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2 Oct, 2012

Magic In The Air - Wayne Jarrett - Showcase Vol. 1

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

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"Between stints in JA for legends like Glen Brown and Junjo Lawes, Wayne Jarrett travelled from his Connecticut base to record this album during the same weeks as the sessions for Horace Andy's Dance Hall Style. These are two of the great vocal reggae LPs of all time. With Clive Hunt in full effect, Showcase Vol. 1 follows the six-track dub-showcase format (and Wayne never sounded more like.

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  1. Buy Showcase Vol. 1 by Wayne Jarrett on Bleep. Available on Vinyl LP. Download MP3, WAV, FLAC.
  2. Sep 26,  · Showcase, Vol. 1 Wayne Jarrett Reggae ; Listen on Apple Music. Listen on Apple Music. Preview. TITLE TIME; 1 Brimstone & Fire 2 Every Tongue Shall Tell 3 Magic In the Air 4 Bubble Up 5 Darling Your Eyes ℗ Basic Channel; Also Available in iTunes More By Wayne Jarrett See All. Chip In.
  3. An awesome reggae album, recorded at Bullwackies studio just weeks apart from Horace Andy’s 'Dance Hall Style' – two of the very greatest vocal reggae LPs of all time. Re-issed on Wackies. A1. Brimstone And Fire / A2. Every Tongue Shall Tell / A3. Magic In The Air /B1. Bubble Up / .
  4. 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.8/
  5. Stream Showcase, Vol. 1 by Wayne Jarrett and tens of millions of other songs on all your devices with Amazon Music Unlimited. Exclusive discount for Prime members. Exclusive discount for Prime members.
  6. Sep 27,  · Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Wayne Jarrett - Showcase Vol 1 at Discogs. Complete your Wayne Jarrett collection/5().
  7. His high watermark arguably came with the six tracks he recorded for Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes' Bronx-based Wackies label in , which were combined with their dubs to make the Showcase, Vol. 1 LP, a true lost gem in the reggae universe. The album has been reissued several times, often bearing the alternate title Bubble Up.

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