Sound wizard Lee ”Scratch” Perry have had some busy days recently with new recordings with The Orb and ERM and also two newly issued compilations focusing on the 70’s and early 80’s – one on Trojan collecting some wicked 12” mixes and one of Pressure Sounds with hard to find singles and dubplates.
The Sound Doctor: Lee Perry And The Sufferers’ – Black Ark Singles And Dub Plates 1972-1978 is the seventh Lee Perry compilation on Pressure Sounds and actually the second in 2012. It collects some really rare and obscure material and also a real treat – a previously unreleased track by the great Junior Byles, a track that rates as high as his other Lee Perry produced material.
According to the liner notes by Lee Perry aficionado Jeremy Collingwood Scratch was working on an album with Junior Byles in the 70’s, but the project fell apart due to Junior Byles’ mental health.
The backbone of the set is Lee Perry’s cuts with Kingston’s rasta singers, ranging from Pat “Jah Lion” Francis, to the unknown Jah T via a bunch of familiar singers and groups, including U Roy, The Ethiopians and Dillinger.
The title gives the impression the all tracks were recorded at the legendary Black Ark studio, but some of the material was rather recorded at Dynamics and Randy’s and doesn’t have the esoteric and swirling sound Lee Perry created at his own premises.
Despite some audio quality disappointments this is a great set and it’s certainly impressive that Pressure Sounds still manage to dig out previously unreleased material and not recycle the same stuff over and over.
The Sound Doctor: Lee Perry And The Sufferers’ – Black Ark Singles And Dub Plates 1972-1978 is now available on CD, LP and digital download.