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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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
7W 33 Joy Card, Wackie's Rhythm Force* - I Love You In Every Way Joy Card, Wackie's Rhythm Force* Joy Card, Wackie's Rhythm Force* - I Love You In Every Way(7") Wackie's 7W 33 UK 1982 Sell This Version
0018 Lenky Roy / Lenny Banton - Take Warning Lenky Roy / Lenny Banton Lenky Roy / Lenny Banton - Take Warning(7", Single) Wackie's 0018 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
092 Wayne Jarrett / Mikey Jarrett - A You / Ah Yuh Wayne Jarrett / Mikey Jarrett Wayne Jarrett / Mikey Jarrett - A You / Ah Yuh(7") Wackie's 092 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
100 Leroy Sibbles - Now You're Gone Leroy Sibbles Now You're Gone(7") Wackie's 100 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
0101 Jah Skerta And Dream (46) - Darkness Jah Skerta And Dream (46) Jah Skerta And Dream (46) - Darkness(7") Wackie's 0101 Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
121 Norman Little - Janet Little - Rub A Dub Party / Racial Discrimination 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 Jah Batta & Positive Vibes (2) - Love Makes The World Go Round 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 Orvil Fatal Black* / Papa Cornell - Cheer Up / The General 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 Fabian Cooke We Ready(12") Drum & Bass Production, Drum & Bass Production 300 US 1986 Sell This Version
404 Golden Voice, C.J. (15) - Kid Bee Rock / Magnum (20) - Mix Master /  Squivatch Golden Voice, C.J. (15) - Kid Bee Rock / Magnum (20) Golden Voice, C.J. (15) - Kid Bee Rock / Magnum (20) - Mix Master / Squivatch(12") Shevone's 404 US 1981 Sell This Version
0790 Jezzreel - Great Jah Jah Jezzreel Great Jah Jah(CD, Album, RE) Wackie's, Wackie's 0790 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
1102 Sugar Minott - Spragga Lexus - Oppression Sugar Minott - Spragga Lexus Sugar Minott - Spragga Lexus - Oppression(7") Wackie's 1102 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
2863-2 Horace Andy - Dance Hall Style Horace Andy Dance Hall Style(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Wackie's 2863-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
4021 Stranger Cole - My Love Is For Real / Version Stranger Cole My Love Is For Real / Version(7", Single) Wackie's 4021 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
4068 Milton Henry - I See You Milton Henry I See You(7") Wackie's 4068 UK 2017 Sell This Version
8506 Takashi* - Melodic Moods Takashi* Melodic Moods(CD, Album) Wackie's 8506 US 1999 Sell This Version
14032 Anthony Green (12) - Come On Jah Children Anthony Green (12) Come On Jah Children(7") Wackie's 14032 Unknown Sell This Version
14037 Anthony Ray Ray - Never Give Up Anthony Ray Ray Never Give Up(7") Wackie's 14037 Unknown Sell This Version
14637 Rico Banton - Countaract Rico Banton Countaract(7") Wackie's 14637 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
98002 Various - Jah Children Invasion - Dancehall Classics Volume 2 Various Jah Children Invasion - Dancehall Classics Volume 2(CD, Comp) Wackie's 98002 US 1997 Sell This Version
250003 Various - Tokyo Reggae Clash Various Tokyo Reggae Clash(LP, Comp) Wackie's 250003 US 1983 Sell This Version
3112295 Various - Rare Grooves Reggae 04 Various Rare Grooves Reggae 04(CD, Comp, Promo, Car) Nova Records 3112295 France 2006 Sell This Version
A23U-76 Jerry Johnson - The Score Jerry Johnson The Score(LP) Wackie's A23U-76 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
AC-8027 Sugar Minott - Jamming In The Street Sugar Minott Jamming In The Street(LP) Wackie's AC-8027 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
Blk/W/S 0024 Sugar Minott - From The Heart Sugar Minott From The Heart(CD, Album) Black Roots, Wackie's Blk/W/S 0024 US Unknown Sell This Version
BULL 1050 Leroy Sibbles / Noel Delahaye & Jah Scully - This World / Pretty Looks 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 The Paragons The Paragons Return(LP, Album) Wackie's BULL BL 731 US Unknown Sell This Version
BULLWACKIE 225 O. Banga - Virtious Woman O. Banga Virtious Woman(7", Single) Wackie's BULLWACKIE 225 US 2014 Sell This Version
BULLWACKIE 226 Robert Mint (2) - Black Dynasty Robert Mint (2) Black Dynasty(7", Single) Wackie's BULLWACKIE 226 US 2014 Sell This Version
DISCO 88 Horace Andy - Love Hangover / Lingering Spirit Horace Andy Love Hangover / Lingering Spirit(12") Wackie's DISCO 88 US 1983 Sell This Version
