Unreleased Treasures From The Randy’s Studio 17 Archives Debut On BBC Radio4

Boomshots UK Correspondent Reshma B appeared yesterday on “Front Row,” BBC Radio 4′s flagship arts show, to talk about the legacy of Randy’s Studio 17. She also premiered never-before-heard snippets of unreleased tracks from the Randy’s archives. You can listen to the broadcast here. But of course half the story has never been told. It all begins back on June 16 when legendary producer and head cornerstone Clive Chin announced the first of a treasure trove of unreleased recordings culled from the vaults of Randy’s Records. Comprising thousands of reels of audio tapes dating from the heyday of ska and early reggae (1968-1978), the Randy’s Vaults contain all the biggest names in Jamaican music—including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Alton Ellis, John Holt, Lord Creator, Count Machuki, U-Roy, The Skatalites, as well as the American R&B star Johnny Nash, to name a few. The opening of the Randy’s vaults represents a major event in the history of recorded music on par with Berry Gordy’s Motown Records or the famous Alan Lomax recordings at the Smithsonian Institute.

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Clive Chin w/ Lee Perry