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Johnny Clarke – Originally Mr. Clarke (1980)

Posted in Bunny Lee, Channel One, Clocktower Records, Dub, Johnny Clarke with tags , , , , on March 15, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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“Originally Mr. Clarke was first released in 1980 on Brad Osborne’s Bronx-based Clocktower label, and it is Osborn’s involvement that gives this unsung little gem its unique sound. The basic instrumental and vocal tracks were recorded in Jamaica, most likely under the guidance of producer Bunny Lee (although singer Johnny Clarke himself may have supervised the sessions) and featured veteran studio pros like Glen Adams, Sly & Robbie, Tommy McCook, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith and Winston Wright (more or less the Aggrovators). The raw tracks were then taken to New York, where Osborn overdubbed flute, additional vocals and percussion and oversaw the final mixes. The end result was a wonderfully cohesive sequence that featured light, airy and yet active arrangements, full of well-placed and effective horn charts, all of which perfectly framed Clarke’s sweet, soulful and elegantly unhurried vocals, making Originally Mr. Clarke that rarest of reggae artifacts — an album that sounds like it was meant to be an album and not just a collection of singles. Two of Clarke’s better-known songs are included, ‘Blood Dunza’ and ‘Every Knee Shall Bow,’ as well as the heartfelt and wistful ‘Moving on to Zion,’ which examines the urge to leave Jamaica and contains some of the best lyrics Clarke ever wrote.”

YouTube: It a go rough, Moving On To Zion, Johnny Clarke & King Tubby – Jah Jah We Are Waiting / Jah Dub, Every Knee Shall Bow, Fittest of the fittest, Blood Dunza (Albambou Raw Dub Remix)

Scientist – Scientific Dub (1981)

Posted in Clocktower Records, Dub, King Tubby, Scientist with tags , , , on April 25, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Stone cold classic Dub LP, faithfully reissued by Clocktower Records. If there was ever a time to judge a record by its cover, this is it. Lurking behind the kinetic cover art is an LP of truly seminal provenance; ten tracks tweaked, nudged and carved up by the legendary, one-of-a-kind producer Scientist at King Tubby’s studio in 1981. You’re best ignoring the ‘Executive Producer credits to Clocktower label owner Brad Osbourne, ‘coz it’s quite obvious whose hands are at work on these mighty takes of ‘Satta Dread Dub’, ‘Drum Song Dub’, Taxi To Baltimore Dub’, the mystical ‘Blacka Shade Of Dub’ and the cavernous ‘Just Say Dub… Who’. Essential purchase, no doubt.”

“Overton Brown was only 16 years old when producer/performer Errol ‘Don’ Mais discovered and used the considerable talents of this adolescent dub whiz. Born in Kingston in 1960, the Scientist learned basic electronics from his TV repairman father, skills that made him very popular with the mobile DJs and their not-always-functioning sound systems. A friend suggested he visit the legendary dub producer/mixer King Tubby, not to remix records, but to get some transformers by which Scientist could build his own amplifiers.”

YouTube: Scientific Dub. 1. Drum Song Dub 2. Keep a Good Dub Rubbing 3. Taxi To Baltimore Dub 4. Satta Dread Dub 5. Every Dub Shall Scrub 6. Black a Shade Of Dub 7. Bad Days Dub 8. East Of Scientist Corner (II Pieces) 9. Just Say Dub… Who 10. Words Of Dub