Scientist's name is inseparable to King Tubby's studio and the pioneering of the dub reggae sound in the 1970's. Born Overton Brownie in Jamaica in 1960, he was in many ways King Tubby's apprentice. Having helped his own father out, repairing televisions and such like, he would help Tubby by winding transformer coils for the amplifiers. His interest in recording grew as he watched the many sessions taking place at Tubby's Dromilly Avenue Studio, learning the ropes as the musicians came and went. His first break happened when King Jammy (then Prince Jammy) was too tired to work on a session booked for producer Errol 'Don' Mais. Scientist engineered the session to every one’s bewilderment and great satisfaction.
His first hit would be a mix of Barrington Levy's 'Collie Weed,' and his reputation was built on the many versions he cut at Tubby's, where he would become the engineer of choice. His pared down mixing style suited the new Dancehall reggae sound that came at the tail end of the 1970's and rolled into the 1980's. Such was his stature that albums were now sold with his name on their jacket: Scientist Vs Prince Jammy, and Scientist meets The Space Invaders to name but two.
His time at King Tubby's was followed as chief engineer working for the Hookim Brothers at the mighty Channel 1 Studio's and on many of top producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes tracks, that were hit after hit at the time.
This record, originally issued in 2008 by Jamaican Records, compiles tracks from the late 70's and early 80's of some of Scientist's great dub versions of big hits of the time, by artists such as Tristan Palmer ('Bad Boys,' 'Stop Spreading Rumours,' 'Eveready,' and 'The Greatest Lover’), Michael Palmer ('Mr Landlord'), Robert Trench ('Mr Babylon'), Tony Tuff ('Never Trouble Trouble'), Rod Taylor ('The Lord is My Light'), Sammy Dread ('Wah Dah Wah'), and Dennis Brown ('Time and Place') which all benefited from a touch of magic from The Scientist and his laboratory of effects.