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Lee 'Scratch' Perry - Kiss Me Neck: The Scratch Story in Words, Pictures and Records Paperback – 30 Aug 2010

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Red Books (30 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901447960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901447965
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dollythemc on 9 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is full of information ideal for a record collector it shows record labels my only minus is the pictures are black and white when one thinks of the colourful labels these records had. Highly Recommend Thank you for reading my review
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NIKOS MASOURIDIS on 20 Mar. 2011
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I think this would normally rate 5 stars - it is lovingly researched and annotated, well-illustrated with countless interesting pictures of people and records. The discographical work is also excellent, with separate sections for Jamaican, UK and US releases. BUT, there is one inexplicable omission: NO INDEX! In a reference book of this kind, it is an inexcusable error. Say I have in my collection this obscure LS Perry track, know the title but not the date or derivation. How can I find the info without an index?! I think the object-lesson of how to approach this type of thing is "The Earthly Recordings of Sun Ra" (Robert Campbell & Christopher Trent, 2nd ed.), dealing with an even more complicated discography: there are separate indexes for album titles, song titles and musicians, enabling all kinds of cross-reference.
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ALL OF PERRY'S KNOWN RECORDING WORK IN ONE BOOK 1 Mar. 2011
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Large format soft cover book. The author, Jeremy Collingwood, has done an incredible amount of research in compiling this information. There are many (b&w) photographs, newspaper advertisements, articles, and record label reproductions throughout the book.

In a nutshell-if you're looking for an in depth look at Lee Perry and Jamaican music, you're best bet is "People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee "Scratch" Perry", by David Katz. "Kiss Me Neck" is a (much needed) complete discography of all the known work by Lee "Scratch" Perry. With a concise (approximately 50 pages) biography to give readers a foundation on who Perry was-most of the important points are covered. The majority of the book lists (chronologically) all of the Jamaican singles, albums, U.K. singles, U.K. and European discos, U.S. and Canadian singles, and U.S. discos. Basically it's page after page of lists, which if you've ever wondered about a particular recording (like I have), and if "The Upsetter" himself was involved-this book will tell you.

Throughout his long (and continuing) career, Perry has released many hundreds of singles and dozens of albums, both under many other artists and his own name. His approach to recording oftentimes resembled Phil Spector's layer upon layer of sound-the "wall of sound" effect. Typically using minimal and oftentimes out dated equipment, Perry would construct layers of sound. Using sound effects, tape splicing, an Echo-plex unit, mixing rhythms to create a new rhythm, dropping in snippets of vocals and/or instruments, cross-channel fading, and twisting the bass and treble controls, Perry built up the sound and reduced everything to a two track recorder. This gave the feel of a compressed, layered, dense sound that was very innovative (especially for the times) and exciting to hear. While other producers used a similar approach, Perry took it much further, and his distinctive sound is still revered today.

The photographs and graphics (there are many record label reproductions) are all in b&w. It's a minor quibble, but I would like to have seen the use of color, especially concerning the record labels, which would have helped immensely in identification, plus some of the label graphics are cool looking in color. There's also a few typos in the text. But for anyone who wants information concerning recording dates (up to time of publishing), artists, labels, location (Black Ark etc.), this book will be of great help. Now, if only someone qualified would do for Sun Ra what Jeremy Collingwood has done for Perry, I'd be a happy man.

If this type of book is your cup of tea, check out "Bob Marley and the Wailers-The Complete Discography", by Roger Steffens. It has all the recording info you'll ever need, plus some good photos and graphics.
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