Wackie's Rhythm Force

African Roots, Act 2

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The second installment in Lloyd "Bullwackies" Barnes' series of instrumental dub albums contains dub mixes of rhythms voiced elsewhere by such singers as Max Romeo, Barrington Spence, and Junior Delahaye. Delahaye contributes drums, keyboards, and drum machine programming on these tracks, and the bass parts are played by Leroy Sibbles, leader of the legendary Heptones. Sibbles, in fact, brings several Heptones compositions with him -- "Gonna Fight Dub" is a cut of "Fight It to the Top," and "Sea of Dub" is a dub version of the classic "Sea of Love." These mixes are, unfortunately, almost completely without vocals. The exception is a great version of Horace Andy's "Lonely Woman," rendered here as "Lonely Dub," which includes a few shreds of his fine singing. But as instrumental dub goes, this is top-notch stuff; Barnes was in top form as a producer during this period, and the flavors of his studio creations are rich and varied, though deeply rooted in the traditional values of golden-era reggae. Recommended.

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