Free For All
Bullwackie All Stars
June 8, 2007

Track list
  1. Free For All
  2. Space Age
  3. Roots
  4. Drum Call
  5. Tribal Dub
  6. All For Free
  7. Dis-Ya-A-Dub
  8. Bome-Ye-Dub
  9. Meditation Dub
  10. Blackbyrd
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
This CD presents "Free For All" by Bullwackies All Stars, an album released originally on Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes' Aires label in a plain stencilled sleeve, 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 their Rhythm & Sound label can be found at the Basic Channel website). This is an exciting 70s dub album, based around 3 cuts of the 'Free For All'-riddim recorded by Melvin 'Munchie' Jackson and Lloyd Barnes in Jamaica and completed in NYC.

The title track "Free For All" is a wonderful melancholic piece of dub, followed by the gloomier extremely bass heavy dub of the riddim "Space Age", "Roots" which is a magnificent horn driven dub and then it's back to a much more subdued mood in the fine Nyahbinghi drums driven dub called "Drum Call".

"Tribal Dub" is a superb dub of Little Roy's classic 1974 gem "Tribal War", with "All For Free" being the more lighthearted version of "Free For All" with clear Lee Perry Black Ark influences, something as penetrating in the next tune "Dis-Ya-A-Dub", a version of Stranger Cole & Gladdy's "My Application" recorded in 1971, rereleased in 1975 by Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes and later covered by the Heptones. The upful sound of early 70s fast paced instrumental reggae "Bome-Ye-Dub" is followed by the deejay cut of the 'Free For All'-riddim with allegedly Charlie Ace providing the sparse vocals in "Meditation Dub".

This album is brought to its close by the second Little Roy dub, as "Blackbyrd" is the dub of his 1974 for E. Lowe & Lee Perry recorded "Black Bird", closing a very heavy dub set. Another very very welcome addition to everyone's dub and reggae collection in the great ongoing series of Wackies rereleases from Basic Channel.