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The Sound Doctor (1972-1978)

Lee Perry And the Sufferers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • ASIN: B009DTTE7Y
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Army Of LoveJunior Byles 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wam-Pam-Pa-DoDillinger 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Horny TrainThe Upsetters 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Do GoodAl Maytone 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Different ExperienceBrother Roy 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Smiling FacesTinga Stewart 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Smiling VersionHux Brown Group 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Be PreparedKeith Poppin 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. 006U Roy 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Key CardLee & Jimmy 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Domino GameThe Upsetters 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Message To The NationTony Fearon 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Dub MessageThe Upsetters 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Water Your GardenThe Flames 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Standing On The HillChenley Duffus 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Start OverThe Gatherers 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. It's ImpossibleThe Ethiopians 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Grandfather LandJah T 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. King Of KingsPat Francis 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. King Of Kings VersionThe Upsetters 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. To Hell And BackCount Stocky & The Upsetters 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 

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24 track single CD

About the Artist

In 1972 Scratch publicly declared his ambition to build a studio where the 'Sufferers' could record, by late 1973 The Black Ark was open for business. Sound Doctor documents Scratch's recording of the sufferers as he and his Black Ark studio became the heartbeat of Rasta and rebel culture in Kingston: and the sufferers its flowing blood. '006' captures U Roy in his first flush of creativity as he rides Perry's 'Auntie LuLu' (Junior Byles) rhythm featuring Augustus Pablo's melodica. Its UK issue was marred by overdubs from Trojan, whilst the original JA issue surfaced on the Sun, Moon & Stars 'Black Art Records' imprint, marking the opening of his studio. Our set features this original Jamaican mix. Mento star Count Sticky, who had recorded for Scratch in 1969, talks over the rhythm that became known as 'Pharaoh Hiding' (Junior Byles again) on 'To Hell & Back' where he gives the latest street slang 'Live It Up, Give It Up, Shake It Up and Mash it Up' a thorough work out. Interesting for Sticky to get a writing credit on the 'Pharaoh Hiding' label, so perhaps it's originally his rhythm? Following the departure of Bob, Bunny & Peter aka the Wailers from the Perry production house it was Junior Byles who provided Scratch with his biggest sellers in the early 1970's, so it was no surprise that he turned to Byles again when Chris Blackwell wanted an artist album project for his Island label. Unfortunately by the mid 1970's Byles' mental health was deteriorating and the project fell apart, with 'Army of Love' one of the few fragments of what might have been. It's a paean to an aspiration of 'Peace & Love' that was brutally suppressed in a hail of gun fire as the decade progressed. The song is from the same seed that Bob Marley nurtured on the international stage. A triptych of rare sides give us unknown cuts on what became one of the 1980's favourite rhythms 'Pressure and Slide' taking it's title from the Tennor's original Studio 1 track but that actually originated as Busters 'Shaking Up Orange Street'. The horns lick on 'Pressure and Slide' seems to have been borrowed from 'Ain't that loving you' by Johnny Taylor. It's rumoured that Bobby Floyd moved into Gospel music - hence the rarity of his reggae material. Dillinger's two toasts include the highly elusive 'Wham Pam Pa Do' revealed at last! It has previously only surfaced as the misleading label of a record that is actually The Gatherers 'Words' track. 'Sound Doctor' finds Dillinger in fine 'On top of Blue Mountain Peak' - form and Perry's take on Pressure & Slide is rocking: we could not find a version though - shame! Probably recorded at Dynamics, as the Black Ark neared completion. The backbone of this set is Perry's cuts with all manner of Kingston sufferer's: ranging from Rasta stalwart Pat 'Jah Lion' Francis, to the unknown 'Jah T' via a 'whose who' of Kingston's brethren. Much of the life blood of Kingston ghettos flows in a similar vein to Al Maytones 'Do Good'. It sets the tone in delivering a moral message, whilst borrowing from the folk saying 'Once a man, twice a child' (actually one of Shakespeare's). Al's country reggae vocal style is given a more urban feel by Perry. Likewise Keith Poppin's 'Be Prepared' asks a moral question underlined by his plaintive tones: 'How long are you prepared to live this reckless life'. Whilst Shenley's 'Standing on the Hill' takes an observational stance on life: 'from my watch tower I'm sure I see the power of the rich - over the poor'. Mr. Duffus was very popular in Jamaica but was never really successful elsewhere. Tony Fearon's 'Message to the Nation' sees 'my brothers on the street looking for something to eat'. Perry had publicly stated that he was driven by the need of the Sufferers to record their music. The Black Ark was to become the spiritual centre for such artists.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cure that itch, with some Scratch! 19 Nov 2012
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I have been listening to and collecting Lee Perry's productions from the 70's for 35 plus years, but on this excellent compilation from Pressure Sounds, there are 24 tracks I've never heard before, though some of the rhythm tracks are familiar to me. The album artist is actually listed as "Lee Perry and The Sufferers", which gives the listener an idea of the music contained on it. In 1972 Scratch stated his ambition to build a studio where the "Sufferers" could record, hence Black Ark studio, built in his back garden! There are tracks by artists I've never heard of and old favourites, such as Junior Byles, U Roy and a young Dillinger.

There are many highlights, but I'm particularly fond of the original version of 006 by U Roy, without the overdubs that Trojan put on the Double Seven album version. Also two great vocal tracks, one by Tony Fearon, of The Gladiators, "Message to the Nation" and "Standing on the Hill" by Shenley Duffus. But every track has something to offer Scratch addicts!

