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3658Musical feuds and ‘head’ games are nothing new in Jamaican music: in fact the fierce rivalry involved between sound systems in keeping one step ahead of the opposition had given birth to the Kingston recording scene in the late fifties. There has been a long history of sniping, back biting and good (sometimes not so good) natured banter ever since … much of which took place on record rather than off the record.

“Once Upon A Time At King Tubby’s” captures from start to finish the full story of the most well known, and certainly the wittiest, of all the wars of words that the highly competitive Kingston recording scene has ever produced. I Roy and Prince Jazzbo were the principal players aided and abetted along the way by an assorted bunch of onlookers and minor players who all helped the drama to unfold. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee was the catalyst that started this schism and the producer of all but one of the tracks.

“So Jazzbo came and he couldn’t do the tune and I Roy came back and said ‘Jazzbo man if you was a jukebox I wouldn’t put a dime into your slot’ and I said ‘Tubbs take this!’ so I Roy said he was ready to voice the tune now and I said ‘Oh no, no, no! It’s voiced already’ … so I put out the tune.” Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee

Ever the entrepreneur ‘Striker’ hit the musical jackpot once again as he goaded both artists into making more records that went ‘straight to the head’. What had begun as a joke grew into an entire series of seven inch singles that set the Jamaican recording scene alight in the mid seventies.

All but one of the tracks on this set were voiced and mixed at King Tubby’s Waterhouse studio. I Roy voiced “Padlock” at Channel One “because the competition a get so crabbit” and this gave veteran vocalist Derrick Morgan the opportunity to enter the fray and Johnny Clarke, Dirty Harry and Prince Far I all make cameo appearances. Top session players The Aggrovators provide the musical backing. Brilliant mixing throughout by King Tubby and some of the wittiest put downs ever committed to vinyl make this an exceptional Pressure Sounds release. This is the first time ever that the legendary saga has been compiled in its entirety on one essential release and the usual extensive, informative sleeve notes and great graphics combine to make this an instant classic.


01. Do You Love Me? – Johnny Clarke
02. Straight To Jazzbo’s Head – I Roy
03. Version – King Tubby & The Aggrovators
04. Straight To I Roy’s Head – Prince Jazzbo
05. Version – King Tubby & The Aggrovators
06. Padlock – I Roy
07. Padlock Version – The Revolutionaries
08. Gal Boy I Roy – Prince Jazzbo
09. The Roots Of Dub – King Tubby & The Aggrovators
10. Jazzbo Have Fe Run – I Roy
11. Version – King Tubby & The Aggrovators
12. I Roy The Chiney Commer Around – Derrick Morgan
13. Straight To I Roy’s Big Mouth – King Tubby & The Aggrovators
14. Straight To Derrick Morgan’s Head – I Roy
15. Straight To Trico Lee’s Head – King Tubby & The Aggrovators

The album VariousOnce Upon A Time At King Tubby’s” (Pressure Sounds) is going to be released March 6, 2009.

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