Horace Andy
Wackies - Indigo
September 26, 2005

Track list
  1. Bob Lives On
  2. Stop The Fuss
  3. Love Him
  4. Good Will Survive
  5. Take It Easy
  6. Eating Mess
  7. Musical Episode
  8. Live In The City
  9. Live In Unity
  10. Lonely Woman
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Appearing originally on the Solid Groove label out of Croydon in South London, "Exclusively" is sometimes misconstrued as the UK issue of "Dance Hall Style". The tracks from both were recorded at the same sessions - with Bullwackie joined at the controls by Junior Delahaye and Prince Douglas - and issued close together in 1982-83, Croydon first. 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 their own releases, whether technodub on Basic Channel or their Rhythm & Sound label can be found at the Basic Channel Website. Half of "Exclusively" non-exclusively versions tracks from the Stateside release "Stop The Fuss", "Eating Mess", "Live In The City" which is actually "Spying Glass" the tune he revisited with Massive Attack and that was included on the Melankolic release "Skylarking", "Live In Unity" which is actually "Let's Live In Love" and "Lonely Woman". The mixes featured here however are all different (and without dubs). The five tunes exclusive (pun intended) to this album are a superb Bob Marley tribute: "Bob Lives On", the strange "Love Him" where Horace Andy's voice is extremely far back in the mix of what almost sounds like a lamentation, a great take on Slim Smith seminal 1967 Studio One 'Rougher Yet'-riddim called "Good Will Survive", the beautiful "Take It Easy" and "Musical Episode", a track that once again shows how strong Horace Andy delivery is with that typical sleepy voice. Another must have rerelease from the Wackies/Basic Channel camp, and that is, even if you already own "Dancehall Style" this is an album you should add to your collection.