- Audio CD (18 Jun. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Extra tracks
- Label: Trojan
- ASIN: B000PKHCB0
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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This excellent two-disc set manages to cram in three old vinyl albums and seven 'lost' bonus tracks, all emanating from Perry's Black Ark studios in the late 1970s. Flushed by a deal with Island Records, he created the album, Scratch The Super Ape, its first five tracks featuring The Heptones, with female vocal trio The Full Experience stepping in towards the end. In the middle, Prince Jazzbo drops by the Ark for Croaking Lizard. The full flood of Boris Gardiner's superdubbed bass achieves primacy throughout these discs, the only other constant presence being the skittering spread of percussion effects, and stripped back cymbal snicks. Perry might filter in distant streaks of saxophone, flute or even moo-ing cows, but the bass and drums are the dominant forces, unless 'Scratch' is busy voicing his own abstract thoughts.
Unfortunately, the next two albums were rejected by Island, but this might not have been for purely musical reasons. Instead, 'Scratch' released them on his own Lion Of Judah label. Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Cornbread came out in 1978, opening with the supremely singalong Soul Fire, then almost getting into conventional song structures, when compared to its predecessor. Perry is putting back most of the instruments into the mix, eschewing his customary sparseness. Later that same year, Return Of The Super Ape followed, taking off on its own kaleidoscopic journey to another unfamiliar place, awash in a psychedelic miasma of yelps, grunts and coughs. Then, to finish off, the previously unreleased bonus mixes of From Creation are about as minimal as it gets. --Martin Longley
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"Scratch the Super Ape" was released in the UK by Island records under the title "Superape" with a slightly different running order. It was also supposed to be a different mix, but it sounds pretty much the same to me. For this CD it sounds like this album was dubbed from disc.
The other two albums were only released in Jamaica, although Island did release "Dreadlocks in moonlight" (here called "Big neck police") and "Roast fish and cornbread" as singles in the UK.
In my opinion they are not as ground breaking as "Superape" but they are still excellent albums, full of bells ringing, babies crying and cows mooing, all built on that classic, organic Black Ark sound!
There are seven bonus tracks tacked on to the end, and the first four of these comprise the dub plate "From creation" (vocal and three dubs). This is the track used for "Underground root" on the "Superape" album.
This is followed by the A and B side of the Jamaican "Roast fish and cornbread" single.
The final track is "OK Corral" by U-Roy from 1970. This spaghetti-western inspired track formed the basis for the title track on "Return of the super ape".
The CD packaging is a bit of a let down - I feel Trojan should have given such an important release the full colour slip cover treatment with some large colour pictures of the original covers, and maybe some photos of the Black Ark.
Overall 10/10 for the music, 7/10 for the packaging.
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