Wackies Sampler Vol. 2
CD / 2LP
April 20, 2005

Track list
  1. International Herb - Sugar Minott
  2. Addis Ababa Dub - African Roots Act 1
  3. Saxman Special - Jerry Johnson
  4. Working Hard For The Rent Man - Junior Delahaye
  5. Queen Of The Universe - Ras Clifton
  6. Black Brigade - Roots Underground
  7. Cuss Cuss - Horace Andy
  8. Over And Over - Bobby Sarkie
  9. Rockfort Rock - Azul
  10. Jamming - Black Roots Players
  11. Movie Show Dubwise - Wackies Rhythm Force
  12. Jah Jah's Call - Creation Dub
  13. West Bound D Train - Super T.
  14. Holy Mount Zion - Wayne Jarrett
  15. Informa (Watch It) - Jah Batta
  16. Basement Session - Joe Morgan
  17. Lets Love - K.C. White
  18. Serious Thing - Horace Andy
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
And yet another excellent release 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. This time, after 18 more projects in Rhythm & Sound's Wackies reissue program here is the overview of the releases following "Wackies Sampler Vol. 1", on "Wackies Sampler Vol. 2" one tune is featured from each release. The tunes taken from 10" and 12" here appear for the first time on CD within this reissue program like Sugar Minott's Wackies' take on his own massive "Herbman Hustling" 1983's "International Herb". It's followed by the great "Addis Ababa Dub" from "African Roots Act 1" with producer Clive Hunt very firmly rooted in the Black Ark style. "Saxman Special" with a star role for saxophone-player Jerry Johnson has only been featured till now on the B-side of Sugar Minott's "Hi Hello" as have the magnificent "Working Hard For The Rent Man" recorded in 1980 by Junior Delahaye and the rootsy lovers tune "Queen Of The Universe" by Ras Clifton. "Black Brigade" appeared on Roots Underground's very fine Wackies dub collection "Tribesman Assault", whereas Horace Andy's excellent 80s take on Lloyd Robinson's classic "Cuss Cuss" first appeared on "Dancehall Style" and the Immortals' Bobby Sarkie's high pitched voiced "Over And Over" opened the very fine collection of vocal tunes "Jah Son Invasion". Clive 'Azul' Hunt's take on "Rockfort Rock" is taken from the 12" it shared with Mikey Jarrett's "Klu Bly Klan", but was as well released on "Natures Dub" an album already included in the first overview of Wackies release "Wackies Sampler Vol. 1". "Jamming" is the wicked instrumental by the Black Roots Players of Sugar Minott's 1983 "Jamming In The Streets" just like "Move Show Dubwise" is the wicked dub of Junior Delahaye's "Movie Show" 12", the tune that also closed his superb "Showcase" album for Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes. "Jah Jah's Call" is one of the minimalistic dubs that were rereleased late last year on 1977's "Creation Dub". "West Bound D Train" is taken from last year's 10" featuring the 1983 take by Jamaican 'badboy' policeman Super T on Dennis Brown's lyrics over a great Wackies riddim. Wayne Jarrett's "Holy Mount Zion" over 'Drum Song', Jah Batta's "Informa (Watch It)", Joe Morgan's "Basement Session" and K.C. White's "Let's Love" are great tunes that all have recently been reviewed when they were rereleased on Wayne Jarrett's "Showcase Vol.1", Jah Batta's "Argument" and the latter two tunes on "Reggae Goodies Vol. 1 & 2". This essential Wackies 80s-dancehall/dub/roots/lovers compilation is closed in fine style with Horace Andy's 1981 12" "Serious Thing".