JRLP058

When people think of Tuff Gong they usually think of Bob Marley and rightly so, as he
was nicknamed and often called Tuff Gong and from this his early releases which came
out on the Tuff Gong label. But Tuff Gong was also the name of a recording complex
named after Bob Marley that included a top level recording studio, pressing plant and
distribution centre that would allow Reggae music to carry on many years after his sad
and far too early demise.

Bob Marley had taken over the former residence of Island Records boss Chris Blackwell,
Island House, 56 Hope Road around 1974. Just before The Smile Jamaica Concert
3rd December of the same year the house was ambushed by gunmen. Bob’s manager
Don Taylor was hit five times and Bob was shot in the arm and his wife Rita Marley was
hit in the head by a stray bullet. How no one was fatality killed is staggering. Immediately
after the concert Bob Marley started his self- imposed exile from Jamaica, settling in London,
England. This would lead to the apply named Exodus album being recorded there in the
summer of 1977. It would not be until the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston’s
National Arena on the 22nd April 1978 that would see Bob’s return to the Island.
Marley felt it was important to show his commitment to the people of Jamaica and on
his return to 56 Hope Road he began construction of his own recording studio with the
help of music mogul Tommy Cowen. Unfortunately Bob Marley’s short life would end on
the 11th May 1981 from cancer, which originated from a football injury many years earlier
to his toe. His passing would lead to 56 Hope Road being turned into a museum to the
legend of Reggae music.

A new location would have to be found to carry on Bob’s work and to create a place where
people could not only record but to press up and distribute their music. This tied in with the
decision of record producer Ken Khouri to retire from the music business and sell his Federal
Records studio and pressing plant situated at 220 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston 11.
The buyer would be Rita Marley and the Tuff Gong International Organisation.

Engineers working at the new facility included Errol Browne who had worked at Treasure Isle
studios and Hopeton Overton Browne known as Scientist. Named by the great producer
Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee who having worked with him previously at King Tubby’s and Channel 1
Studios described his ground breaking style as being like that of a scientist.
We focus for this release on the work carried out by the great Scientist on the songs of the
Black Solidarity label run by Ossie Thomas (A.K.A. Joe the Boss) recorded at Tuff Gong Studios.
One of the foremost recording, Pressing and distribution facilities on the Jamaican Island set up
from the work of Bob Marley to carry forward reggae music.

Hope you enjoy the set…



CD Track Listing

1. A Bad Boy Dub
Source: Bad Boy Posse/Robert Ffrench
2. Black Solidarity Dub
Source: Gateman Get Fraid/Early B
3. Watch This Dub!
Source: Barrell Mentality/Bill Blast
4. 56 Road of Dub
Source: Talking Parrot/Papa San
5. Dub Madness
Source: Bad Boys Rhythm/Papa Bruce cut
6. Cooler Than Kilimanjaro Dub
Source: Joker Family Rhythm
7. Tuff Gong Dub
Source: Talk About Reality/Phillip Frazer
8. Off The Dub
Source: Off The Air/Jennifer Lara
9. Inner City Dub
Source: Inner City Blues/Cutty Ranks and Triston Palma
10. Gwan Go Dub
Source: Gwan Go Dance/Loverboy
11. Greatest Dub
Source: Greatest Lover/Trison Palma
12. 220 Garvey Dub
Source: Single Life/Robert Ffrench
13. Ghetto People Dub*
Source: Dance Without A DJ/Robert Ffrench
14. A Prosperous Dub*
Source: Let Them Prosper/Al Campbell - Talk over intro byJoe Lick Shot
15. Delamere Affair Dub*
Source: Soul Syndicate rhythm
16. Scientific Dub Style*
Source: Steady Skanking/Frankie Paul - - Talk over intro byJoe Lick Shot

CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1. A Bad Boy Dub
Source: Bad Boy Posse/Robert Ffrench
2. Black Solidarity Dub
Source: Gateman Get Fraid/Early B
3. Watch This Dub!
Source: Barrell Mentality/Bill Blast
4. 56 Road of Dub
Source: Talking Parrot/Papa San
5. Dub Madness
Source: Bad Boys Rhythm/Papa Bruce cut
6. Cooler Than Kilimanjaro Dub
Source: Joker Family Rhythm


Side 2
1. Tuff Gong Dub
Source: Talk About Reality/Phillip Frazer
2. Off The Dub
Source: Off The Air/Jennifer Lara
3. Inner City Dub
Source: Inner City Blues/Cutty Ranks and Triston Palma
4. Gwan Go Dub
Source: Gwan Go Dance/Loverboy
5. Greatest Dub
Source: Greatest Lover/Trison Palma
6. 220 Garvey Dub
Source: Single Life/Robert Ffrench



Musicians Include:

The Soul Syndicate:
Drums: Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis
Bass: George ‘Fully’ Fullwood
Rhythm Guitar: Albert Valentine ‘Tony’ Chin
Lead Guitar: Albert Valentine ‘Tony’ Chin & Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith
Keyboards: George ‘Fully’ Fullwood, Bernard ‘Touter’ Harvey & Keith Sterling

The Roots Radics:
Drums: Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis & Lincoln Valentine ‘Style’ Scott
Bass: Errol ‘Flabba’ Holt
Rhythm Guitar: Winston ‘Bo Peep’ Bowen & Eric ‘Bingy Bunny’ Lamont
Lead Guitar: Noel ‘Sowell’ Bailey, Roy Hamilton, Dwight Pinkney & Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith
Keyboards: Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson, Ansel Collins, Wycliffe ‘Steely’ Johnson & Errol ‘Tarzan’ Nelson
Percussion: Christopher ‘Sky Juice’ Blake

Drums: Wilburn ‘Squidley’ Cole
Bass: Christopher Meredith & Earl ‘Bagga’ Walker
Piano: Robert ‘Robbie’ Lyn
Keyboards: Herbie Harris
Synthesizer: Anthony ‘Tony Asher’ Brissett
Percussion: Christopher ‘Sky Juice’ Blake & Noel ‘Scully’ Simms
Horns: Junior ‘Chico’ Chin, Dean ‘Youth Sax’ Fraser, Tony Green & Ronald ‘Nambo’ Robinson

Harmony: Tony Chin, Karian Dixon, George Fullwood, Marie ‘Twiggi’ Gittens, Brian and Tony Gold
& Jennifer Lara

Mixed by: Scientist
Produced & Arranged by: Ossie Thomas, Triston Palma, Howie Thomas, Philip Morgan & Chris Thomas
Recorded at: Tuff Gong

With grateful thanks to: Noel Hawks & Hasse Huss

Design by: Gary@Voodoo London
Manufactured under Licence from: Ossie ‘Black Solidarity’ Thomas • Made in the UK