The mighty Channel One Studios,Kingston, Jamaica, has its place set in Reggae's
Musical History.Its distinctive sound the studio created on opening its doors in 1972
to its closure in the early 1980's made it the Producers, Singers and Musicians studio
of choice during this furtive period. Achieving that vibe and clarity, separated it from
the other Kingston establishments.

Run by the Hookim Family's four sons, Jo Jo the eldest followed by Paulie, Ernest and
Kenneth. Their father originally came from China and married a Chinese Jamaican lady
and settled in the St Andrews district before moving to Kingston Town itself. The family
business was built on jukeboxes and one armed bandit machines in and around Kingston.
A lucrative venture until the gaming laws changed in 1970, outlawing the gaming machines.
So the music side of the business would have to be expanded. So it was decided to open
a studio to make the music to supply their already established Jukebox enterprise.
The four brothers opened Channel One Recording Studios in 1972 at 29 Maxfield Avenue,
Kingston 13. Initially as we stated the purpose of the studio was for the brothers use only,
but this would soon change when the various Producers all looking for that Channel One
sound came asking for studio time.

The brothers had used the services of Bill Garnet a renowned and well respected technical
engineer on setting up the studio. They spent a lot of time laying out the space to get the
right acoustics and picking the right equipment. They went with a four track API desk and
the best quality microphones such as Neuman, Sony and AKG, vital in obtaining the quality
sound and track separation that would prove so worthwhile after the music was recorded
to give the best flexibility on the final mix downs. Jo Jo would take over the production
duties after the initial hiring of Syd Bucknor a producer who had worked closely with
Coxonne Dodds Studio 1 stable. The first release on the Channel One label would be
'Don't Give Up The Fight' by Stranger Cole and Gladstone 'Gladdy' Anderson.The initial
two thousand run being swallowed up by their Jukebox interests and so the steady flow
of hits would run up to the brake through hit of 1975 'Right Time' by the Mighty Diamonds.

1977 saw Jo Jo extending his stays in New York to a semipermanent status, returning
mainly to oversee recording sessions and then taking the results back to America for
worldwide distribution. His brother Paulies senseless killing in that year also added to
Jo Jo's decision to spend more time with his Hit Bound Manufacturing set up in New York.
The Channel One studio would be upgraded in 1979 to sixteen tracks and although Jo Jo
and Ernest still covered the mixing and engineering duties Kenneth would now supervise
sessions. An often untold part of Channel Ones history is the involvement of Producer
Niney The Observer. The mid to late 1970's were heavy times both musically and politically
and Maxfield Avenue was in the heart of this crossfire. Some artists and musicians were
weary of using the establishment especially when sessions ended late at night and exiting
the studio at these times could be somewhat dangerous. But Niney's fearlessness seen
him over running and in many cases running the all night sessions with his trusted set of
musicians loosely called The Soul Syndicate. Having the run of the mighty Channel One
studio's allowed Niney to build up and work on a stockpile of rhythms that he still has yet
to unleash on the world. We have been lucky to select a bunch of material from Niney's
vaults for this release. Some great unreleased rhythms and some different cuts to some
tracks you might already know. Niney's work with Dennis Brown and his own distinctive
heavy roots style productions have been documented and indeed his work on Channel
Ones Yellowman releases stand tall also. We hope this fine set of Niney Productions
set inside the hollowed walls of Channel One will sit beside them as they so richly deserve.


CD Track Listing

1. CHANNEL 1 BURNING WITH DUB
A killer lost dub to Horace Andy's 'Nice and Easy' cut with a great up front bassline and 'flying
cymbals' HI - Hats kicking it along nicely...

2. DUB FOURTEEN
A rhythm everybody from Big Youth to the Juno Boys have worked over and the Mighty
Diamonds used it to back their 'Marcus Garvey' track.

3. HILL AND GULLY DUB
Based on an old Coxonne rhythm, this has Bobby Ellis blowing his distinctive horn over an
already killer track.

4. MORE DUB PON DUB
Again another cut from Niney's vault of Channel 1 rhythms with Bobby Ellis leading the rhythm
on its 60's big band sound.

5. DUB BETWEEN US
This rhythm Michael Rose used to back his 'Love Between Us' cut, before Mr Dennis Browns
'Westbound Train' had even left the station.

6. FEARLESS DUB
Max Romeo's 'You Gave Me Love' rhythm stripped down to its dub bones.
7. DUB IN HIGHWAY
A lost dub to Delroy Wilson's 'Up The Stairs' rhythm.
8. FORCEFUL DUB
The great Errol 'Flabba' Holt plays bass on this 'Three Blind Mice' style lost rhythm from
Niney's volt.

9. DUB EASY
Another unused rhythm from the Channel 1 sessions, sounding as only Channel 1
cuts can....nice

10. DUB IN THE RING PALACE
Originally Niney told us, this rhythm was cut with a girl called Christine in mind which
became the 'Saturday Night' rhythm. Great 'flyers' hi - hat work and rolling bass line.

11. VILLAGE DUB
A rhythm that was used by the late great Delroy Wilson, this time for his 'Sally Baby' cut.
12. WHITE MAN DUB
A great rhythm with an almost military drum pattern. Used later when voiced over by a
White Boy called Dominic from Portobello Road, who had himself some success in Jamaica.

13. HAUNTING DUB
A lost rhythm that was cut way back when, but sounds strangely current. Which is a
good sign for a timeless rhythm.

14. DUB OVER DUB
The mighty Michael Roses 'Freedom' sounds great with its horn stabs and a killer bass line.
This is a lost till now alternative dub cut.
15. CHIME DUB*
The chiming keyboards gives this unreleased rhythman almost sixties feel to it also... nice...
16. WALKING DUB*
Great dubbed horns on this old rhythm that again sounds like it could fit into todaysmusical tastes.Lost till now but hopefully could be brought to light.....
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1. CHANNEL 1 BURNING WITH DUB
2. DUB FOURTEEN
3. HILL AND GULLY DUB
4. MORE DUB PON DUB
5. DUB BETWEEN US
6. FEARLESS DUB

7. DUB IN HIGHWAY

Side 2
1. FORCEFUL DUB
2. DUB EASY
3. DUB IN THE RING PALACE
4. VILLAGE DUB
5. WHITE MAN DUB
6. HAUNTING DUB
7. DUB OVER DUB


Musicians Include:
Carlton 'Santa' Davis, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare, Aston 'Family Man' Barrett: Bass
Earl 'Chinna' Smith: Lead Guitar
Tony Chin: Rhythm Guitar
Winston Wright: Organ
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Vin Gordon: Trombone.
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Lennox Brown: Alto Saxophone

Recorded at: Harry J's, Randy's Studio 17 & Channel 1
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Design by: Voodoo London
Photography: Bunny Lee / Jah Floyd Archive
Manufactored under licence from E.Lee