JRLP051

King Tubby’s Hometown Hi-Fi was one the great Sound Systems in Jamaica. It also proved
a fantastic outlet for the Dub Plate Specials cut at Tubby’s studio, providing exclusive cuts to
be played out and to intice the dance’s audience. The tracks at the time were mainly cut over
producer Bunny ’Striker’ Lee rhythms, that Bunny stored at Tubby’s studio which was in fact
his home, 18 Drumilly Avenue,Kingston, Jamaica.The versions were given exclusive plays
at Tubby’s sound before some finding their way on to vinyl, as the b-side version cut to it’s a-side
vocal, proving so popular that the records were often brought for its version side over its
vocal counterpart.

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. We have compiled a selection of cuts that were
all tried and tested on Tubby’s Home Town Hi Fi Sound System and worked a great set of
Bunny Lee’s rhythms in fine style. All Killer No Filler …

Hope you enjoy the set.
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CD Track Listing

1 Dub of Rights
2 Higher Ranking
3 A Stalawatt Version
4 King Tubby’s In Fine Style
5 African Sounds
6 Channel One Under Heavy Manners
7 Channel Get Knockout
8 The Champion Version
9 Stealing Version
10 Satta Dread Dub
11 Crazy Dub
12 Dreada Version
13 No Love Version
14 Hold Them In Dub*
15 Step It Up In Dub*
16 Dub With A View*
17 Dub To The Rescue*
18 A Rougher Version*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1

1 Dub of Rights
Source: Declaration of Rights / Johnny Clarke
2 Higher Ranking
Source: Top Ranking / Johnny Clarke
3 A Stalawatt Version
Source: The Stal-O-Watt / Cornell Campbell
4 King Tubby’s In Fine Style
Source: Power Of Love / Ronnie Davis
5 African Sounds
Source: African People / Johnny Clarke
6 Channel One Under Heavy Manners
Source: Pumps And Pride / Leroy Smart


Side 2
1 Channel Get Knockout
Source: Girl I Love You / Johnny Clarke
2 The Champion Version
Source: King Of The Arena / Johnny Clarke
3 Stealing Version
Source: Stealing Stealing / Johnny Clarke
4 Satta Dread Dub
Source: Satta Dread Wayne Jarrett
5 Crazy Dub
Source: Crazy Baldhead / Johnny Clarke
6 Dreada Version
Source: Dread A Dread / Johnny Clarke
7 No Love Version
Source: No Love / Leroy Smart


Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare, Lloyd Parks: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Tony Chin,
Winston ‘Bo-Pee’ Bowen: Guitar
Winston Wright, Jackie Mittoo: Organ
Augustus Pablo: Keyboards
Tommy McCook: Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Vin Gordon: Trombone
Noel ‘Skully’ Simms, Barnabus: Percussion

Recorded at: Channel 1, Randy’s Studio 17,
Harry J’s,Dynamics & King Tubby’s
Mixed at: King Tubby’s
Produced By: Bunny Lee
Sound System Photography: Kunho Chi
Design by: Gary @Voodoo London
Manufactured Under Licence From: E.Lee
Made in the U.K.