I'm For You, I'm For Me!
Jerry Harris
Wackies / Deeper Knowledge Records
CD / Vinyl LP
October 30, 2015

Track list
  1. Spreading All Over
  2. Spreading Version
  3. One More Time
  4. One More Version
  5. Without Me
  6. Without Me Version
  7. It's About Time
  8. Time Version
  9. Wackie Music
  10. Wackie Version
  11. We Got To Live Better (CD Bonus Track)
  12. Too Much Religion (CD Bonus Track)
  13. Religious Dub feat. Baba Leslie (CD Bonus Track)
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
In recent years, Digikiller/Deeper Knowledge Records (DKR) from Brooklyn NY, has established itself as a reissue record label that is known for digging really deep into the vaults. So far they have managed to reissue some really great tunes and albums, much to the delight of the avid reggae aficionado as most of these releases were almost impossible to get. One of their most recent releases is this obscure Jerry Harris compilation entitled "I'm For You, I'm For Me!", which features material recorded at Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes' Wackies studio, located at 4731 White Plains Road, Bronx NY.

Jerry Harris, born Allan Harris in Portland, Jamaica, was influenced by the life and playing style of his father who was a professional jazz and calypso musician on the hotel circuit in Jamaica. The name Jerry was given to him by musican friends as they felt that Allan had a similar style to guitarist Jah Jerry of Skatalites fame. His first regular gig as a guitarist/backing vocalist came in 1972 when he played with The Young Experience Band. Also member of the latter was his friend Junior Murvin, who would later become famous for the classic "Police And Thieves". In 1974 Jerry Harris left Jamaica for New York where he joined The Stepping Stone Band, after which he stepped to The Reckless Breed and The New Breed Band and backed up Burning Spear on his first US tour, prior to supporting other well known reggae artists in popular venues around the US. However, it was his extensive work with Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes and the Wackies record label that firmly established his name in the New York reggae scene. Jerry Harris (oddly nicknamed "Jerry Hitler" back then) was not only a singer, but the most prolific Wackies bassist and also a notable producer.

After the release of s few singles including "What's Wrong With You", "Love Me Forever" and "Too Much Religion", 1982 saw the release of Jerry Harris' first studio album, a 10-track LP on the Wackies label entitled "I'm For You, I'm For Me". The latter, produced by Bullwackie, was a decent albeit a somewhat unbalanced set as it contained strong tunes as well as a few weaker efforts. Luckily the good people at DKR haven't reissued the LP in its original form. Because they had come across the previously unreleased dub versions for the album, plus one more killer vocal cut that didn't make it to the original LP, they were able to modify "I'm For You, I'm For Me!" into a 'showcase' album which is strong from beginning to end.

The album starts off with "Spreading All Over" (track 3 from the original LP's A-side), a great conscious tune backed by that famous Wackies sound, which then comes to full expression in "Spreading Version". These two tracks instantly make clear that this album is a real treat for any Wackies diehard and for those reggae fans who are looking for real authentic roots music. And we're pretty sure that this kinda music will even delight avid collectors of Studio One and Upsetter productions of the late '70s. "One More Time" is another wicked piece of music, which features real nice flute play by Pee Wee Walters. And again it's simply great to have a tune followed by its dub version. "Without Me", the only lovers tune featured on this album, wasn't included on the original LP. It's an excellent tune that deservedly has been added to this collection as it is truly worth hearing more than once. Both "It's About Time" and "Wackies Music", together with their dub versions, maintain the high standard. The CD comes with three bonus tracks, which include "We Got To Live Better" from the original LP, "Too Much Religion" and "Religious Dub", all of them recently issued on two 45's.

This is a great album with no fillers! Not to be missed!!!