Impact All Stars

Between 1968 and 1977, Randy's Studio 17 was the site for some of all-time greatest reggae recordings including seminal albums by The Wailers and Burning Spear. Owned by Vincent "Randy" Chin, the studio sparkled with the visionary engineering of Errol "E.T." Thompson and his successors, George Philpott and Karl Pitterson. In addition to scores of early reggae hits, Randy's Studio 17 helped to pioneer the stripped-down, bass and drums, sounds of dub. Unlike the dub style of influential producer King Tubby, Chin's approach lacked echo, reverberation, delay and sound effects. In 1975, Impact released a ten track album of dub tunes that had been recorded at Randy's Studio 17 over the preceding three years. Credited to the Impact All-Stars, the album featured such influential musicians as Aston Barrett (bass), Carlton Barrett and Sly Dunbar (drums), Tyrone Downie, Earl Lindo and Augustus Pablo (keyboards) and Tommy McCook (tenor saxophone). With the addition of five previously-unreleased tracks, the album was reissued in 1998 by the British reggae label, Blood And Fire. ~ Craig Harris

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