Treasure Isle Studio, 33 Bond Street, was one of the main contenders to the Studio 1
crown.So many hits came from it’s wooded loft premises that it seemed every track was
destined to become a hit, propelled by the Trojan himself Mr Duke Reid.

Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid [b.1915, Jamaica] had spent ten years as a Kingston policeman,
when he and his wife Lucille [after winning a substantial Jamaican National lottery]
decided to buy The Treasure Isle Liquor Store in Kingston,Jamaica.Wanting music to
attract customers, the Duke arranged through a sponsorship deal to host his own
radio show ‘Treasure Isle Time’.
The people would listen to the latest American R&B tunes, interspersed with liquor
deals going down at his store.This in time would lead to the starting of his own Sound
System, where he could take his liquor to the dances via his Trojan truck.With shouts
of ‘Here comes the Trojan’,Duke Reid’s now named Trojan Sound System was born.
It proved such a success that he was crowned King of Sound and Blues three years
in a row 1956,1957 and 1958.1958 also saw the store which was out growing itself,
move to its legendary premises, 33 Bond Street.

Duke Reid was a formidable character in the music business. His guns from his
policing days were ever present and always on show, striking a menacing cord.
It was also not unheard of for a few rounds to be let off, if the need arose.But it
was his extensive knowledge of the R&B tunes,and knowing what the people
liked to here that was his real strength. Like Coxsone Dodd at Studio 1 he would
travel to America to acquire the latest cuts. But this was proving more difficult due
to America’s tastes moving on to Rock & Roll, which was not so popular in Jamaica.

The obvious step was to record their own tunes to supply the demand.This proved
so popular with cuts like ‘Duke’s Cookies’,’What makes Honey’ and the ‘Joker’.
The next step would be to open his own recording studio which he did in the loft
above his store.It was 1962 and Treasure Isle Studio’s was open for business.

1962 - 1966 was a prolific time at Treasure Isle,the Ska hits kept coming.His resident
engineer Byron Smith and later Syd Bucknor’s work with artists like Stranger Cole ,
The Techniques,Justin Hinds and the Dominoes and the great Alton Ellis and the
Flames,proved a winning formula.Such was the output that the releases were spread
over three labels, Treasure Isle, Duke Reid and Duchess [ a name he often used t
refer to his wife].

1968-1969 saw the beat slowing down and reggae was evolving into Rocksteady
and again Duke had his finger on the pulse. Working with guitarist Ernest Ranglin
and the great sax player Tommy McCook and the Supersonics, the hits flowed from
the studio. The Paragons ‘Wear you to the Ball’,Alton Ellis’s ‘Rock Steady’,
The Melodians ‘Last train to Expo’ and The Technique’s rendition of the Curtis
Mayfield classic ‘Queen Majesty’ were all big hits of the day.Getting released
on Reid’s own labels and on Trojan [ named after his Sound System ] in the UK.

The musical style would change again around 1970. But the ever resourceful
Reid would apply his tunes and start a new genre, the DJ Sound. By using his
classic backing tracks and interspersing the dubbed vocal along side his Sound
System DJ’s rants and raves, his tunes became hits once more.
The irrepressible U Roy cut ’Wake this Town’ a version of Alton Ellis’s ‘Girl I’ve Got a Date’,
’Rule the Nation’, rode the Techniques ’You Don’t Care’ and ‘Wear you to the Ball’ the
Paragons hit of the same name, became three hits in a row in the Jamaican charts...
previously unheard of....

For this collection with have put together a set of rare dubs recorded at the legendary
studio.Such classics as the for mentioned ‘Queen Majesty’, Alton Ellis’s ’I’m Just a Guy’,
The Ethiopians ‘Everything Crash’. All great tunes and classic rhythms,the atmosphere
and the guidance of the seasoned engineers Byron Smith and Syd Bucknor alongside
the top musicians,set the tone for these classic lost till now recordings.
Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid died in 1974 but his legacy lives on through the music
His Treasure Isle Studio’s,inspiring all that used it... Hope you enjoy the set....

Respect Jah Floyd.



CD Track Listing

1. EVERYDAY IS DUB DAY.
A lost till now dub to The Sensations ‘Every Day is a Holiday’
2. THIS OLD DUB OF MINE.
A dub cut to the classic ‘This Old Heart of Mine’ cut by Delroy Wilson amongst others,
this dub is from the Johnny Clarke version.
3. CARPENTER DUB.
A dub cut to Delroy Wilson’s version of ‘If I was a Carpenter’.
4. WHY DUB IN SPRING.
Cornell Campbell’s version of ‘Wise Bird Follow Spring’,
of which this is a dub cut.
5. MAJESTY DUB.
Curtis Mayfield's ‘Queen Majesty’ originally cut by The Techniques who were later to be called
The Uniques when Slim Smith left to go solo. This is a lost dub to that classic rhythm.
6. JUST A DUB.
An unreleased dub to Alton Ellis’s ‘I’m Just A Guy’, also known
as ‘I’m Just a Man’ when cut by Ronnie Davis.
7. DUB YOU MADLY.
Another unreleased dub this time to Ronnie Davis’s ‘I Love You Madly’.
8. LET THE DUB GO.
Cornell Campbell’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ gets the dub treatment.
9. EVERYTHINGS DUB.
A lost till now dub cut to The Ethiopians classic
‘Everything Crash’.
10. PRISONER DUB.
A dub cut to Cornell Campbell’s ‘Prisoner of Love’.
11. DUBBING YOU.
Ronnie Davis’s ‘Chasing You’ gets the dub treatment.
12. I’M YOUR DUB.
An unreleased dub to John Holt’s ‘I’m Your Man’.
13. DUB SATISFACTION.*
Another John Holt classic ‘Satisfaction’ shines through on
this lost dub.
14. IT’S RAINING DUB.*
Last but not least, the classic Three Degree’s ‘It’s Raining’ got reworked into ‘Weather Man Skank’, which this is the lost dub.

•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1. EVERYDAY IS DUB DAY.
2. THIS OLD DUB OF MINE.
3. CARPENTER DUB.
4. WHY DUB IN SPRING.
5. MAJESTY DUB.
6. JUST A DUB.

Side 2
1. DUB YOU MADLY.
2. LET THE DUB GO.
3. EVERYTHINGS DUB.
4. PRISONER DUB.
5. DUBBING YOU.
6. I’M YOUR DUB.



Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, Sly Dunbar: Drums
Aston ‘Family Man‘ Barrett,Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Eric Fratter, Tony Chin: Rhythm Guitar
Ansel Collins: Piano
Bernard ‘Touter’ Harvey, Winston Wright: Organ
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Vin Gordon: Trombone

Recorded at: Treasure Isle Studio’s, 33 Bond Street,Kingston, Jamaica.
Engineered by: Byron Smith, Syd Bucknor.
Produced By: Bunny Lee
Design By: H. Cassell @ Voodoo London
Photography: Jah Floyd Archive
All Titles published by: Greenwich Farm Music
Manufactured under Licence from: E.Lee
Made in the UK