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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

Horace Andy

By Matt Scheiner
Published June 11, 2007

Natty Dread A Weh She Want

Horace Andy’s Natty Dread A Weh She Want is back for the first time on CD, fortified with eight 12” mix bonus tracks. The 1978 collection pairs Andy with the talented and original producer Tapper Zukie for a classic offering of roots, lovers rock and elevated anthems. “If I Wasn’t A Man,” with its recycled organ hook, and “Love Me Baby” are perfect examples of their work together. The rhythm section gets a hushed push to the background in the album’s perfect production, adding just enough of Andy’s soft, tapering voice to the mix. The bonus tracks follow the same production pattern as the original album but offer different versions— fleshed out, experimental tunes using alternative techniques on “Natty Dread A Weh She Want” and “This Must Be Hell.” Trojan’s library of previously unreleased material is unbeatable and Natty Dread A Weh She Want is certainly one of its most prized collections.