Archive for Randy’s Records

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

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“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.”
allmusic

YouTube: Bongo nyah

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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

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“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!

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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)

Randy’s Records

Posted in Randy's Records with tags on February 8, 2013 by 1960s: Days of Rage

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Vincent ‘Randy’ Chin, a Chinese-Jamaican, Kingston
“Vincent ‘Randy’ Chin (born 3 October 1937, Kingston, Jamaica died 2 February 2003, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States) was a Jamaican record producer and label owner who ran the Randy’s shop, recording studio, and record label, later moving to New York City and setting up the VP Records empire, now the world’s largest independent label and distributor of Caribbean music in the world. Chin was the son of a carpenter who left mainland China for a brief stay in Cuba, and then permanently settled in the 1920s in Jamaica. As a teenager in the early 1950s, Vincent oversaw the stocking and maintenance of jukeboxes in the island’s bars for Isaac Issa, a prominent Syrian-Jamaican businessman. He kept the excess and replaced records and used them to open up his Randy’s Records store on the corner of East and Tower streets in Kingston in 1958 on (the name coming from an American record store that sponsored an R&B radio show that could be picked up on the island).”
Wikipedia

In pictures: Randy’s Records
“From Kingston to New York, VP Records remains one of the most influential reggae labels in the world. To celebrate the 50th birthday of Randy’s, the record shop from which the label sprang, VP Records will be releasing a two-disc compilation featuring tracks from the Skalites, Horace Andy and the late Alton Ellis. Revisit the 1960s and 70s heydays of Randy’s in these rare behind-the-scenes photographs”
Guardian

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“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.”
allmusic (Video)

YouTube: Little Roy – Bongo nyah (1969 Matador blank)