performances from horace andy. showcased in ineffable extended mixes.
recorded in the late seventies. originally released in 1983. the a is irresistible. bubbling sufferers . as fluently as seventies curtis it combines rapture and engagement. soul and sophistication - with scatting. jazzy stylings by roland alphonso and guitarist barry vincent. and a drum-machine still fresh as a crisp biscuit. mystic revelation in all its glory appears likewise in both the original tape and the 1983 12 inch versions.
magnificent dub album out originally on the senrab label in 1976. when lloyd barnes spars at the desk were prince douglas and jah upton. in the first months of the white plains road headquarters. and indeed as upton - disheartened by the gang warfare that had crossed the path of the bullwackies disco sound - crifted away.the selection commemorates a series of brilliant sevens and twelves on labels like city line and wackies. and sister labels like upton. versatile. and munchie jacksons earth imprint. core rhythm tracks from jamaica - treasure isle mostly. and then mixed by tubby - had been worked over at the sounds unlimited studio on e 24th street in manhattan. there are few traces of singers. though: the sylvester brothers are singled out by the label artwork here.
baba leslies black horns - next piece to wayne jarretts african woman - is spun out of the opening track. the love joys are like genies in the stunning twin mixes of disco reggae. the track dub unlimited is john clarke s pollution (unlimited dub dubs singjay coverage of the ali-frazier thriller in manilla). bullwackies revenge is a version of the chin chow rhythm. a tribute to the restaurant next door. the chosen brothers talk to the father is represented. and andrew mccallas home by the sea... but it would be wrong to bog the album down in these details - an all-time great dub lp.
four songs and their dubs ? slotting in lovers. bubblers and rockers. and well charge dub. with great playing and sugar brilliantly focussed throughout ? which originally appeared in 1983 as a picture - sleeved ten -inch on the singers black roots imprint. everyone played informer. all the sounds. recalls rae cheddie. who remembers selling more than five hundred copies straight from the wackies office in soho. london. it was international ? a couple of boxes went to japan. some to mad robbie at fotofon... special dedication to all dancehall fans. it says on the label.