Producer, singer and general sound wizard Lee Perry is one of those people whose material has been reissued to death. Often it’s already available material in a new packaging. And this is partly the case with Trojan’s latest Lee Perry compilation – the two disc showcase set Disco Devil: The Jamaican Discomixes.
It collects the cream of Lee Perry’s classic 12” mixes recorded and produced at his legendary Black Ark studio. All 18 tracks were recorded between 1976 and 1980 and each vocal is directly followed by a dub or a deejay cut.
Most of the material on the album has been released via fantastic compilations such as Arkology and Open the Gate. Those were however released in 1997 and 1989 respectively, so you could argue it was time for a new one, one for the new generation of reggae listeners.
Disco Devil comes in a neat package and has sleeve notes by reggae historian Harry Wise. The music is needless to say sublime. And each track is a highlight with mesmerizing bass lines, hypnotic mixing and sweet vocals from the likes of George Faith and Junior Murvin as well as raw and rugged tones from singers such as Watty Burnett and Junior Delgado.
Yes, it has been done before. Many times. But this fresh compilation is a must-have for anyone who doesn’t already own all the tracks. It’s just that good.