Forward the Bass: Dub from Randy's, 1972-1975

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Though Randy's Studio 17 doesn't enjoy the same instant name recognition as other legendary Kingston studios of the early 1970s -- Lee Perry's Black Ark or Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, for example -- its influence on the development of reggae music was arguably just as great. When Lee Perry was first recording the fledgling Wailers, and when Niney Holness was producing hits with the young Dennis Brown, they did so at Randy's. Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey album was recorded there, which fact alone is enough to secure Randy's an honored place in reggae history. The studio was owned by Vincent "Randy" Chin and featured the mixing prowess of a young engineer named Errol "E.T."...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Though Randy's Studio 17 doesn't enjoy the same instant name recognition as other legendary Kingston studios of the early 1970s -- Lee Perry's Black Ark or Coxsone Dodd's Studio One, for example -- its influence on the development of reggae music was arguably just as great. When Lee Perry was first recording the fledgling Wailers, and when Niney Holness was producing hits with the young Dennis Brown, they did so at Randy's. Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey album was recorded there, which fact alone is enough to secure Randy's an honored place in reggae history. The studio was owned by Vincent "Randy" Chin and featured the mixing prowess of a young engineer named Errol "E.T." Thompson, who would later go on to work with the legendary producer Joe Gibbs. While Thompson was at Randy's, though, he helped create one of the first dub albums, a ten-cut set titled Randy's Dub, of which fewer than 200 copies were pressed. Forward the Bass reissues those original ten with five additional tracks, all of which are sweet, dark and lovely examples of the somewhat restrained but still innovative dub that was coming out of Randy's at the studio's peak. Highlights include "Shining Dub," a version of an early Wailers track titled "Sun Won't Shine for Me" pity there weren't any leftover vocals on this version and "Ordinary Version Chapter 3," in which Thompson pretends to give a lesson to an aspiring engineer. Dub can get wilder than this, but it doesn't get much better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/1998
  • Label: Blood & Fire Records
  • UPC: 783564002221
  • Catalog Number: 640022

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jaro (3:23)
  2. 2 Maro (2:52)
  3. 3 Ordinary Version Chapter 3 (2:50)
  4. 4 Extraordinary Version (2:55)
  5. 5 Wire Dub (2:34)
  6. 6 Shining Dub (3:28)
  7. 7 Easy Come Dub (2:38)
  8. 8 Dubwise Situation (2:19)
  9. 9 Last of the Jestering (2:56)
  10. 10 Oh Jah Dub (1:57)
  11. 11 Sabotage in Dub (2:56)
  12. 12 S-Corner Dub (2:36)
  13. 13 Just Another Dub (2:50)
  14. 14 Upbeat Version (2:51)
  15. 15 Verdict in Dub (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Impact All-Stars Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ansel Collins Keyboards, Melodica
Aston Barrett Bass
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Chicago Steve Harmonica
Val Douglas Bass
Tyrone Downie Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Drums
Vin Gordon Trombone
Earl Lindo Keyboards
Robert Lyn Keyboards
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Augustus Pablo Keyboards
Lloyd Parkes Bass
Karl Pitterson Guitar
Tarzen Nelson Guitar
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean Guitar
Mikey "Boo" Richards Drums
Technical Credits
Steve Barrow Producer, Liner Notes
Clive Chin Producer
Kevin Metcalfe Mastering
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