Sunday, October 5, 2014

Early Scientist dub recordings excavated

Who exactly didn't want you to hear this dubwise companion to Flick Wilson's School Days album isn't exactly clear – well, apart from the Scientist himself maybe – but the long unavailable Scientist sides created at King Tubby's Dromilly Road studio are well worth investigating for dub fans keen on tracing back the source of Hopeton Brown's mixing style.

The technically astute Brown, who developed his rep as a first class engineer while building transformers for King Tubby 4-track operation, would eventually find fame as a innovative mixer during the dancehall peak of the early 80s after he moved to Channel One and began working with Junjo Lawes and the Roots Radics

What we have on The Dub Album They Didn't Want You To Hear! (DKR) is an altogether more rudimentary roots-oriented selection which shows the Scientist's debt to King Tubby and Bunny Lee rather than the next-level sonic trickery for which he would later become known with albums like Scientist Meets The Space Invaders, Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires, Scientist Encounters Pac-Man, etc. The 10 track LP, with nine Flick Wilson dubs and one from Wayne Jarrett's What's Wrong with the Youths, still makes for an enjoyable listen. 

Those with a taste for Scientist's earlier classics like Introducing Scientist: The Best Dub Album in the World, Heavyweight Dub Champion and Showdown At King Tubby's will find lots to like on this newly uncovered artifact but those expecting some mind-blowing revelation may be setting themselves up for disappointment. Have a listen below.

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