September 3, 2017, at 3:15 pm

Lee Perry: The Trojan Album Collection (1971-1973)

Out at the end of the month a double CD featuring four Upsetter LP’s originally issued between ’71 and ’73. Unimaginatively titled The Trojan Albums Collection this set features Africa’s Blood, Battle Axe, Rhythm Shower and Double Seven in their entirety, a total of 53 tracks.

Africa’s Blood, Battle Axe and Double Seven were all long players Scratch compiled for Trojan Records back in the day as part of his contract with them. … continue reading…

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

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February 6, 2012, at 9:40 pm

More Of Scratch: The High Plains Drifter

Pressure Sounds do Lee Perry much better than most, not for them the standard collections of hits from 1969 or the same old classics from the Black Ark days, when they do the Upsetter they mean business. Hot off the press is a CD/double LP featuring obscurities from the period 1968 to 1973 which proves just that. Even hardcore Perry collectors are unlikely to have the majority of these tunes on original vinyl.

[audio:] High … continue reading…

November 12, 2011, at 6:28 pm

Lucky Sevens

Trojan have put out a number of quality releases this year, latest off the block and up there with the best of them is a box set of seven singles which are described with good reason as some of the most sought after releases on Trojan and it’s associated labels. All come with replicas of the original labels including classics such as Blue Cat, Amalgamated and off course Trojan itself.

[audio:] Stir It Up

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March 12, 2011, at 9:49 pm

More Sound System Scratch

Due out on the 26th April is a second release of Lee Perry dubplates and assorted obscurities from Pressue Sounds titled The Return Of Sound System Scratch. Pressure Sounds will be rightly applauded for digging a lot deeper than many other reissue companies are prepared to these days and whilst this has produced a release of varying quality this will undoubtedly be an essential purchase for scratch fanatics and any one else who likes their … continue reading…

August 21, 2010, at 12:59 am

Scratch Sells

Lee Perry has long been one of the few Jamaican artists that will sell to a cross over audience with no great difficulty. This month has seen the release of a book, Lee Scratch Perry – Kiss Me Neck, and a double CD, Lee Perry – The Black Ark Years, that celebrate his works.

Jeremy Collingwood’s book tells the story of Lee Perry from the earliest days of his involvement in the Kingston music scene … continue reading…

April 17, 2010, at 8:35 am

Perry The Trojan

A few years ago when Sanctuary were at the helm you couldn’t move for new Trojan product with three or four re-issue CD’s coming out every month. Since Universal took control of the label new re-issues have slowed down to a trickle and whilst what has come out has been well selected and presented it hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. The same looks to be the case for the next scheduled release, a … continue reading…

December 14, 2009, at 8:16 pm

Chatting with Scratch

Now if the writer from the Washington City Paper had asked me first (or any number of other people with even a passing interest in reggae for that matter) it would have been clear to him that the word eccentric was invented just to describe Lee Scratch Perry and whilst he isn’t half baked he’s definitely dry roasted.

But he didn’t. And instead we get this:

“Rules for Would-Be Interviewers of Lee “Scratch” Perry: In … continue reading…

March 5, 2009, at 11:38 pm

Watch These Sounds at Tighten Up

To celebrate the return of Tighten Up this Saturday I thought I’d put up one of the most popular mixes I previously featured on the podomatic site. Enjoy.

Watch These Sounds – a third Rocksteady mix Rocksteady turns Reggae circa 1968

Watch These Sounds by Tim Dancecrasher on Mixcloud

Uniques – Beatitude (UK Island) John Holt – I’ve Been Admiring You (UK … continue reading…

February 3, 2009, at 2:40 pm

Test Match Special

Retired cricketer Derek Pringle (formerly of England and Essex) talks to the Jamaican Gleaner ahead of the England V’s West Indies series and gives them his Reggae top 10:

Heart of The Congos – The Congos Soul Rebel – The Wailers Soul Revolution – The Wailers Rocking Time – Burning Spear King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown – Augustus Pablo Intensified Dirt – Desmond Dekker and The Aces Man Ah Warrior – Tappa Zukie Super … continue reading…