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King Jammys

The King of Computerized & Digital Dancehall, King Jammy. 20 Rare 7inch Titles from His 80's Catalog.



JAMMYS PROFILE

King Jammy
In 1985, with the appearance of Wayne Smith's 'Sleng Teng', Jamaica's dancehall floor was suddenly thrown into a wild and enthusiastic uproar. The person responsible for this 'Sleng Teng' rhythm was Lloyd James, who is now regarded as the king of Computerized, Digital reggae music for 80's. He is commonly known as King Jammy and is the owner and producer of Jammys label, which is considered one of the most influential record labels of the 80's.

He grew up in the Waterhouse area of downtown Kingston and there he found an interest in sound systems from an early age. Soon he became fascinated with electrical engineering and started to build own sound system. His profound knowledge and skills were well recognized enough to attract many local sounds who did not own their sound system. Those people even asked Jammy to build sound system equipment. In that way, he gained the reputation with his gifted talent and people did praise him by calling him "Prince Jammy" in his community.

In the early 70's, he pursued his musical career as an engineer in Canada for a few years but soon he retuned to Waterhouse, to set up his own studio at home. At this time, the Dub Master, King Tubby's number one engineer Phillip Smart, decided to work in New York and Jammy replaced him as King Tubby's apprentice for Tubby's Studio where he output some dub mixes with the acquired fine King Tubby style. By 1977, he almost exclusively made Dub at Tubby's Studio for musical giants like King Tubby, Bunny Lee, Augustus Pablo and Yabby You.

After gaining a reputation for his own sound system and his studio works, he established his King Jammys label to release his own productions in the late 70's. He produced Black Uhuru's debut album [Natural Mystic] in 1978. And singles 'Pouchie Lou', 'One In A Million' were sung by upcoming artist. Half Pint with Chinna Smith lead High Times Band. Junior Reid, who made his debut recording by the age of 13, was also at Jammys to develop and cultivate his rough vocal skills and there he released his early singles such as 'Higgler Move' and 'Boom Shack A Lack'. Other songs like 'Water Pumping' by Johnny Osbourne, 'Give The People' by Sugar Minott and 'They Fight I'by Dennis Brown are also now considered as classic foundations of the 80's dancehall.

1985 Feb 23rd, people were about to witness a historical sound clash of Prince Jammy versus Black Scorpio at Waltham Park Road. When Jammy droped Wayne Smith's '(Under Me) Sleng Teng', people danced madly to this new groove, which they never heard or experienced before. This song became a massive hit among the Jammys 80's catalogue and certainly, this 'Sleng Teng' was the first digital reggae rhythm, as a "studio band" approach to the rhythm was usual at this time. It is said that it was created unintentionally by Wayne Smith and Noel Baily while they were playing a phrase of Eddie Cochran's classic rockabilly song 'Something Else' with their new Casio keyboard. Later, the rhythm was taken to Jammys Studio where Tony Asher paced down its tempo and arranged it perfectly to come out as a dancehall rhythm.

Not only did 'Sleng Teng' suggest a new form of dancehall, it also encouraged the development of computerized reggae. After the legendary clash, many producers found its broad possibilities and a new way to produce rhythms and so they all tried to produce computerized reggae by abandoning very costly old production processes. As a result, many computerized reggae rhythms were produced and swept through the island like a storm.




KING JAMMYS DANCEHALL 1985-1989 PART 1

KING JAMMYS DANCEHALL 1985-1989 PART 1 CD : On Sale!

The "Digital Revolution" occurred in the Jamaican music industry by a single rhythm called "Sleng Teng". The responsible person for the rhythm was King Jammy who was the owner and producer of the Jammys label. The label dominated the scene between year 1985-1989 and released vast numbers of material. Dub Store Records compiles the best of the 80's heavyweight Dancehall from the Jammys catalogue. The collection consists of "Disc One: Vocals & Jeejay" and "Disc Two: Instrumental Dub Version". Each disc features popular songs and instrumental dub versions on "Hevenless", "Love Punanny Bad" and "Far East" rhythm. They also include rare collector's tunes like Anthony Johnson's 'Dancehall Vibes' and some of them are first time to appear on CD. This selection is crucial for all Dancehall lovers.



