Title
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The Return Of Sound System Scratch
Various
Pressure Sounds
CD
April 18, 2011

Lee Track list
  1. Aleas Jube - Righteous Land (Previously unreleased)
  2. The Upsetters - Righteous Rocking (Previously unreleased)
  3. Junior Murvin & The Upsetters - Get Ready (Bongo Mix) (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  4. The Upsetters - Natural Dub (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  5. Candy McKenzie & The Upsetters - Long Enough (Previously unreleased)
  6. The Upsetters - Kiss Me Mix (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  7. The Upsetters - Strong Drink (Melodica Version) (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  8. The Unforgettables - Time
  9. The Upsetters - Longer Dub (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  10. Leo Graham & The Upsetters - Revelation Time
  11. George Faith & The Upsetters - Iíve Got The Dub (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  12. The Upsetters - Deep & Deadly (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  13. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Jah Jah Ah Natty Dread (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  14. The Upsetters - Mr. Dubz (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  15. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Enter The Upsetter (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  16. Jimmy Riley & The Upsetters - Darkness In The City
  17. Jack Lord & The Upsetters - Economic Crisis (Exclusive dub plate mix)
  18. The Silvertones - Rejoice Jah Jah Children (Exclusive dub plate mix)
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In the summer of 2010 Pressure Sounds released "Sound System Scratch", which featured 20 exclusive Black Ark dub plate mixes for sound system dances from the period 1973-1978. And then, just when you think there can't be anymore previously unreleased classic Lee Perry material around, you are pleasantly surprised to see Pressure Sounds unleashing the sequel to their "Sound System Scratch" album called "The Return Of Sound System Scratch".

Compared with "Sound System Scratch", this 18-track compilation makes a much stronger impression. The music on "The Return Of Sound System Scratch" is exciting because many previously unreleased tracks are included, and although not every track deserves to be called 'outstanding', a lot of them are and thus it's a delight to hear them leaping from your speakers. Furthermore the sound quality of most tracks is much better than its predecessor, which is a good thing after all.

Just about all of the music on this album comes from Lee Perry's much acclaimed Black Ark period. A couple of tracks are from before he moved there. Many of the tracks gathered here come from his regular trips to the UK, which meant there was always the opportunity to create specials and dub plates, and from regular sessions for Jamaica's top soundmen. But this compilation also contains a few obscure gems that came out as 45s and have been overlooked in the past, such as Jimmy Riley's haunting "Darkness In The City" and Leo Graham's "Revelation Time".

The first track that instantly hits is the album opener "Righteous Land" by Aleas Jube, a previously unreleased roots gem that strongly benefits from the riddim track. The accompanying Upsetters' dub version, "Righteous Rocking", affirms this to the fullest. Junior Murvin's shines real bright on an alternate mix of his version of The Impressions' "People Get Ready", simply called "Get Ready". Next drops "Natural Dub", a nice dub of an early version of Bob Marley's "Natural Mystic". However more interesting to hear is Candy Mackenzie's soulful piece "Long Enough", actually a rendition of Jeff Barry's "Walkin' In The Sun". Also worth hearing over and over again is "Time" by the obscure vocal group The Unforgettables. Among the rest of the tracks featured on this compilation you'll find dub plates and alternate mixes of well known tunes such as George Faith's "I've Got The Groove", Lee "Scratch" Perry's awesome "Jah Jah Ah Natty Dread", the Upsetters' "Enter The Dragon", and The Silvertones' "Rejoice Jah Jah Children".

From a musical and historical perspective, "The Return Of Sound System Scratch" is worth owning.