This set resumes the Pressure Sounds mission to shine a light on the music and exclusive mixes that were only ever heard by those few hundred that went to particular sounds.The tracks range from re-mixes of existing classics, recorded prior to his famed Black Ark studio being built in 1973, to obscure tunes that never achieved vinyl release and exclusive mixes of tunes from the Black Arkï¿½s trajectory of destruction.
Mr. Perry I presume kicks off with the over looked 12ï¿½ version of George Faiths ï¿½Donï¿½t be afraidï¿½. Left off the classic ï¿½Super 8ï¿½ Lp that George Faith recorded at the Black Ark. Itï¿½s slightly rougher around the edges than most of the material on that album. A nice opener to an eclectic set.
Perry aficionados will be interested in the original vocal that Joy White cut before Scratch used Susan Cadogen to re-voice the song and also her duet with Bunny Rugs that never made it onto her album. Thereï¿½s Perry returning to ï¿½Wordsï¿½ ï¿½ that is also featured in accapella style. But itï¿½s best to let the tracks speak of a creative mind in full flow.
The album comes with an unusual cover photo that was taken by the actress Nathalie Delon (then partner of actor Alain Delon) who was on a visit to the Black Ark studios in the mid 1970s. The sleeve notes by Jeremy Collingwood focus on the Uk sound system scene that Perry had become such an integral part of. His trips to the UK were frequent and he was amongst the small group of Jamaican producers that pioneered the development of Jamaican music in the UK. These trips were both profitable (cutting dub plates) and useful for picking up musical ideas to take back to Jamaica.
Most of the material on Mr. Perry I presume is previously unreleased. An excellent addition to the previous Lee Perry albums on Pressure Sounds. As we continue to plug the gaps of one of the most innovative producers in popular music.