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DISC ONE: VOCALS & DEEJAYS
1. Johnny Osbourne - In The Area (What A La La)
2. Nitty Gritty - Good Morning Teacher
3. Dennis Brown - The Exit
4. Wayne Smith - My Lord My God
5. Little Kirk - Don't Touch The Crack
6. Wayne Smith - In Thing
7. Wayne Smith - Icky All Over
8. Tonto Irie - Life Story
9. Chaka Demus - Original Kuff
10. Chuck Turner - We Rule The Dancehall
11. Robert Lee - Come Now
12. Wayne Smith - E20
13. Junior Murvin - Jack Slick
14. Anthony Johnson - Dancehall Vibes
15. Eccleton Jarrett - Rock Them One By One
16. Robert Lee, Bunny General - Midnight Hour
17. Red Dragon - Jam Down Posse
18. Johnny Osbourne - We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing)
19. Leslie Thunder - Ram Dance Man
20. Robert Lee - Love Me Stylee

DISC TWO: INSTRUMENTAL DUB VERSION
1. In The Area Version
2. The Exit Version
3. Don't Touch The Crack Version
4. In Thing Version
5. Icky All Over Version
6. We Rule The Dancehall Version
7. Original Kuff Version
8. Come Now Version
9. E20 Version
10. Jack Slick Version
11. Rock Them One By One Version
12. Midnight Hour Version
13. Jam Down Posse Version
14. We Gonna Rock It Tonight Version
15. Love Me Stylee Version

Dennis Brown - The Exit

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'The Exit' by Dennis Brown is a tough song on a classic dancehall rhythm 'Screechie Across The Border', which is often regarded as one of the best 80's dancehall rhythms.
Comparing to its original – 'Screechie Across The Border' by Courtney Melody, it sounds a little less dynamic but the reconstructed rhythm based on pensive minor chords perfectly matches the singer's profound vocal and lyrics.



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Artist: Dennis Brown
Title: The Exit

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Title: Version

Wayne Smith - My Lord My God

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Wayne Simth unexpectedly appeared at the top of the dancehall scene with Jammys' monster rhythm 'Sleng Teng' in the mid 80's at one burst.
Hardcore dancehall fans will recognize this song 'My Lord My God' on 'Screechie Across The Border' rhythm as one of the most popular songs within his Jammys' catalogue.



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Artist: Wayne Smith
Title: My Lord My God

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Wayne Smith - Icky All Over

Wayne Smith - Icky All Over 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!

It is well-known that Wayne Smith, who was deeply associated with Jammys in the production of the 'Sleng Teng' rhythm, was an essential individual in embracing the Digital Revolution for Reggae / Jamaican musical history.
Its tough baseline, symbolizing Jammys' real sound work, and young Wayne Smith's high key voice, perfectly fuse together to create another killer tune.



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Artist: Wayne Smith
Title: Icky All Over

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Tonto Irie - Life Story

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Tonto Irie recorded many songs on popular Jammys' rhythms as one of the in-demand deejays at that time.
'Life Story' was on side B of the 12inch vinyl - "Wayne Smith - Icky All Over" on Greensleeves label.
You might notice that this song on 'Sleng Teng' rhythm was specially edited and arranged just for Tonto Irie's performance.



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Artist: Tonto Irie
Title: Life Story

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Title: Version

Wayne Smith - E20

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Wayne Smith scored numerous hits at Jammys and one well known is 'Under Mi Sleng Teng'.
He also released the album 'Under Mi Sleng Teng' where he showcased wavy & choppy 'E20' and crisp & clear song 'In Thing' on the computerized [Barrington Levy - Come] rhythm.



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Artist: Wyane Smith
Title: E20

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Artist: Wayne Smith
Title: In Thing

Robert Lee - Come Now

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Robert Lee was also one of the in-demand singers at Jammys because of his musical characteristic - 'Out of Key' style.
Here the King Tubby produced 'Tempo' rhythm was rearranged by Jammys and it allowed Robert Lee to perform calmly with his aggressive lyrical expression to create another killer song.



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Artist: Robert Lee
Title: Come Now

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Johnny Osbourne - What A La La (In The Area)

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Among rhythms produced in the 80's dancehall scene, 'Sleng Teng' by King Jammy and the Firehouse produced 'Tempo' are considerably the most respected; however, you can never forget 'Stalag' rhythm by Winston Riley lead Techniques, too.
King Jammy reproduced this 'Stalag' rhythm with Sly & Robbie and as a result, it created shadier atmosphere in comparison to the original Techniques' version.
This is certainly another anthem of Jammys!



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Artist: Johnny Osbourne
Title: What A La La (In The Area)

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Nitty Gritty - Good Morning Teacher

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Nitty Gritty put out his hit songs like 'Hog In A Minty' and 'Run Down The World' at Jammys and he had chemistry with minor chord digital rhythms.
'Good Morning Teacher' on the 'Stalag' rhythm is a superb song that showcases his unique vocal style and lyrics.



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Artist: Nitty Gritty
Title: Good Morning Teacher

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Junior Murvin - Jack Slick

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Junior Marvin is apparently more known for his 70's Roots work but he continued his career during the dancehall period and released the album 'Apartheid' at Jammys.
This heavy weight dancehall song 'Jack Slick' was on the album and was released on 12" single vinyl.
On side B, 'Dancehall Vibes' by Anthony Johnson on the same rhythm with different arrangements was only released on 12" single vinyl.



