Very few people would deny that I Roy was the best dressed DJ to burst out of the Jamaican
music scene in the early 1970's. Sartorially speaking but also vocally. His well educated
wordings and cleaver use of stories made the listener not only walk away with a great vibe
in his head but also leave a little something to think about after the initial rush of the tune
had settled down.

I Roy (born Roy Ried 1944, St Thomas, Jamaica) had initially found work in the Customs
Department of the Jamaican Civil Service, but at the turn of the 1970's, found his vocal talents
being appreciated on the Sound Systems in and around the Kingston area. Beginning with the
'Sons Junior' System before moving over to its bigger rival 'Ruddy's Supreme Ruler of Sound',
who also worked out of the same Spanish Town district. A district that would soon be I Roy's
new home and would lead to meeting a fellow Spanish Town dweller, producer Harry Mudie
with whom he would cut his musical teeth. Spurred on by fellow DJ U Roy, a man that would
be indelibly linked to I Roy not only by name but also occupation and hs recent vinyl success.
I Roy entered the studio and cut among others 'Musical Pleasure', 'Heart Don't Leap' and 'Drifter'.

Opportunity can make things happen and when U Roy was away on tour in the UK, King Tubby's
Home Town HI - FI Sound System was missing his on - mic duties. An introduction from another
producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee would lead to another match made in heaven when I Roy took hold
of Tubby's Sound System and rocked the town. I Roy's debut album was cut with producer Gussie
Clarke 'Gussie Presenting I Roy', but such was the demand for his talents, he would through the
1970's cutting tracks with all the great producers of the time.

We pick up the story with the producer that has worked with I Roy the most through the DJ
phenomenon Mr Bunny Lee. Having set in place I Roy with the great King Tubby, getting him
into the studio was the next obvious step. A new genre was born when I Roy warming up for a
vocal showdown had spotted singer Prince Jazzbo walking into the studio and had dropped
the line ''Jazzbo, man if you were a juke box I wouldn't put a dime into your slot ''. A funny off the
cuff spar, that would later get a release as 'Straight To Jazzbo Head' (also included on this release)
and head a flurry of bragging cuts and somewhere to let off some vocal steam.

We have compiled some of I Roy's finest moments so you can enjoy his vocal dexterity for
yourself, remember listen to that lyric not only are they quick, tuneful and tight.

They all tell a story worth listening to......


CD Track Listing

1. HARD BUD FI DEAD
2. TOTAL TOGETHERNESS
3. SADDLE UP YOUR SCATE
4. HEAVIER THAN LEAD
5. MUSICAL EXPLOSION
6. GIVE THANKS TO JAH
7. STRAIGHT TO JAZZBO HEAD
8. CITY SLICKER
9. MUSICAL FEAST
10. THE DUKE
11. EQUALITY
12.TOPIC OF THE DAY
13. STICK AROUND
14. WORDS OF WISDOM
15. SET ME FREE•
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. HARD BUD FI DEAD
2. TOTAL TOGETHERNESS
3. SADDLE UP YOUR SCATE
4. HEAVIER THAN LEAD
5. MUSICAL EXPLOSION
6. GIVE THANKS TO JAH
7. STRAIGHT TO JAZZBO HEAD

Side 2

1. CITY SLICKER
2. MUSICAL FEAST
3. THE DUKE
4. EQUALITY
5. TOPIC OF THE DAY
6. STICK AROUND
7. WORDS OF WISDOM


Musicians Include:
Carlton 'Santa' Davis, Sly Dunbar, Carlton Barrett: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare, 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: Tenor Saxophone
Lennox Brown: Alto Saxophone

Recorded at: Harry J's, Randy's Studio 17 & Channel 1
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Design by: Voodoo London
Photography: Bunny Lee / Jah Floyd Archive
Manufactored under licence from E.Lee