Chip In
Wayne Jarrett
September 1, 2007

Wayne Jarrett - Chip In Track list
  1. Love In My Heart
  2. Skank And Come In
  3. True Love
  4. Ranny and Lou
  5. Got To Be Sure
  6. Chip In
  7. Jah Jah I
  8. Why Must Babylon
  9. Saturday Night Jamboree
  10. Money Problems
  11. You Were On My Mind (12" mix)
  12. Got To Be Sure (12" mix)
  13. Chip In (12" mix)
  14. Saturday Night Jamboree (12" mix)
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Essential -Votes: 7-
Very Good -Votes: 6-
Good -Votes: 4-
Average -Votes: 3-
Disappointing -Votes: 0-
A Waste Of Time -Votes: 0-

Total votes : 20
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3/4
Greensleeves Records opened their treasure chest this year. A lot of albums see the light again and hopefully a lot more will follow. One of them is Wayne Jarrett's album from 1982, named "Chip In"!

The booklet starts with the phrase: "He's one of so many who have never had a sentence written about him...", indicating that Wayne Jarrett is relatively unknown, even to many reggae fans. (note: after the re-release of "Chip In", an extensive interview with the artist appeared on the Reggae Vibes website). Wayne Jarrett is responsible for one of the all time top roots records named "Satta Dread", released on the Micron label in 1976. He also sang harmony vocals for Horace Andy, one of his influences on his own vocal style, on the "In The Light" album. Wayne Jarrett returned to Studio 1982 where he recorded his debut album "Chip In" with Henry "Junjo" Lawes in the producer's chair.

All tunes for this album were recorded at the Channel One Studio, backed by the Roots Radics and mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's. Well in fact this is the point where I should stop this review, because every reggae fan knows now that he gets some heavy and insane riddims. Wayne's singing is just excellent on all of the tunes, it is nearly impossible to name outstanding tunes. Some personal favourites are Love In My Heart, the title track Chip In (based on the "Prophecy/Peanut vendor" riddim), Saturday Night Jamboree as 12" mix featuring Silver Fox, a NYC based Chinese-Jamaican deejay, (note: this 12" mix is also included on the highly recommended "Twelve Inch Rulers" CD) and Money Problems.

After "Chip In" Wayne Jarrett spent one memorable week at Wackies Studio in New York, where he sang background vocals for Horace Andy's "Dance Hall Style" album and also voiced an entire solo set for Wackies entitled "Showcase Volume One" (also known as "Bubble Up"). Unfortunately not much is heard from Wayne Jarrett nowadays, apart from the rumour that he is now reputedly living in Miami.

If you like the Roots Radics stylee from the early eighties try and take a listen. If you like Wayne Jarrett's voice (anyone out there who don't like it????????) this is a must have. RECOMMENDED.