• winston jarrett & the righteous flames Jonestown (CD, £15.75)

    Remastered roots reggae classic of the Righteous Flames reunion album. New liner notes from Nighthawk co-founder Leroy Jodie Pierson. Previously unseen photos. Jonestown was in the western part of the city 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. By the middle of 1967, Alton began recording as a soloist. Winston and Eggar decided to reform 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. 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 nearly 30, newly remastered from the original tapes with liner notes from Leroy Jodie Pierson and featuring previously unseen photos. Tracks: Bad Boy / Hold On To This Feeling / Run To The Rock / Unity / Knotty Got To Find A Way / Jonestown / Babylon Broke Dung Me House / Spanish Town Road / Lovers Making Love / Conference Hall

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