King Tubby Lost Treasures King Tubby and Dub go together like Matt Ward and eccentric eyewear. Born Osborne Ruddock in Kingston in 1941, he grew up around High Holborn Street in Kingston, before moving to the new Waterhouse district in 1955. His electronic genius grew from working and fixing radios and TV sets. A natural progression led to working with amplifiers, and starting his own sound system, ‘Tubby’s Home Town Hi-Fi’. A very competitive games in the late 60’s - You were only as good as the EXCLUSIVE records you played. Tubby discovered during his time cutting discs for Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle set up, that by dropping vocals/instruments in and out of the backing tracks, you could invent new versions of existing old tunes. These early versions tried and tested on his sound system went down so well that he invested in a four track mixing console with delay echo effects, sliders and phasing units and so began King Tubby’s ‘Studio Of Dub’ at 18 Drummlie Avenue, Kinston 11 , Jamaica...his home. This is where all the producers would bring their tracks for Tubby to put his magic over. Most tracks that came out in Jamaica from here on in would carry a ‘Version’ on it’s B- Side more than likely a Tubby Dub. One of the producers who used him the most was Bunny Striker Lee, who’s labels Jackpot, Justice and Attack all carried Tubby’s mixes/versions on their flip sides. This collection, taken from original master tapes, showcases tracks you may know, but not in this radical form. So sit back and enjoy the dub master at work. Jamaican Recordings LP
King Tubby Hometown Hi-Fi Dubplate Specials 1975-79 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 intice the dance's audience. Here's a collection of those 'specials' from a real fertile period of his career, the mid-late 70's. Jamaican Recordings CD | LP
DJ Rupture / Sister Nancy / Kid 606 Little More Oil 1. A Little More Oil (Slip And Slide Mix) 2. A Little More Oil (Taking Over Venezuela To Fuel Our SUVs Mix) 3. A Little More Oil (Reggaeton Mix) 4. A Little More Oil (Waiting For Joel Mix) Soul Jazz Records 12"
King Tubby / The Aggrovators Dubbing In The Back Yard An overlooked slice of early eighties dub from Striker Lee which was actually mixed by Prince Jammy in some of his last sessions from Tubby's studio. An all star cast of musicians, engineers and producers ensued, probably because word got round that Channel 4 were in town to record the JA doc - 'Deep Roots Music'. Sly & Robbie, Jackie Mitoo, Winston Wright, Aston Barrett - practically everyone got involved! There's dubs from Delroy Wilson's "Go Away Dream" along with dubs to tunes by Cornell Campbell, Jackie Edwards and Johnny Clarke. Pressure Sounds LP