2016 restock. Moving between New York and Kingston, Jamaica, in the mid-1980s, the revered Black Victory label was a perfect storm, crossing the sainted ranks and deep lineages of Studio One and Bullwackies, together with the first, most celebrated strikes of the digital revolution in reggae. The musicians -- for the JA recordings presented as The Studio One Band, in NYC as the Black Roots Players -- included Brentford Road legends like bassist Bagga Walker and keyboardist Pablove Black, alongside White Plains Road aces like sax-man Jerry Johnson and percussionist Ras Menilik. The studios were Bullwackies, in the Bronx, where the genius Lloyd Barnes produced Tempo Explosion with Sugar Minott, and Music Mountain, in Stony Hill, Kingston, where David Rowan was the recordist, and the heavyweight Crucial Bunny (from Channel One) mixed the Nitty Gritty LP, General Penitentiary. Business was run from two New York record shops: Madison Records at 125th Street in Harlem, and Wackies. Dancehall savior of Studio One and co-architect of Black Victory, Wackies stalwart Minott himself takes the mic, kicking off the imperious Tempo Explosion version-excursion. Studio One veteran Willie Williams turns in one of his masterworks, a pile-driving Shaka murder, with a deejay cut by newcomer Colorman. Throughout Black Victory, the musicianship and dubwise production magnificently rides the cusp between analog and digital, with masterful live performances and swinging drum programs seamlessly combined. This is an album containing eight versions on King Tubby's "Tempo" rhythm, originally released in 1985 and produced by Bullwackie and Sugar Minott. Sleeve art by design by Wackies artist Leslie Moore. Other artists featured include: Chris Wayne, Ras Menilik DaCosta, Jerry Johnson and Black Roots Players.