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 I Love You In Every Way  album cover Joy Card, Wackie's Rhythm Force* Joy Card, Wackie's Rhythm Force* - I Love You In Every Way(7") Wackie's 7W 33 UK Unknown Sell This Version
0018 Take Warning  album cover Lenky Roy / Lenny Banton Lenky Roy / Lenny Banton - Take Warning(7", Single) Wackie's 0018 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
092 A You / Ah Yuh  album cover Wayne Jarrett / Mikey Jarrett Wayne Jarrett / Mikey Jarrett - A You / Ah Yuh(7") Wackie's 092 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
100 Now You're Gone  album cover Leroy Sibbles Now You're Gone(7") Wackie's 100 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
0101A Darkness  album cover Jah Skerta Darkness(7") Wackie's 0101A Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
121 Rub A Dub Party / Racial Discrimination  album cover Norman Little - Janet Little Norman Little - Janet Little - Rub A Dub Party / Racial Discrimination(12") Ko Jack Record Publishers, Ko Jack Record Publishers 121 US 1981 Sell This Version
195 Love Makes The World Go Round  album cover Jah Batta & Positive Vibes (2) Jah Batta & Positive Vibes (2) - Love Makes The World Go Round(7") Wackie's 195 US Unknown Sell This Version
228 Cheer Up / The General  album cover 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 We Ready  album cover Fabian Cooke We Ready(12") Drum & Bass Production, Drum & Bass Production 300 US 1986 Sell This Version
1102 Oppression  album cover Sugar Minott - Spragga Lexus Sugar Minott - Spragga Lexus - Oppression(7") Wackie's 1102 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
4021 My Love Is For Real / Version  album cover Stranger Cole My Love Is For Real / Version(7", Single) Wackie's 4021 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
4068 I See You  album cover Milton Henry I See You(7") Wackie's 4068 UK 2017 Sell This Version
8506 Melodic Moods  album cover Takashi* Melodic Moods(CD, Album) Wackie's 8506 US 1999 Sell This Version
14032 Come On Jah Children  album cover Anthony Green (12) Come On Jah Children(7") Wackie's 14032 Unknown Sell This Version
14037 Never Give Up  album cover Anthony Ray Ray Never Give Up(7") Wackie's 14037 Unknown Sell This Version
14637 Countaract  album cover Rico Banton Countaract(7") Wackie's 14637 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
98002 Jah Children Invasion - Dancehall Classics Volume 2  album cover Various Jah Children Invasion - Dancehall Classics Volume 2(CD, Album, Comp) Wackie's 98002 US 1997 Sell This Version
250003 Tokyo Reggae Clash  album cover Various Tokyo Reggae Clash(LP, Comp) Wackie's 250003 US 1983 Sell This Version
3112295 Various Rare Grooves Reggae 04(CD, Comp, Promo, Car) Nova Records 3112295 France 2006 Sell This Version
A23U-76 The Score  album cover Jerry Johnson The Score(LP) Wackie's A23U-76 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
Blk/W/S 0024 From The Heart  album cover Sugar Minott From The Heart(CD, Album) Black Roots, Wackie's Blk/W/S 0024 US Unknown Sell This Version
BULL 0078 Visions Of John Clarke  album cover John Clarke Visions Of John Clarke(LP) Wackie's BULL 0078 US 1979 Sell This Version
BULL 1050 This World / Pretty Looks  album cover 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 Return  album cover The Paragons The Paragons Return(LP, Album) Wackie's BULL BL 731 US Unknown Sell This Version
BULLWACKIE 225 Virtious Woman  album cover O. Banga Virtious Woman(7", Single) Wackie's BULLWACKIE 225 US 2014 Sell This Version
BULLWACKIE 226 Black Dynasty  album cover Robert Mint (2) Black Dynasty(7", Single) Wackie's BULLWACKIE 226 US 2014 Sell This Version
DISCO 88 Love Hangover / Lingering Spirit  album cover Horace Andy Love Hangover / Lingering Spirit(12") Wackie's DISCO 88 US 1982 Sell This Version
DISCO 1990 All I Want / Sounds Call Killer  album cover 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 Now You're Gone  album cover Leroy Sibbles Now You're Gone(7", RE) Wackie's DKR-129 US 2013 Sell This Version
DKR-133 Simple Little Woman / Home To Africa / Troubled Land  album cover Joe Axumite* Simple Little Woman / Home To Africa / Troubled Land(10") Wackie's DKR-133 US 2014 Sell This Version
DKR-170 Dem No Like Mi Address / Who Is The Almighty   album cover 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 I'm For You...I'm For Me  album cover Jerry Harris I'm For You...I'm For Me (Album) DKR-180 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
