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The Aggrovators were one of Jamaica’s finest session bands put together by the
‘Hit Maker from Jamaica’ producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. The group would produce
some of the hardest rhythms cut at the legendary Channel 1 Studio. These tracks
would then provide the backbone to songs that were usually voiced over at
King Tubby’s own studio. These cuts here represent a selection of some of those
fine rhythms selected together for the first time.

The Aggrovators were a group of reggae musicians that usually featured
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis on drums playing alongside Robbie Shakespeare
on bass, with other musicians added like Earl’Chinna’Smith on guitar and
Tommy McCook and Vin Gordon and Lennox Brown added for horn
arrangements. Keyboards and organ duties normally fell to musicians
Ansel Collins and Bernard’Touter’Harvey. The band was named after singer
Eddie Grant had repeated the phrase to producer Bunny Lee on one of his
many trips to England, that such and such artist was giving him ‘Aggro’.

This was a term used in England in the early to mid 1970’s by the Skinhead
followers of reggae music. A term shortened from the word ‘Aggrovation’,
meaning trouble, fighting or making the situation worse. Bunny Lee was so
taken with this term that on returning to Jamaica, not only did he name his
group of musicians the ‘Aggrovators’ but he also named his record shop
situated at 101 Orange Street `Agro Records’.

We have compiled some great tracks recorded by this fantastic group of
musicians and focused on those cut at Channel 1 studios, to give you a
feel of what those times were like. Bunny Lee could instantly call out when
played a rhythm which ones were cut at which studio as he did when we
compiled these tracks “Channel 1 mon, you can hear it in the Sound !!”.

Yes a fine collection of tracks showing the band at their finest…

Aggrovating the Rhythm for Bunny Lee at Channel 1...

Hope You enjoy the set…


CD Track Listing
1 Do You Dub Me
Source: `Do You Love Me’ / Johnny Clarke
2. A Graceful Dub
Source: `Miss Grace’ / Delroy Wilson
3 An Inspirational Dub
Source: `Soul and Inspiration’ / Johnny Clarke
4 Give Me A Dub
Source: `Give Me love’ / Johnny Clarke
5 Gonna Make You Dub Me
Source: `I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’ rhythm
6 Maddening Dub
Source: `Maddening Crowd’ / Paragons
7 Rocking Dub
Source: `Rocking Chair’ / Delroy Wilson
8 Words of Wisdom Dub
Source: `Words’ / Cornell Campbell
9 A Wonder Dub
Source: `Wonderland by Night’ / Ossie Scott
10 Ambitious Dub
Source `Good Ambition’ / Delroy Wilson
11 A Dub Groove
Source: `Get In The Groove’ / Roy Shirley
12 Sunshine Dub
Source: `Sunshine Makes Me Cry’ / Pat Kelly
13 Lime Tree Lane Dub*
Source: Channel 1 rhythm
14 Slavery Dub*
Source: Channel 1 rhythm
15 Riverton City Dub*
Source: Channel 1 rhythm
16 A Big Man Dub*
Source: `Big Man In This Country’ / Delroy Wilson
*CD Bonus Tracks

Vinyl Track Listing
Side 1
1 Do You Dub Me
Source: `Do You Love Me’ / Johnny Clarke
2 A Graceful Dub
Source: `Miss Grace’ / Delroy Wilson
3 An Inspirational Dub
Source: `Soul and Inspiration’ / Johnny Clarke
4 Give Me A Dub
Source: `Give Me love’ / Johnny Clarke
5 Gonna Make You Dub Me
Source: `I’m Gonna Make You Love Me’ rhythm
6 Maddening Dub
Source: `Maddening Crowd’ / Paragons

Side 2
1 Rocking Dub
Source: `Rocking Chair’ / Delroy Wilson
2 Words of Wisdom Dub
Source: `Words’ / Cornell Campbell
3 A Wonder Dub
Source: `Wonderland by Night’ / Ossie Scott
4 Ambitious Dub
Source `Good Ambition’ / Delroy Wilson
5 A Dub Groove
Source: `Get In The Groove’ / Roy Shirley
6 Sunshine Dub
Source: `Sunshine Makes Me Cry’ / Pat Kelly

Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, Carlton Barrett: Drums
Robbie Shakespear: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Willie Lingo: Rhythm Guitar
Winston Wright: Organ
Jackie Mitto: Piano
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Deadley ‘Headley’ Bennett & Vin Gordon: Trombone

Rhythms Recorded at: King Tubbys & Channel 1
Mixed at: King Tubbys Studio
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Design by: Gary@Voodoo London
Manufactured under Licence from: E. Lee
Made In the U.K.
All tracks copyright control