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Winston Jarrett and Horace Andy rock Kingston

various-the-kingston-rock-dub-store-lp-34488-pJapan’s Dub Store Records has reissued The Kingston Rock. This twelve track combination album was originally released in 1974 on RCA, and was at the time issued as a generic reggae compilation with no main artist credited on the cover.

On the first reissue, which was on Atra, Horace Andy was pictured on the cover and the album was titled Earth Must Be Hell.

The set is however no Horace Andy set; it’s a combination effort with Winston Jarrett produced by Brent Clarke and Aston “Family Man” Barrett. The latter was at the time part of The Wailers and one might think that such a thing would have been a blessing for any marketer, but for some reason it wasn’t highlighted.

The Kingston Rock is a marvellous album with killer cuts from both Horace Andy and Winston Jarrett; two singers with radically different voices. Horace Andy is soft, while Winston Jarrett has a rougher and more rural style complemented by beautiful harmonies. Check for example the stunning Wake Up Suzy with its rock steady harmonizing.

A rock solid album showcasing two of Jamaica’s most distinct voices.

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Harrison Stafford makes three nattys fly

NWFA_FINAL_coverITUNESGroundation’s lead singer and front man Harrison ”Professor” Stafford has brought together three reggae veterans for a new album titled Natty Will Fly Again.

The set features Winston Jarrett, Pablo Moses and Ashanti Roy from The Congos. These three singers had their heydays in the 70s, even though both Pablo Moses and Ashanti Roy have presented strong material over the past years.

The album was recorded at Harrison Stafford’s own studio in California and later voiced at the legendary Harry J studio in Jamaica. It comes with a healthy 18 tracks – nine vocal cuts and nine dub versions.

Each singer has three songs each, and Ashanti Roy is the one that shines the brightest. Partly because he has the best and most interesting voice, but also because he has been treated with strongest material. His Hallelujah and Poor People almost sound like The Congos did in the late 70s – haunting and eerie.

Natty Will Fly Again is a testament that many seasoned reggae singers still have plenty to offer, even though it’s hard to outshine their efforts back in the day

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Harrison Stafford brings together three veterans for first side production

digisleeve-nattyOn June 3rd Groundation’s lead singer and front man Harrison “Professor” Stafford presents his first solo side production – Natty Will Fly Again. It brings together three seasoned Jamaican vocalists – Pablo Moses, Winston Jarrett and Congo Ashanti Roy from The Congos. The album was recorded in Harrison Stafford’s own studio in California as well as at the Harry J studio in Jamaica.

Harrison Stafford plays bass, drums and rhythm guitars, while Lloyd “Obeah” Denton has laid down organ, piano and synth. Dalton Browne is on lead guitar and Uziah “Sticky” Thompson handles percussion.

The album collects nine tracks and is in a press release described as roots reggae with jazzy arrangements.

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Winston Jarrett tillbaka till rötterna

Winston Jarrett har en karriär längre än många andra artister. Även om han varit med sedan 60-talet har han dock inte släppt särskilt många plattor.

Hans storhetstid kan delas in i två faser. Under ett par år på 60-talet var han med i The Flames som spelade tillsammans med Alton Ellis på hitlåtar som Rocksteady, Dance Crasher och Cry Tough.

Nästa fas var på 70-talet som solosångare. Det var då han var som bäst och hördes mest. Plattor som Man of the Ghetto, Wise Man och Ranking Ghetto Style bör finnas i varje roots-konnässörs skivsamling. Lyckas man inte lägga vantarna på de guldklimparna funkar samlingarna Rise Up och Survival is the Game som hedervärda substitut.

Winston Jarretts senaste platta bär den märkliga titeln Bushwackers Gangbangers och är den första sedan den Jah Shaka-producerade Children of the Ghetto från 2006. Det var en hyfsad platta av klassiskt Jah Shaka-snitt.

Bushwackers Gangbangers har ett helt annat sound. Till skillnad från Children of the Ghetto är nya plattan huvudsakligen inspelad med live-instrument, bland annat tillsammans med Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespear och Earl ”Chinna” Smith.

Winston Jarretts röst låter fortfarande som på glansdagarna och lirar bra med den varma ljudbilden med tydliga influenser från 70-talsroots. Lyssna exempelvis på titelspåret eller Lucy Underwood. Båda följs av dubversioner som hade tjänat på mer kreativitet. Nu blir det nästan som instrumentalversioner.

Plattan har hela 19 låtar, varav tre är bonusspår inspelade på 70-talet och lider av kraftigt dåligt ljud, vilket också är ett problem på några andra låtar, exempelvis Montpellier Collie och Work for Your Money. Hade man sorterat bort de fem låtarna hade plattan varit en bättre helhetsupplevelse.

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