Scientist v Prince Jammy – Big Showdown (1980)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 768mb
Reggae, Roots, Dub | 1980 UK LP | Greensleeves GREL 10
Scientist burst onto the reggae scene in the early 80s with a reckless mixing style that seemed to outdo even King Tubby’s wildest extravaganzas. He began his career as an engineer at King Tubby’s Studio. Shortly afterwards he became a protégé of King Tubby, and swiftly gained a reputation with his fresh mixing style. In 1980 the UK-based record company Greensleeves began to release the productions of top Jamaican producer Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes. Lawes, finding success with new singing sensation Barrington Levy, used Tubby’s studio for his voicing and final mix-downs and offered Greensleeves a couple of dub albums mixed by Tubby’s sensational young engineer. Scientist v Prince Jammy (1980), mostly consisting of dub mixes of Barrington Levy tracks, was presented as a ‘Big Showdown’ between the two dub-masters. The combination of heavyweight Roots Radics rhythms pitted against one another. Greensleeves followed this with an album proclaiming Scientist to be the Heavyweight Dub Champion, a similar brew of Roots Radics/Barrington Levy rhythms Dub albums mixed by The Scientist soon began to appear with bewildering regularity from various sources. Greensleeves, in particular, continued to issue album after album. From the introduction to an interview with Hopeton Brown (Scientist) which can be found here.
Round 1 – Scientist
Round 2 – Prince Jammy
Round 3 – Scientist
Round 4 – Prince Jammy
Round 5 – Scientist
Round 6 – Prince Jammy
Round 7 – Scientist
Round 8 – Prince Jammy
Round 9 – Scientist
Round 10 – Prince Jammy
Roots Radics Band:
Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt – Bass
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis – Drums
Gladstone ‘Gladdie’ Anderson – Keyboards
Ansel Collins – Keyboards
Bo Peep – Rhythm Guitar
Earl ‘China’ Smith – Lead Guitar
Christopher ‘Sky Juice’ Blake – Percussion
All rhythm tracks laid at Channel One Studio
Mixed at King Tubby’s by Scientist & Prince Jammy
Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe
MC – Jah Thomas
Produced & arranged by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes
Michell GyroDec full version.
Funk Firm FXR II Tonearm.
Audio Technica AT33PTG/II MC Cartridge.
Harman Kardon HK990 Integrated Amplifier.
Gold Interconnects. E-MU 0204 Audio Interface.
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