Scientist – The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear
Scientist – The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear!
Label: Deeper Knowledge | Format: CD-LP-DR | Street date: January 26, 2015 | Website label
- Jah Turn The Dub
- My Lady’s Dub
- Yallas Dub
- Slave Master Dub
- Where Wicked Gonna Dub
- Facts Of Dub
- I Don’t Mind Dub
- Don’t Give Up Your Culture Dub
- Rockers Dub
- School Days Dub
In addition to Stephen Cooper’s part 1 of his interview with Scientist, and while awaiting its 2nd part we feature reviews of a selection of dub albums from a mixing engineer who made the most innovative strides in the development of dub techniques since King Tubby’s initial experiments.
Issued on vinyl in 2014, and in 2015 also made available on cd by Brooklyn NY based Deeper Knowledge Records (DKR), is a Scientist album with the intriguing title “The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear!”. As the title and the cover with a great photo of a young Scientist at the controls – courtesy of Beth Lesser – clearly indicate, this is not a contemporary album mixed by Scientist, but one that has been dug up and dusted off.
Overton Brown, the mixing engineer who became known as Scientist while mastering his craft at King Tubby’s Dromilly Avenue studio, initially created dubs of reworked Studio One riddims for Don Mais’ Roots Tradition label, but was given his chance at King Tubby’s when Prince Jammy cut short a mixing session for Don Mais because he was too tired to continue. After Scientist had left King Tubby’s studio, he became the principal engineer for the Hoo Kim brothers’ Channel One Studio. In the early 1980s he came to prominence with a remarkable series of dub albums, released by Greensleeves Records.
“The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear!”, a long hidden treasure from the early dancehall days, is the previously unreleased dub counterpart to Flick Wilson’s “School Days” album. This rare and in demand Flick Wilson album from the early ’80s – at the time only released in NYC, but in 2012 reissued on the Dub Irator label – was produced by Hyman ‘Jah Life’ Wright and Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes and featured the Roots Radics at Channel One and Scientist at King Tubby’s. The combination of the typical heavy Roots Radics riddims from those days and Scientist’s wizardry at the mixing board makes this a wicked dub companion to the vocal set. “The Dub Album They Didn’t Want You To Hear!” has nine out of ten tracks from the “Schooldays” album, and one track from Wayne Jarrett’s “What’s Wrong With The Youths” LP, namely “Rockers Dub”, which all have been given the dub treatment in classic Scientist style. From the excellent album opener, “Jah Turn Them Dub” to the strong “School Days Dub”, the last track of this album, the listener is treated to some great classic stuff from the Roots Radics and Scientist.