Black World
Bullwackies All Stars
October 17, 2008

Track list
  1. Recording Connection - Jah T
  2. Skylarking - Bullwackies All Stars
  3. Troubled Land - Joe Auxumite
  4. Morning Star - Bullwackies All Stars
  5. United Rock - Bullwackies All Stars
  6. Black World - Leroy Sibbles
  7. Simple Little Woman - Joe Auxumite
  8. Tribute To Studio One - Bullwackies All Stars
  9. Shining Star - Bullwackies All Stars
  10. Rain From The Cloud - Bullwackies All Stars
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
This is yet another great rerelease 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 Rhythm & Sound's own releases, whether technodub on Basic Channel or reggae on their Rhythm & Sound label can be found at the Basic Channel website). Originally released in 1979 on the Wackies imprint Hardwax, this "Black World" is a very strong (almost entirely) dub album with Wackies' session musicians all in very fine form.

The first track on this album is the laid-back relick of Harry A. Mudie's 'Drifter'-riddim from Dennis Walks' 1969 scorcher, with Jah T's guitar contributing the classic melody-line in "Recording Connection" before Horace Andy's seminal "Skylarking" gets the Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes dub treatment. The album features two full vocals by Joe Auxumite - whose solo album was scheduled for release around the time this album was released, but abandoned when most of the tapes were lost - of which "Troubled Land" is the first song making clear that is truly is a pity the album never (re-)surfaced.

On "Morning Star" it's clear that the latest electronic devices from Japan for soundeffects were heavily used, followed by the rocksteady style picked guitar solo on "Heavy Rock" and the beautiful horn riffs featuring dub-reworking of Leroy Sibbles' 1978 Wackies recording "This World" as the title track of this album "Black World". Joe Auxumite's second strong full vocal "Simple Little Woman" precedes "Tribute To Studio One" and "Shining Star", two excellent dubs focusing on Leroy Sibbles' massive basslines. This wonderful album - from which you can hear the audio samples here - is closed with the magnificent dub of Delroy Wilson's 1968 Studio One classic "Rain From The Skies" in its "Rain From The Cloud" Wackies dub incarnation. The ongoing series of Wackies rereleases from Basic Channel belongs entirely in every reggae and dub collection.