Aquarius Sounds - Dubbing At Aquarius Studios '77-'79 LP (Jamaican Recordings)
Record producer, DJ, record plugger, and record shop owner Herman Chin-Loy operated out of his Aquarius Record shop at Half Way Tree in Kingston, Jamaica. It is from this base that he started his recording studio where he not only put out the first ever dub album, Aquarius Dub (1975), but was also responsible for naming future artist Horace Swaby, allowing him to use his exotic fictitious working name Augustus Pablo for his own recording career. Although called Aquarius Dub, the tracks that make up that album were cut at Dynamic Sounds, Harry J's and Randy's Studio 17. It was not long after this release that Herman opened the first ever twenty-four track studio in Jamaica, Aquarius Studios. This set of dub tracks were worked on at Aquarius Studios, using the legendary space for some of the recordings and / or it's mixing and voicing facilities.
Jamaican Recordings usually delivers the goods, and what you have here is a bargain-priced, 12 track, tip-top compilation of dubs from the likes of Soul Syndicate, the Aggrovators, and the High Times Players. Master musicians all. Just listen to "Breaking Dub" (using Dave Brubeck "Take 5" rhythm) or "Olive's Dub" (a version of Delton Screechie's "Olive Baby") and to tell me your not smiling (and dancing!). And if this really floats your boat, then be sure to check out Pressure Sounds' excellent double albumAquarius Rock: The Hip Reggae Of Herman Chin-Loy. Both highly recommended. (Lee)