The mighty U Roy is the originator, the man who put the DJ phenomenon on the map
and made it an artform. From Kingston Jamaica to the corners of all the Dancefloors,
Clubs and Sound Systems across the world. U Roy (B. Ewart Beckford, 1942, Kingston,
Jamaica) began his musical career spinning records for Doctor Dickies Sound System
way back in 1961. The mid sixties saw him working for Sir George The Atomic before
moving in 1967 to the man who best shaped his sound King Tubby on his Home Town
HI - FI. Tubbys work in the dub field, dropping out vocals on his versions for the Sound
Systems allowed U Roy to voice over these spaces adding to the excitment of the Dance!!!

U Roy moved into the recording arena firstly cutting two disc's for Producer Lee Perry
'Earths Rightful Ruler' and 'OK Corral' and then following this with 'Dynamic Fashion Way'
and 'Riot' for Producer Keith Hudson. Producer Duke Reid seeing the protential in this
new found form brought U Roy to his Treasure Isle Studios to voice over his back catalogue
of Rocksteady Hits. His first three releases for Duke Reid 'Wake The Town', 'Rule The Nation'
and 'Wear You To The Ball' held the Top 3 positions for 12 weeks in early 1970's.

We have compiled some of U Roy's best loved cuts from his mid 70's period when all were
still looking at him for guidence. The opening cut Call On Me sees him working over
Delroy Wilson's 'Got To Be There'. You Never Get Away gets U Roy answering Delroy
Wison's 'Keep On Rocking'. Johnny Clarke's 'Time Gonna Tell' with rootsy bassline turns
into Every Knee Shall Bow. Cornell Campbell the Gorgon himself gets his 'Check Mr Morgon'
turned into Gorgon Wise. Johnny Clarke's Hold On gets reworked. Jeff Barnes
'Blowing In The Wind' tuned into Number 1 and alongside King of The Road which sees
Lennox Brown blow his saxophone over the instrumental 'In The Swing of Things', was one
of U Roys first releases. Linval Thompson's 'Let Jah Arise' is versioned to Joyful Locks.
I Originate which lends us to the title of this compilation, says it as it is, a classic built over
Dave Barker's 'Shocks of Mighty'. Linval Thompson again provides the backbone with his
Cool Down Your Temper cut for U Roys version. The mighty Burning Spear's Creation Rebel
although providing our next track, it's Johnny Clarke's version that gets worked over.
Leo Graham's 'Birds of A Feather' turns into Stick Together. Soul Syndicates instrumental
'Goliath' grows into Riot. A big hit for Max Romeo Wet Dream sounds great under U Roy's
new rendition.

Two extra tracks for the CD release of this album sees the great voice of Slim Smith on his
'Let's Stick Together' becomes ‘Ain’t To Proud To Beg’ and Cornell Campbell's 'Stand Firm'
works with U Roy to sign us off with ‘I Shall Not Remove’. A fine collection i hope you agree
to the Daddy of all DJ's who in his own words ''I Originate, so you must appreciate, while the
others got to imitate'' says it all really......


CD Track Listing

1. CALL ON ME
2. YOU NEVER GET AWAY
3. EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW
4. GORGON WISE
5. HOLD ON
6. NUMBER 1
7. JOYFUL LOCKS
8. I ORIGINATE
9. COOL DOWN YOU TEMPER
10. CREATION REBEL
11. STICK TOGETHER
12. RIOT
13. KING OF THE ROAD
14. WET DREAM
15. AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG*
16. I SHALL NOT REMOVE*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. CALL ON ME
2. YOU NEVER GET AWAY
3. EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW
4. GORGON WISE
5. HOLD ON
6. NUMBER 1
7. JOYFUL LOCKS

Side 2
1. I ORIGINATE
2. COOL DOWN YOU TEMPER
3. CREATION REBEL
4. STICK TOGETHER
5. RIOT
6. KING OF THE ROAD
7. WET DREAM


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
All Tracks Produced by: Bunny Lee
Except Tracks 1 & 2 Bunny Lee & Ainley Foller
Track 12 Bunny Lee & Keith Hudson
Track 11 Bunny Lee & Lee Perry
Photography: Bunny Lee/Jah Floyd Archive
Design by Gary @ Voodoo London
Manufactored under licence from E. Lee
Made in the U.K.
All Tracks Copyright Control