King Tubby - Hometown Hi-Fi Dubplate Specials 1975-1979


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Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 28th January 1941 and grew up in the High Holborn Street area of downtown Kingston. He studied electronics at Kingston’s National Technical College and also on two correspondence courses from the U.S.A. When he had qualified Tubby began repairing radios and other electrical appliances in a shack in the back yard of his mother’s home. His work in the early days included winding transformers and building amplifiers for Kingston’s Sound Systems. Tubby built his first Sound System in 1957 playing jazz and Rhythm & Blues at local weddings and birthday parties. His reputation as a man who knew and understood both electronics and music grew steadily and as the sixties drew to a close. Tubby purchased his own basic two track equipment. He installed this alongside his dub cutting machine, a homemade mixing console and his impressive collection of jazz albums in the back bedroom of his home at 18 Dromilly Avenue, which he christened his music room. 
King Tubby’s Hometown Hi-Fi became one the great sound systems in Jamaica, and it also proved a fantastic outlet for the dubplate specials cut at Tubby’s studio, providing exclusive cuts to be played out and to entice the dance’s audience. The tracks at the time were mainly cut over producer Bunny ’Striker’ Lee rhythms, that Bunny stored at Tubby’s studio (which was, in fact, his home, 18 Drumilly Avenue, Kingston, Jamaica). The versions were given exclusive plays at Tubby’s Homwtown Hi-Fi before some of them found their way on to vinyl, as the b-side version its a-side vocal, and proved so popular that many records were brought for the version side over its vocal counterpart. 



  1. Dub of Rights (Johnny Clarke - Declaration of Rights) 
  2. Higher Ranking (Johnny Clarke - Top Ranking) 
  3. Stalawatt Version (Cornell Campbell - The StalA-O-Watt) 
  4. King Tubby’s In Fine Style (Ronnie Davis - Power Of Love) 
  5. African Sounds (Johnny Clarke - African People) 
  6. Channel One Under Heavy Manners (Leroy Smart - Pumps And Pride) 
  7. Channel Get Knockout (Johnny Clarke - Girl I Love You) 
  8. The Champion Version (Johnny Clarke - King Of The Arena) 
  9. Stealing Version (Johnny Clarke - Stealing Stealing) 
  10. Satta Dread Dub (Wayne Jarret - Satta Dread) 
  11. Crazy Dub (Johnny Clarke - Crazy Baldhead) 
  12. Dreada Version (Johnny Clarke - Dread A Dread) 
  13. No Love Version (Leroy Smart - No Love) 



also available: 
King Tubby - The Roots Of Dub   LP | CD 
King Tubby - Dub From The Roots   LP | CD 


see also: 
Bunny Lee - The Creation Of Dub   LP | CD 
Cornell Campbell - Greenwich Farm Sessions   LP 
Augustus Pablo - Rockers At King Tubby’s   LP | CD 
Augustus Pablo Meets King Tubby - The Messenger   LP | CD 


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