Wackie's

Wackie's

Profile:
Lloyd Barnes (born 1948, Jamaica), aka Wackie or Bullwackie, did some recording in Jamaica as a singer for Prince Buster before migrating to New York in early 1970s. There he set up a studio at 4371 White Plains Road (Bronx) recording both visiting and resident Jamaicans with consistently interesting results. Employing his own session band, the Reckless Breed, he developed a hard roots style that was highly distinctive (for all its debt to Perry's Black Ark sound), and can be heard on records that appeared on his Bullwackies label and its many subsidiaries, including Wackie's, City Line, Aires, Senrab, Wisdom Track, Footprints, Dougies, Hamma and Rawse.

Among the established Jamaican luminaries with whom Bullwackie worked to striking effect were Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, former Heptone Leroy Sibbles, Tyrone Evans and the veteran tenor saxman Roland Alphonso. Among the less celebrated but gifted were Wayne Jarrett (one of the better singers who modelled his approach on Horace Andy), K.C. White, Lloyd Hemmings, Annette Brissett and one of Lloyd Daley's star performers from the early 1970s, Audley Rollins.

Sessions with new US-based artists were as remarkable. Outstanding 45s that appeared in the late 1970s/early 1980s included Happy Love's "Down In the Valley", Ras Clifton & the Zionites' "Look Over Yonder", Joe Auxmite's "No Equal Rights in the Babylon", Noel Delahaye's "Working for the Rentman" and Joe Morgan's "Basement Session".

In common with Jamaican producers, Bullwackie issued plenty of dub on album as well as customary B-side versions. The African Roots dub series began in 1977 when Clive Hunt - then living in New York and a key member of Wackie's session crew - kicked off with the initial volume, released on Five Arts label based in Bronx. The album carried a distinct Black Ark influence, audible in its use of drum machines and sound effects.

The series was then continued on the main Wackie's label. Working with Jamaican musicians of the caliber of Jackie Mittoo, Clive Hunt and Leroy Sibbles, Wackie and co-engineer Douglas Levy created a recognizable studio sound and deployed it to startling and original effect. They continued to maintain an interest in mixing dub long after most Jamaican producers had abandoned the form and in 1985 produced one of the earliest digital dub sets - African Roots Act V - with longtime Wackie's musician Fabian Cooke handling the drums, keyboards and DX programs.

Around this time Wackie began a partnership with Sonny Ochiai of Tachyon Records in Japan, producing ragga and dancehall discs primarily for the Japanese market, a partnership that lasted until 1994 when Wackie returned to Jamaica in order to begin the construction of a new studio with Sugar Minott. In 1996 some of the Wackie back catalogue was reissued on CD through Wackie's London associate Rae Cheddie. (Peter Dalton and Steve Barrow)

