Given the fact that Scratch and the Black Ark recording studio are widely held to have headed off in inventive and innovative directions that no-one else has, even now, thought to consider (and again, we’re quoting that website, but you’ll find plenty of opinion along the same lines) these exclusive mixes never heard outside of sound system dances will probably have a sufficiently high coolness factor to attract the devoted aficionado if, like me, you don’t mind a bit of this sort of thing thrown into your musical mix these two collections are close to essential listening.

If I was a more devoted fan I’d probably have been better off going for a hard copy rather than the $16.99 iTunes digital downloads since that version would deliver a treasure trove of rare photographs and informative sleeve notes by well-known reggaeologist Jeremy Collingwood.

So, in case you’re interested, and being fully aware no one’s likely to recognise anything listed below, what’s on these two collections?

Sound System Scratch:

Lee Perry: Dub Plate Pressure

Augustus Pablo & The Upsetters: Lama Lava Mix One

The Upsetters: Groove Dubber

The Upsetters: Groove Rider

The Upsetters: Jucky Skank

The Upsetters: Chim Cherie (the first use of a drum machine in Jamaican music)

Lee Perry & The Upsetters: The Rightful Organiser

Lee Perry & The Upsetters: Stagger

Lee Perry & The Upsetters: Big Neck Cut

The Upsetters: Zeal Of The Lord

The Upsetters: Dub of The Lord

The Upsetters: Returning Wax

Winston Wright & The Upsetters: Bushdub Corntrash

Clive Hylton & The Upsetters: From Dub Four

Junior Murvin & The Upsetters: Roots Train Number Two

Lee Perry & The Upsetters: Locks In The Dublight

The Upsetters: Moonlight Version

Carlton Jackon & The Upsetters: Dub History

The Upsetters: Groovy Dub

Keith Rowe & The Upsetters: Living Dub


© Ian Hughes 2012