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The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
The Return Of Pipecock Jackxon
Price: £15.08

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee Perry's Missing Link, 13 Jan. 2012
Only 4 stars as anything by Lee Perry must be compared to his towering achievements of the 70s Black Ark period and this comes from the twilight of that era and beyond, when his mental state was fried.
Honest Jon's have done the record a great service, with copious sleevenotes and a nice contemporaneous black and white poster, slightly larger than A4. It sounds very good - better than I had remembered from back in the day.
This disc contains many Black Ark rhythms but also marks the beginning of Lee Perry's reinvention of himself as performance artist, rather than just a singer. Many of his subsequent albums suffered from the inevitable patchiness that such a scattergun approach entailed, with much repetition as he was mainly intent on being himself rather than presenting a conventional piece. If the latter phase is too wearing, don't let that put you off. "Babylon A Cookie Jar A Crumble" in particular would sound just fine as part of "Roast Fish, Collie Weed and Corn Bread". No further recommendation necessary. If you're an initiate you gotta have it!
However, if you are new to Lee Perry there are a million other places to start, but once you've been bitten you can't avoid buying this one. Thank you, Honest Jon's for making this little gem available again.

Arthur (Deluxe Edition)
Arthur (Deluxe Edition)
Price: £9.74

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music - but I'm being milked here., 26 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Arthur (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
I suppose I should be happy to shell out again (vinyl first time, CD reissue with bonus tracks a dozen years ago) but I do feel a bit, well, a bit milked. What's sticking in my throat is the way the compilers just seem to deliberately have felt it necessary to leave off "There Is No Life Without Love" (b-side to "Lincoln County") as has been mentioned. Additionally, the series has managed to avoid hoovering up the great "Pictures In The Sand", only available on the 1973 US compilation "The Great Lost Kinks Album". So annoying. If they want to sleep well at night, these compilers really shouldn't commit such acts of crass insensitivity. But I guess it allows them to justify issuing a 3D hologram edition in 2019.
PS - "There Is No Life Without Love" is still available on the previous CD reissue of "Something Else By The Kinks" (not the Deluxe Edition) as one of the bonus tracks. All of these '60s Kinks albums really are essential.
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