Horace Andy – Everyday People
Horace Andy – Everyday People
Label: Reggae Library | Format: DR | Street date: May 11, 2018 | Website Artist: N/A
- Let Your Teardrops Fall
- This Is Reggae Music
- Black Liberation Struggle
- Everyday People
- Girl, I Love You
- She Don’t Want Me
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Horace Hinds aka Horace Andy recorded his very first – unsuccessful – single in 1967 for producer Phil Pratt. Late 1969 he went to Studio One and established his name in the early ’70s with a couple of albums and singles for Coxsone Dodd. By 1972 he moved on and started working for a number of producers. He returned to Phil Pratt, made records for Leonard “Santic” Chin, Derrick Harriott, Harry J, and Augustus “Gussie” Clarke, Tappa Zukie and furthermore recorded numerous songs for smaller producers. During the mid-’70s he also recorded extensively for then leading producer Bunny “Striker” Lee. It became his most successful association with a producer.
Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes
In 1977, Horace Andy moved to Hartford, Connecticut, and linked up with Everton Da Silva, a producer based in Queens, New York. Their collaboration led to the release of the classic “In The Light” album and a number of fine singles. Their partnership ended when Everton Da Silva was shot dead in New York in 1979. In the next years Horace Andy began an association with expatriate Jamaican producer Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes, who was running his own studio at 241st Street and White Plains Road in the Bronx. Next to already knowing how to play bass, rhythm & lead guitar, he there also learned to play keyboards over the next couple of years. For Lloyd “Bullwackie” Barnes’ Wackie’s label he cut two full length albums, the essential “Dance Hall Style” (1982) and the exciting “Everyday People” (1987). Around 1985, Lloyd Barnes began a partnership with Sonny Ochai of Tachyon Records in Japan, producing ragga and dancehall discs primarly for the Japanese market. Horace Andy’s now digitally reissued album “Everyday People” was one of them.
Across his career, Horace Andy has revisited his old songs time and time again, a practice typical of Jamaican vocalists. Almost uniquely, however, the singer’s later versions invariably stand up against the originals, and no matter how many times he recuts a song, he always brings something new to it.
“Let Your Teardrops Fall”, the opening track of this album from the early years of digital reggae, was first done for producer Phil Pratt, who released it on his Sun Shot imprint in 1974. Horace Andy not only sounds inspired, but the song (and those that follow) once again shows that the Wackie’s approach suits the singer’s fragile but moving voice perfectly well. The first cut of “Problems” (aka “Don’t Let Problems Get You Down”) was produced and released by Leonard “Santic” Chin in 1975. It’s one of Horace Andy’s heaviest tunes, which here reappears as a digi killer. “Girl, I Love You”, first recorded in 1974 for the Hookim brothers of Channel One, is the third recut featured here. It actually was also one of the tracks he re-recorded with Massive Attack for their album “Heligoland”.
The other tracks
Then the remaining five tracks. First there’s the compelling “Pressure”, a huge social commentary sung in such a way that it touches your heart and soul. It’s followed by “This Is Reggae Music”, which lyrically isn’t very strong to say the least. However musically it’s a decent offering. Fast forward to “Black Liberation Struggle”, a digi roots tune across an intriguing early reggae style riddim driven by an awesome bass sound. The title track “Everyday People” is one of the album’s highlights, a standout piece that goes on repeat. The album comes to an end with the solid “She Don’t Want Me”, a painful ode to love gone wrong.
Conclusion While "Dance Hall Style" is an essential album, Horace Andy's second Wackie's album is a good successor.