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 the final episode of Clive Chin: The Lost Archives, the legendary Jamaican dub, reggae, and ska producer and Brooklyn-based engineer and producer Billy “Prince Polo” Szeflinski of The Kennel talk about the process of restoring, cataloging, archiving and digitizing hundreds of hours of music recorded by Clive and his late father Vincent “Randy” Chin at 17 North Parade in Kingston during the heyday of Jamaican reggae, ska, and dub music.
Among the hundreds of tapes which lay undisturbed for nearly 40 years were recordings by many of Jamaica’s greatest stars including Max Romeo, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Alton Ellis, Jimmy London, The Gladiators, The African Brothers, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Lord Creator, U-Roy, and Tommy McCook.
Clive explains how they recorded the music back in the late 1960s and ’70s, the recording technology and production process, and Prince Polo talks about mixing and remixing the recordings using vintage equipment as well as modern music technology to add new vocals and instruments to the tracks, many of which were unfinished instrumentals.
Clive Chin Prince Polo plan to release release the newly restored and mastered recordings from 17 North Page soon. Stay tuned tuned to Dubspot for more!