Milton Henry: Who Do You Think I Am (Vinyl LP)

Milton Henry: Who Do You Think I Am (Vinyl LP)

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Milton Henry's handful of classic sides - like his version of Gypsy Woman, or Cornbread and Butter or This World and Follow Fashion over the Upsetter's fever rhythm (under the artist name King Medious) - made him a natural Wackies' recruit when he relocated from Jamaica to New York City in the late '70s. Soon after, he was fully involved in the day-to-day business of the operation, supervising sales and promotion, making deliveries, even holding spare keys to the studio for whenever Bullwackies himself was away. He appears in this activist role on the front-sleeve photograph, just up White Plains Road from the Bronx HQ: by it's title, though, and first and last songs, this album also hints heavily at the past musical accomplishments of it's mystery hero. The record was released first in London, in 1984, during the first months of Wackies Dean Street office, in north Soho. The band is basically Itopia. Sly Dunbar gets a credit - though neither he nor Robbie Shakespeare ever set foot in the studio: as if in acknowledgment for this rhythm, is No Dreams. Jackie Mittoo and Bagga are 'pon the corner, from Studio One; Jerry Johnson and Neville Anderson are on brass; also Sugar and Max Romeo; and Sonia from the Love Joys performs a duet. No Dreams is the true story of Milton sleeping in the attic above the studio when the rough drum and bass track came onto the desk, waking him, pulling him to the mic; Them a Devil is aimed at certain producers passing off the singer's property as their own; Good Old Days was written for a poor Junior Byles, remembering times shared. Who Do You Think I Am?, Let the Sunshine in, No Dreams, Send Me That Pillow, Sweet Melody, Good Old Days, What Am I to Do?, Them a Devil, You Don't Have to Know Me