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Artist: Junior Murvin
Title: Jack Slick

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Artist: Anthony Johnson
Title: Dancehall Vibes

Red Dragon - Jam Down Posse

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'Jam Down Posse' by Red Dragon was recorded on the classic Studio One rhythm 'Far East', people might feel there is something similar to the famous hit song 'Tune In' by Cocoa Tea.
King Jammy released two one-way albums on this rhythm and featured many singers/deejays.
This song by Red Dragon is from one of those albums and one of the best songs on this rhythm.



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Artist: Red Dragon
Title: Jam Down Posse

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Robert Lee & Bunny General - Midnight Hour

Robert Lee & Bunny General - Midnight Hour 7inch Vinyl : On Sale!

Robert Lee and Bunny General adopted the phrase of a classic song, 'Midnight Hour' by Sivertones in their combination song 'Midnight House'.
The original press was only available on 12" single vinyl on the Unity label.



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Artist: Robert Lee & Bunny General
Title: Midnight Hour

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Little Kirk - Don't Touch The Crack

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Now Veteran deejay Kirk Davis started his career as Little Kirk back in the 80's, and since then he has been on his move.
Known for his major songs: 'Screechie Across The Border' and 'Ghetto People Broke', also one of these is 'Don't Touch The Crack'.
A tough digital steppers cut.



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Artist: Little Kirk
Title: Don't Touch The Crack

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Eccleton Jarrett - Rock Them One By One

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'Rock Them One By One' is a King Jammys' digital remake of 70's classic roots tune 'Wicked Can't Run Away' by Glen Richards.
This version is very detailed to its original but still a tough digital dancehall cut.
Eccleton Jarrett's delicate vocal stands out proudly.



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Artist: Eccleton Jarrett
Title: Rock Them One By One

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Chuck Turner - We Rule The Dancehall

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Chuck Turner has recorded impressive songs at Jammys such as 'I Need You' and 'Run Around Girl'.
'We Rule The Dancehall' is one of those and this tough steppers rhythm was build by Steelie & Clivie. His melancholy voice is something very contrary to his aggressive lyrics but that's something that makes this record attractive.



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Artist: Chuck Turner
Title: We Rule The Dancehall

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Horace Andy - Love Light Of Mine

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'Love Light Of Mine'by Horace Andy and 'Ready For Your Loving' by Frankie Paul were both on their King Jammy-produced albums respectively 'Haul And Jack Up' and 'Sara'.
Both songs were recorded on its original rhythm 'Chuck Turner - We Rule The Dancehall'.
Those two veteran artists showcase their long time calm vocal skills on this bouncy dancehall rhythm to make those recordings quite tough.



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Artist: Horace Andy
Title: Love Light Of Mine

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Artist: Frankie Paul
Title: Ready For Your Loving

Tonto Irie - General A General

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Tonto Irie left some impressive titles within Jammys catalogue.
'General A General' was recorded on the 'African Beat' rhythm, which was versioned many times in various musical generations.
This newly-built digital rhythm kept its original form and Tonto Irie showcased his old school lyrical flow in a Raggamuffin way.



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Artist: Tonto Irie
Title: General A General

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Johnny Osbourne - We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing)

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In the late 80's, not only Jammys but many labels tried to score some hits by remaking the foundation rhythm 'Heavenless'.
Among Jammys catalogue on this rhythm, 'We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing)' by Johnny Osbourne is known as the most popular number.
We often hear sound systems playing this dub plates.



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Artist: Johnny Osbourne
Title: We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing)

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Chaka Demus - Original Kuff

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During Jammy's golden era, Chaka Demus was a prolific artist among others like Admiral Bailey.
At this time, Bobby Digital, who was often regarded as the right-hand man of King Jammy, had a popular 'Peanie Peanie' rhythm.
'Original Kuff' was recorded on this rhythm, which can be characterized by its minor chord baseline and choppy riffs and here Chaka Demus smoothly performs his catchy lyrics and melody.



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Artist: Chaka Demus
Title: Original Kuff

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Robert Lee - Love Me Stylee

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The 'Love Punanny Bad' rhythm might be less hard-driven than the 'Duck' or 'Punanny'rhythm; however, Steelie & Clive has reconstructed the rhythm perfectly in Raggamuffin way.
This 'Love Me Stylee' is another popular song by Robert Lee.



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Artist: Robert Lee
Title: Love Me Stylee

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Leslie Thunder - Ram Dance Man

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'Ram Dance Man' by Leslie Thunder is another song on popular rhythm 'Love Punanny Bad'.
One of the most sought after records by dancehall fans.
You cannot miss her real explosive Raggamuffin style on this cheerful rhythm track.



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Artist: Leslie Thunder
Title: Ram Dance Man

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