King Jammy is perhaps best known for evolving reggae to the digital sound that ruled
the 1980’s.But his roots stem back to the analogue age of the 1970’s working alongside
King Tubby in those heady days when the King was still Prince Jammy, and the sounds
made were Roots, Rock Reggae .....

[ Born, Lloyd James. 1947. Montego Bay, Jamaica ] Jammy’s family moved to the
Waterhouse district of Kingston Jamaica in 1956. Like King Tubby who would become
his mentor,his connection to music grew through the building of amplifiers and repairing
of electrical equipment. He had his first sound system ‘Jammy’s Hi - Fi’, up and running
by 1962 and in the years that followed would see his amps used on the up and coming
local Sound Systems like ‘El Toro’,’Lord Kelly’ and ‘Emperor Faith’.

Word soon got around to King Tubby that Jammy had a talent with electronics and as
they were nearly neighbours, Tubby would have him over to his yard repairing various
pieces of equipment.The early 1970’s saw Jammy leave Jamaica for what initially was
to be a few weeks trip to Canada,but this was to last 5 years.He continued his involvement
in music and worked with various Sound Systems in Canada, and kept in regular
correspondence with King Tubby over the musical happenings in Kingston, Jamaica.

His return in 1975 coincided with Phillip Smart,who was King Tubbys main engineer
and his emigration to NewYork. Jammy was offered and then took the permanent job that
at the time was being filled by the singer Pat Kelly. This would begin the many sessions
that took place atTubby’s 4 track studio at his house, 18 Dromilly Avenue, with Jammy
at the desk. He learned his craft during those prolific times, working on the numerous
sessions where Tubby trusting Jammys judgment ,would often leave him to run the desk.
One of these first sessions was with Producer Bunny Lee,another great influence,
who would give him his monicker, Prince Jammy.

During this time Jammy was also building a studio at his house, 38 St. Lucia, a stones
throw from Dromilly Avenue, he started his own label in 1978, under the name Jammy’s.
Its first release would be Black Uhuru’s,’Natural Mystic’. His knowledge of the Sound
Systems in Kingston, meant that he was aware of new and upcoming music and would
see him working with such local talent as Half Pint, Echo Minott, Junior Reid and Anthony
Johnson to name but a few.Jammys star was rising with many hits under his musical belt.
But it would explode in 1985 when he cut a track with another local called Wayne Smith.
The track would be called ‘Under me Sleng Teng’.Built on a computerised rhythm, it would
change the sound of reggae for the whole of the1980’s. When digital tunes ruled the dance
floor and Prince Jammy would be crowned King Jammy for the rest of the decade.

But on this release we are going to concentrate on Jammy’s recordings cut in the late 1970’s
when analogue was still the dominant sound.Although his work at King Tubbys is where he
cut his musical teeth.Tubbys studio was mainly used for voicing tracks over already recorded
rhythms and cutting the dubs.So when Jammy wanted to cut a fresh rhythm with a band he
mainly used the Channel 1 Studio, which was the studio of choice at the time.

We have hand picked some of Jammy’s finest recordings focussing on work he carried out
at the mighty Channel 1 studios.A fine selection of cuts that when listened to, show how so
many hits from the time were from the great mans stable.Such roots classics as Anthony
Johnson's ’More Love in the City’,King Everald's heart felt ‘Life can be Easy’, and Junior
Reid's massive ‘No Darkness Tonight’, are featured here,alongside Dennis Browns
‘Them Fight I’. Which seem to work beside Echo Minott's ‘Bad Company’, Half Pints
‘Money in the Bank’ and Puddy Roots ‘Went Down Town’. A wicked choice of tracks
from one of Jamaica's top producers long may he reign......


CD Track Listing

1. More Love in the City - Anthony Johnson
(A. Johnson) Copyright Control
2. Life Can Be Easy - King Everald
(K. Everald) Copyright Control
3. No Darkness Tonight - Junior Reid
(J. Reid) Copyright Control
4. Them Fight I - Dennis Brown
(D. Brown) Dennis Brown Music Greensleeves Publishing
5. Come Along - Wayne Smith*
(I. Smith/L. James/W. Riley) Copyright Control Greensleeves Publishing/Westbury Music
6. Not For Sale - Sugar Minott
(S. Minott) EMI United Partnership Ltd
7. Bad Company - Echo Minott & Wayne Smith
(I. Smith/E. Minott) Copyright Control
8. Went Down Town - Puddy Roots
(P. Roots) Copyright Control
9. Yah Wi Deh - Anthony Johnson
(A. Johnson) Copyright Control
10. Money in the Bank - Half Pint
(L. Roberts/L. James Snr) Greensleeves Publishing
11. Conscience Speaks - Black Crucial
(L. James/Black Crucial) Greensleeves Publishing
12. Take You To the Dance - Pad Anthony
(L. Roberts/L. James Snr) Greensleeves Publishing
13. Learn Fi Drive - Early B
(O. Neil/S. Dumbar/R. Shakespeare) Ixat Music
14. Just Cool - Mighty Rudo
(S. Harriott/L. James Snr) Greensleeves Publishing
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. More Love in the City - Anthony Johnson
(A. Johnson) Copyright Control
2. Life can be Easy - King Everald
(K. Everald) Copyright Control
3. No Darkness Tonight - Junior Reid
(J. Reid) Copyright Control
4. Them Fight I - Dennis Brown
(D. Brown) Dennis Brown Music Greensleeves Publishing
5. Not For Sale - Sugar Minott
(S. Minott) EMI United Partnership Ltd
6. Bad Company - Echo Minott & Wayne Smith
(I. Smith/E. Minott) Copyright Control

Side 2
1. Went Down Town - Puddy Roots
(P. Roots) Copyright Control
2. Yah Wi Deh - Anthony Johnson
(A. Johnson) Copyright Control
3. Money in the Bank - Half Pint
(L. Roberts/L. James Snr) Greensleeves Publishing
4. Conscience Speaks - Black Crucial
(L. James/Black Crucial) Greensleeves Publishing
5. Take You To the Dance - Pad Anthony
(L. Roberts/L. James Snr) Greensleeves Publishing
6. Learn Fi Drive - Early B
(O. Neil/S. Dumbar/R. Shakespeare) Ixat Music
7. Just Cool - Mighty Rudo
(S. Harriott/L. James Snr) Greensleeves Publishing


Musicians Include:
Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, Sly Dunbar: Drums.
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Tony Asher: Guitar.
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass.
Keith Sterling, Jackie Mittoo: Piano.
Winston Wright: Organ.
Zoot ‘Scully’ Simms, Sticky: Percussion

Recorded at: Channel 1,School Studios.
Produced by: King Jammy.
Design by: H. Cassell at Voodoo London.
Photography: Jah Floyd Archive.
Manufactured under License from King Jammy.
Made in England.