Boomkat Product Review:
Back in stock! **Volume 1+2** Basic Channel continue on their mission to re-present the Wackies catalogue in full, both volumes of Reggae Goodies came out around 1977 on Bullwackies' City Line imprint, which celebrated the Wackies HQ, and the NY subway track ending at White Plains Road. They are based on a compilation of 7" a-sides, which had appeared over the previous few years on labels like Versatile, Rawse and Senrab. The original sleeve notes of volume one reflected that 'today, reggae music is reaching its peak and this album is a perfect example of the roots of its success. This an exceptionally put together album with various artists at their best." No one could argue with spectacular contributions like Don Carlos's Black Harmony Killer, Wayne Jarrett's African Woman (to Baba Leslie's Black Horns rhythm), Joe Morgan's Basement Session, and the first time out for Stranger Cole's intense Capture Land, later redone by Wackies and Half Moon affiliates TAMU. Volume 2 derives more from Wackies' Sound Unlimited studios in New York and aims for lovers as well as roots' fans in the dance. Ad hoc lineups like Wanachi, with Jah Jah's Call also appeating on Creation Dub, and The Chosen Brothers - here it may be Lloyd Barnes with Wayne Jarrett on one track and with Leroy Sibbles on another - all appearing alongside Wackies regulars like 'Jah Junior Delahaye', KC White, and those three attractive young beauties The Love Joys - with a different, alternate mix to their version of the Abyssinian's Sweet Feelings than appears on their debut album.