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Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Sound System Scratch (Pressure Sounds) CD

Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Sound System Scratch (Pressure Sounds) CD
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Added 03/08/10: Beneath the world of regular reggae collecting there lies a dark and mysterious underground of acquisition virtually unknown to those not “in the know”. This is the secretive world of dubplates, those arcane weapons of the sound man originally created to give one sound an edge over another in the bad old days of the sound system clash. In those days, a sound could be made or broken according to the strength and quality of its dubplates. Nowadays there is a breed of collector, his desire for regular vinyl releases sated, who hunts down these relics for a taste of something once forbidden to him and his kind. The folks at Pressure Sounds know of this, and in their capacity as the only quality reggae reissue label extant, have taken the plunge into this musical netherworld to compile an album of material lifted from archaic plates and from old sound man tapes. And not just any old material, but music created by that most celebrated and unique sound manipulator Lee Perry. Perry of course was responsible for one of the most famous dubplates of all, Sir Coxsone’s old warhorse From Creation – there is yet another mixdown of it here. Perry’s later Ark music was not the first choice for dubplate material back in the day, his trademark Black Ark sound often too lacking in clarity and seperation for sounds to play in the heat of battle, though his earlier stuff like Dub Organiser was aired regularly back in the day, the cut here features the man himself berating Pablo and Clive Chin for licking their own version of it. Much of the material here is lifted directly from the actual plates, decades old and very worn, some may be put off by the subsequent poor sound quality, others will know that this is how they come, scratchie but nah watchie! Other tracks have good sound quality and may be from tapes owned by sound men. There are cuts to Pablo’s Lama Lava, Bucky Skank, Skylarking, Bushweed Corntrash, Roots Train Number One, Dreadlocks In Moonlight and Groovy Situation, there is also a cut to the original Chim Cherie / Billie Jean riddim, no pieces of which have ever been in the public domain, all previously unavailable, except to those with the right connections. Amazing stuff.

Track listing:

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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