you check most reviews on Bunny Wailer's
material, they will not speak highly of the
man's rub a dub/dancehall productions that
he did in 1980 and 1981.
They will say it is too lightweight, they
will miss all kinds of things and usually
claim that it has to do with some kind of
We completely disagree, and think that
both his album "Rock 'n' Groove"
as well as this one belong to the strongest
episodes in the long carrier of this
original member of the Wailing Wailers.
The vocal harmony group that he had
formed together with Peter Tosh and Bob
Marley had already been changed into Bob
Marley and the Wailers, while Peter Tosh had
his own success as a solo artist, too.
Bunny released a couple of Roots albums,
but then in 1980 things changed. As Roots
Rockers was gradually replaced by Rub a Dub
(early dancehall), he introduced his own
specific sound in the genre too.
And with success, as we would say!
Both "Sings the Wailers" as
well as "Rock 'n' Groove" capture
Bunny Wailer as he rides over extremely
catchy riddims, mixed in a fresh and upfull
A special way, too.
Ten crucial tracks, of which the -equally
strong- DUB counterparts can be found on
"Dub D'sco volumes 1 and 2".
No matter what the critics say, this
sound leads the way!