Sound System Scratch
Lee Perry & The Upsetters
Pressure Sounds
July 22, 2010

Track list
  1. Dub Plate Pressure
  2. Lama Lava Mix One feat. Augustus Pablo
  3. Groove Dubber
  4. Groove Rider
  5. Jucky Skank
  6. Chim Cherie
  7. The Rightful Organiser
  8. Stagger
  9. Big Neck Cut
  10. Zeal Of The Lord
  11. Dub Of The Lord
  12. Returning Wax
  13. Bushdub Corntrash feat. Winston Wright
  14. From Dub Four feat. Clive Hylton
  15. Roots Train Number Two feat. Junior Murvin
  16. Locks In The Dublight
  17. Moonlight Version
  18. Dub History feat. Carlton Jackson
  19. Groovy Dub feat. Keith Rowe
  20. Living Dub feat. Keith Rowe
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4
Rainford Hugh Perry, better known as Lee "Scratch" Perry, is one of the most important and influential figures in the history of Jamaican popular music. Only very few other names have had such a strong appeal on a worldwide level than this engineer, producer, songwriter, entertainer and artist. Since he started to experiment in his own Black Ark studio in the 1970s, people started to call him a genius, while others claimed that he's certifiably insane, a madman. However anyone with a true interest in reggae music has to admit that he helped shape the sound of dub and made reggae music such a powerful part of the pop music world due to producing some of the most influential acts in reggae history including Bob Marley & The Wailers and the Congos to name but two.

Being a figure of near-mythic status, a new release of the man's works from the past is always a notable event and sometimes it even creates a buzz among many reggae and "Scratch" afficionados. Over the years there have been releases from questionable sources, mostly containing inferior and half finished material. The tracks gathered here are either from dub plates or from tapes (about one third) from which dub plates were cut, which makes that not every track has good sound quality. Thus this set contains 20 exclusive Black Ark dub plate mixes for sound system dances from the period 1973-1979 that have never been issued before on cd or LP. Even though the dub plate mixes of some of the tracks differ from their commercial releases, they are very familiar to the ears of the vintage reggae fan like e.g."Roots Train Number Two" (Junior Murvin's "Roots Train"), "Jucky Skank" (Lee Perry & The Upsetter's "Bucky Skank"), "Moonlight Dub" (Lee Perry's "Dreadlocks In Moonlight"), "Dub History" (Carlton Jackson's "History") and "Groovy Dub" (Keith Rowe's "Groovy Situation"). Of interest is the inclusion of "Chim Cherrie", which features Aston "Family Man" Barrett on bass, keys and drum machine. This track was popularized by General Echo's Stereophonic and was also the bed track to Shinehead's dancehall scorcher "Billy Jean".

Besides the 20 tracks "Sound System Scratch" also features a booklet with rare photographs by Dennis Morris, archive material and sleeve notes by Jeremy Collingwood. A very welcome release for anyone with an interest in the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry, dub and reggae music.