African Roots Act 3
Wackies Allstars

Track list
  1. So Much Dub
  2. Good Thing Dub
  3. Feel It Now
  4. Mother Land Dub
  5. Think It Over Dub
  6. Take Over Dub
  7. Stay On Dub
  8. Freedom Dub
  9. Dubmatic
  10. You I Love Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
Born in Jamaica in 1944, Wackie's founder Lloyd Barnes worked for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label before emigrating to New York in the early seventies. Here he founded the Wackie's House Of Music and behind this shop-front was the first significant reggae studio and label in the United States. Wackies' lineage is classical - rooted in Studio One and Black Ark - but cut with the acid urbanity of New York City. Its sound is characterised by pervasive echo and deep bass: the atmosphere is luminous and unique. Several local artists made their names here, and a roll-call of great Jamaican artists including e.g. Leroy Sibbles, Horace Andy, Max Romeo and Jackie Mittoo to name a few, recorded some of their best sides at Wackies. The "African Roots" dub series began in 1977 when key member of Wackie's session crew Clive Hunt kicked off with the initial volume.
Here's "African Roots Act 3" - basically the dub counterpart of Sugar Minott's classic album "Wicked Ago Feel It" - originally issued in 1983 when the great days of dub were already long over. However, don't let it make you ignore this dub set as it is definitely worth while checking. Producer Lloyd Barnes' key collaborators here are Sugar Minott himself and stalwart Jackie Mittoo, with the core of his studio musicians drawn from the group Itopia. Subdued and hypnotic, musically more sparse than its predecessor, this third installment in the "African Roots" dub series offers the same trademark combination of Wackie's originals and classic Studio One riddims, nodding to The Heptones ("I Hold The Handle", "Love Me Always"). Furthermore there's that awesome dub version of "Wicked A Go Feel It" over the "Real Rock" riddim (with Sugar's vocals drifting in and out of the mix) which belongs to the standouts of this set. The "African Roots" series is probably one of the best selections of dub ever made, so check it while you can.