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Go to the Lee “Scratch” Perry website  Lee “Scratch” Perry - Dub-Triptych [Trojan/Sanctuary - 2004]

Even in rainy Holland it's summer and one of the better soundtracks to that occasion is of course some (dub) reggae. The timing of this reissue of 3 historical dub highlights is impeccable. On top of that these recordings amazingly enough are finally (and properly) released on CD for the first time!

Of course, with Lee “Scratch” Perry's output (apart from being big it's incredibly messy) it's impossible to release everything but that these classic slabs of vinyl have never seen a proper reissue is a shortcoming that's finally corrected by Trojan Records. One of the mainreasons for me to get this was the dub version of Blackboard Jungle, one of my all-time favourite releases by The Upsetter. The versions you find here were originally released in a pressing of 200 which might explain why it remained obscured from us mortals for so long.

Disc 1 features the Cloak And Dagger album from 1972. Also a very limited pressing with slow tracks with a lot of 'air'. This is a proper rerelease of what Rhino originally mutilated by replacing the dubtracks with other instrumentals and speeding the whole thing up. So forget about that one (if you actually know it) and get with this slab of proto-dub. On this disc you also get 3 extra tracks. The Blackboard Jungle Dub was originally released in 1973 as Rhythm Shower and featured tracks from Blackboard Jungle but also tracks done with The Wailers. This, apart from being one of the first real dub albums ever to be released it's deep, it's gritty and a superb dubadventure. This alone is worth the measly 12 euro's that this whole 2-CD set costs.

And it's not over! Also on disc 2: Revolution Dub, released in 1975. With more vocals than the other albums and the first recordings from his legendary Black Ark Studio's. Again great Perry songs with all kinds of studio trickery and strange effects that made Scratch earn his name as 'The Dub Organiser'.

All in all a great release of early dub and in the jungle of Perry releases definitely one of the better ones to spend your bucks on. And it works without ganja too!

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