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Sipple Out Deh: The Black Ark Years CD

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  • Audio CD (2 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B003IMERYM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,632 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Enter The Dragon - Lee Perry, The Upsetters
  2. Hurt So Good - Susan Cadogan
  3. Babylon A Fall - Watty Burnett
  4. Curly Locks - Junior Byles
  5. Dreader Locks - Junior Byles, Lee Perry
  6. Stay Dread - Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Upsetters
  7. Do It Baby (Aka Nice & Easy) - Susan Cadogan
  8. The Long Way - Junior Byles
  9. Three Blind Mice - Max Romeo
  10. Three Times Three - King Tubby
  11. Bury The Razor - The Upsetters
  12. Down Here In Babylon - Brent Dowe
  13. Be Thankful For What You've Got - Bunny Clarke
  14. Woman's Gotta Have It - Jimmy Riley
  15. Bushweed Corntrash - Bunny & Ricky
  16. Roast Fish & Corn Bread - Lee "Scratch" Perry
  17. Sipple Out Deh - Max Romeo
  18. Ital Corner - Prince Jazzbo
  19. Police & Thieves - Junior Murvin
  20. White Belly Rat - Lee "Scratch" Perry
  21. Sufferer's Time - The Heptones, The Upsetters
  22. A Wat Dat - Junior Dread
  23. Mr. Cop - Gregory Isaacs

Disc: 2

  1. Vibrate Onn - Augustus Pablo
  2. Better Future - Errol Walker
  3. Mistry Babylon - The Heptones
  4. Stand Up - Eric Donaldson
  5. No Peace - The Meditations
  6. Ethiopia Land - Pete & Paul Lewis
  7. My Little Sandra - Leo Graham
  8. Green Bay Incident - Lord Sassafrass
  9. Think So - The Meditations
  10. Home Gard - Michael Campbell
  11. Travelling - Debra Keese & The Black Five
  12. Peace And Love - Shaumark & Robinson
  13. Dread At The Control - Michael Campbell
  14. Forward With Jah Orthodox - Mystic I
  15. Land Of Love - The Sons Of Light
  16. Brother Noah - The Black Shadows
  17. Thanks And Praise - Junior Ainsworth
  18. Mr. Money Man - Danny Hensworth
  19. Cross Over - Junior Murvin
  20. Guideline - George Faith
  21. Babylon Falling - The Heptones

Product Description

BBC Review

This two-CD set concentrates more on the "Friends" than the "Scratch", but regardless of whether Lee Perry is actually performing or manning the mixing desk controls, his intuitively creative personality permeates every one of the collection's 44 songs.

Disc one spans 1974-76, the second 77 and 78. These were the prime years of Perry's Black Ark studio, before he burned it down. All of the tracks are taken from Jamaican 7" singles on his various labels, featuring differing degrees of Perry's trademark production radicalism. Strangely, the first disc represents the more extreme material, but it's a testament to his skill with the merging of experimentation and catchiness that these are invariably the best-known songs.

Perry's Upsetters open with Enter the Dragon, his wobbly proclamations cloaked in deep echo and surrounded by bendy metal percussion. Susan Cadogan's tuneful quaver turns Hurt So Good into a bouncy hit, and then Junior Byles provides a striking hair sequence: his Curly Locks is neatly followed by Dreader Locks. There's a spread of vocals, from super-deep to squeaky.

Perry's own Stay Dread is an up-tempo rallying call, with pert organ, stalking bassline and griddle-sizzle hi-hat. Cadogan makes a swift return with her seductive in-the-ear temptations on Nice and Easy. This is a prime example of how Scratch will take a pop melody and subject it to mixing desk extremity, upping the flute and reducing most of the band to a background presence. Here, the vocals are everything.

Bury the Razor finds Perry zooming in on his own voice; he raises the trombone, phases the guitar and scrunches the Upsetters together into a single entity. On the skeletal Roast Fish and Corn Bread, Perry's ultra-distinctive voice enters nursery rhyme territory. Max Romeo's Sipple Out Deh (aka War in a Babylon) and Junior Murvin's Police & Thieves take the track 17 and 19 places, which is some illustration of disc one's transcendent quality.