In early 2000s a comprehensive Wackie reissue program commenced via Basic Channel.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
7W 33 Joy Card, Wackie's Rhythm Force* Joy Card, Wackie's Rhythm Force* - I Love You In Every Way(7") Wackie's 7W 33 US Unknown Sell This Version
25RL0003 Various Tokyo Reggae Clash(LP, Comp) Wackie's 25RL0003 US 1983 Sell This Version
092 Wayne Jarrett, Mikey Jarrett Wayne Jarrett, Mikey Jarrett - A You (Yuh)(7") Wackie's 092 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
100 Leroy Sibbles Now You're Gone(7") Wackie's 100 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
0101A Jah Skerta Darkness(7") Wackie's 0101A Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
121 Jimmy Norman - Janet Little Jimmy Norman - Janet Little - Rub A Dub Party / Racial Discrimination(12") Ko Jack Record Publishers, Ko Jack Record Publishers 121 US 1981 Sell This Version
228 Orvil Fatal Black* / Papa Cornell Orvil Fatal Black* / Papa Cornell - Cheer Up / The General(12") Drum & Bass Production, Drum & Bass Production 228 US Unknown Sell This Version
300 Fabian Cooke We Ready(12") Drum & Bass Production, Drum & Bass Production 300 US Unknown Sell This Version
8506 Takashi* Melodic Moods(CD, Album) Wackie's 8506 US 1999 Sell This Version
14037 Anthony Ray Ray Never Give Up(7") Wackie's 14037 Unknown Sell This Version
14637 Rico Banton Countaract(7") Wackie's 14637 Unknown Sell This Version
98002 Various Jah Children Invasion - Dancehall Classics Volume 2(CD, Album, Comp) Wackie's 98002 US 1997 Sell This Version
A23U-76 Jerry Johnson The Score(LP) Wackie's A23U-76 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Blank Clive Hunt / Mikey Jarrett Clive Hunt / Mikey Jarrett - Rockfort Rock / Klu Bly Klan(12", Max) Wackie's Blank US 1980 Sell This Version
Blk/W/S 0024 Sugar Minott From The Heart(CD) Black Roots, Wackie's Blk/W/S 0024 US Unknown Sell This Version
BULL 0078 John Clarke Visions Of John Clarke(LP) Wackie's BULL 0078 US 1979 Sell This Version
BULL 1050 Leroy Sibbles / Noel Delahaye* & Jah Scully Leroy Sibbles / Noel Delahaye* & Jah Scully - This World / Pretty Looks BULL 1050 US Unknown Sell This Version
BULL BL 731 The Paragons The Paragons Return(LP, Album) Wackie's BULL BL 731 US Unknown Sell This Version
BULLWACKIE 225 O. Banga Virtious Woman(7", Single) Wackie's BULLWACKIE 225 US 2014 Sell This Version
BULLWACKIE 226 Robert Mint (2) Black Dynasty(7", Single) Wackie's BULLWACKIE 226 US 2014 Sell This Version
DISCO 88 Horace Andy Love Hangover / Lingering Spirit(12") Wackie's DISCO 88 US 1982 Sell This Version
DISCO 1990 Audley Rollens / Wackies Rhythm Force Audley Rollens / Wackies Rhythm Force - All I Want / Sounds Call Killer(12", Single) Wackie's DISCO 1990 UK & US Unknown Sell This Version
DKR-129 Leroy Sibbles Now You're Gone(7", RE) Wackie's DKR-129 US 2013 Sell This Version
DKR-133 Joe Axumite* Simple Little Woman / Home To Africa / Troubled Land(10") Wackie's DKR-133 US 2014 Sell This Version
DKR-170 Lutan Fyah / Jah Batta Lutan Fyah / Jah Batta - Dem No Like Mi Address / Who Is The Almighty (10") Wackie's DKR-170 US 2014 Sell This Version
DKR-180 Jerry Harris I'm For You...I'm For Me (Album) DKR-180 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
DKR-192 Coozie Mellers / Wackies Rhythm Force Coozie Mellers / Wackies Rhythm Force - Easy / You Move DKR-192 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-194 Jerry Harris / Harold Butler Jerry Harris / Harold Butler - We Got To Live Better / Dedication Rock DKR-194 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-195 Love Joys Stranger Get Up(7", RE) Wackie's DKR-195 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-196 Love Joys Studio Man(7", RE) Wackie's DKR-196 US 2015 Sell This Version
Dougie's-0028 Sugar Minott International Herb(10") Dougie's Dougie's-0028 US 1983 Sell This Version
DS-1983 Lloyd Hemmings Could You Believe(12") Wackie's DS-1983 US Unknown Sell This Version
DS-1984 Shades (8) Bubbling Queen(10", Single) Wackie's DS-1984 US 1982 Sell This Version
DS-1985 Itopia Band* Book Of Rule(10") Wackie's DS-1985 US 1982 Sell This Version
FR002 Johnny Osbourne Jah Children FR002 US Unknown Sell This Version
FR1002 John Clarke & Fabian Cooke John Clarke & Fabian Cooke - Pollution / I & I(10") Wackie's, Forward Roots FR1002 Unknown Sell This Version
GH2011 Jesreel* Where Must I Go(12") Wackie's GH2011 US Unknown Sell This Version
HA-LP-001 Bullwackies All Stars African Roots Act 1(LP) Wackie's HA-LP-001 US 1980 Sell This Version
ID 1981 Horace Andy Serious Thing(12") Wackie's ID 1981 UK Unknown Sell This Version
LB-781 Andrew Ranks Massive Skank LB-781 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-782 Junior Delahaye All I Need Is Jah(12") Wackie's LB-782 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-882 Ian Roots Stepper / Stepper's Dub(12", 33/) Wackie's LB-882 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-6000 The Chosen Brothers Dancing In The Rain / All Things(12") Wackie's LB-6000 US 1982 Sell This Version
L&L-324 Moses* / Itopia Band* Moses* / Itopia Band* - When The Vampire (Come To Your Neighborhood)(12") Wackie's L&L-324 US 1982 Sell This Version
L&L 510 The Meditations I Love Jah L&L 510 US Unknown Sell This Version
M232 Michael Livingston The Plain Truth(LP) Cultural Gifts M232 US Unknown Sell This Version
MFLP-1001 Clive Hunt Orthodox Dub(LP, W/Lbl) Magic Fire Records MFLP-1001 US 1978 Sell This Version
MJ210 Stranger Cole / Leroy Heptones* / Bullwackies All Stars Stranger Cole / Leroy Heptones* / Bullwackies All Stars - The Time Is Now / Revolution / Take Time(12") Wackie's MJ210 US 1978 Sell This Version
none Bullwackies All Stars Dub Unlimited(CD, Promo) Wackie's none Germany 2006 Sell This Version
