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Treasure Dub Vols 1 & 2
Released shortly after Duke Reid's death in 1975, these two LP's were mixed by Treasure Isle Engineer Errol Brown and later pirated by Coxsone Dodd. I'd be the first to admit that these are not spectacular dubs, but they are an exceptional compilation of the wellspring of reggae - the rocksteady riddims that sustained the genre for at least 20 years after their original release.
scanning duke reid's discog page and this is great and fits in nicely with that old thread about coincidences in music, or how things come to be, how unusual paths or lucky encounters lead to possibilities. like winning the lottery and getting into music to attract customers to your recently opened liquor store.
Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid (b.1915, Jamaica) had spent ten years as a Kingston policeman when he and his wife Lucille decided to buy The Treasure Isle Liquor Store in Kingston, Jamaica, after winning a substantial Jamaican National lottery. Wanting music to attract customers, the Duke arranged through a sponsorship deal to host his own radio show ‘Treasure Isle Time’. The people would listen to the latest American R&B tunes on 78rpm, interspersed with liquor deals going down at his store. This in time would lead to the starting of his own Sound System, where he could take his liquor to the dances via his Trojan truck. He used a large van to transport this equipment around Jamaica to dance halls and open air events. Due to the nature of the van it became known as the Trojan. With shouts of ‘Here comes the Trojan’, Duke Reid’s now named Trojan Sound System was born. It proved such a success that he was crowned King of Sound and Blues three years in a row 1956, 1957 and 1958. 1958 also saw the store which was out growing itself, move to its legendary premises, 33 Bond Street, as Treasure Isle Recording Studio