“Tubby did three original dub albums, ‘Dub From The Roots’. ‘The Roots of Dub’
and the third is ‘Brass Rockers’ with Tommy McCook ‘pon the flying cymbals.
Where he mixed it with the horn going in and out in a dub way and one named
‘Shalom Dub’ you can call Tubby’s too because he mixed the versions as they
were off forty fives’’

Bunny ‘Striker‘ Lee



King Tubby and Producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee are intertwined in the birth of Dub Music.
After discovering a mistake that made a ‘serious joke’ ( more of which later...) they went on
to release the first pressings of this new musical genre namely ‘Dub Music’. Tubby’s vast
knowledge of electronics and Bunny’s vast catalogue of rhythms would lay the foundations
of what today is taken as a standard... the Remix / Version cuts to an existing vocal tune.

Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 28th January 1941 and
grew up in the High Holborn Street area of downtown Kingston. He studied electronics at
Kingston’s National Technical College and also on two correspondence courses from the
U.S.A... When he had qualified Tubby began repairing radios and other electrical appliances
in a shack in the back yard of his mother’s home. His work in the early days included winding
transformers and building amplifiers for Kingston’s Sound Systems. Tubby built his first Sound
System in 1957 playing jazz and Rhythm & Blues at local weddings and birthday parties.
His reputation as a man who knew and understood both electronics and music grew steadily
and as the sixties drew to a close. Tubby purchased his own basic two track equipment.
He installed this alongside his dub cutting machine, a home made mixing console and his
impressive collection of Jazz albums in the back bedroom of his home at 18 Dromilly Avenue
which he christened his music room.

Tubby and Striker were at Treasure Isle Studio’s one day while Ruddy from Spanish Town was
working with the engineer Byron Smith....

“Tubby and myself was talking when Ruddy was cutting some dub but Smithy (engineer) made
a mistake through we were talking and forgot to put in the voice. It was two track recording in
those days. Ruddy said ‘No Man! Make it stay! and so they cut the rhythm. When I went over
to Ruddy’s that Saturday night a dance was in progress and when they played the vocal to
the tune... then he said we’re going to play ‘Part Two’. They never called it ‘Version’..and then
he played the rhythm track. The song was a catchy song and everybody started to sing along
and the deejay started to toast so everything went down well. On Monday morning I went up
and I said ‘Tubbs the mistake we made was a serious joke.It mash up Spanish Town! The
people went wild. So you have to start to do that now ‘cause when the man put on the ‘Part Two’
everyone start singing this song. It played about twenty times. I said you try Tubbs!’...Well the
next Saturday night now when Tubby strung up down the farm U Roy said he’s going to play
‘Part Two’ but Tubby did it different now. He started with the voice then dropped it out and let
the rhythm run and then he brought in the voice in the middle and from there Tubby started to
get really popular.’’


Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee

Dynamic Sounds upgraded to sixteen track recording in 1972 and Tubby purchased, again with
the help of a deal brokered by Bunny Lee. The old four track equipment and the MCI console
from their Studio B. The four tracks now gave him far wider scope to work with and he began to
create a new musical form where the bass and drum parts were brought up while the faders
allowed Tubby to ease the vocal and rhythm in and out of the mix. It was only a matter of time
before Tubby’s dub plate experiments began to make it on to vinyl and the first ever long playing
King Tubby releases would feature a collection of his mixes to a selection of Strikers rhythms.

So please sit back and enjoy this historic set of sounds. Lovingly restored and with a few extra
gems added to the CD Editions. These releases were the first to carry the name of King Tubby
and the first to credit the great musicians that contributed so much to the rhythms that made
these albums possible.



CD Track Listing

1. HARD BUD FI DEAD
2. TOTAL TOGETHERNESS
3. SADDLE UP YOUR SCATE
4. HEAVIER THAN LEAD
5. MUSICAL EXPLOSION
6. GIVE THANKS TO JAH
7. STRAIGHT TO JAZZBO HEAD
8. CITY SLICKER
9. MUSICAL FEAST
10. THE DUKE
11. EQUALITY
12.TOPIC OF THE DAY
13. STICK AROUND
14. WORDS OF WISDOM
15. SET ME FREE•

•CD Bonus Track


Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1. HARD BUD FI DEAD
2. TOTAL TOGETHERNESS
3. SADDLE UP YOUR SCATE
4. HEAVIER THAN LEAD
5. MUSICAL EXPLOSION
6. GIVE THANKS TO JAH
7. STRAIGHT TO JAZZBO HEAD

Side 2

1. CITY SLICKER
2. MUSICAL FEAST
3. THE DUKE
4. EQUALITY
5. TOPIC OF THE DAY
6. STICK AROUND
7. WORDS OF WISDOM


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