Junior Delahaye
12 - 05 - 2003

Track list
  1. Love
  2. I Love You For All Seasons
  3. All I Need Is Jah
  4. Travelling Man
  5. Sitting In The Park
  6. Movie Show
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4
And yet another 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 at the Basic Channel website. "Reggae" as the album is called on the sleeve a.k.a. "Showcase" as it is known as well and dubbed by Rhythm & Sound upon their Bullwackies reissue programme, by Junior Delahaye was originally released in 1982. "Love" is a fabulous self-penned track where Junior's falsetto in combination with the classic dubby Wackies riddims immediately brings to mind the best moments of the classic combination of Junior Murvin's voice over Lee 'Scratch' Perry produced riddims. And like every other track, this album is truly showcase style, thus followed directly by its dub version, and coming from Wackies that's a real treat. Next Junior, who also co-engineered the album alongside Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes covers the 1971 Fuzz hit penned by their lead singer Seil Young "I Love You For All Seasons" in a much deeper voice that keeps floating on top of the dub mix in the second part of the track. The 'reggae-traditional' "Travelling Man" is preceded by the self-penned absolutely brilliant "All I Need Is Jah" on which the version part of the track gets a beautiful saxophone treatment by legendary Roland Alphonso, and another classic song versioned by more than a few reggae-icons gets the Junior Delahaye/Wackies treatment: Billy Stewart's "Sitting In The Park". This beautiful disc, that should be recommended to just every lover of roots, only has one weakness, as we have gotten used to bonus tracks even on regular releases, it clocks in at 35 minutes, and no matter how nice the ideas to release the another catalogue in 'original form' it's a bit short. I could stand more than an hour of this niceness, that is now cut short after the lovers tune "Movie Show" for which Junior Delahaye uses the most seductive lower ranges of his vocal register, before the final bars of its dub fade away.