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The Ultimate Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
In the days since Lee "Scratch" Perry's career-reviving sponsorship by the Beastie Boys, reissues from the eccentric producer's legendary Black Ark studio continue to burst forth. This ULTIMATE COLLECTION is a neat set of Scratch's most important singles, including Junior Murvin's "Police & Thieves," the Wailers' "Duppy Conqueror" and "Small Axe," and Junior Byles's "Curly Locks." Of course, any 15-track collection culled from the Upsetter's vast output called "the ultimate" raises questions, including, Where's "Return of Django" and "People Funny Boy"? But this set, concentrating at once on Perry's most commercial and characteristic work, will tell you all you ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
In the days since Lee "Scratch" Perry's career-reviving sponsorship by the Beastie Boys, reissues from the eccentric producer's legendary Black Ark studio continue to burst forth. This ULTIMATE COLLECTION is a neat set of Scratch's most important singles, including Junior Murvin's "Police & Thieves," the Wailers' "Duppy Conqueror" and "Small Axe," and Junior Byles's "Curly Locks." Of course, any 15-track collection culled from the Upsetter's vast output called "the ultimate" raises questions, including, Where's "Return of Django" and "People Funny Boy"? But this set, concentrating at once on Perry's most commercial and characteristic work, will tell you all you need to know about why Dr. Lee (Ph.D: sonic trickery) is so revered. No bedroom knob-twiddler could achieve what Perry did with his bare-bones, cut-rate studio in the technological backwater of '70s Jamaica. His unorthodox recording techniques (which included burying master tapes in his yard) formed the blueprint for reggae's sound, and his impossibly murky, African-ritual-derived rhythmic deconstructions like the Congos' "Congoman" took reggae in a direction that would eventually yield today's dancehall. Giving a taste of Scratch's off-kilter talent -- plus stunning performances by Bob Marley, Max Romeo, and others, ULTIMATE COLLECTION probably won't be the last word on Lee Perry: The casual listener will want to hear more.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
There are so many Lee Perry compilations out there, and some of them are so good, that it's hard to take seriously any one that claims to be the "ultimate." And to be completely fair, it probably isn't possible to compile the ultimate Perry collection on a single disc; there's simply too much material out there, and too much of it is too good. But as single-disc distillations go, this one gets top honors. Partly because it does more than just round up the usual suspects --in addition to no-brainer selections like Max Romeo's "War Ina Babylon" and early Wailers songs "Duppy Conqueror" and "Small Axe," there are equally fine obscurities like "Dread Lion" from the classic Upsetters album Super Ape and two count 'em tracks by the Congos. And even on the obvious selections, the label was cool enough to use extended disco mixes in several cases such as the Congos' "Neckodeemus" and the Heptones' "Mr. President". The result is a richly diverse and thoroughly enjoyable collection of music produced by one of the most strange and wonderful figures in reggae history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/29/2000
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731454130127
  • Catalog Number: 541301
  • Sales rank: 307,487

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Enter the Dragon (2:37)
  2. 2 War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo & the Upsetters (4:50)
  3. 3 Small Axe - The Wailers (3:55)
  4. 4 Roots Train - Junior Murvin & Dillinger (9:00)
  5. 5 Vibrate On - Augustus Pablo Meets the Upsetters (5:06)
  6. 6 To Be a Lover (Have Some Mercy) - George Faith (9:29)
  7. 7 Dupy Conqueror - The Wailers (3:39)
  8. 8 Curly Locks - Junior Byles (3:22)
  9. 9 Neckodeemus - The Congos (7:34)
  10. 10 Three in One - The Upsetters (3:38)
  11. 11 Congoman - The Congos (6:38)
  12. 12 Mr. President (4:12)
  13. 13 Dread Lion - The Upsetters (4:29)
  14. 14 Police & Thieves - Junior Murvin (3:55)
  15. 15 Roast Fish and Cornbread (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee "Scratch" Perry Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals
Lee Perry & The Sufferers Indexed Contributor
Bob Marley Vocals
Max Romeo Vocals
Cedric Myton Vocals
Keith Stewart Piano
Leroy Sibbles Vocals
Junior Byles Vocals
Boris Gardiner Bass
Jah Lion Track Performer
George Faith Track Performer
Glen Adams Organ
Gladstone Anderson Organ
Aston Barrett Bass
Geoffrey Chung Guitar
Danny Clarke Vocals
Ansel Cridland Vocals
Glen DaCosta Tenor Saxophone
Tyrone Downie Organ
Sly Dunbar Snare Drums
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Egbert Evans Flute
Vin Gordon Trombone
Marcia Griffiths Vocals
Dirty Harry Hall Tenor Saxophone
Junior Murvin Vocals
Willie Lindo Guitar
Barry Llewellyn Vocals
Robert Lyn Organ
David Madden Trumpet
Herman Marquis Alto Saxophone
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Peter Tosh Vocals
Earl Morgan Vocals
Augustus Pablo Melodica
Ernest Ranglin Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Keith Stirling Piano
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Winston Watson Vocals
Winston Wright Organ, Bass
Alva Lewis Guitar
Theophilus "T" Coakley Piano
Max Romeo & the Upsetters Track Performer
Ranny "Bop" Williams Guitar
Robert "Billy" Johnson Guitar
Roydel Johnson Vocals
Carlton Jackson Vocals
Lester Bullocks Vocals
Mikey "Boo" Richards Snare Drums
Technical Credits
David Katz Liner Notes
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer, Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Erick Labson Mastering
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
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