Boomkat Product Review:
Horace Andy, Wayne Jarrett and Naggo Morris with a set of 1983 productions that present the singers showcase style, in mostly devotional mood. The music is classical and original - full of awe, in a kind of dread development of the Bullwackies lovers rock sound - with inimitable and glorious dubs throughout.
Born in Jamaica in 1944, Wackie’s founder Lloyd Barnes worked for Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label before emigrating to New York in the early seventies. Here he founded the Wackie’s House Of Music. Wackies lineage is classical - rooted in Studio One and Black Ark - but cut with the acid urbanity of New York City. Several local artists made their names here, and a roll-call of great Jamaican artists including Jackie Mittoo, Max Romeo and Leroy Sibbles found there home here.
"The two Horace Andy cuts nod to Studio One: an interpretation of Little Roy’s Prophesy reworks Peanut Vendor with the bebop artfulness of the Sound Dimension; while My Heart Is Gone is a homage to the Ken Boothe classic.
The under-recorded Naggo Morris — who replaced another Wackie’s alumnus, Leroy Sibbles, in The Heptones — is best remembered for his Joe Gibbs 45, Su Su Pon Rasta: here his soulful baritone is in just such searing form, and the track You Rest On My Mind is devastating.
Wayne Jarrett’s opener likewise recasts a reggae evergreen for its rhythm, Keith and Tex’ Tonight — but now the music (co-produced by Sugar Minott, either side of the Bubble Up album) is darker and more burnished, with Jarrett’s Horace-styled falsetto set off against nyabinghi percussion. Also featured are the only reggae interpretation of Lionel Richie’s Truly you might like to hear, and a killer version of Don Carlos’ Black Harmony."