Disc two is a worthwhile complement, but its dub techniques are less marked, and the featured songs are more conventionally pop-reggae in nature. But there are gems: Vibrate On makes for a trouncing start, with Augustus Pablo doing battle with a studio full of mooing cows, his melodica swirling defiantly, and there are also unpredictably outstanding cuts from Lord Sassafras, Debra Keese, Mystic I and George Faith.

--Martin Longley

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This compilation on the revived TROJAN imprint might seem to be the "same old, same old" on first glance especially if you look at the price and think, "How much quality can there be at that price?". Well, I'm pleased to report this is probably the best Scratch compilation since Arkology over 10-years ago, it's really that good. You have to wonder when Trojan/Universal know what they've got on their hands when they dispense a gem like this for what is literally pennies, however I for one am not complaining. The music itself is a mix of the familiar and obscure and some stuff that's been unavailable for many years. No matter what the provenance of the music what really counts is how it sounds and they've done a bang up job and making this sound extraordinarily good even for the ultra-rare stuff which has obviously been mastered from vinyl sources (I suspect sound restoration technology has been applied to 'clean up' the sound so as to remove 'pops' and 'clicks' and the like but not 'hiss' so the original character of the music remains, a very nice respectful job basically). The compilation is almost a "best-of-the-best" taking the premium tracks from the [excellent] Pressure Sound releases "Voodooism" (eg.'Better Future' by Errol Walker) and "Produced and Directed by The Upsetter" (eg. 'Guideline' by George Faith) and "Divine Madness" (eg. 'Stand Up' by Eric Donaldson). Even better it has revived tracks from the seminal TROJAN compilations "Build The Ark" and "Open The Gate" which have been deleted for at least 10-years. Most of these tracks in the original compilations had very rough 'vinyl' sound which has been miraculously spruced up (most noticeably on the absolutely brilliant 'Travelling' by Debra Keese and 'Mr Money Man' by Danny Hensworth, two of Scratch's best ever productions).Read more ›
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An essential purchase for anyone at all into reggae and Lee Perry. Old favourites along with some real rarities - I've been listening to roots reggae since the early 80s, but there are still some tracks on this I've never heard before. Not every track's a winner, as is usuallly the case with compilations, but this has a pretty high strike rate. There's a vast amount of Scratch material out there - quite a lot of it substandard - but this is the real deal.
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I've already got about 50 Lee Perry CDs but this is one of the best, a great selection of stuff, much of which doesn't seem to be available elsewhere. You can't go wrong for a fiver.
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This album is fantastic value and features a huge variety of styles encompassing all the many strings to Lee 'Scratch' Perry's bow, from the hazy otherworldly pop of Susan Cadogan to full-on dread roots. At this price no reggae, roots or dub fan should be without it.

I don't have the more expensive 'Arkology' collection but I would advise picking this up for cheaper and then moving onto the many great individual albums that Scratch has created - the Super Apes, War Inna Babylon, Kung Fu Dub, Police and Thieves, Blackboard Jungle Dub, Heart Of The Congos, Right Time, the list goes on! If you don't need that sort of a stepping stone (i.e. if you're already a Scratch fan) then the sound quality here is excellent so it's well worth picking up as a concise encapsulation of Perry's brilliance. It would also be a perfect way to introduce a friend to the maverick genius of Lee 'Scratch' Perry.
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Anyone with a remote interest in Lee Perry or reggae history needs to buy this album.Some good reviews already that sum this set up nicely.For the price this is really excellent value.PS It also contains Curly Locks wich must be one of the best Perry (if not reggae) rhythmns ever!
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Really good overview of the Black Ark roots reggae productions of Lee Perry.Some lesser knowns which really shine.Hard to believe that one bloke did all of these.Very good reggae with invention.
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Lee Perry's best moments as producer in the Black Ark era.I prefer disk 1,but well worth the money overall. Why no Congo's?
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Like a lot of Perry compilations this has several tracks you'll probably want to skip, but that will still leave with you an album's worth of good stuff. I've got a fair amount of Lee Perry compilations and almost all of that good stuff is things I don't have elsewhere.
Good mastering quality.
For the price a must have for Perry fans if you are missing most of these tracks. Not the best compilation if this is your first Perry purchase though.
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