DISCO 1990 Audley Rollens / Wackies Rhythm Force - All I Want / Sounds Call Killer 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 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 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 - Dem No Like Mi Address / Who Is The Almighty 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 Jerry Harris I'm For You...I'm For Me (Album) DKR-180 USA & Canada 2014 Sell This Version
DKR-180 Jerry Harris - I'm For You...I'm For Me Jerry Harris I'm For You...I'm For Me(LP, Album, RE, TP) Wackie's 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 - We Got To Live Better / Dedication Rock 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 Love Joys Stranger Get Up(7") Wackie's DKR-195 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-196 Love Joys - Studio Man Love Joys Studio Man(7") Wackie's DKR-196 US 2015 Sell This Version
DKR-210 Moja Nya - Freedom For Trots / Jah Guide Moja Nya Freedom For Trots / Jah Guide(12", RE) Wackie's DKR-210 US 2018 Sell This Version
DKR-215 Roland Alphonso / Jerry Johnson - Hornsman Style E.P. Roland Alphonso / Jerry Johnson Roland Alphonso / Jerry Johnson - Hornsman Style E.P.(12", EP, Comp, Sil) Wackie's DKR-215 US 2018 Sell This Version
DKR-220 John Clarke - Big Leg Mary / Wasn't It You (Second Cut) John Clarke Big Leg Mary / Wasn't It You (Second Cut)(12", RE) Wackie's DKR-220 US 2019 Sell This Version
DKR-221 Itopia - Sunshine Love / Keep A Rocking / Get Over Itopia Sunshine Love / Keep A Rocking / Get Over(12", RE) Wackie's DKR-221 US 2021 Sell This Version
DKR-225 Sugar Minott / Calabash (3) & Fourth Generation Band - In The Ghetto / Zion Land Sugar Minott / Calabash (3) & Fourth Generation Band Sugar Minott / Calabash (3) & Fourth Generation Band - In The Ghetto / Zion Land(12", Single) Wackie's DKR-225 USA & Canada 2019 Sell This Version
DKR-226 Chosen Brothers* - Child Of Slave / I Love You Chosen Brothers* Child Of Slave / I Love You(12", Maxi) Wackie's DKR-226 USA & Canada 2021 Sell This Version
D.M. 001 Lloyd McTaggart - You're Back Lloyd McTaggart You're Back(12", Single) Wackie's D.M. 001 US 1979 Sell This Version
Dougie's-0028 Sugar Minott - International Herb Sugar Minott International Herb(10") Dougie's Dougie's-0028 US 1983 Sell This Version
DS-1983 Lloyd Hemmings - Could You Believe Lloyd Hemmings Could You Believe(12") Wackie's DS-1983 US Unknown Sell This Version
DS-1984 Shades (8) - Bubbling Queen Shades (8) Bubbling Queen(10", Single) Wackie's DS-1984 US 1982 Sell This Version
DS-1985 Itopia Band* - Book Of Rule Itopia Band* Book Of Rule(10") Wackie's DS-1985 US 1982 Sell This Version
FR002 Johnny Osbourne - Jah Children Johnny Osbourne Jah Children FR002 US Unknown Sell This Version
FR1002 John Clarke / Fabian Cooke - Pollution / I & I John Clarke / Fabian Cooke John Clarke / Fabian Cooke - Pollution / I & I(10") Wackie's FR1002 US 2008 Sell This Version
GH2011 Jesreel* - Where Must I Go Jesreel* Where Must I Go(12") Wackie's GH2011 US Unknown Sell This Version
HA-LP-001 Bullwackies All Stars - African Roots (Act 1) Bullwackies All Stars African Roots (Act 1) (Album) HA-LP-001 UK & US 1980 Sell This Version
HL - PRE 04 N.Hall & Chuck Turner - Give Me All Your Loving N.Hall & Chuck Turner N.Hall & Chuck Turner - Give Me All Your Loving(7", Single) Kings Records HL - PRE 04 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ID 1981 Horace Andy - Serious Thing Horace Andy Serious Thing(12") Wackie's ID 1981 UK 1981 Sell This Version
J. 194 Coffe (2) - Work Harder / Version Coffe (2) Work Harder / Version(7", Single) Wackie's J. 194 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
JAM-616 Tampi And The Affinity Band - African People Tampi And The Affinity Band African People(12", Single) Wackie's JAM-616 Unknown Sell This Version
LB-781 Andrew Ranks - Massive Skank Andrew Ranks Massive Skank LB-781 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-782 Junior Delahaye - All I Need Is Jah Junior Delahaye All I Need Is Jah(12") Wackie's LB-782 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-882 Ian Roots / Wackie's Rhythm Force* - Stepper / Stepper's Dub Ian Roots / Wackie's Rhythm Force* Ian Roots / Wackie's Rhythm Force* - Stepper / Stepper's Dub(12") Wackie's LB-882 US 1982 Sell This Version
LB-6000 The Chosen Brothers - Dancing In The Rain / All Things The Chosen Brothers Dancing In The Rain / All Things(12", Single) Wackie's LB-6000 US 1982 Sell This Version
LH-621 Lindley Strong* - This Feeling Lindley Strong* This Feeling(12", Single) Wackie's LH-621 US 1989 Sell This Version
