God is Black and He Looks Like Lee "Scratch" Perry
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God is Black and He Looks Like Lee “Scratch” Perry

Included here is my Lee “Scratch” Perry selectors choice mix.  It includes exclusive live material, vintage vinyl, and much more.  Unlike anything you’ve ever heard before!


1. Live set feat. Lee Perry, Subatomic Sound System, Adrian Sherwood, Addis Pablo, Larry McDonald, and more.
2. Lee Perry on Bob Marley; LSP’s Bob Marley/Wailers selections/Duppy Conqueror, Soul Rebels
3. Heptones Mini-Mix (feat. Lee Perry) w/ Storm Clouds, Road of Life, Crying Over You, Garden of Life (Leroy Sibbles)
4. “Ketch Vampire” Mini-Mix feat. Sinead O’Connor, Sly & Robbie, Devon Irons
5. Lee Perry Meets Aura Mini-Mix
6. Natty Take Over: LSP Takes the Controls as Selector!

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Lee “Scratch” Perry OD (born Rainford Hugh Perry; 20 March 1936) is a Jamaican music producer and inventor noted for his innovative studio techniques and production style. Perry was a pioneer in the 1970s development of dub music with his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks. He has worked with and produced for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo, Adrian Sherwood, the Beastie Boys, Ari Up, and many others.

In 1973, Perry built a studio in his back yard, the Black Ark, to have more control over his productions and continued to produce notable musicians such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Junior Byles, Junior Murvin, the Heptones, the Congos and Max Romeo. He also started the Black Art label, on which many of the productions from the studio appeared. With his own studio at his disposal, Perry’s productions became more lavish, as the energetic producer was able to spend as much time as he wanted on the music he produced. Virtually everything Perry recorded in The Black Ark was done using basic recording equipment; through sonic sleight-of-hand, Perry made it sound unique. Paul Douglas mentions:

“Scratch had a particular sound and everybody was fascinated by his sound. He had this way of putting things together; it was just his sound and it influenced a lot of people. I’ve even gone to the Black Ark with Eric Gale for that Negril (album) album; I remember myself and Val Douglas, we laid some tracks there, Eric Gale overdubbed stuff on there, but I honestly don’t remember what happened to it.”

Perry remained behind the mixing desk for many years, producing songs and albums that stand out as a high point in reggae history.

By 1978, stress and unwanted outside influences began to take their toll: both Perry and The Black Ark quickly fell into a state of disrepair. Eventually, the studio burned to the ground. Perry has constantly insisted that he burned the Black Ark himself in a fit of rage.

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