none Jezzreel Great Jah Jah(CD, Promo, Smplr) Wackie's none Germany Unknown Sell This Version
none Junior Delahaye Movie Show(12") Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Maxine Miller Show Me That You Love (LP) Wackie's none US 1982 Sell This Version
none Lloyd Hemmings This Party Line(7") Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none Teddy Brown I Remember(12") Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Lucy Clark Hidin' Away / Just One Look(12") Bullet (13) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Sugar Minott - Spragga Lexus Sugar Minott - Spragga Lexus - Oppression(7") Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none Tyrone Evans / Wackies All Stars* Tyrone Evans / Wackies All Stars* - Love Vibrations(7") Wackie's none Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
none Daddy Shark Oneness(7") Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none F. Cooke* I And I(7") Pop Inc. none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Wayne Chin Won't Do For Love(7") Wackie's none Unknown Sell This Version
P.G. 22481 A/B Owen Stewart, Itopia Band* Owen Stewart, Itopia Band* - Beautiful Girl Like You(12") Wackie's P.G. 22481 A/B US 1982 Sell This Version
PG22482 Mickey Jarrett*, Tony Jackson (12) Mickey Jarrett*, Tony Jackson (12) - Reggae Music(12", W/Lbl) Wackie's PG22482 US 1982 Sell This Version
RS-02-W The Chosen Brothers / Bullwackies All Stars / Rhythm & Sound The Chosen Brothers / Bullwackies All Stars / Rhythm & Sound - Mango Walk RS-02-W Germany 1998 Sell This Version
RS 1001 Various Humble Lion / Youths Them Learn / Shinning Star(12") Ruuff Stock RS 1001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
S-01 Various Wackies Sampler Vol. 1(CD, Smplr) Wackie's S-01 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
SC-115 Coozie-Don* Document(7") Wackie's SC-115 US 1988 Sell This Version
Senta-0041 Bullwackies All Stars Creation Dub Senta-0041 US 1977 Sell This Version
SENTA 766-226 Wackies Disco Rock Band Wack Rap(12") Wackie's SENTA 766-226 US 1979 Sell This Version
Senta-L-0038 Roots Underground Tribesman Assault(LP, Album) Wackie's Senta-L-0038 US 1977 Sell This Version
SF 86 Junior Delahaye & The Sunforce Posse / Unknown Artist Junior Delahaye & The Sunforce Posse / Unknown Artist - Love's Got A Hold On Me / Unknown Title(12") Sun Force SF 86 US 1984 Sell This Version
SS-107 Sugar Minott Ten To One(7") Wackie's SS-107 US Unknown Sell This Version
TADS-31881 Sugar Minott Cool Runnings(12") Wackie's TADS-31881 US 1983 Sell This Version
UNCD-8002 The Chosen Brothers Sing And Shout(CD, Album, RE) NUT-MEG UNCD-8002 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
W-001 Various African Roots Act 1(LP, Album, RE, RM) Wackie's W-001 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
W-003 Max Romeo / Jah Batta / Jezzreel Max Romeo / Jah Batta / Jezzreel - Birth Of Reggae Music / Trickey Girl / Youth Man W-003 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
W-0022 The Paragons The Legendary Paragons (Comp, Album) W-0022 US 2000 Sell This Version
W-0028 Sugar Minott International Herb(10") Wackie's W-0028 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
W-0028-A Sugar Minott, Dougie Sugar Minott, Dougie - International Herb / International Dub(10") Wackie's W-0028-A Unknown Sell This Version
W-0036 Bullwackies All Stars Dub Unlimited W-0036 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
W-0037 Various Reckless Roots Rockers (Album) W-0037 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
W-0038 Roots Underground Tribesman Assault (Album) W-0038 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
W-0040 Various Reggae Goodies Vol. 2(LP, Comp, RE) Wackie's W-0040 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
W-0041 Bullwackies All Stars Creation Dub (Album) W-0041 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
W-0078 John Clarke Visions Of John Clarke(LP, Album, RE) Wackie's W-0078 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
W-88 Horace Andy Tribute To Bob Marley(12", RE) Wackie's W-88 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
W-100 Lloyd McTaggart You're Back(12") Wackie's W-100 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
W-107 Horace Andy Exclusively (Album) W-107 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
W-114 Bullwackies All Stars Free For All (Album) W-114 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
W-153 Junior Delahaye Movie Show(12") Wackie's W-153 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
W-179 Azul / Mickey Jarrett* Azul / Mickey Jarrett* - Rockfort Rock / Klu Bly Klan(12", RE) Wackie's W-179 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
W-181 Wayne Jarrett & Augustus Pablo Wayne Jarrett & Augustus Pablo - Youth Man W-181 UK 2002 Sell This Version
W-191 Wayne Jarrett Showcase Vol. 1 (Album) W-191 US 2004 Sell This Version
W-191 CD Wayne Jarrett Showcase Vol. 1(CD, Album, RE) Wackie's W-191 CD Germany 2004 Sell This Version
W-210 Stranger Cole / Leroy Heptones* / Bullwackies All Stars Stranger Cole / Leroy Heptones* / Bullwackies All Stars - The Time Is Now / Revolution / Take Time W-210 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
W-272 Itopia Creation(12") Wackie's W-272 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
W-280 Horace Andy Serious Thing(12") Wackie's W-280 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
W-295 Prince Douglas Dub Roots (Album) W-295 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
W-306 Bullwackies All Stars Natures Dub(LP, Album, RE) Wackie's W-306 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
W-306 CD Bullwackies* Natures Dub(CD) Wackie's W-306 CD Germany 2002 Sell This Version
W-334 Clive Field Marshall Poor House Rockers (Album) W-334 Germany 1981 Sell This Version