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|1. Ball Of Fire|
|2. H. o. o.|
|3. Man In The Moon|
|5. Golden Clouds|
|6. Hold Me Upsetter|
|7. Go Down Evil|
|9. Police & Thieves|
Arriving in Kingston in the early 1960s, Perry changed the shape of Jamaican popular music many times over. Of his many achievements, pioneering dub at his Black Ark studio is the standout. He didn't concentrate on singing until relatively late: his first full-length vocal set arrived in 1978, but the next didn't surface until the mid-1980s, when a transformed Perry washed up in England as a walking performance-art piece, following a dramatic metamorphosis.
Since then, he has collaborated with myriad entities, issuing albums of varying quality with dizzying speed, ranging from intriguing excellence to terrible trash. Thankfully, this playful pairing with dub-influenced dance duo, The Orb, leans toward the former.
Perry’s babbling stream of non-consciousness fits well over their fluidly spacey electronic backing, resulting in plenty of moments to savour. The minimalist rhythm of Golden Clouds, a reworking of The Orb’s Little Fluffy Clouds, has an optimistic, upbeat quality to it, as a double-tracked Perry communes with God.
Hold Me Upsetter has a wacky bossa nova feel, courtesy of a warm vocal sample, as Perry’s nonsensical chants are dubbed into oblivion.
Man in the Moon is another charmer, with snippets of wisdom in the Upsetter’s ramblings as the track slowly unfolds; it begins sounding like a Goan trance track gone wrong, but soon drifts into skanking territory, as Perry proclaims himself a Swiss tycoon, at home on the moon.
Re-working Junior Murvin’s Police & Thieves might seem like a bad idea, but this warped re-cut nearly works, in part because The Orb draw in a few bars of an ancient 1960s Upsetters organ track, chopped up with some ghostly 1970s melodica work. Perry’s vocal improves as the track progresses, too.
And although The Orb harness a range of mostly down-tempo styles on the disc, it all hangs together rather well, and unlike many recent releases, nothing too objectionable passes Mr Perry’s lips.
Overall, The Orbserver… is lots of fun for late-period Perry fans, and will appeal to Orbologists, too.
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quite simply. brilliant (i presume) if you like lee scratch perry. utter drivel if you dont. this is the first orb album that i sold the day i bought it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by puppy revenge
The whole thing was ruined by having Lee Scratch Perry collaborate on this. It just sounds like an old man mumbling his way through the whole album. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
My first Orb album. Love it. Great bass sounds, the sort that you just have rock to. Every track a pleasure.Published on 23 Jan. 2013 by Kite
Amazing album! A must for any Orb fan. This is a collaboration made in heaven for sure!! Sublime beats and synths, dubtastic bass, and vocals from Jah!!Published on 16 Nov. 2012 by Xochi
Have been a fan of Lee Perry for years, more so the Black Ark studio days. Back in the early 90s got "In the secret laboratory" produced by Adrian Sherwood, great album but started... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2012 by Baloo