Lee "Scratch" Perry - Arkology (3CD) (1997) {Island Jamaica/PolyGram Chronicles} ****

Lee "Scratch" Perry - Arkology (3CD) (1997) {Island Jamaica/PolyGram Chronicles} ****
Lee "Scratch" Perry - Arkology (3CD) (1997) {Island Jamaica/PolyGram Chronicles}
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Genre: reggae, dub

Arkology is a 3CD box set by celebrated Jamaican producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. Released by Island Jamaica in association with PolyGram Chronicles on 15 July, 1997, it features some of the many artists he worked with over the years including his highly influential group, The Upsetters.
Dub is one of the most influential genres of the twentieth century, and Lee "Scratch" Perry is one of its most famous practitioners. Dub is a style of Jamaican dancehall known for its heavy basslines and echoey studio-effects. Lee Perry's Arkology, a three-CD boxed set from Island Records, is a good introduction. A huge booklet included with the collection paints a portrait of a man whose life is the stuff of legend. There are plenty of photos of Perry and his famous Black Ark studio. The music, however, speaks for itself. The CDs provide the proper context by including the original versions of songs which Perry made into dubs. Sometimes this can be a bit repetitive, so I suggest random play or some creative CD deck programming. It's easy for listeners not familiar with Jamaican music (like me) to overlook the full extent of Perry's innovation, which includes the early use of sampling and echoey studio effects. Most of these tracks were recorded between 1976 and 1979, but Perry was ahead of his time. Despite his limited studio equipment, Perry was a "dub adventurer."

Lee "Scratch" Perry - Arkology (3CD) (1997) {Island Jamaica/PolyGram Chronicles} ****

