In this section you will find sessions from the true foundation sound systems
Black Harmony Hi Fi Kingston 1977
Earth Sounds International Hi Fi, College Common, University of West Indies, Kingston 1980
*Many thanks to "New World Sounds" from DHR for the additional info on this sound system and the original upload.*
Echotone Hi Fi – Harbour View, St Andrew, 1978
Echo Vibration Hi Fi Ochi Rios 1980
Kenyatta special featuring two dances from 1979.....
**Sound Quality is not great on these**
Kenyatta Hi Fi Western Kingston 1979
Kenyatta Hi Fi Kingston 1979
King Tubby’s Home Town Hi Fi – Kingston, circa June 1975
“There was an air of great excitement around 1998 when rumours that an actual recording of the legendary Home Town Hi Fi was to see the light of day, almost 25 years after the event. Long time sound tape collector Dave Brown was the man responsible for sharing this treasure with the reggae world.
Not surprisingly the recording quality was not the greatest, with the speed varying throughout the C60. However Jayman managed to rectify that situation and made the audio clear enough to enjoy the mighty sound of King Tubby’s as it was in 1975.
We will probably never know if the man himself was selecting the music, but whoever it was they had some heavy dubplates and serious tunes from the likes of Horace Andy, Cornell Campbell, Johnny Clarke. Bob Marley’s “So Jah Say” is also dropped, maybe even suggesting that the date is even earlier than 1975. Unmistakably it’s U.Roy holding the microphone, introducing the tracks and interjecting here and there, while the hit tunes of the day pound out of the Tubby’s speakers and rock the dancers feet.
This valuable recording is the reggae equivalent of an important dinosaur fossil find… and a major part of Jamaica’s musical history.”
Timeline created by Nicholas in Switzerland and additional info by Dave Home. Posted on Blood & Fire forum
1 Horace Andy ... Something On My Mind (Studio 1) 2:14
2 Horace Andy ... I'll Be Gone (Studio 1) 2:39
3 Horace Andy ... Love Of A Woman (Studio 1) 3:36
4 Horace Andy ... It’s Gonna Be Dread 2:45
5 Upsetters/King Tubby's ... Spanglers Clap 4:36
6 Announcement 0:16
7 Cornell Campbell ... Dance In A Greenwich Farm 4:33
8 Aggrovators/King Tubby's ... "Riddim Section" (to Dance In A Greenwich Farm) 2:45
9 Announcement 0:20
10 Bob Marley ... So Jah Say 4:53
11 Burning Spear ... Ethiopians Live It Out (Version) (Studio 1) 2:08
12 Announcement 0:16
13 Johnny Clarke ... Everyday Wandering (Version) 3:53
14 Abyssinians(/King Tubby's) ... Issat (Satta Riddim) 3:41
15 Horace Andy ... Ain't No Sunshine 2:21
16 Jacob Miller ... False Rasta (Ain't No Sunshine riddim) 2:50
17 "Part 3" (Ain't No Sunshine riddim) 2:17
18 Cornell Campbell ... Queen Of The Minstrels 3:14
19 Cornell Campbell ... Stars 3:21
20 Studio 1 Dub ... Fight To The Top Riddim 3:12
21 Studio 1 Dub ... Party Time Riddim 2:56
22 Studio 1 Dub ... Pretty Looks Riddim 1:20
King Tubbys Hometown Hi Fi, East Queens Street, Kingston 197?
“Once again, courtesy of Canada's Dave Brown we get another rare recording. It is the second King Tubby’s tape to surface and this time the quality is better. The difficulty here is pinpointing the exact year of this historic recording. The tape was dated 1976 but we reckon it could be even earlier.
The venue is East Queen Street in Downtown Kingston and King Tubby's mighty sound system is in full control. Dennis Walks perennial favourite 'Drifter' starts the tape followed by some pounding Tubby versions. The Godfather of all deejays U.Roy, with his quick jive talking takes over on combination four. Next Tubby runs what sounds like an I.Roy dub plate over the 'Satta' riddim, followed by heavy dub to 'Three Blind Mice' with U.Roy stating that the "King's sound leads the way" Selection turns over to Studio One style with a youthful Jacob Miller's 'Love Is A Message' over which the DJ Daddy sends his own musical message. 'Tubby’s is our name, and music is our game'.
Further Studio One cuts by Horace Andy and Nana McLean follow with matching dubs. U.Roy doesn't crowd the versions too much, leaving the Kings pounding dubs to mash up the venue. This tape although only 40 minutes long, is an another important jigsaw piece in the history of reggae music.”
Another Jayman restoration...
Thanks to Dave Brown & Sankofa for this one......
Another Jayman restoration....
Another Jayman restoration....
Lord Tippatone Hi Fi, Jamaica 1978
Prince Jammys - Kingston, circa 1975
Operator: Prince Jammy.
“Lloyd James better known in the seventies as Prince Jammys returned to Jamaica in 1975 after residing in Canada for a number of years. This vintage tape features two deejays which could be U.Brown and Ranking Trevor. It is very difficult to say precisely. One of them could even be the deejay Carly, who was one of Jammy's earliest toasters.
