This is one of the last great Lee Perry Dub albums - an essential release for anyone with an interest in Dub, Lee Perry, Reggae, Sound System Culture, and music in general! As always in a high Pressure Sounds quality, there are extended linernotes, and the booklet has exclusive photographs taken by Dennis Morris, some of these have not been seen before. In the 1970's sound system culture one man's productions could be heard in exclusive mixes. That man was Lee 'Scratch' Perry who, more than any producer or performer of the time, used dub plates for one-off projects and mixes: his 'specials' are the thing of legend.
CD and 2LP-Vinyl tracklisting - click for soundclips
Dread Dub Plate â€“ Lee Perry
Lama Lava Mix One â€“ Augustus Pablo & The Upsetters
Groove Dubber â€“ The Upsetters
Groove Rider â€“ The Upsetters
Jucky Skank â€“ The Upsetters
Chim Cherie â€“ The Upsetters
The Rightful Organiser â€“ Lee Perry & The Upsetters
Stagger â€“ Lee Perry & The Upsetters
Big Neck Cut â€“ Lee Perry & The Upsetters
Zeal Of The Lord â€“ The Upsetters
Dub Of The Lord â€“ The Upsetters
Returning Wax â€“ The Upsetters
Bushdub Corntrash â€“ Winston Wright & The Upsetters
From Dub Four â€“ Clive Hylton & The Upsetters
Roots Train Number Two â€“ Junior Murvin & The Upsetters
Locks In The Dublight â€“ Lee Perry & The Upsetters
Moonlight Version â€“ The Upsetters
Dub History â€“ Carlton Jackson & The Upsetters
Living Dub â€“ Keith RoweÂ & The Upsetters
This compilation tells the tale of exclusivity, fashion, being in-the-know, of dub plate culture which lived at the heart of a vibrant scene that saw reggae music develop a new musical genre, that of the remix. In fact Lee Perry was probably one of the most creative producers to have worked in this genre in the 1970s. His exclusive mixes, which were often made for sound systems, are at the heart of what this album is about.
A dub plate gave a sound system an exclusive piece of music, although reggae music has always had a fluid concept of what 'exclusive' means, and another reason why their supporters followed them. Sounds had the same passionate following that football clubs had, indeed many fans had the same local loyalty. Sounds had a whole crew to build, move and play the equipment and music: social life was built around where the sound was playing: it was about looking good and checking out the opposite sex. Sounds were about cultural identity, a good time and maybe romance.
In the 1970's sound system culture one man's productions could be heard in exclusive mixes. That man was Lee 'Scratch' Perry who, more than any producer or performer of the time, used dub plates for one-off projects and mixes: his 'specials' are the thing of legend. To add to the quality of the package there are exclusive photographs taken by Dennis Morris. Some of these photographs have not been seen before. This will be an essential release for anyone with an intrest in Dub, Lee Perry and Reggae music in general. It is one of the last great Lee Perry Dub albums.