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CLIVE CHIN

JAVA JAVA JAVA JAVA

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1972 - VP Records - studio - discs:1

In 1973 Clive Chin released "Java Java Java Java", by many considered the first Dub album inside the history of Jamaican music. Recorded the previous year, it hit the island along with Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle" and Herman Chin-Loy's "Aquarius Dub". Dub was born. If the instrumental "version" on the B-side of the 7" already existed, here a more edgy approach was put on the front. More over here was not only a matter of a single, but an entire album was conceived and produced. History had changed forever. The following forty years with Disco, House music, Jungle, Drum & Bass and Dubstep all started from here. Starting from popular rhythms, all these sets delivered in and out punching of the vocals and they were so experimental that they could not just be called instrumentals any more. Clive and the stellar engineer Errol Thompson started from hits released around 1971 - 1972 by Impact and Randy's labels. They brought the rythms back to their bones, used the mixing board in a new way and reached something never heared before. The set opens with "Guiding Dub", a version of The Heptones' second cut of the stellar "Guiding Star" originally cut for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One. The second track is "Cheating Dub", a version of Dennis Brown's "The Cheater" cut at Randy's in 1972. Follows "E.T. Special", features Tommy McCook versioning the Soul Vendors "Swing Easy", a Studio One Rocksteady instrumental. The fourth track is "Soulful Dub", based on The Heptones version of Allen Toussaints's "Soul Sister". Follows "Ordinary Version Dub" based on Lloyd Parks "Ordinary Man". This is an incredible track with a man literally entering the Studio and invited to leave more than once, and other voices kept in the mix. A lot of fun. The sixth track is "Java Dub", versioning Augustus Pablo's "Java". Follows "Meet Me Dub", again a version of a Dennis Brown song. In this case the Dub is based on "Meet Me At The Corner". The eighth track is "Black Man's Dub" based on the politically and socially challenging unreleased track "Live As One" by The Heptones. Follows "King Babylon Dub" is based on Junior Byles' "King Of Babylon" cut for Lee Perry. The set closes with "Hide Away Dub" versioning Max Romeo's "Hide Away". The list of the musicians includes: Carlton "Santa" Davis (drums), George "Fully" Fullwood and Lloyd Parks (bass), Earl "Chinna" Smith, Rad Bryan, Tony Chin and T. Valentine (guitar), Horace "Augustus Pablo" Swaby and Aston "Family Man" Barrett (piano), Tyrone Downie (organ), Tommy McCook (horns), Tony King and Clive Chin (percussions), Horace "Augustus Pablo" Swaby (melodica) and Winston Wright (clavinet). Arranged and produced by Chin, engineered by Errol Thompson, and recorded at Randy's, "Java Java Java Java" is essential to understand how Dub was invented. The legacy is still on.

 

1. Guiding Dub
2. Cheating Dub
3. E.T. Special
4. Soulful Dub
5. Ordinary Version Dub
6. Java Dub
7. Meet Me Dub
8. Black Man's Dub
9. King Babylon Dub
10. Hide Away Dub


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