AVAILABLE IN APRIL & MAY
All Releases Backed by Roots Radics at Channel One and
Mixed by Hopeton “Scientist” Brown
Greensleeves Records opens its archives this spring for fans to rediscover key players from the formative 1980s era of roots reggae, dub and dancehall. The late great producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes, double threat producer/singer Linval Thompson, engineer extraordinaire Hopeton “Scientist” Brown and renowned session band Roots Radics were architects of most of the popular Jamaican rhythms of the 1980s. The collective and individual releases by this lineup of Jamaica’s influential musicians will be available on all formats for the first time, including vinyl, CD and digital.
On April 29, 2016, Greensleeves will re-release special edition versions of key dub titles: Junjo Presents: Wins the World Cup and Linval Presents Space Invaders with subsequent releases in May. Both re-issues are backed by Roots Radics at Channel One and mixed by Hopeton “Scientist” Brown. Each release is updated with revamped packaging (including a poster fold out of the iconic Greensleeves artwork by Tony McDermott) plus a bonus disc of the original vocal recordings of these dubbed-out gems.
Junjo Wins the World Cup is the only authorized re-issue of an all-time classic Greensleeves dub album Scientist Wins the World Cup. Junjo Lawes’ storied impact on a pivotal decade of reggae and dancehall continues through this re-release. The instrumental half of the album is scored by Roots Radics, the famous session band that backed Junjo’s productions. Hopeton “Scientist” Brown, Lawes’ go-to engineer who mixed the majority of his early releases on his Volcano label in Jamaica and at United Kingdom’s Greensleeves, adds the final touches to the album. After Lawes transitioned his career from a singer to an overall orchestrator of talent, some of his major claims to fame are the discovery of Barrington Levy and producing records for established reggae artists such as Johnny Osbourne, Hugh Mandell and Wayne Jarrett, captured on the second disc.
To get fans excited, Record Store Day also celebrated this release on 4/16/16 with a limited edition vinyl-only release, entitled Junjo Presents World Cup (Extra Time), featuring six tracks from the LP with custom packaging.
On the same day release as Junjo Wins the World Cup
(April 29), Jamaican producer/ singer Linval Thompson’s work is compiled on Linval Presents Space Invaders, a crucial selection of his classic Roots Radics propelled rhythms recorded at Channel One and mixed by Scientist at King Tubby’s. His productions were used as the basis of some of Scientist’s best-known dub albums including Space Invaders. As an added bonus, fans can hear all the original vocal versions of these iconic dub recordings, including his own “Dreadlocks Nah Run,” Sammy Dread on “Rainy Days,” Wayne Wade’s staple “Poor and Humble” and Johnny Osbourne’s “Kiss Somebody.” The old comic book style cover art has been reinvented by original artist Tony McDermott.
To continue the momentum in May, Greensleeves will also release three more Junjo Presents titles including – Junjo Presents: Big Showdown, Junjo Presents: Heavyweight Dub Champion & Junjo Presents: The Evil Curse of Vampires – as well as well as Linval Presents: Encounter Pac-Men.