Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry - Reggae Greats

A home for some of the greatest music ever made.

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Shinehead would use this one later for Billie Jean

Always thought Time Boom Devil was his most solid, serious album

Check the legendary LSP feature in Grand Royal here:

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I’ve been playing my faves…

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So glad I got to see him live. I was in the front row and had just met this young couple from the states. She procedded to grope me whilst snogging her BF during the first number. Lee was on form.

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anything from this…

if i had to choose…?

super ape, the upsetter, prophet, poet…

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Same. He was on (brimstone and) fire with Dub Syndicate.

Open the Gate production wise.

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fuck no

I love all the skinhead reggae stuff, this is my favourite, just so wild

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“Bird in Hand” has haunted me forever. In the days of pre-internet ubiquity I would try to figure out what language the vocalist was singing - only later found out it was a lift from one of Lee’s favorite Indian flicks

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too soon for words

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These are the first tracks I dug out when I heard the news:

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originator

jungle techno, 1977

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Very clever man, adept at playing the press like a fiddle. Gave them the image they wanted and used it to his full advantage, he controlled it.

Great that he got the financial rewards his talent deserved.

For some reason the BBC thought that the right person to pass comment on him was Keith Richards! Some things will never change.

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Was the last live show we saw, proper sad.

I’ve always loved this which was also my introduction to Scratch. It’s tucked away at the end of a CD that used to get put on during evening art college student sessions. I just had a look at discogs and this track only appears on a CD repress, I suspect that it must be on vinyl somewhere under a different track name… any ideas?

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Not for that exact mix but I think this is the first version:

Here’s another version:

And another:

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