Album review
Wicked A Go Feel It
Sugar Minott

Tracking list

  1. So Much Trouble
  2. Good Thing Going
  3. Wicked A Go Feel It
  4. It's You I Love
  5. She Stays On My Mind
  6. Don't Take Away
  7. Freedom Train
  8. Think It Over
  9. Going Back To Mother Land
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

During the period of this 1982 recording, Sugar Minott was at the pinnacle of his popularity and arguably the brightest star in reggae dancehall music worldwide. In the seventies he had single-handedly revived the fortunes of Studio One, before cutting a string of hits for Channel One. Meanwhile his Youth Promotion sound system and his own "Black Roots" label nurtured fresh new talent like Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty and Junior Reid, to name a few. At the turn of the decade Sugar Minott moved to London where he recorded his international smash hit "Good Thing Going". He then linked up with Lloyd "Wackie" Barnes in New York with whom Sugar worked to striking effect as can be witnessed on the Bullwackies release "Wicked A Go Feel It", now for the first time issued on cd. With the core of his band drawn from the Wackies group Itopia, Sugar Minott's talent shines bright on this classic set. Sugar sings inimitably about lovers and cultural topics, just like he did on most of his albums that appeared after his masterpiece "Black Roots". Nine solid to excellent tunes are featured here including interpretations of Bob Marley's "So Much Trouble" and Michael Jackson's "Good Thing Going" (actually also a very different cut of his own UK pop hit), the outstanding "Freedom Train", the awesome title track "Wicked A Go Feel It" over a version of the "Real Rock" and the wonderful "Stays On My Mind". Although not everyone is overly fond of that typical Wackies sound this one is definitely well worth checking as this album is pure 100% granulated!

Teacher & Mr. T.