Dubspot is proud to present Clive Chin: The Lost Archives of 17 North Parade, a new original three-part series which details the history and discovery of previously unknown and unreleased recordings by many of reggae’s greatest stars during the heyday of ska and early reggae.
In this first installment of Clive Chin: The Lost Archives, the legendary Jamaican reggae and ska producer recounts growing up in a musical family. His father, Vincent “Randy” Chin, got his start in the recording business in the 1950s; from operating jukeboxes to establishing one of the most prominent enterprises in Jamaican recording history. Randy’s Records opened in 1958 at 17 North Parade in Kingston. Not only a record shop, it was a recording studio and music distribution business, which became home to countless local and international Jamaican reggae and ska musicians and artists including The Skatalites, Toots and the Maytals, Lord Creator, Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Alton & Eddie, and any more.
In this first episode, Chin talks about the exodus from Kingston, Jamaica to Queens, New York and the experience of leaving behind thousands of rare and unreleased recordings in a poorly ventilated storage. The bulk of the recordings were damaged when the Island was hit by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. Chin also talks about his motivations and how he was encouraged by his son Joel Chin to rescue the recordings, and the process of saving those recordings with Billy “Prince Polo” at Kennel Recording Studio.