Famously, Shadow’s Sweet Sweet Dreams album was panned by critics when it first appeared way back in 1984. In the years since, it has attained cult status, with collectors of Trinidadian music particularly enjoying its curious blend of bustling boogie electronics, Soca rhythms, traditional instrumentation and sassy disco-pop style. As this tasty reissue proves, the album has lost none of its lustre over the last 30 years. Put simply, it still sounds ahead of its time, with intergalactic dancefloor workouts such as “Let’s Make It Up” (with its “we’re gonna have a party” refrain) and “Way Way Out” resonating particularly loudly. Hardest (12′ version) was added as a bonus track. “Dreaming” is available as an extra track on the download version.
Side A was mixed at Secret Sound Studio, New York whilst Side B was mixed at Black Wing Studio, London. This limited Analog Africa release comes as a Gatefold 180g LP picturing Shadow performing during Port of Spain´s 1974 carnival. This beautiful package includes a 4-pages big size inlay with liner notes, and a double page poster (30x60cm), plus exclusive pictures from Shadow´s personal collection. Essential!