Sound System Scratch CD (2010)

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Label Pressure Sound/e1
SKU 216756918
UPC 689492102821
UPC 14 00689492102821
Format CD
Release Date 8/31/2010
Author Lee "scratch" Perry
Associated Artist/Work Bovell, Dennis
Associated Artist/Work Coki
Associated Artist/Work Dennis "Blackbeard" Bovell
Associated Artist/Work Dubblestandart
Associated Artist/Work Dublin
Associated Artist/Work King Tubby
Associated Artist/Work Lee Perry
Associated Artist/Work Mad Professor
Associated Artist/Work Marley, Bob
Associated Artist/Work Marley, Bob (Reggae)
Associated Artist/Work Native (Reggae)
Associated Artist/Work On-U Sound System
Associated Artist/Work Perry, Lee
Associated Artist/Work Professor, Mad
Associated Artist/Work Sherwood, Adrian
Associated Artist/Work Tubby, King
Associated Artist/Work Upsetters (Reggae) (The)
Associated Artist/Work Upsetters (The)
Associated Artist/Work Wailers (The)
Technical Info
Engineer David Blackman
CatalogID PSCD68
Lable Name Pressure Sounds
Released 08/31/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 69m : 20s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00689492102821
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Lee "Scratch" Perry (percussion); Earl "Chinna" Smith , Ernest Ranglin, Geoffrey Chung, Willie Lindo (guitar); Egbert Evans (flute); Augustus Pablo (melodica); Herman Marquis (alto saxophone); Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall, Glen DaCosta (tenor saxophone); David Madden, Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Vincent Don D Junior Gordon (trombone); Keith Sterling, Theophilus Beckford (piano); Winston Brubeck Wright, Robbie Lyn (organ); Lowell "Sly" Dunbar, Lloyd "Tinleg" Adams, Basil "Benbow" Creary, Mikey "Boo" Richards (drums); Noel "Scully" Simms, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson (percussion); Aura Lewis, The Full Experience, Candy McKenzie, Pamela Reed (background vocals).
Recording information: The Black Ark, Kingston, Jamaica.
Photographer: Dennis Morris .
Those who are at all familiar with the production style of Lee "Scratch" Perry will know that it's best to expect the unexpected. At any given moment, you may hear a creaking door, a flushing toilet, a lyric about Kentucky Fried Chicken, or the importance of proper bathing practices, or (perhaps weirdest of all) the lowing of the famous Cow of the Black Ark. However, even by Perry's usual bizarre standards, the dub plates and sound system specials brought together in this compilation are seriously out there. Some of the "rhythms" (or basic instrumental tracks) will be familiar to longstanding fans of the Black Ark: there are several cuts on the "Dreadlocks in Moonlight" rhythm (one of them appears to be a previously unreleased vocal version), a super-rare dub version of Junior Murvin's "Roots Train Number One," and alternate mixes of "Bushweed Corntrash," "Dub Organiser," and "Groovy Situation." But the 70-minute program includes some serious obscurities as well, and some of them are downright frightening: "Groove Dubber" and "Groove Rider" are both built on a starkly minimalist one-chord rhythm whose insistent repetitiveness and creepy analog drum-machine sound anticipate the earliest digital dancehall reggae grooves by a good ten years; "From Dub Four," a dub cut on a Clive Hylton song that may or may not have originally been "Judgement Day," is so weirdly muffled and drastically dubbed-up that it is genuinely scary to listen to. (And it's not clear how much of the sonic weirdness stems from deliberate production choices and how much comes from the low quality of the source tape; this being a Pressure Sounds release, every effort has been made to clean up the sound, but the ultimate deciding factor for inclusion is musical quality, not sound quality.) This is not easy listening music, and even established fans of vintage roots reggae are likely to find it challenging; however, for Scratch's worldwide cult, this disc is something very much like the Holy Grail: a generous collection of never-before-heard material from the Black Ark studio, truly the Holy of Holies when it comes to experimental dub. ~ Rick Anderson
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a wonderfully nourishing listen, mixing the poppy and the abstract, the playful and the profound."
Disc 1
1 Dub Plate Pressure
2 Lama Lava Mix One
3 Groove Dubber
4 Groove Rider
5 Jucky Skank
6 Chim Cherie
7 Rightful Organiser, The
8 Stagger
9 Big Neck Cut
10 Zeal of the Lord
11 Dub of the Lord
12 Returning Wax
13 Bushdub Corntrash
14 From Dub Four
15 Roots Train Number Two
16 Locks In the Dublight
17 Moonlight Version
18 Dub History
19 Groovy Dub
Product Attributes
Artist Perry,Lee "scratch"
Music Format Compact Disc

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