Recently I've been collecting the Wackies re-issues through EFA, but haven't seen any 'new' titles for a while now. Does anyone have a URL for a site giving a full list of (and forthcoming) titles or has the programme been shelved following the collapse of EFA?
by the way: I`ve never fully understood which Wackies stuff is out on EFA and which stuff has been reissued by themselves, for example I bought the Horace Andy set about two years ago and thought it was an EFA release, and then, a few months later, EFA officially re-released it.........and, the copy I bought, surely isnt an original 80ies one.
Have to disagree with you James. I like the Batta LP, solid riddims, good DJ style albeit some of the tracks you can clearly hear him scraping the barrell for lyrics. I reckon there is about 5 really good tracks on this set and the rest are a litlle so so.
I do have another LP from him which is total rubbish. And the Wackies 10" with Skatee is also weak. Good at the start but again his is scraping for lyric as the track rolls on.
"If you ride like lightning, you'll crash like thunder" (M.Buchanan)
I second Digi's reply. Argument is a solid lp. The Clive Field Marshall is the weaker dj lp from Wackies. So far the thing that has impressed me most about these Basic Channel reissues is the mastering. Deep, rich bottom end. The kind I am not use to hearing in reissues.
I kind of like the Clive Field Marshall album - it reminds me of the Militant Barry stuff in the way he works in a lot of topical references to news stories of the day and pop culture icons - the lyrics about the uke and Laura soap opera saga of the time just crack me up! Weird slowdown/speed up glitch in one track, though.
Jamaica Super Dub Session (or whatever its called) is another sometimes overlooked gem from the Wackies catalogue. Kicking little dub album.
For the Netherlands the distributor (N.E.W.S.) has not changed;
they did distribute the Wacjies reissue programme for both EFA and Indigo, as their connection is with Basic Channel; they are mainly distributing dance music...
So all Wackies stuff IS available, but not too many shops will work directly with them (except specialist and independent ones, of course) or prefer to fill the limited space alotted to Kamaican music with Marley & trojan stuff...