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First, this is hardly a good introduction to Lee "Scratch" Perry, if indeed there even is such a thing, given Perry's myriad phases, guises, and stylistic shifts and his penchant for presenting himself as a madman loose in a house full of tilting mirrors (not to mention that his greatest work has arguably been done as a producer rather than as a performing artist). Second, the liner notes for this disc go on and on about Jamaican dub when nothing here is even close to Perry's typical dub mixes, and it is clear that the notes were written for an entirely different album and not this one at all. The 15 tracks collected here are certainly Perry, and as such they are pleasant and goofy enough to please his fans, but none of them is indispensable, vital, or essential save maybe the zippy, zany "Message from Black Ark," which features Perry riffing off of the Coasters' classic "Yakety Yak," and the almost gentle (at least by Perry standards) "Black Street," which closes the set. Given appropriate liner notes and a truly honest title, this little compilation might be a reasonable purchase for a Perry fan, but as is, it's a bit shoddy.

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*80's or 90's Music by Lee Perry??

These tracks defonitely sound like they were recorded around this period. This CD is worth a listen.


Born: March 20, 1936 in Hanover, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Some call him a genius, others claim he's certifiably insane, a madman. Truth is, he's both, but more importantly, Lee Perry is a towering figure in reggae -- a producer, mixer, and songwriter who, along with King Tubby, helped shape the sound of dub and made reggae music such a powerful part of the pop music world. Along with producing some of the most influential acts (Bob Marley & the Wailers and the Congos to name but two) in reggae history, Perry's approach to production and dub mixing was breathtakingly...
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