Once Upon A Time At King Tubbys
Pressure Sounds
July 25, 2009

King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Once Upon a Time At King Tubby's Track list
  1. Johnny Clarke - Dou You Love Me
  2. I Roy - Straight To Jazzbo's Head
  3. King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Version
  4. Prince Jazzbo - Straight To I Roy's Head
  5. King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Version
  6. I Roy - Padlock
  7. The Revolutionaries - Padlock Version
  8. Prince Jazzbo - Gal Boy I Roy
  9. King Tubby & The Aggrovators - The Roots Of Dub
  10. I Roy - Jazzbo Have Fe Run
  11. King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Version
  12. Derrick Morgan - I Roy The Chiney Commer Around
  13. King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Straight To I Roy's Big Mouth
  14. I Roy - Straight To Derrick Morgan's Head
  15. King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Straight To Trico Lee's Head
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Fueds have been part of Jamaica's musical history since the 1950s, when legendary sound-system pioneer Duke Reid went viciously sound-to-sound with Studio One's Coxsone Dodd. And while feuds, from Derrick Morgan vs Prince Buster, I Roy vs Prince Jazzbo, Super Cat vs. Shabba Ranks, Stitchie vs. Papa San, Bounty Killer vs. Beenie Man to Aidonia vs. Busy Signal, were once entirely lyrical, that's no longer always true (think Vybz Kartel vs Ninjaman at Sting in 2003).

Perhaps the most celebrated fued of all musical feuds was that between the deejays I Roy and Prince Jazzbo that took place between 1975 and 1976. None of the numerous Bunny "Striker" Lee produced deejay hits created more excitement than the series of feuding 45s from these two already established deejays. Prince Jazzbo had already managed to upset Big Youth with his single "Concubine Donkey" wherein he'd portrayed young women in a less than flattering light, which Big Youth responded to with "African Daughters", and an incident went down when Big Youth's associate Trevor "Leggo" Douglas physically attacked Prince Jazzbo outside Randy's on North Parade, allegedly forcing him into the street and chasing him under a bus.

The leading producer of the mid-70s, Bunny "Striker" Lee, a friend of both I Roy and Prince Jazzbo, encouraged the already well-established I Roy to voice "Straight To Jazzbo's Head" on his production of Johnny Clarke's cover of John Holt's "Do You Love Me", and then invited Prince Jazzbo for a response -- "Straight To I Roy's Head" over a version of John Holt's slow burner "A Love I Can Feel" -- and what had begun as a joke grew into an entire series of 7" singles that set the Jamaican recording scene alight. Things got a little more personal when I Roy voiced "Jazzbo Have Fe Run", which made fun of Prince Jazzbo for being hit by a bus when he got attacked by Trevor "Leggo" Douglas. Prince Jazzbo responded with "Gal Boy I Roy", which I Roy retorted with "Padlock", a song that recounts I Roy's attempts to wake up 'Princess Jazzbo'.

This historical feud had also a bit of side action. I Roy had voiced "Padlock" at Channel One, King Tubby's competitor at that time, and Bunny "Striker" Lee wasn't having the record. So he recruited Derrick Morgan, the veteran of a feud with Prince Buster, to voice "I Roy The Chiney Commer Around", which called into question I Roy's fealty to his own blackness on account of his decision to record with the Chinese Jamaican Hoo Kim brothers, who ran Channel One. To demonstrate that the battle remained good natured, I Roy recorded his response to Derrick Morgan -- the blind Bartimaeus as I Roy calls him -- at King Tubby's Waterhouse studio. The resulting track, "Straight To Derrick Morgan's Head", remains the devastatingly funny exclamation point that ended the feud.

"Once Upon A Time At King Tubbys", featuring many now sought-after 45s, captures from start to finish the full story of the most well known feud in Reggae history in which Prince Jazzbo came off the worse in the exchanges with I Roy. It's a great compilation set with all the feud's tracks followed by their Tubby's dub versions, and furthermore also including the Johnny Clarke single "Do You Love Me". Hilarious stuff with insults and slights thrown in all directions. Not to be missed!