Various Artists Bullwackie All Stars: Free for All
One of the first dub albums ever issued in the US, the impossibly scarce Free […]
One of the first dub albums ever issued in the US, the impossibly scarce Free for All has been a holy grail for followers of Wackies and devotees of Lee “Scratch” Perry alike. Issued in minute quantity on Aires with a stenciled cover as minimal as its foreboding rhythms, Free for All was part of the Tafari Records/Bullwackie axis, which saw a number of Scratch’s stockpiled rhythms appearing in altered form on releases in New York. Thus, this album has wonderfully sparse dubs of Little Roy’s “Tribal War” and “Blackbird,” The Heptones’ “Meaning of Life,” and Jubie’s rude “Action Wood,” along with three dubbed-out cuts of an odd interpretation of Jackie Mittoo’s “Autumn Sounds”-a truly awesome listening experience.