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Dance Hall Style

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Dance Hall Style album cover
Money Money
Lonely Woman
Cuss Cuss
Stop The Fuss
Spying Glass
Lets Live In Love
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 41:01

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Horace Andy, Dance Hall Style
2005 | Label: Wackies / Finetunes

Recorded at the turn of the '70s in the Bronx for Lloyd Bullwackie's legendary Wackies label, this overlooked set from Jamaican icon Andy is a masterpiece of fiery, dubbed-out soul. After a string of successful records on the Studio One label, Andy recorded this collection of old classics done anew ("Money Money") and startling originals ("Spying Glass," later covered by Massive Attack) with the massively underrated Wackies in-house band. His haunting falsetto has rarely sounded… read more »

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Dubbed-out bliss


Horace Andy is a wonderful vocalist and this album captures him in classic form. I picked it up on a whim after hearing him in Massive Attack and have listened to it often.

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a must have


Since acquiring this LP in the early '80s alongside its stable mate 'Bubble Up' by Wayne Jarrett they have both been on heavy rotation. The atmospheric production is fantastic, vocals brilliant and the dubs are stunning. Respect to the guys ate Basic Channel for rescuing and reissuing so much of the Wackies back catalogue.

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Heart Broken


OK. I'm musically ignorant. But I used to think Masive Attack were truly original (as much as any music is truly original). Then I listen to this album and I realise that MA are little more than a covers band. And the further they stray from the sound of this, the more boring they become. And based on their recent output, MA are truly boring.

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Horace style keeeks roots arse


Check this one out! A must listen and download for all of us roots/Dub fanatics out there lost in babylonia! Early, gritty, rootsie-tootsie! Lite one my friends or just kick back and dig the groove. Horace displays his Jah given beautiful voice to this great mash of texture and beats with honey drippin' understanding! Cuss Cuss will hit you hard and check out the Singers and Players version from the late 80's on ON-U sound. Hey why aren't there more ON-U on E Muse? Cheers eh? SjD http://www.studiosjd.com

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andy, you are the man!!!! this record sounds so good, it´s hard to believe it was recorded more than 25 years ago. money money, spying glass and let's live in love are fantastic songs. recommended if you like the massive attack sound and are also a fan of dub and reggae.

They Say All Music Guide

By modern standards, a six-song set barely qualifies as a single, never mind as a full-length album, but with each stellar song featured in its extended form, Dance Hall Style doesn’t merely pass muster as an album, but as a masterpiece. As with all the Wackies sets from this era, it’s the riddims and arrangements that inspire absolute awe, but as Horace Andy gives each of them his all, this album is as notable for his performances as for Lloyd Barnes’ sensational production and his studio band’s phenomenal musicianship. Incidentally, Andy himself provided bass, rhythm, and lead guitar on the album. Not all the songs, however, are new — two revisit a pair of the star’s earlier hits. Andy cut “Lonely Woman” for Derrick Harriott back in 1972, and for it, Barnes created a sizzling new riddim that bristles with militancy, while still echoing back to the days of early reggae, before flashing over into pure roots rockers in the tense dub section. “Money Money” was cut for Bunny Lee a few years later in rockers style, and so Barnes instead takes it immediately into deep dread territory, filling the atmosphere with absolute menace. “Cuss Cuss” was also an old hit, not for Andy, though, but for Lloyd Robinson back in 1969. Here Barnes creates a riddim that is pure malevolence, with a stark atmosphere that is dread-filled but with an arrangement that sizzles with the blues. Andy’s own powerful “Stop the Fuss,” a new number, tackles the same topic, but adds a strong unity message that Robinson’s “Cuss Cuss” decidedly lacked. That’s a theme the singer revisits on the emotive “Let’s Live in Love,” with Andy’s delicate delivery beautifully intertwining with the equally delicate and intricate roots reggae riddim. Both were fabulous numbers, but “Spying Glass” was the stunner of the set. Its haunting melody sweeps out of the organ, while the propulsive rhythm courses across the grooves and Andy’s vibrato-laced vocals buffet about overhead. The backing has a definite bounce, but Barnes’ production plays up the song’s haunted quality, which perfectly dovetails with Andy’s claustrophobic lyrics. Years later, Massive Attack would version the song, with Andy himself providing the vocals, on their 1994 Protection album. It’s amazing what Barnes and his band could do with a mere six songs, and just as impressive what Andy himself brought to the numbers old and new. A phenomenal set by any standard. – Jo-Ann Greene

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