Archive for Clive Chin

Randy’s 17 North Parade (1987)

Posted in Clive Chin with tags on August 14, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“Randy’s, run by the Chin family out of a storefront at 17 North Parade in Kingston, was one of the great reggae studios of the 1970s. It produced more than its share of great rhythms, among them some of the seminal examples of Augustus Pablo’s ‘Far East’ sound and early vocal performances by Dennis Brown and Junior Byles. Randy’s is also where the great producer Errol Thompson got his start, engineering under the supervision of Clive Chin. (Thompson would later leave Randy’s to make history with Joe Gibbs.) But for all of its historical significance and for all of the great music it produced, Randy’s never gained the same level of international notoriety as that enjoyed by Channel One, Dynamic, and Studio One. This collection makes a strong case for the injustice of that situation. It features excellent performances by the likes of Alton Ellis (a fine early version of ‘Too Late’), Black Uhuru (the rough and lovely ‘Going to Zion’), and a single by an obscure vocal trio called the African Brothers, which included a young Sugar Minott. Granted, it also features the forgettable vocals of one Senya (who sounds eerily like a female Hugh Mundell), but her tracks only serve to accentuate the quality of everything else. Recommended.”

Daily Motion 00:00 Broadway – Guns In The Ghetto. 03:24 Alton Ellis – Too Late. 06:27 Senya – Roots Man. 09:41 The Gladiators – The Race. 12:55 Errol Dunkley – Created By The Father

Jimmy London – A Little Love (1971)

Posted in Clive Chin, Dub with tags , on February 24, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

YouTube: A Little Love + version

Wayne Jarrett – Showcase, Vol. 1 (1982)

Posted in Clive Chin, Lloyd 'Bullwackies' Barnes, Winston Jarrett with tags , , on February 21, 2014 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“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. 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. 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. The songs themselves are a bit generic, as late-’70s and early-’80s reggae tends to be: song titles like ‘Brimstone & Fire,’ ‘Every Tongue Shall Tell,’ and ‘Holy Mount Zion’ tell you exactly what to expect. 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.”

YouTube: Every Tongue Shall tell, Brimstone And Fire, Magic In The Air, Bubble Up, Holy Mount Zion

Little Roy – Bongo Nyah (1969)

Posted in Clive Chin, Randy's Records, Rastafarians, Ska with tags , , , on December 13, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“By the mid-’70s, Rastafarian themes were becoming ever more prevalent, but back in 1969 they were decidedly unique and not overly popular. ‘Bongo Nyah,’ however, broke that mold, one of the first to not merely contain an overt Rasta message, but to take it to the top of the Jamaican chart. Unlike the other brethren then on the scene, Earl ‘Little Roy’ Lowe doesn’t even bother to veil his lyrics, although he lulls listeners into a false sense of security by kicking off with a couple of lines from the nursery rhyme ‘Bah Bah Black Sheep.’ From there, he and backing singer Donovan Carless dive straight into dread waters, consigning unbelievers to burn in the fire and demanding to know how they can resist Jah when they have bald heads. Set to an irrepressibly bouncy reggae rhythm, delivered up with gusto by the Hippy Boys while Lloyd Charmers’ organ gaily tinkles out like church bells or even a child’s music box, ‘Bongo’ was irresistible. Overseen by producer Lloyd Daley, this was to be his Matador label’s biggest hit of the year, and deservedly so.”

YouTube: Bongo nyah

Clive Chin

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Clive Chin, Dub, Randy's Records, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Tommy McCook with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

“If you would make an attempt at telling the story in some format of Jamaican music in its initial stage, you wouldn’t pass without mentioning a place called Randy’s; founded by a local entrepreneur named Vincent Chin, Randy’s was a studio, a distribution outfit and a popular record store situated at North Parade in Kingston, simply THE center of musical creativity in the music’s most vital period from the late sixties to the mid seventies. It was here Lee Perry recorded the famous ‘Soul Rebels’ and ‘Soul Revolution’ albums by The Wailers in 1969 and ’70, it was here Bunny Lee recorded a lot of his early hits, and it was here Augustus Pablo rose to fame with what was voted ‘Top Instrumental of 1971’ with ‘Java’, an undisputed classic in these times. This particular track was produced by the eldest son of Vincent, Clive Chin, who was also a close friend of Pablo and a schoolmate from the sixties. Later Clive produced Pablo’s first album, titled ‘This Is Augustus Pablo’, arguably the most rated of the late melodica master’s classic catalog of albums, even more so than the monumental ‘King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown’ in some quarters. It was also at Randy’s the late engineer Errol ‘Errol T’ Thompson was to become the highly regarded ‘master of sound’ he is looked upon today, although his stint at – and partnership with – Joe Gibbs produced some of the all-time classics of the so called ‘rockers’ era, the ‘African Dub’ series quickly springs to mind of those for example”
Interview with Clive Chin

YouTube: Clive Chin: Dub, Reggae, Ska – ‘The Lost Archives of 17 North Parade Pt 1 – From Kingston to Queens’ , Pt 2 – Queens To The Kenne, Pt 3 – Classic Jamaican Reggae + Dub Recovered!

Java Java Java Java (1972)
“For the first time on CD, the 1972 master work and one of the defining statements of Dub reggae, 17 North Parade presents ‘Java Java Java Java’. Recorded and produced in 1972 by Clive Chin at studio 17, located above the legendary Randy’s Records in kingston, Jamaica. ‘Java Dub’ was a ground breaking album of instrumental versions of contemporary hits, spiced with studio effects and featuring the smash hit ‘Java Dub’ the breakthrough track for reggae legend Augutus Pablo. Credited as the first Dub album released in Jamaica (originally a press of 500 units), Java Dub would influence generations of producers in reggae, disco, jungle and of course, dub. Credited simply as ‘Impact All Stars’ (for Chin’s Impact label), the cast of musicians includes Pablo, Tyrone Downie, Fully Fullwood, Lloyd Parks, ‘Chinna’ Smith, ‘Family Man’ Barrettt, Tommy McCook and producer Clive Chin.”
Java Java Java Java (Dub) / Impact All Stars (Video)

YouTube: Impact Allstars – Cheating Dub, Jam-rock reggae, Java Java Java Java (Instrumentals, Dubwise & Versions)

This Is…Augustus Pablo (1974)

Posted in Augustus Pablo, Clive Chin with tags , on April 15, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

This Is…Augustus Pablo is an album by Augustus Pablo originally released in 1974 and co-written and produced by Pablo’s childhood friend and critically acclaimed reggae producer Clive Chin. The album boasts an impressive list of session musicians including Ansel Collins on keyboards and Lloyd Parks and Aston Barrett both on bass guitar. The album was one of the first to showcase Pablo’s unique use of the melodica.”

YouTube: This Is…Augustus Pablo
“Dub Organizer” (Chin, Swaby) – 2:56 “Please Sunrise” (Adapted) – 2:38 “Point Blank” (Chin, Swaby) – 2:32 “Arabian Rock” (Chin, Swaby) – 3:53 “Pretty Baby” (Adapted) – 2:45 “Pablo In Dub ” (Swaby) – 2:30 “Skateland Rock” (Chin, Swaby) – 3:13 “Dread Eye” (Adapted) – 3:03 “Too Late” (Chin, Swaby) – 3:16 “Assignment No. 1” (Chin, Swaby) – 2:46 “Jah Rock” (Chin, Swaby) – 2:52 “Lover’s Mood” (Chin, Swaby) – 2:55