DJ DUB CUTS Vol 1 - DUBBING WITH THE DJ’s 1970 - 1975

The D.J. phenomenon has grown to such an extent that it has become common place
in todays musical vocabulary. But it’s roots go back to Jamaica and the Sound Systems,
that exploded in the 1970’s that got us to where we are today.

Although DJ’s was operating in Jamaica in the 50’s & 60’s with the likes of
Count Matchuki and Sir Lord Comic. It was mainly as selectors to the tracks on the
Sound Systems with a few vocal embellishments to instrumental cuts that they provided
and their work stayed mainly confined to the dances. The craze kicked off in 1969 when
D.J. King Stitt (Winston Spark), cut some popular sides like ‘Fire Corner’ and
‘Herbsman Shuffle’ for producer Clancy Eccles, the success of which got noticed.

But it was the originator as he was called U ROY (B.Ewart Beckfort,1942, Kingston, Jamaica)
that kick started the DJ artform. After a time toasting for Doctor Dickies Dynamic System and
Sir Coxsones Downbeat and having moved in 1969 to join King Tubby’s Home Town Hi-Fi
Sound System that producer Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid, decided to take him into the studio.
The resulting releases like ‘Wake the Town’ and ‘Rule the nation’ would see him top the
Jamaican charts in 1970.

The producer to capitalise most on the DJ explosion was Bunny Lee. As the saying goes
‘If D.J. were your Trade.’ during the seventies you must have cut tracks with him.Using his
vast catalogue of hits by such vocalists as John Holt, Delroy Wilson, Johnny Clarke,
Cornell Campbell, as his back drop. Along with rhythms built at studio’s like Randy’s,
Dynamic and Channel 1, he produced hit after hit. ’Striker‘ as he was nicknamed ruled
the D.J. form from 1970 - 1977 until the wind would blow the changes and reggae take
another turn in it’s evolving history.

It’s from this great period that we have compiled this Killer set by all the leading names
in the DJ Arena. U Roy who lead the way is represented by two of his finest cuts.
His protege I Roy (Roy Reid), who would take over running King Tubby’s Sound System,
although initially inspired by U Roy would soon develop his own style. Like on
‘Baby Girl Dub’ featured here. DJ vocal sparing is represented by Prince Jazzb
(B.Linval Carter,1950, Jamaica) whose mike attack against the for mentioned I Roy on
‘Run & Go Hide the Dub’ is a fine example.Our opening cut is a killer ‘Trial & Cross dub’
by Dillinger (B.Lester Bullocks,1953, Kingston, Jamaica), and Mr Dave Barker
(B. David Collins,1952, Kingston, Jamaica) of the duo Ansell and Collins who had
massive hits with the likes of ‘Double Barrel’ and ‘Monkey Spanner’ provides two of
his biggest DJ cuts.

Big Youth (B. Manley Augustus Buchanan,1955, Jamaica), the late great Prince Far I
(B. Michael Williams, 1944, Spanish Town, Jamaica) and Dennis Alcapone
(B. Dennis Smith,1947, Clarendon, Jamaica) all massive artists in the DJ world are all
featured on this set along side reggae stars who are not widely known for their DJ skills.
The presents of such figures as Lee Perry, the king of Ska himself Derrick Morgan just
goes to show the respect this form had in the 70’s. So please sit back and enjoy the ride
and let the DJ’s ‘ Step up the mike... and Do their thing’....

Respect Jah Floyd.


CD Track Listing

1. DILLINGER: TRIAL & CROSS DUB.
Dillinger rides over Mr Leroy Smart’s ‘Wreck Up My Life’ and made ‘Trial & Crosses’.
This is a lost dub... ....’You don’t need no glasses’... indeed..
2. U ROY: THE DUB ORIGINATOR.
The man who started it all voices over the original cut to the Upsetter’s ’Shocks of Mighty’
rhythm. A classic...
3. I ROY: BABY GIRL DUB.
I Roy voices over Delroy Wilson’s ‘Can I Change My mind’.
This is a lost dub version.
4. PRINCE JAZZBO: RUN & GO HIDE THE DUB.
Prince Jazzbo expressing his DJ rivalry (friendly..) with I Roy over Cornell Campbell’s ‘Stars’
rhythm...‘If DJ were your trade’...
5. DERRICK MORGAN: DUB SOLDERING.
The king of Ska doing a DJ cut over the classic ‘Bang-A- Rang’ rhythm to create ‘Soldering’
this is a lost dub cut, Mr Roland Alphonso blows the horn....
6. PRINCE FAR I: THE DUB STATION.
The late great Prince Far I can be heard over rare instrumental ‘It might as well be Spring’.
First recorded in 1970, Lester Sterling blows the horn....
7. BIG YOUTH: CINDERELLA’S DUB.
Errol Dunkley’s ’Black Cinderella’ voiced over by the great Big
Youth. A very early cut in Mr Youth’s cannon.
8. DAVE BARKER: SCORCHER DUB SOUNDS.
Mr Dave Barker voices over Max Romeo’s ‘Wet Dream’ rhythm. This is an unreleased dub cut.
9. TRINITY: A DUB SITUATION.
Trinity DJ’s over Johnny Clarke’s version of Alton Ellis’s ‘ Let him Try’. This is a lost dub cut..Nice...
10. DENNIS ALCAPONE: YEAH YEAH DUB.
A popular tune that ever basement dance in 1971 was rocking to. Eric Donaldson’s ‘Cherry Oh Baby’,
became ‘Ripe Cherry’, here’s a lost dub version.
11. LEE PERRY: BRONCO DUB.
Mr Lee Perry doing his thing over The Upsetter’s ‘Bronco’ rhythm. Winston Wright works out on the organ....
12. DON LEE: DO YOUR DUB THING.
Bunny Lee’s brother Don voices over this fine instrumental with the help of Mr Roland Alphonso blowing his horn.
Cut at the same session ‘Try to Remember’ and ended up as it’s b-side. This is an unreleased DJ dub version....
13. DAVE BARKER: DUB GETAWAY.*
Dave Barker DJ’s over John Holt’s ‘Man Next Door’, to create his ‘Got to Getaway’.....
14. U ROY: TUBBY’S DUB SKANK.*
Signing off in fine style with the great U Roy, DJ-ing as only he can over the killer ’King Tubby’s Skank’
rhythm...enjoy...

•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1. DILLINGER: TRIAL & CROSS DUB.
2. U ROY: THE DUB ORIGINATOR.
3. I ROY: BABY GIRL DUB.
4. PRINCE JAZZBO: RUN & GO HIDE THE DUB.
5. DERRICK MORGAN: DUB SOLDERING.
6. PRINCE FAR I: THE DUB STATION.

Side 2

1. BIG YOUTH: CINDERELLA’S DUB.
2. DAVE BARKER: SCORCHER DUB SOUNDS.
3. TRINITY: A DUB SITUATION.
4. DENNIS ALCAPONE: YEAH YEAH DUB.
5. LEE PERRY: BRONCO DUB.
6. DON LEE: DO YOUR DUB THING.



Musicians Include:
Carlton Barrett, Carlton ‘ Santa ‘ Davis, Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespere, 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, Roland Alphonso: Tenor Saxophone
Lennox Brown, Lester Sterling: Alto Saxophone.

Recorded at: King Tubby’s, Randy’s Studio 17 & Channel 1.
Produced by: Bunny Lee.
Design by: Gary Hall @ Voodoo London.
Photography: Maverick, Jah Floyd Archive.
All Titles published by: Greenwich Farm Music.
Manufactured under Licence from E. Lee.
Made in England.