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ARTIST
TITLE
African Roots Act 1
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WACK 001CD WACK 001CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/9/2003

"Originally released on the Five Arts Label in 1977, then re-issued on Wackies in 1980, this album provides a register of producer Clive Hunt's work with a who's who of Jamaican music -- including done-over tracks from his time at Channel One (Ernest Wilson's return to 'Undying Love'), with Joe Gibbs (Trinity's 'Three Meals A Day'), Sonia Pottinger (Marcia Griffiths' 'Mark My Words'), and Geoffrey Chung (Pablo Moses' 'We Should Be In Angola'); and not least with Bullwackies, on a couple of one-away rhythms. Enough Upsetter in the mix too. Another essential dub set from the Bronx. Wackies' lineage is classical -- rooted in Studio One and Black Ark -- but cut with the acid urbanity of New York City. Its sound is characterized by pervasive echo and deep bass: the atmosphere is luminous and unique. Lloyd Barnes, Clive Hunt, Noel Delahaye and Douglas Levy were the key engineers; Jerry Harris, Tony Allen, Owen Stewart, the Sylvester brothers and Jerry Johnson played on almost all the albums; reggae legends like Jackie Mittoo and Roland Alphonso were studio regulars. Several local artists made their names here, and a roll-call of great Jamaican singers -- including Horace Andy, Leroy Sibbles, Sugar Minott, Max Romeo and Stranger Cole -- recorded some of their best sides at Wackies. Yet this great music has struggled to move beyond cult status: many of the recordings are still obscure, and most are very hard to find. Now the Rhythm & Sound reissue programme will provide further pointers."