February 27, 2013, at 1:07 am

Kung Fu Fighting

Just out on Sunspot Records a nicely packaged vinyl re-issue of Lee Perry’s classic Kung Fu Meets The Dragon set complete with a second LP of bonus tracks. Presented on 180gm vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve with the original front cover art and a nicely arranged centre spread with sleeve notes and some lovely label scans, this is as well put together as you could expect.

Heart Of The Dragon

Kung Fu Meets The Dragon was first issued in 1975 and took it’s inspiration from the multitude of hugely popular Martial Arts films that were released in the first half of that decade. It’s a relatively calm affair by Perry’s standards being as much instrumental as dub and with less effects than you might expect from this larger than life figure (there are exceptions though, check Heart Of The Dragon for some wild vocalising). A fair few tracks, such as Iron Fist, have a melodica lead which works particularly well and when there are voices to be heard, such as Linval Thompson on Kung Fu Man they are worked deep into the mix and almost become another musical instrument.

Iron Fist

The bonus LP stays with the Kung Fu theme and contains seven tracks including Enter The Dragon, Black Belt Jones and 23rd Dub etc. Curiously this selection of bonus tracks is identical to those included on the 1995 Justice League CD re-issue of this album.

Though a great album this has been in and out of print over the years and is already pretty easy to pick up on either CD or vinyl. It seems that Sunspot are taking a risk in repackaging this, lets hope it proves worth their while.

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