L&L-324 Moses* / Itopia Band* - When The Vampire (Come To Your Neighborhood) 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 Sugar Minott - Wicked Ago Feel It Sugar Minott Wicked Ago Feel It(LP, Album) Woorell Records LU25-5034 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
M232 Michael Livingston - The Plain Truth Michael Livingston The Plain Truth(LP) Cultural Gifts M232 US Unknown Sell This Version
Mike-231 Michael Livingston & Major Ire* - They Came And Took Michael Livingston & Major Ire* Michael Livingston & Major Ire* - They Came And Took(12") Wackie's Mike-231 US Unknown Sell This Version
MJ210 Stranger Cole / Leroy Heptones* / Bull Wackie's All Stars* - The Time Is Now / Revolution / Take Time 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
NATTYDREAD17 Various - Natty Dread Sampler Spécial Wackie's ! Various Natty Dread Sampler Spécial Wackie's !(CD, Smplr) Natty Dread Magazine NATTYDREAD17 France 2003 Sell This Version
none Ras Igan* - Paralyze Them Ras Igan* Paralyze Them(12", TP) Not On Label none France 2016 Sell This Version
none Sugar Minott - Wicked Ago Feel It Sugar Minott Wicked Ago Feel It(9xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Wackie's none 2018
none Sugar Minott - Cool Running Sugar Minott Cool Running(12", Single) Top Ranking International none US 1981 Sell This Version
none Tyrone Evans - Love Vibration Tyrone Evans Love Vibration none Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
none Wayne Jarrett - Showcase Vol. 1 Wayne Jarrett Showcase Vol. 1(CD, Album, Promo, Pol) Wackie's none Germany 2004 Sell This Version
none Various - African Roots Act 1 Various African Roots Act 1(CD, Album, Promo, RE) Wackie's, Indigo (2) none Germany 2002 Sell This Version
none Bullwackies All Stars - Dub Unlimited Bullwackies All Stars Dub Unlimited (Album) none 2006 Sell This Version
none Various Jamaica Super Dub Session(LP, TP, W/Lbl) Wackie's none Germany 2002 Sell This Version
none Jezzreel - Great Jah Jah Jezzreel Great Jah Jah(CD, Promo, RE, Smplr) Wackie's none Germany Unknown Sell This Version
none Wayne Jarrett - Mini Showcase Wayne Jarrett Mini Showcase(10", MiniAlbum, Rec) Wackie's none US 1983 Sell This Version
none Jazreel* Stop Playing Tricks(12", RP) Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Junior Delahaye - Movie Show Junior Delahaye Movie Show(12") Wackie's none US 1981 Sell This Version
none Bullwackies All Stars - Free For All Bullwackies All Stars Free For All(10xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Wackie's none 2018
none Wackies Rhythm Force - African Roots Chapter Ten Wackies Rhythm Force African Roots Chapter Ten(File, MP3, Album) Wackie's none US 2014
none Mighty Mouse - She Loves Me Mighty Mouse She Loves Me(7") Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Carl McKen - This Time Carl McKen This Time(7", Single) Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none Lenny Banton - Light Up Yuh Chalice Lenny Banton Light Up Yuh Chalice(7", Single) Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none Matt Jones* - Give Me Your Loving Matt Jones* Give Me Your Loving(File, MP3, Single) Wackie's none USA & Europe 2019
none Niney Speng - Nobody Don't Care No More Niney Speng Nobody Don't Care No More(7", Single) Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Saddla - Don't Say Goodbye Saddla Don't Say Goodbye(7", Single) Wackie's none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Lloyd Hemmings - This Party Line Lloyd Hemmings This Party Line(7") Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none Lucy Clark - Hidin' Away / Just One Look Lucy Clark Hidin' Away / Just One Look(12") Bullet (13) none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Daddy Shark - Oneness Daddy Shark Oneness(7") Wackie's none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
none F. Cooke* - I And I F. Cooke* I And I(7") Pop Inc. none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Wayne Chin - Won't Do For Love Wayne Chin Won't Do For Love(7") Wackie's none Unknown Sell This Version
none Horace Andy - Pure Don Man Horace Andy Pure Don Man(7") Wackie's none Unknown Sell This Version
NSCDD 2007 Various - The Very Best Of Reggae Various The Very Best Of Reggae (2xCD, Comp) Nascente NSCDD 2007 UK 2003 Sell This Version
P.G. 22481 A/B Owen Stewart, Itopia Band* - Beautiful Girl Like You / Message From Jah 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 Tony Jackson (12) & Mickey Jarrett* - Reggae Music Tony Jackson (12) & Mickey Jarrett* Tony Jackson (12) & Mickey Jarrett* - Reggae Music(12", W/Lbl) Wackie's PG22482 US 1982 Sell This Version