REEL I - Dub Organiser
01. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Dub Revolution (Part 1)
02. Max Romeo - One Step Forward
03. The Upsetters - One Step Dub
04. Devon Irons - Vampire
05 The Upsetters - Vamp A Dub
06. The Heptones - Sufferer's Time
07. The Upsetters - Sufferer's Dub
08. Junior Dread - Sufferer's Heights
09. The Congos - Don't Blame On I
10. The Meditations - Much Smarter
11. The Upsetters - Much Smarter Dub
12. The Meditations - Life Is Not Easy
13. The Upsetters - Life Is Not Easy Dub
14. Junior Murvin - Tedious
15. Max Romeo - War In A Babylon
16. The Upsetters - Revelation Dub
17. The Heptones & Jah Lion - Mr. President
18. Max Romeo - Chase The Devil
REEL II - Dub Shepherd
01. Lee Perry - Dreadlocks In Moonlight
02. Mikey Dread - Dread At The Mantrols
03. Errol Walker - In These Times
04. The Upsetters - In These Times Dub
05. Max Romeo & The Upsetters - Norman
06. Junior Murvin - Police And Thieves
07. Glen DaCosta - Magic Touch
08. Jah Lion - Soldier And Police War
09. The Upsetters - Grumblin' Dub
10. Junior Murvin - Bad Weed
11. Errol Walker - John Public
12. Errol Walker & Enos Barnes - John Public (Version)
13. Junior Murvin & Dillinger - Roots Train
14. The Meditations - No Peace
15. The Upsetters - No Peace Dub
16. Raphael Green & Dr. Alimantado - Rasta Train
17. The Upsetters - Party Time (Part 2)
REEL III - Dub Adventurer
01. Augustus Pablo Meets The Upsetter - Vibrate On
02. The Upsetters - Vibrator
03. The Upsetters - Bird In Hand
04. The Congos - Congoman
05. The Upsetters featuring Full Experience - Dyon Anasawa
06. The Upsetters - Rastaman Shuffle
07. The Heptones & Lee Perry - Why Must I (Version)
08. The Heptones - Make Up Your Mind
09. The Upsetter Review featuring Junior Murvin - Closer Together
10. Keith Rowe - Groovy Situation
11. The Upsetters - Groovy Dub
12. George Faith - To Be A Lover (Have Some Mercy)
13. Lee Perry - Soul Fire
14. Lee Perry - Curly Locks
15. The Congos - Feast Of The Passover
16. Lee Perry - Roast Fish & Corn Bread
17. The Upsetters - Corn Fish Dub
Produced by Lee Perry, except "Life Is Not Easy" produced by The Meditations
Recorded and mixed at the Black Ark, 1975-1979
Reissue produced by Trevor Wyatt for Island Records, Ltd.
Compiled by Steve Barrow/David Katz/Trevor Wyatt
Researched and annotated by Steve Barrow & David Katz
Work your way back through everything you know about hip-hop, electronica, punk rock and post rock, and somehow, some way, you always end up at Black Ark. It was at Black Ark, a four-track studio in the suburbs of Kingston, Jamaica, where, in the mid-and late 1970s, producer, songwriter and indie-label entrepreneur Lee "Scratch" Perry transfigured reggae's loping cadence and R&B heart into something darker, holier and more dangerous - a music of visionary rhythmic textures and biblical-warrior vengeance. Many of the dub, sampling and remix techniques routinely exploited by the Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang Clan and the Chemical Brothers were forged by Perry on the humble, overstressed Black Ark console. And Perry, now in his 60s, was broadcasting the heavy manners of premillennial, black-exile tension on classic Black Ark productions like Max Romeo's "War In a Babylon" and "Police and Thieves," by Junior Murvin, when Tricky was little bigger than a spliff.
Perry's legend is better known than his music: his associations with Bob Marley and the Clash; the stories of Perry at the mixing board, gunned to the eyeballs on weed, rum and Rastafarian creed; his psychological meltdown, which culminated in 1979 with the torching of Black Ark, apparently by Perry himself. Arkology, a 52-song, three-CD survey of Perry's Black Ark output, helps to redress the imbalance. The set does not include Perry's great '60s ska sides, his early instrumentals or his crucial turn-of-the-'70s work with Marley and the original Wailers. But Arkology's sequencing of vital Black Ark titles like "War In a Babylon," "Police and Thieves" and the Heptones' sunbathed-gospel beauty "Sufferer's Time" with their respective dub versions captures Perry at his most wily, disguising tripped-out socio-religious tracts as irresistible dance music.
In Errol Walker's "In These Times," a rewrite of the Gershwin standard "Summertime," Perry places Walker's lamentations about unemployment and oppressive inflation over a gutted rhythm track in which guitars and keyboards are yanked out from under the singer without warning. At times, Walker seems physically suspended over big, echoey holes of economic disaster and acute personal despair. Perry's gift for whiplash drama and word-sound punning is also evident in the rude cymbal crashes that explode like land mines in "No Peace," by the Meditations. And the extreme compression that Perry applies to the brass in the extended mix of Junior Murvin and Dillinger's "Roots Train" makes the horns sound like a steam whistle on the Jah Railways express.
At Black Ark, Perry definitely operated on the crumbling margins of sanity; his own "Soul Fire" is anguished, hallucinatory dub, the sound of a man driven to terror and incoherence. But for the most part, Perry was crazy like George Clinton, drawing dynamic performances from a fluid cast of singers and sidemen and camouflaging his calls for social change and spiritual retribution in cool licks and cartoonish mysticism. A steely, stabbing guitar adds a Steve Cropper-like touch to Max Romeo's Rasta-superhero hyperbole in "Chase the Devil" ("I'm gonna put on an iron shirt/And chase the devil out of earth"). In "Roast Fish and Corn Bread," Perry's slow, woozy chanting transforms the notion of a simple Rasta lunch into something akin to a sacrament.
The sacred aura and rhythmic might of these recordings make it easy to forget that Perry was trying to cut hits. He made records to be played on booming sound systems at Trenchtown dance parties. That he also made great art, though, was hardly accidental. "This is dub revolution/Music to rock the nation," Perry declares at the beginning of Arkology. Black Ark went up in smoke almost 20 years ago, but the revolution set in motion there is still in progress.

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