CD Jonestown [Winston Jarrett & the Righteous Flames] (CD 264868), Audio Other
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Jonestown [Winston Jarrett & the Righteous Flames]

  • 1. Bad Boy
    2. Hold on to This Feeling
    3. Run to the Rock
    4. Unity
    5. Knotty Got to Find a Way
    6. Jonestown
    7. Babylon Broke Dung Me House
    8. Spanishtown Road
    9. Lovers Making Love
    10. Conference Hall
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 312

  • Credits
    ProducerWinston Jarrett
    EngineerSolgie; Mervyn Williams

    Personnel: Winston Jarrett (vocals); Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar); Dean Fraser (flute, saxophone); Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Gladdy Anderson (piano); Winston Wright (organ); Santa Davis (drums); Harry T. Powell, Noel "Scully" Simms (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Sylvan Morris.
    Liner Note Author: Leroy Jodie Pierson.
    Photographer: Robert Schoenfeld.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Uziah "Sticky" Thompson.
    There are lots of obscure reggae singers, and most of them are obscure with good reason. But it's hard to understand why Winston Jarrett hasn't gotten more recognition. Despite a powerful singing voice, a tuneful writing style and a string of fine albums, his name recognition is limited to serious reggae fans. Jarrett's street cred in Jamaica seems pretty solid, though, given the all-star cast of musicians that contributed to this album: Earl "Chinna" Smith and Dwight Pinkney on guitar, Clinton Fearon on bass, Santa Davis on drums, a horn section consisting of Dean Fraser and Bobby Ellis -the credits read like an old-school reggae reunion. And it turns out that Jarrett is also a skilled producer; the sound on this self-produced album is sharp, well-balanced and rich. A couple of tracks flirt with excessive slickness ("Unity," "Run to the Rock"), but for the most part the richly burnished sound serves the songs well: sufferer's anthems like "Knotty Got to Find a Way" and the archetypal "Babylon Broke Dung Me House" bounce and shimmer with a melodic glee that is charmingly at odds with their dour lyrics. Overall, this is a great album from a criminally underrated reggae talent. ~ Rick Anderson

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