Various Artists

Pressure Sounds * PS62 * 2009

Once Upon A Time At King Tubbys

Once Upon A Time At King Tubbys

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“All of those things happened up at Tubby’s” Bunny Lee

‘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 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 characters who all helped the drama to unfold. Bunny ‘Striker' Lee was the catalyst that started this particular schism and the producer of all but one of the tracks.

Ever the entrepreneur ‘Striker' hit the musical jackpot once again as he goaded both artists into making 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 an opportunity to enter the fray. Johnny Clarke, Dirty Harry and Prince Far I also make cameo appearances.

Insults and ‘head’ games are nothing new in Jamaican music but this album is the first to ever compile all the tracks from one of the best examples ever of these feuds here remastered and complete with full sleeve notes featuring interviews with the main protagonists.

Reviews

format

kammmmm, Feb 25, 2009
we want it in vinyl man , in vinyl ....
peace !

Order

Gavin, Mar 02, 2009
Oh my god this is one the greatest releases of recent times. With hindsight, Jazzbo didnt stand much chance against I Roy surely the greatest of all the Jamaican Dj's

I donwloaded from itunes so dont have the sleevenotes. Why is "Gal Boy I Roy" placed before "Jazzbo have fe run"? Didn't this tune follow the I Roy tune? And didnt padlock follow "Gal Boy I Roy"?

Gavin

once upon a time at tubby's

Chris, Mar 18, 2009
A real collector's item - unfortunately only on CD release. It's a pity...
But nonetheless: A great and unique compilation, broadcasted on BFBS 20 years ago with bunny lee at rodigan's rockers.
Jazzbo and I-Roy ride some of the nicest Bunny Lee riddims from the mid-70s - flying cymbals time!
Good job, Pressure Sounds!

we want it in vinyl man , in vinyl ....

Mylord sound Israel, Apr 27, 2009
Jah know, what a wicked piece of album

Straight to DJ Head..

Relaxo (myspace.com/relaxadub), Apr 27, 2009
It's a high time that someone (namely the Pressure Sounds crew) took charge and re-issued this classic feud! I'd have to agree w/ Kamm, however, and plead for a vinyl format release. Didn't this arguement end up with Jazzbo getting chased out into the street and haffi hide underneath a bus?

~Classic!

paul, Jun 08, 2009
any chance of this on vinyl it would be appreciated

once upon a time at king tubbys

paul, Jun 20, 2009
at last reissued but could it be put on vinyl please,i am buying a cd player for the first time due to this being pressed thanks

Vinyl

James W, Oct 08, 2009
Please can we have a vinyl release?!

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reggae tone, Jan 25, 2013
please could we have it on vinyl

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