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 18, 2016, at 12:34 pm

Four from the Trojan

The Trojan brand/catalogue has moved around a fair bit over the years and each time it moves it takes some time before it becomes clear what direction the new owners will be going with the music. The latest overseers are BMG and it looks like they will be going for artist anthologies and classic LP’s with bonus tracks. Nothing particularly surprising or groundbreaking about this strategy but the low prices and the fact that even … continue reading…

October 18, 2012, at 11:40 pm

A Full Experience with the Sound Doctor

Both Pressure Sounds and Sunspot have visited the Lee Perry catalogue this month.

Sunspot Records have reissued the five track Full Experience 12″ by Aura Lewis, this was originally issued on the Blue Moon label in France in 1990. The recordings date back to around 1978 but were not issued at the time due to various issues with Perry, his then wife Pauline Morrison and apparently Jimmy Cliff who was working with Lewis.

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July 11, 2012, at 10:45 pm

The Bass Culture Four

Bass Culture is a series of four double CD releases covering Jamaican music from the mid 60’s to the mid 80’s. Subtitled This Town Is Too Hot! for ska and rocksteady, Boss Sounds for early reggae up to 1972, When Reggae Was King for roots and Mash You Down for early dancehall up to 1985.

This series is a remarkable undertaking in that it has included productions from all the major players; Coxsone, … continue reading…

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.

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August 22, 2011, at 10:46 pm

The Story Of Trojan Records – again?

When Trojan announced they were producing a “The Story Of Trojan Records” box set I’d have to say I was just a little underwhelmed, after all Trojan have been producing Trojan Story compilations since 1971, what would be different this time?

First things first. This set totals 123 tracks over five CD’s. It’s packaged in a smart box and comes complete with a 50 page book, four reproduction print/cards and a window sticker. Now the … continue reading…

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…

September 7, 2010, at 7:10 pm

Seven Days (in dub) on ebay

I don’t usually worry too much about LP’s but an original copy of Blackboard Jungle Dub on ebay last week caught my interest. This is an extremely rare album and I wasn’t completely surprised to see it made a heafty £482 ($745.50). This is a serious wedge for any LP but doubly so for an album that never had a sleeve, with red marker pen defacing the label and described as between G+ and VG+. … continue reading…

August 15, 2010, at 3:53 pm

Another 7 days on ebay

It’s kind of surprising to see tunes on the UK Cactus label to go for big money but a couple that do are Hold Up Your Head and Ram Goat And Malish Water, both Rupie Edwards productions by Errol Carter. The latter reached the princely sum of £105 ($165) for an EX copy last week which is top dollar for sure. It is a lovely tune though.


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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…