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Winston Jarrett – Wise Man / I Shen Galore (1980)

Posted in On-U Sound, Pressure Sounds, Winston Jarrett with tags , , on October 13, 2016 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Give thanks for re-issue labels like Pressure Sounds. Pressure Sounds began as a subsidiary of Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound label run by Pete Holdsworth but is now the premier re-issue label in the business. So much crucial reggae once lost is now found and we can meditate on tunes like Winston Jarrett’s ‘Wise Man’ (Uhuru) – a tune also known as ‘Rocking Vibration.’ This 10″ re-issue, produced by Roy Cousins, is an absolute killer pairing of two titles originally issued on a 12″ circa 1980. Major steppers riddims with Scientist dubs inna discomix style. While Winston is brilliant a always, it is Scully and Sticky who shine brightest on these tracks punishing the percussion as if they were born to just bless this track. Try to keep up with them on ‘Wise Man’ as they beat the manhead like fucking madmen, as if they were playing for Jah H.I.M. self! Just mind-blowing from start to finish. The most unassuming, under-appreciated yet most-impactful musicians in the history of reggae music.”
Midnight Raver
YouTube: Wise Man, I Shen Galore

Wayne Jarrett – Showcase, Vol. 1 (1982)

Posted in Clive Chin, Lloyd 'Bullwackies' Barnes, Winston Jarrett with tags , , on February 21, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Once again, it takes a German company to unearth and reissue a lost treasure of American music. When singer Wayne Jarrett was working at the peak of his powers, he was part of the stable of Wackie’s, the Bronx-based label owned by Lloyd ‘Bullwackies’ Barnes. Wackie’s output has languished in obscurity for 20 years and now appears to be owned by a collective of German DJs and producers, which is gradually reissuing the label’s somewhat uneven but sometimes revelatory back catalog. This one is one of the best items. Showcase, Vol. 1 is exactly what its title indicates: a collection of Jarrett songs presented in ‘showcase’ style, each vocal version collapsing seamlessly into a dub mix at about the three- or four-minute mark; thus the program of six songs lasts about 40 minutes. The production work by Barnes and Clive Chin is dark, wet, and soupy — every song sounds like it’s yearning toward its dub version even while the vocalist is in full swing. The songs themselves are a bit generic, as late-’70s and early-’80s reggae tends to be: song titles like ‘Brimstone & Fire,’ ‘Every Tongue Shall Tell,’ and ‘Holy Mount Zion’ tell you exactly what to expect. But Jarrett’s quavery tenor voice is sweet and clear, and the songs are tuneful and impassioned; the occasional surprising instrumental element (like the gorgeous flutes on ‘Holy Mount Zion’ and the elegantly glittering percussion on ‘Magic in the Air’) turns what would otherwise be a perfectly serviceable roots exercise into something more transcendent. And the dub versions are uniformly excellent. Highly recommended.”

YouTube: Every Tongue Shall tell, Brimstone And Fire, Magic In The Air, Bubble Up, Holy Mount Zion