Reggae Goodies, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
One of the things that made Lloyd "Bulwackies" Barnes' Sounds Unlimited studio in the Bronx special was the way it seemed to draw every half-decent reggae artist in the New York area into its sonic net. And, of course, that was also what made the Wackies label's output uneven -- some of those artists really were only half-decent, and have since been mercifully lost in the mists of reggae history. The two Reggae Goodies compilations originally released in the late '70s and here reissued together on a single CD feature a variety of Wackies artists, most of them obscure, several of them with good reason. On the more illustrious side are the legendary Stranger Cole whose ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
One of the things that made Lloyd "Bulwackies" Barnes' Sounds Unlimited studio in the Bronx special was the way it seemed to draw every half-decent reggae artist in the New York area into its sonic net. And, of course, that was also what made the Wackies label's output uneven -- some of those artists really were only half-decent, and have since been mercifully lost in the mists of reggae history. The two Reggae Goodies compilations originally released in the late '70s and here reissued together on a single CD feature a variety of Wackies artists, most of them obscure, several of them with good reason. On the more illustrious side are the legendary Stranger Cole whose "Capture Land" is okay, but not up to the standards he set during his rocksteady days and the Love Joys, a female vocal trio who cut some of the label's most attractive sides while still in their teens. Some of the most impressive tracks on this collection are instrumentals, and include Wanachi's "Black Root" and the horn-heavy and nicely arranged "Love Dream" by Sel Wheeler & Azul. The Chosen Brothers deliver a fairly lame recut of the Stranger Cole classic "Say You" here titled "Love Me to the End", but Wayne Jarrett's "African Woman" is up to his usually high standard, and John Clarke's "Recession" hits fairly hard as well just don't confuse him with Johnnie Clarke, or you'll be disappointed. Not bad at all, and a good value for your money, to boot.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2005
  • Label: Wackies / Basic
  • UPC: 827670558224
  • Catalog Number: 3940
  • Sales rank: 96,684

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Belong to You - Love Joys (4:03)
  2. 2 Basement Session - Joe Morgan (3:32)
  3. 3 African Woman - Wayne Jarrett (2:48)
  4. 4 John Brown - Jon Clarke (2:52)
  5. 5 Black Harmony - Jah Carlos (2:36)
  6. 6 Loving Man - African Jamaicans (3:46)
  7. 7 Capture Land - Stranger Cole (4:44)
  8. 8 Recession - Jon Clarke (4:34)
  9. 9 What's Wrong With You? - Jerry Hitler (2:58)
  10. 10 Selassie - K.C. White (2:54)
  11. 11 Sweet Feelings - Love Joys (3:38)
  12. 12 Girl of My Dreams - African Jamaicans (3:20)
  13. 13 Let's Love - K.C. White (4:28)
  14. 14 Love Dream - Azul (4:21)
  15. 15 Love Me to the End - Chosen Brothers (3:09)
  16. 16 Soon Sunday - Roots Hangover (2:54)
  17. 17 African Rose - Wanachi (2:41)
  18. 18 Yes I'm Gone - Jah Junior (3:55)
  19. 19 So Much Loving - Chosen Brothers (3:07)
  20. 20 Black Root - Wanachi (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jah Scotty Drums
Jerry Hitler Guitar
Brother Donald Guitar
Linda Pickney Electric Piano
Allah Keyboards
Technical Credits
Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes Engineer
J. Walker Clarke Jr. Composer
The Adopted Composer
Traditional Composer
Bala Audio Production
J.P. Morgan Composer
Tony Hall Illustrations
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