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ARTIST
TITLE
Birth of Reggae Music
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
WACK 003EP WACK 003EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/29/2007

This majestic rhythm was brought from Channel One to Wackies by Sugar Minott. First to voice it was Jah Batta -- his bathetic version makes a comic interlude in Chris Coy's 1983 film about the label, when he mimes the lyrics to his companion, strolling in the park -- originally released on Junior Delahaye's Sun Force label, the production credited to Batta, aka Tony Omeally. (The flip was the Jezzreel cut here, reworking The Upsetter's classic "Fever" b-line. Even this you need.) Max Romeo's myth-making is more in tune with the genius of the rhythm. The song appeared originally on his 1885 album One Horse Race. And it's up there with "Melt Away" as the best side he made away from the Black Ark; and surely the best of his twelve years away from Jamaica, from 1978-1990.