Horace Andy

Exclusively

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Horace Andy's Exclusively features the beautiful voice of the great Mr. Andy, recorded in 1983, at the same session that produced what some feel is his best album, Dance Hall Style. If that album is indeed his best then this isn't far behind. Andy floats and bobs like a sparring angel and the songs are as catchy as bird flu and wrapped in heavy, typically dubby and note-perfect Wackies arrangements and productions. The record never drags like much roots reggae of the era and you have to credit Andy's light touch for this. Highlights are his touching tribute to Bob Marley ("Bob Lives On, Love Him"), which rides a guitar lick Steve Cropper would have loved to have come up with, the rollicking "Eating Mess" and "Live in the City," which is a version of Andy's classic "Spyglass." You have to look pretty hard to find better '80s reggae than this.

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