Like almost all of these early dancehall cassettes they were taped from the crowd and not through the amps. The sound quality of this recording, although atmospheric, is often distorted particularly when the bass is pounding. A couple of Treasure Isle dubs, including the popular 'Travelling Man' by The Techniques, leads into The Gladiators Studio One cut of “Roots Natty”, which is announced as brand new. A Burning Spear selection follows with 'Old Marcus Garvey' and 'The Invasion' on which the deejay reminds the crowd to humble themselves.
U.Brown must have been present as an announcement tells him to report to the control tower. Once again Studio One features with Horace Andy's 'Just Say Who' and 'Love Of A Woman' with Jammy’s running the versions with some deejay chat interjected from time to time. This is oldest known recording of one of the most famous sounds in Ja history.”
Prince Jammys Hi Fi - Waterhouse, Kingston 11, 1980
Featuring: Kojak, Bobby Ranks, Louie Dread, Echo Minott, Jah Thunder, Papa Ruff
Selector - Danny Dread
"This a recorded in the dance sound tape featuring the great Prince Jammy's from 1980 on home turf in Waterhouse. Entertainers in the area include Louie Dread, Papa Ruff, Jah Bobby Ranks, Kojak, Echo Minott and Jah Thunder. Is that legendary selector Danny Dread taking the microphone just after the hour mark? Maybe. However it's his selection of tunes from the likes of Dennis Brown and Tony Tuff that makes this session entertaining."
Prince Jammys Hi Fi - Waltham Park, Kingston 11, June 1981
Featuring: Nicodemus, Ranking Toyan, Little John, Errol Shorter, Eek A Mouse, Lee Van Cliff
Selector - Danny Dread
“A year has moved on and the line up on Jammy’s has changed significantly. Nicodemus and Ranking Toyan are moving with the sound and “Papa Jammy’s Hi Fi” are getting ever more popular. Danny Dread is still selecting and he draws some massive Wailing Soul tunes like “Kingdom Rise, Kingdom Fall” and their Waterhouse anthem “Firehouse Rock”. This recording includes a rare appearance from the late deejay Errol Shorter and cameos from Eek A Mouse and youngster Little John doing his “What Is Catty”.
Prince Jammys Hi Fi - 82 Chisholm Avenue, Kingston 13, July 1981
Featuring: Nicodemus, Jah Thomas, Ranking Toyan
Selector - Danny Dread
“Over a selection largely made up of Tony Tuff, Mighty Diamonds, Nicodemus toasts in his distinctive way through pieces like “Rain A Fall”, “As I Trod Along”, “Who God Bless” and his take on Eek’s biggie “Wa Do Dem”. Briefly Toyan chants down the “Heathen” and Jah Thomas rocks in the “DJ Jamboree,” but for the best part of this crisp sounding “ghettoblaster” recording, it’s Father Demus controlling things here. As he says “Papa Jammy’s Haffe Conquer”.
Ray Symbolic Hi Fi - Bionic Club, 38 Hagley Park Road, Kingston 1977
Ranking Joe, Ranking Buckers?, Jah Mikey?
Selector – Jah Screw
“The session was held at Hagley Park Road’s Bionic Club and features “the number one sound in the world” Ray Symbolic. There seems to be a number of toasters on this taped in the dance recording but it is difficult to pinpoint who they are. The possibilities include Ranking Buckers and Jah Mikey but nothing is definite. However one thing is certain though, this is probably the earliest recording of the long running partnership that was deejay Ranking Joe and selector Jah Screw. Ranking Joe and others can be heard over Screw’s vintage selections of the day, including Horace Andy, Johnny Clarke and Dennis Brown. Joe rides a steppers cut of Brown’s “What About The Half” for his “Old King Cole” while another deejay (Buckers?) is “Stepping Out A Babylon” over some heavy cuts of Horace’s “Love Of A Woman”. Another old time classic.”
Ray Symbolic - 82 Chisholm Avenue, Whitfield Town, Kingston, 1980.
Featuring: Ranking Joe, Lui Lepki
Selector: Jah Screw.
“The deejay/selector combination of Ranking Joe and Jah Screw were at their peak around the late seventies and early eighties. Firstly with the original King Sturgav and, as featured here, with the Ray Symbolic sound. Ranking Joe 'steps it in a Chisholm Ave', displaying his trademark quick talking style, as Jah Screw draws musical selections from the likes of Barrington Levy, Horace Andy, and in particular Sugar Minott. Dollars is the topic for his 'Money Man Skank' and he warns about 'Fussing And Fighting' over Sugar's 'Jah Shakey' cut 'Jah Jah Children. Towards the end of this rare tape, frequent dancehall performer Lui Lepki joins the proceeding urging “Jah Children” to unite. Not long after this session Ray Symobolic, with Screw and Joe become the first Jamaican sound to tour England in August 1980. The three month stay was a great success, but tragically in November, shortly after their return to Jamaica, the sounds owner Ray Symbolic was killed in a Kingston car crash.”
Ray Symbolic Bali Hai, Streatham July 1980
Featuring: Ranking Joe
Selector: Jah Screw
This tape is marked Ray Symbolic vs. Coxsone but it’s Daddy Symbolic all the way and they really do treat the UK massive to some real musical treats.
Ray Symbolic Hi Fi vs Frontline International Bali Hai 11-8-1980
Soul To Soul Hi Fi Burnt Savanna, St Elizabeth 1980
Soul To Soul @ Lovebird Club, Thompson Park, Spanish Town circa 1979