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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 entice 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, 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.

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.

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 that worked a great set
of Bunny Lee’s rhythms in fine style. Some of these cuts found a release
as version b-sides but many on this set were exclusive Dub Plates unreleased
until now. As Cornell Campbell says on track one of this set “King Tubby and
Bunny Lee will never run away,,,,’’

Hope you enjoy the set.


CD Track Listing
1 Never Run Away Dub
Source; Coming From The Top / Cornell Campbell
2 Natty Dread Time Dub
Source; I’m Still In Love / Queen Tiny & the Aggrovators
3 Only Lover Dub
Source; Only Lover / Cornell Campbell
4 Jah Jah Dub
Source; Jah Jah We Are Waiting For You / Johnny Clarke
5 Dub On My Pillow
Source; Tears On My Pillow / Johnny Clarke
6 Part Time Dub
Source; Babylon King Rhythm
7 Fat Dub
Source; Fat Rhythm / Zoot Sims & The Aggrovators
8 Many Rivers To Dub
Source; Many Rivers To Cross / Cornell Campbell
9 Control Your Dub
Source; Controls Your Daughters / Cornell Campbell
10 Do You Dub I
Source; Do You Love Me / Johnny Clarke
11 Peace & Love Version
Source; Peace and Love In The Ghetto / Johnny Clarke
12 Lambs Bread Herb Dub
Source; Death Trap Rhythm
13 Reggae Train Dub
Source; Mule Train Rhythm
14 Rasta De Master Dub*
Source; Jump The Fence Rhythm
15 King Tubby’s Badness Dub*
Source; Badness Rhythm
16 African Jumper Dub*
Source; African Jumper / Tommy McCook
*CD Bonus Tracks

Vinyl Track Listing
Side 1
1 Never Run Away Dub
Source: Coming From The Top / Cornell Campbell
2 Natty Dread Time Dub
Source: I’m Still In Love / Queen Tiny & the Aggrovators
3 Only Lover Dub
Source: Only Lover / Cornell Campbell
4 Jah Jah Dub
Source: Jah Jah We Are Waiting For You / Johnny Clarke
5 Dub On My Pillow
Source: Tears On My Pillow / Johnny Clarke
6 Part Time Dub
Source: Babylon King Rhythm
7 Fat Dub
Source: Fat Rhythm / Zoot Sims & The Aggrovators

Side 2
1 Many Rivers To Dub
Source: Many Rivers To Cross / Cornell Campbell
2 Control Your Dub
Source: Control Your Daughters / Cornell Campbell
3 Do You Dub I
Source: Do You Love Me / Johnny Clarke
4 Peace & Love Version
Source: Peace and Love In The Ghetto / Johnny Clarke
5 Lambs Bread Herb Dub
Source: Death Trap Rhythm
6 Reggae Train Dub
Source: Mule Train Rhythm

Musicians Include:
Sly Bunbar, Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Willie Lingo: Rhythm Guitar
Winston Wright: Organ
Jackie Mittoo: Piano
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Deadly ‘Headley’ Bennett, Vin Gordon: Trombone

Recorded at: Harry J’s, Randys Stuido 17, Dynamic and King Tubbys
Mixed by: King Tubbys Studio
Produced by: Bunny Lee, Count Shelly & Friends
Photography by: Bunny Lee
Design by: Gary@ Voodoo London
Manufactured under Licence from: E. Lee