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Phillip Smart

Meets The Aggrovators At King Tubbys

    Phillip Smart was one of the great engineers to learn his trade as understudy to the legendary dub master himself Osbourne ’King Tubby’ Ruddock. Alongside other luminaires such as Prince Jammy and Scientist, Phillip Smart would step in at the controls when demand for King Tubby studio dubs grew to such an extent that each single release was expected to carry a version / dub on the flipside.

    Phillip Smart moved to the United States in the late 70s and in 1981 opened his successful studio HC&F, in Long Island, New York. It produced some sizeable Jamaican dancehall hits for his two record labels TanYah and Eclipse.

    Tracks like Dirtsman’s ‘Hot This Year’ and ‘Rikers Island’, and most notably Shaggy, used the studio to work up his massive hits ‘Oh Carolina’, ’Big Up’ and ‘Angel’.

    But it’s in the heady days of the early 1970s and up to 1976 that Jamaican Recordings concentrate on for this release. When Version was King and Prince Phillip Smart was at the controls mixing up some fine dubs with Jamaica’s finest musicians The Aggrovators.

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