This is the seventh Lee Perry productions album released by Pressure Sounds, and the quality has never dropped below excellent, so check him out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad Scientist at his best 23 Feb 2013
By D. Bibb
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There are 3 periods of Mr Perry,pre Black Ark(work he done for other producers or at other studios),the Black Ark years(70's),and post Black Ark(80's till now).
This cd is the Black Ark years and is pure gold,there isn't a bad track. My only negative point is why not two cds at that price,and so that's why it gets a 4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basically a collection of Black Ark singles 22 Nov 2012
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A number of collections of ordinary Black Ark singles have been released over the last twenty years--Heartbeat's Cutting Razor collection and the numerous collections listed under Lee Perry and friends. I would not include Sipple Out There--a greatest hits collections--as a collection of ordinary singles.
The Sound Doctor is a collection of ordinary Black Ark singles. The quality between the different songs is uneven--Lee Perry recorded anyone he thought had potential. Not all the songs are great. However, the musicianship maintains a high level.Perry used a studio band of revolving musicians whose ability matches the Motown band from Detroit, the Stax band or the Meters; such luminaries as Sly and Robbie, Augustus Pablo, Skully Sims, Chinna Smith and Geoffrey Chung laid down the riddim tracks; and so the riddim tracks are terrific.
Pressure Sounds has included the A and B sides for some singles. I would have preferred all the tracks would have been presented this way, since it lets you hear the singles the way a buyer would have originally listened to it. Apparently, a Jamaican would buy an inferior song if it had a great B-side dub or toast--something I totally understand.
This collection only includes one dubplate (major disappointment--I want more!)--a terrific version of Roots Train called Horny Train. Four songs, in my opinion, are absolute stand outs--Do Good, Key Card, Start Over and Its Impossible. The dub for Key Card Domino Game is also amazing. That must have been one incredible single.
Pressure Sounds has done a great job of mastering these singles and also has packed the CD to the max with songs. These songs are also all unavailable on other CDs. These factors made me rate this collection 5 stars--even though individual songs did not appeal to me.
Unfortunately there are not very many dubs on this CD. Besides the two I mentioned, the others are readily identified in the song list by the term version or dub. I don't know how to advise a dub fanatic--the dubs are available only here, quite good (both Domino Game and Horny Train are essential to my ear), yet not very numerous. You might just download the MP3s--however, I don't like downloaded dub (I think the bass response is inadequate) so you might be better off just ponying up the 20 bucks for the CD.
This is a nice collection. I hope Pressure Sounds releases more old Black Ark singles collections--and I hope they choose to include both the A sides (the vocal) AND the B side (the dub) on future releases. Many lovers of Lee Perry (myself included) like the dubs as much--if not more--than the songs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MORE SINGLES AND DUB PLATES FROM THE 70'S 20 Nov 2012
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on
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This is about 78 minutes of Sufferers music-a combination of spirituality, oppression, and a message to the people. All these tracks (made up of Singles and Dub Plates) have that Lee Perry magic, and were recorded at Dynamic Sounds, Randy's, and The Black Ark Studio, with "Scratch" at the controls. The sound is definitely from that period-the 1970's. Several of these tracks aren't what you'd call high fidelity. There's some slight sonic distortion here and there, but the music takes precedence over recording issues.

Perry was known for using the best musicians he could find, and this collection is no different. Musicians include Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, Willie Lindy, Ernest Raglin, Augustus Pablo, Winston Wright, Sticky Thompson, Bobby Ellis, and a few others.

The first track, "Oppression", by Delroy Butler sets the tone for this set. It's aimed directly to those suffering in the ghetto or just plain down and out. But there's up-lifting tunes as well, like "Do Good", by Al Maytone. A number of these songs are fairly rare or by little heard singers. Bobby Floyd's "Sound Doctor", Dillinger's "Wam-Pam-Pa-Do", "Grandfather Land", by Jah T (with great piano chords and percussion), and a few others. Tinga Stewart does a great version of The Temptations' "Smiling Faces", along with it's counterpart "Smiling Version", by the Hux Brown Group.

Speaking of versions, there's a couple more here, including The Upsetters' "Dub Message", from Tony Fearon's "Message To The Nation", "King Of Kings Version" by The Upsetters, from "King Of Kings", by Pat Francis. Also worth mentioning is "Be Prepared", by Keith Poppin, with a good rhythm and great vocals. And U Roy does a good "006", with Augustus Pablo. This is the original Jamaican mix, without the cluttered overdubs.

The Ethiopians turn in a wonderfully soulful "It's Impossible", with it's loping organ led rhythm. And "Water Your Garden", by The Flames, is great-and pretty rare today. "Standing On The Hill", by Chenley Duffus (sic), has a great rhythm along with some soulful background vocals. And check out "Horny Train", from The Upsetters, which is actually the classic "Roots Train No. 1", found on several collections.

This is yet another good collection of Lee Perry's music from the 70's, when he was (arguably) at his best at The Black Ark. The 7 page booklet contains concise notes on the music, plus a couple of b & w photos of Perry and Bob Marley, along with some record labels from the period. If you liked the previous Perry collections from Pressure Sounds, chances are you'll like this too. It's yet more evidence as to Lee Perry's genius in the studio.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gems From The Black Ark Years 12 Oct 2013
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Great compilation of some heavy tunes by lesser known artists to come out of the Black Ark during its heyday (and before Lee burned it to the ground). Highly recommended for any serious fan of the genius that is Lee Perry.
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