CLEMENT DODD (b. 1932 - † 2004)
DUB SPECIALIST: 17 DUB SHOTS FROM STUDIO ONE
* * * /VARIOUS - Heartbeat - studio - discs:1
Clement Seymour "Coxsone" Dodd (1932-2004) stayed on the scene for fifty (!) long years. He started the legendary "Coxsone Downbeat" sound system in the mid 50's. With Duke Reid and Prince Busters, on their respective sides, they ruled the dancehalls ska and rocksteady era for almost fifteen. Among the others, Lee "Scratch" Perry started with him in 1962. In 1963 Coxsone started the "Jamaica Recording and Publishing Studio" at 13 Brentford Road in Kingston and at the same time his Studio One label begun to release records. At the end of the 60's Coxsone moved to the early reggae new sound and Reid was among the first producers to introduce the practice of "toasting". Between 1974 and 1980 Dodd released twelve albums of Dub. The recording engineer Sylvan Morris left the studio before these albums and it is possible that Dodd mixed himself the tracks. The artists presented here are: Cornell Campbell, The Soul Agents, The Sound Dimension, The Heptones, The Lyrics, The Soul Vendors, Delroy Wilson, Horace Andy, Roland Alphonso, Roy Richards and Jackie Mittoo. Here are collected some tracks from the previously released "Zodiac Sounds" and "Sample Dud" albums, plus some 45s. What is interesting here is not the mix but the quality of the original Studio One tracks. The set was produced by Dodd aka Dub Specialist.