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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sugar Minott - Hi Hello / Jerry Johnson - Saxman Special 12'' [198x Wackies Original Pressing]

This is one bad ass 12'' that was cut around 1983-'84 and features two killer semi-digi tracks. The first side is Sugar singing over a beautiful Revolution riddim cut, and even has a very short chat towards the end by unknown deejay Lover D. The flip side is perhaps slightly more hard hitting, with the saxophone man Johnson ripping up an instrumental version of the Billy Jean riddim. This release was cut during Sugar's time in NYC when he linked with Lloyd Bullwackie Barnes in the early 80's, and has that distinct Wackies sound to it. Bullwackie reminds me of an American version of Jah Shaka, both of who have very unique but instantly recognizable styles. This is the og press by the way, though this tune has been repressed by Wackies.

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