Josey Wales Outlaw [UK]
- Released: July 5, 1994
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Live & Learn
Q - 11/91, p.1524 Stars - Excellent - "...The 1983-ish debut by "renegade dancehall DJ" Josey Wales, appealingly laconic keeper of the flame for Big Youth and U-Roy's "signifying tradition," is a genre classic and open enough to entice outsiders..."
- 1.It Have Fi Bun
- 2.Can't Put It On
- 4.Ram It Again
- 5.Baby Come Home
- 6.Tax Me
- 7.Love Weh Me Want Me Have Fi Get
- 8.Love Me Ishen Tree
- 9.Le'go Me Hand Gate Man
- 10.Music Diseases
Personnel: Josey Wales, Roots Radics Band.
Recording information: Channel One.
Unknown Contributor Role: Josey Wales.
Arrangers: Henry "Junjo" Lawes; Delroy Wright.
Toaster Josey Wales (born Winston Sterling) came up during the early days of dancehall, honing his craft with DJ innovator U-Roy's Stur-Gav sound system. Sharing the spotlight with other successful DJs during the first half of the '80s (the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Yellowman were his peers), Wales, he boasted a hoarse tone born out of the gruff, rockstone tradition of mike work; it's a lineage that also boasts such stellar figures as Prince Jazzbo, Shabba Ranks, and Bounty Killer. For this, his debut, Wales is surrounded by producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes' top-notch mixes and the dread rhythms of the Roots Radics band. Wales thrives among the varying tempos, delivering quality cuts like his early hit, "Let Go Mi Hand," and the singjay track "Music Diseases." A highlight of the many impressive DJ titles released during dancehall's golden years. ~ Stephen Cook