Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

African Roots Act 2
Wackies Allstars
Wackies-Indigo
CD
12-05-2003

Track list
  1. African Roots Act 2 Dub
  2. Revelation In Dub
  3. Gonna Fight Dub
  4. Journey Rock
  5. Lam's International Dub
  6. Mama Land Dub
  7. Lonly Dub
  8. Mystic Dub
  9. Sea Of Love
  10. African Man Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
Yet another superb release in the string of classic Wackies albums that have been (re)released by Berlin dub-techno duo Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus a.k.a. Rhythm & Sound, as part of their rerelease program of the complete Wackie's catalog. More on their own releases, whether technodub on Basic Channel or their Rhythm & Sound label and also on their classic Wackie's (re)releases can be found here. This 1982 album is my favorite of the African Roots Act series, even surpassing the legendary 3rd volume. The riddims are superbly tight, real horns are providing melodies on top of the riddims laid mainly by Studio One stalwart bassie Leroy Sibbles and singer Junior Delahaye (known for the Wackies release "Showcase") who provides keyboards, drums and drum machine, as well as being at the mixing desk alongside producer Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes. You could buy this album just for Leroy Sibbles, not only bassplayer extraordinaire, but also singer of one of the best harmony groups Jamaica ever knew: The Heptones, revisiting three classic Heptones Studio One riddims; "Fight It To The Top" here "Gonna Fight Dub", "Love Won't Come Easy", here "Mama Land Dub" and "Sea Of Love" here "Sea Of Dub". Only the dub of Horace Andy's "Lonely Woman" here "Lonly Dub" has the original vocals fading in and out of the mix. On all other tracks it's the riddim of another fine Wackies recording that rules, and that is dubbed up to the heights of excellence. This vintage Wackies dub album is one of my favourite dub albums ever.