DKR-192 Easy / You Move  album cover Coozie Mellers, Wackies Rhythm Force Coozie Mellers, Wackies Rhythm Force - Easy / You Move DKR-192 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-194 We Got To Live Better / Dedication Rock  album cover Jerry Harris / Harold Butler Jerry Harris / Harold Butler - We Got To Live Better / Dedication Rock DKR-194 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-195 Stranger Get Up  album cover Love Joys Stranger Get Up(7") Wackie's DKR-195 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-196 Studio Man  album cover Love Joys Studio Man(7") Wackie's DKR-196 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-210 Freedom For Trots / Jah Guide  album cover Moja Nya Freedom For Trots / Jah Guide(12", RE) Wackie's DKR-210 US 2018 Sell This Version
DKR-215 Hornsman Style EP   album cover Roland Alphonso / Jerry Johnson Roland Alphonso / Jerry Johnson - Hornsman Style EP (12", EP, Comp, Sil) Wackie's DKR-215 US 2018 Sell This Version
D.M. 001 You're Back  album cover Lloyd McTaggart You're Back(12", Single) Wackie's D.M. 001 US Unknown Sell This Version
Dougie's-0028 International Herb  album cover Sugar Minott International Herb(10") Dougie's Dougie's-0028 US 1983 Sell This Version
DS-1983 Could You Believe  album cover Lloyd Hemmings Could You Believe(12") Wackie's DS-1983 US Unknown Sell This Version
DS-1984 Bubbling Queen  album cover Shades (8) Bubbling Queen(10", Single) Wackie's DS-1984 US 1982 Sell This Version
DS-1985 Book Of Rule  album cover Itopia Band* Book Of Rule(10") Wackie's DS-1985 US 1982 Sell This Version
FR002 Jah Children  album cover Johnny Osbourne Jah Children FR002 US Unknown Sell This Version
FR1002 Pollution / I & I  album cover John Clarke / Fabian Cooke John Clarke / Fabian Cooke - Pollution / I & I(10") Wackie's, Forward Roots FR1002 Unknown Sell This Version
GH2011 Where Must I Go  album cover Jesreel* Where Must I Go(12") Wackie's GH2011 US Unknown Sell This Version
HA-LP-001 African Roots (Act 1)  album cover Bullwackies All Stars African Roots (Act 1)(LP, Album, RE) Wackie's HA-LP-001 UK & US 1980 Sell This Version
ID 1981 Serious Thing  album cover Horace Andy Serious Thing(12") Wackie's ID 1981 UK 1981 Sell This Version
JAM-616 Tampi And The Affinity Band African People(12", Single) Wackie's JAM-616 Unknown Sell This Version
LB-781 Massive Skank  album cover Andrew Ranks Massive Skank LB-781 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-782 All I Need Is Jah  album cover Junior Delahaye All I Need Is Jah(12") Wackie's LB-782 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-882 Stepper / Stepper's Dub  album cover Ian Roots Stepper / Stepper's Dub(12") Wackie's LB-882 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-6000 Dancing In The Rain / All Things  album cover The Chosen Brothers Dancing In The Rain / All Things(12") Wackie's LB-6000 US 1982 Sell This Version
L&L-324 When The Vampire (Come To Your Neighborhood)  album cover 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 1982 Sell This Version
LU25-5034 Wicked Ago Feel It  album cover Sugar Minott Wicked Ago Feel It(LP, Album) Woorell Records LU25-5034 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
M232 The Plain Truth  album cover Michael Livingston The Plain Truth(LP) Cultural Gifts M232 US Unknown Sell This Version
Mike-231 They Came And Took  album cover Michael Livingston & Major Ire* Michael Livingston & Major Ire* - They Came And Took(12") Wackie's Mike-231 US Unknown Sell This Version
MJ210 The Time Is Now / Revolution / Take Time  album cover Stranger Cole / Leroy Heptones* / Bull Wackie's All Stars* Stranger Cole / Leroy Heptones* / Bull Wackie's All Stars* - The Time Is Now / Revolution / Take Time(12") Wackie's MJ210 US 1978 Sell This Version
none Paralyze Them  album cover Ras Igan* Paralyze Them(12", TP) Not On Label none France 2016 Sell This Version
none Cool Running  album cover Sugar Minott Cool Running(12", Single) Top Ranking International none US 1981 Sell This Version
none Love Vibration  album cover Tyrone Evans Love Vibration none Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
none African Roots Act 1  album cover Various African Roots Act 1(CD, Album, Promo) Wackie's, Indigo (2) none Germany Unknown Sell This Version
none Dub Unlimited  album cover Bullwackies All Stars Dub Unlimited(CD, Promo) Wackie's none Germany 2006 Sell This Version
none Great Jah Jah  album cover Jezzreel Great Jah Jah(CD, Promo, Smplr) Wackie's none Germany Unknown Sell This Version
none Rockfort Rock / Klu Bly Klan  album cover Clive Hunt / Mikey Jarrett Clive Hunt / Mikey Jarrett - Rockfort Rock / Klu Bly Klan(12") Wackie's none US 1980 Sell This Version
