Album review
Poor House Rockers
Clive Field Marshall

Tracking list

  1. State Trooper Style
  2. Island In The Sun
  3. Rent Man
  4. Sheep Skin Gone Clear
  5. Love Is What You Want
  6. Ting-A-ling A-ling
  7. What Happen To The Hostage
  8. Dance Pon De Corner
  9. Poor House Rockers
  10. Old Mas Charlie
  11. Jenifer Charm
  12. Money Man Time
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

The year 2002 has been a very fruitful one for all fans of the production works of Lloyd Barnes aka Wackie as they witnessed the regeneration of vocal albums by Sugar Minott, Love Joys, Junior Delahaye and dub sets like "African Roots Act 3", to name a few. The last release in an amazing year of Wackies reissues is a long lost, utterly great example of rub-a-dub deejaying style across Wackies' significant hard roots sound. On its original release in 1981, Clive Field Marshall's "Poor House Rockers" album sold out so quickly that Wackies was unable to supply his customary distributors outside the New York area. No wonder this set has been high on Wackies-collectors' lists ever since. Now it has become available on cd format and thus can be heard in digital clarity. The riddims utilized for this album nod again to The Heptones at Studio One, and Bob Marley. Others are voiced elsewhere in the Wackies catalogue by Barrington Spence, Junior Delahaye and the Love Joys. Furthermore some were used on the "Presenting Prince Douglas" set that appeared the previous year. Clive Field Marshall himself is compelling, witty and ebullient in the dancehall style pioneered by Lone Ranger, tackling subjects such as JA tourism and landlordism, Carter and Reagan, banks and bulldogs, and - outstandingly, on Junior Delahaye's ineffable but unissued "Acting So Strange" - the in-thing beaver hat and sheepskin coat. Standouts are "State Trooper Style", "Rent Man", "Sheep Skin Gone Clear", "Ting-A-Ling A-Ling", "Love Is What You Want", "Dance Pon De Corner" and "Money Man Time". However, don't overlook the other tracks as they are notable efforts too.

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