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Lee "Scratch" Perry

Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle - 1973
Having been renamed, remixed and reorganized many times since its original release in 1973, the phenomenal Upsetters 14 Blackboard Jungle Dub has at long last been restored to its original incarnation and given the definitive remastering treatment it's deserved for decades. Arguably the first true dub LP, Blackboard Jungle is a landmark pairing of two of the greatest minds of the genre, Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby, both of whom leave their unmistakable imprint all over this record. It's tough to pin down exactly who did what and where, but from the sound of things, the bulk of the tracks were arranged and recorded at Scratch's Black Ark Studio - wobbly guitars, grimy bass and percussion, distant horns and all - while King Tubby reigned over the mixing board and dubbed it blacker than dread. Thanks to Tubby's meticulous technique, Blackboard Jungle is unlike anything else to come out of the Black Ark, incredibly precise, elegantly psychedelic, even flirting with American soul at points, and every bit as thrilling as anything either man would accomplish at the height of their career. One of the greatest albums of all time. If you're looking to dip your toe into the murky waters of dub, dip it here.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

oh yes, heartily agree, mucho gusto!! zenarc

Anonymous said...

Thanks again JR - great stuff - love it! later, D