none Dance Hall Style  album cover Horace Andy Dance Hall Style(CD, Album, Promo, RE, pla) Wackie's, Indigo (2) none Germany 2003 Sell This Version
none Movie Show  album cover Junior Delahaye Movie Show(12") Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none African Roots Chapter Ten  album cover Wackies Rhythm Force African Roots Chapter Ten(File, MP3, Album) Wackie's none US 2014
none She Loves Me  album cover Mighty Mouse She Loves Me(7") Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none This Time  album cover Carl McKen This Time(7", Single) Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none This Party Line  album cover Lloyd Hemmings This Party Line(7") Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none Hidin' Away / Just One Look  album cover Lucy Clark Hidin' Away / Just One Look(12") Bullet (13) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Oneness  album cover Daddy Shark Oneness(7") Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none I And I  album cover F. Cooke* I And I(7") Pop Inc. none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Won't Do For Love  album cover Wayne Chin Won't Do For Love(7") Wackie's none Unknown Sell This Version
none Pure Don Man  album cover Horace Andy Pure Don Man(7") Wackie's none Unknown Sell This Version
NSCDD 2007 The Very Best Of Reggae   album cover Various The Very Best Of Reggae (2xCD, Comp) Nascente NSCDD 2007 UK 2003 Sell This Version
P.G. 22481 A/B Beautiful Girl Like You / Message From Jah  album cover Owen Stewart, Itopia Band* Owen Stewart, Itopia Band* - Beautiful Girl Like You / Message From Jah(12") Wackie's P.G. 22481 A/B US 1982 Sell This Version
PG22482 Reggae Music  album cover Tony Jackson (12) & Mickey Jarrett* Tony Jackson (12) & Mickey Jarrett* - Reggae Music(12", W/Lbl) Wackie's PG22482 US 1982 Sell This Version
RS-02-W Mango Walk  album cover 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 Humble Lion / Youths Them Learn / Shinning Star  album cover Various Humble Lion / Youths Them Learn / Shinning Star(12") Ruuff Stock RS 1001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
S-01 Wackies Sampler Vol. 1  album cover Various Wackies Sampler Vol. 1 S-01 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
SC-115 Document  album cover Coozie-Don* Document(7") Wackie's SC-115 US 1988 Sell This Version
Senta-0041 Creation Dub  album cover Bullwackies All Stars Creation Dub Senta-0041 US 1977 Sell This Version
SENTA 766-226 Wack Rap  album cover Solid C., Bobby D.*, Kool Drop (2), Wackie's Disco Rock Band Solid C., Bobby D.*, Kool Drop (2), Wackie's Disco Rock Band - Wack Rap(12") Wackie's SENTA 766-226 US 1979 Sell This Version
Senta-L-0038 Tribesman Assault  album cover Roots Underground Tribesman Assault(LP, Album) Wackie's Senta-L-0038 US 1977 Sell This Version
SENTA: WR0037 Tribesman Assault  album cover Roots Underground Tribesman Assault(LP, RE) Wackie's SENTA: WR0037 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SF 86 Love's Got A Hold On Me / Man Of This World  album cover Junior Delahaye & The Sunforce Posse / Jerry Harris Junior Delahaye & The Sunforce Posse / Jerry Harris - Love's Got A Hold On Me / Man Of This World(12") Sun Force SF 86 US 1984 Sell This Version
SS-107 Ten To One  album cover Sugar Minott Ten To One(7") Wackie's SS-107 US Unknown Sell This Version
SS-108 Yearning For More  album cover Ebony (35) Yearning For More(7") Wackie's SS-108 US Unknown Sell This Version
TADS-31881 Cool Runnings  album cover Sugar Minott Cool Runnings(12") Wackie's TADS-31881 US 1983 Sell This Version
TJ-1570 Mind Readers / My Woman  album cover Danny Lover (2) Mind Readers / My Woman(12") TJ Records (4) TJ-1570 US 1987 Sell This Version
UNCD-8001 Jah Children Invasion Gold  album cover Various Jah Children Invasion Gold(CD, Album) Wackie's, NUT-MEG UNCD-8001 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
UNCD-8002 Sing And Shout  album cover The Chosen Brothers Sing And Shout(CD, Album, RE) NUT-MEG UNCD-8002 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
W-001 African Roots Act 1  album cover Various African Roots Act 1(LP, Album, RE, RM) Wackie's W-001 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
W-003 Birth Of Reggae Music / Trickey Girl / Youth Man  album cover 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 Legendary Paragons  album cover The Paragons The Legendary Paragons (Comp, Album) W-0022 US 2000 Sell This Version
W-0036 Dub Unlimited  album cover Bullwackies All Stars Dub Unlimited W-0036 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
W-0037 Reckless Roots Rockers  album cover Various Reckless Roots Rockers (Album) W-0037 Germany 2006 Sell This Version