The Aggrovators

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The Aggrovators
Origin Jamaica
Genres Dub, Reggae
Past members Lennox Brown
Tony Chin
Ansel Collins
Carlton "Santa" Davis
Bobby Ellis
Vin Gordon
Bernard "Touter" Harvey
Tommy McCook
Robbie Shakespeare
Earl "Chinna" Smith
Winston "Bo Beep" Bowen
Sly Dunbar
Carlton Barrett
Aston "Family Man" Barrett
Lloyd Parks
Ossie Hibbert
Keith Sterling
Errol "Tarzan" Nelson
Winston Wright
Ansel Collins
Barnabus
Noel "Scully" Simms

The Aggrovators were a dub/reggae backing band in the 1970s & 1980s, and one of the main session bands of producer, Bunny Lee. The line-up varied, with Lee using the name for whichever set of musicians he was using at any time.[1][2] The band's name derived from the record shop that Lee had run in the late 1960s, Agro Sounds.[1] Alumni of the band included many musicians who later went to make names for themselves in reggae music. Legends such as Jackie Mittoo, Sly and Robbie, Tommy McCook, and Aston Barrett were all involved with the band at one point or another. Other regular members included Carlton "Santa" Davis, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Ansel Collins, Bernard "Touter" Harvey, Tony Chin, Bobby Ellis, and Vin Gordon.[1] The band recorded Lee's most popular output from the 1970s, with the instrumental B-sides of Lee's single releases on the Jackpot and Justice labels generally credited to The Aggrovators and mixed by King Tubby.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1975 - Shalom Dub (King Tubby & The Aggrovators)
  • 1975 - Brass Rockers (Tommy McCook & The Aggravators)
  • 1975 - Cookin (Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators)
  • 1975 - King Tubby Meets The Aggrovators At Dub Station (Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators)
  • 1975 - Show Case (Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators)
  • 1976 - Rasta Dub 76
  • 1976 - Reggae Stones Dub
  • 1977 - Kaya Dub
  • 1977 - Aggrovators Meets The Revolutioners At Channel One Studios
  • 1977 - Disco Rockers (Tommy McCook & The Aggrovators) (aka Hot Lava)
  • 1978 - Guerilla Dub (The Aggrovators & The Revolutionaries)
  • 1978 - Jammies In Lion Dub Style
  • 1979 - Rockers Almighty Dub (The Aggrovators & The Revolutionaries)
  • 197X - Presents Super Dub Disco Style (Bunny Lee & The Aggrovators)
  • 1982 - Dubbing In The Back Yard (King Tubby & The Aggrovators)
  • 1983 - Scientist Presents Neville Brown With The Aggrovators At Channel One

Compilations[edit]

  • 1975-77 - Bionic Dub (The Aggrovators & King Tubby & Bunny Lee)
  • 197X - Bunny Lee Meets King Tubby & Aggrovators
  • 1973-77 - Creation Dub (The Aggrovators & King Tubby)
  • 1974-76 - Dub Jackpot (The Aggrovators & King Tubby)
  • 1975-76 - Dub Justice
  • 1975-79 - Dub Gone Crazy (The Aggrovators & King Tubby)
  • 1973-78 - Dubbing It Studio 1 Style
  • 1975-77 - Foundation Of Dub (King Tubby & The Aggrovators)
  • 197X - Instrumental Reggae (The Aggrovators featuring Bobby Ellis & Tommy McCook)
  • 1975-76 - Johnny In The Echo Chamber
  • 1973-77 - Straight To I Roy Head (Bunny Lee & King Tubby & The Aggrovators)
  • 2005 - The Rough Guide to Dub (Various artists, World Music Network)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.7
  2. ^ Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p. 6

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