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Destiny Street Demos (RSD21 EDITION)

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    Released initially on CD only Never released on Vinyl, no download card, not numbered

    Winston Jarrett & The Righteous Flames

    Jonestown

    Remastered roots reggae classic of the Righteous Flames reunion album. Winston Jarrett was born in Lime Tree Gardens in the Jamaican Parish of Saint Ann. At age five he moved into the Jonestown section of the island’s capitol city, Kingston, next to the notorious ghetto of Trench Town. Winston lived on Fourth Street in a tenement yard shared by locally famous vocalist, Alton Ellis who had recorded several hits for leading local record producer and Sound System owner, Clement Dodd (Sir Coxsone). Alton recruited Winston Jarrett and Eggar Gordon (Baby Gee) in 1965 to form a new harmony group, Alton & The Flames. They were soon recording a series of classic foundation rock steady anthems, and went on to score an astonishing number of chart hits.

    By the middle of 1967 Alton left and Winston and Eggar re-formed the group as The Righteous Flames, with Winston singing lead. They recorded for Prince Buster’s Olive Blossom imprint and worked with Sir Coxsone, cutting classic sides like “Ease Up,” “You Don’t Know,” and “Born To Be Loved.” In addition to cutting dozens of solo recordings, Winston sang harmony on hits by Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, and Winston Francis. He also cut material with Enid Cumberland and Larry Marshall that was credited to The Freedom Singers. Winston did not confine his talents to Coxsone’s Studio One during the 1970s, he also recorded a large body of work for other producers (Duke Reid, Lee Perry, Joe Gibbs, Jah Lloyd, the Buzza Record Shack, Pete Weston, Ted Powder, Brent Clarke, Roy Cousins and Tony Shabazz). Jarrett met Nighthawk’s Leroy Jodie Pierson around 1983 at Aquarius Studio in Kingston where Pierson was working on the mix of Justin Hinds’ Travel With Love album. With Baby Gee still living in Western Kingston, they decided right then to begin work on a new re-formed Righteous Flames album to be called Jonestown. This classic is being reissued for the first time, newly remastered from the original tapes with liner notes from Leroy Jodie Pierson and featuring previously unseen photos.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Jonestown
    2. Bad Boy
    3. Hold On To This Feeling
    4. Babylon Broke Dung Me House
    5. Spanish Town Road
    6. Run To The Rock
    7. Unity
    8. Lovers Making Love
    9. Knotty Got To Find A Way
    10. Conference Hall

    Gladiators

    Full Time

      The Gladiators were founded by Albert Griffiths in 1968 after he experienced a positive reaction to early solo singles. Success came quickly for the new roots reggae band with “Hello Carol” which topped the charts in Jamaica. Working at Studio One in the early ’70s, the Gladiators produced a string of hits: “Roots Natty,” “Bongo Red,” and “Jah Jah Go Before Us.” Naturally the major labels came calling and the band was signed to Virgin Records where they cut albums for the rest of the decade. They started by revisiting their history on the classic ‘Trenchtown Mix Up’, on which the Gladiators recorded new versions of their early hits.

      Roots reggae underwent a decline in popularity during the ’80s, but it was a busy decade for the Gladiators who were at the height of their powers. They recorded eleven albums during the decade, including three for the U.S. label Nighthawk Records. Those albums, Symbol Of Reality (1982), Serious Thing (1984), and their collaboration with Leonard Dillon (the Ethiopian) Dread Prophecy (1986), will all be reissued by Omnivore. The reissue program begins with Full Time, which was originally issued in 1992, and comprised of material from the productive sessions the band did for Nighthawk in the previous decade. The Gladiators’ Nighthawk sessions were all recorded and mixed at Harry J Studio by the legendary engineer Sylvan Morris. Released here on vinyl for the first time, and newly mastered from the original tapes by Grammy®-winner Michael Graves, this release features new liner notes from original co-producer Leroy Jodie Pierson. “Full Time” is a vital piece of the Gladiators history and essential to any reggae fans’ collection.


      TRACK LISTING

      1. I’m Not Crying
      2. Bongo Red
      3. Red Version
      4. Boy In Long Pants
      5. Ship Without A Captain
      6. Full Time
      7. Run Them
      8. One Love

      Big Star

      Complete Third

        Includes Every Demo, Rough Mix, Outtake, Alternate Take and Final Master KNOWN TO EXIST for Big Star’s Legendary Third Album - 29 Previously Unissued Tracks and Essay by Bud Scoppa Extensive Notes From Original Participants and Artists Deeply Influenced by Big Star.

        The collection boasts 69 total tracks, 28 of which are previously unheard session recordings, demos and alternate mixes made by producer Jim Dickinson and engineer John Fry. The set allows the listener to track the creation of the album from the original demos, through sessions to rough mixes made by Dickinson and Fry, to the final masters of each song. Besides the contextualizing main essay from writer/A&R man, Bud Scoppa, extensive notes from original participants and artists influenced by Big Star are also included: Mary Lindsay Dickinson, Mitch Easter, Adam Hill, Elizabeth A. Hoehn, Susanna Hoffs, Peter Holsapple, Gary Louris, Mike Mills, Cheryl Pawelski, Debbi Peterson, Pat Rainer, Danny Graflund, Jeff Rougvie, Pat Sansone, Chris Stamey, Jody Stephens, John Stirratt, Ken Stringfellow and Steve Wynn. Initially, the collection will be released in a 3-CD boxed set and digitally with three separate double LPs to follow, each vinyl volume representing a CD in the boxed set.


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