Sound System Scratch – Lee Perry’s Dubplate Mixes 1973 – 1979

Sound System Scratch - Lee Perry's Dubplate Mixes 1973 - 1979

Sound System Scratch - Lee Perry's Dubplate Mixes 1973 - 1979

Sound System Scratch - Lee Perry's Dubplate Mixes 1973 - 1979

Definitely at the ‘design’, as opposed to the ‘art’, end of the album sleeve scale.

During the 90s the Blood & Fire Record label emerged which lavished detail and care on re-issues of classic reggae and dub albums, they basically presented reggae albums with the reverence, sleeve-notes, and love that Jazz re-issues get. Shortly after Blood & Fire started releasing beautifully packaged albums, Pressure Sounds was born – another label that dedicated itself to re-issuing classic and forgotten reggae albums.

Album art and presentation was a big thing for both these labels, and they both utilised some excellent design led album sleeves. The album art here is credited to Ben Bailey.

This Lee Perry compilation is pretty good and worth tracking down. Some of the sonic experimentation is wonderful and despite the tracks originating from between 1973 to 1979 many still sound futuristic even today. The world isn’t short of Lee Perry compilations, and adding another to the pile seems pointless – but the selections here are great, all mostly rare dubplates, and not that readily accessible via other releases….so no complaints here.

1. Dub Plate Pressure – Lee Perry
2. Lama Lava Mix One – Augustus Pablo & The Upsetters
3. Groove Dubber – The Upsetters
4. Groove Rider – The Upsetters
5. Jucky Skank – The Upsetters
6. Chim Cherie – The Upsetters
7. The Rightful Organiser – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
8. Stagger – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
9. Big Neck Cut – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
10. Zeal Of The Lord – The Upsetters
11. Dub Of The Lord – The Upsetters
12. Returning Wax – The Upsetters
13. Bushdub Corntrash – Winston Wright & The Upsetters
14. From Dub Four – Clive Hylton & The Upsetters
15. Roots Train Number Two – Junior Murvin & The Upsetters
16. Locks In The Dublight – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
17. Moonlight Version – The Upsetters
18. Dub History – Carlton Jackson & The Upsetters
19. Groovy Dub – Keith Rowe & The Upsetters
20. Living Dub – Keith Rowe & The Upsetters


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