from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 5||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
In the past year or so German-based "Rhythm & Sound/Basic Channel" has re-issued a notable amount of albums that have appeared on the legendary Wackies label from producer Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes. The latter has produced some significant reggae as he managed to develop a hard roots style during the late 70s/early 80s that was highly distinctive. Definitely one of the most remarkable albums coming out of Lloyd Barnes' recording studio at 4731 White Plains Road in the Bronx NY, is the Love Joys' first album "Reggae Vibes", which was initially released in 1981 on the Florida-based Top Ranking label (when it was also entitled "Jah Light" on the inside labels). With this "Reggae Vibes" set The Love Joys, a vocal duo consisting of cousins Sonia Abel and Claudette Brown, originally from Brixton, London UK, have delivered a great women's album, a refreshing departure in a tradition dominated by men. We're treated to a collection of ten tunes, ranging from Lovers Rock reggae style to roots and reality, beautifully and skilfully delivered by the duo with the classic Wackie's sound magnificent behind them. The album opener "Studio Man", a tribute to Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes himself, is followed by the decent "Sweet Feelings". Then drops the awesome "Stranger Get Up", one of our favourite tracks. Another highlight is the very inspirational "Jah Light", with Jah Scotty always ready to drum up some steady beats along with Roy Bassie from Wackies Rhythm Force. Next are the solid "Are You Ready" and the wonderful "All I Can Say", with especially the latter being a very enjoyable song. The same goes for the wicked "Watch Them", a revolutionary cry from Sonia Abel - a very special writer that can stretch far into her imagination. Typical Lovers Rock sharing roots feeling in a dance style and sweet sounding vocals can be captured while listening to "Love Is Not A Game" and "How Long". Let's not overlook "Where Jah Send Me", which happens to be an excellent roots & culture tune|
Love Joys' "Reggae Vibes" set is another must-have album for all Wackies fans.