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Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:53 pm
by Neil Foxlee
http://www.dubvendor.co.uk/lee-perry--the-upsetters---sound-system-scratch-pressure-sounds-cd-13888-p.asp

Some from tape, some from dubplates, hence variable sound-quality. For Perryphiles, this has to be the holy grail. Note the early use of a drum machine on some tracks, way ahead of its time.

Re: Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:19 pm
by jackdaw version
From the Dub Vendor text:
Nowadays there is a breed of collector, his desire for regular vinyl releases sated, who hunts down these relics for a taste of something once forbidden to him and his kind. The folks at Pressure Sounds know of this, and in their capacity as the only quality reggae reissue label extant, have taken the plunge into this musical netherworld to compile an album of material lifted from archaic plates and from old sound man tapes.

Yebbut . . . first, note the irony of Pressure Sounds knowing of this — Pressure Sounds are this breed of collector. Second, as noted by Ian A. in the oh.......my........God...... topic at http://www.charliegillett.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15359#p87062,
They must be collecting the artefact, not the music - otherwise none of it makes any sense. A patina of age seems to be quite welcome.
— this release ain't gonna be the artefact, but rather, I suppose, an authentic (of sorts — look up "authentic" in a dictionary) reproduction of the sound and, I might argue, since an original dubplate was a one-off acetate mixed on the fly from the master tape, not a very authentic copy of the artefact itself. CDs? LPs? Might as well just have an mp3!

"Holy Grail"? Sorry, but I'm not convinced — but listening to the track excerpts reveals kind of interesting music. Can't have too much Scratch . . . can one?

Re: Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:35 pm
by Neil Foxlee
I don't think a reggae collector could ever have their desire for regular vinyl releases sated. There was just too much high-quality stuff released, often in very small quantities, which has yet to find its way onto CD.

I meant Holy Grail in terms of the rarity of the originals for Upsetter fans. The only comparable stuff I can think of would be if a Perry/Pablo album turned up from tapes presumed lost.

Re: Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 8:44 pm
by jackdaw version
No doubt that Sound System Scratch is rare and relatively unheard Perry work. I expect a further dent in my bank account.

Re: Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:53 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Having now heard it, I'd say it will probably be of interest mainly to diehard Upsetter fans. Perhaps the most interesting track is the version of what became Shinehead's Billie Jean rhythm.

Re: Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:32 am
by jackdaw version
Neil Foxlee wrote: [ . . . ] of interest mainly to diehard Upsetter fans. [ . . . ]

Who could you be referring to?

I just can't decide whether to get the vinyl or the CD or wait for a download or buy the vinyl and then digitize it myself or get both the vinyl and the CD or what! Yesterday, I put the vinyl in my cart at Ernie B.'s and then took it out thinking I should wait until I've paid off a bit of my credit card, or at least wait until the next statement — but, today, I've got itchy fingers.

Re: Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:50 am
by Neil Foxlee
Perhaps I should have said "Upsetter addicts"...

Presumably you have the I Am The Upsetter Trojan box set? If you haven't, I'd go for that first, even if it is more expensive.

Re: Sound System Scratch preview

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:58 am
by jackdaw version
Some days you may be right with the A-word — only a bit of Perry will do, and he does have some magnificent songs in his repertoire that scratch that itch, but I have my standards and long ago I gave up buying every bit of crap that came along with Perry's name attached. My wife hates him with a passion and that makes it difficult to indulge in full-blown addictive behaviour every day — which is probably just as well, there's plenty of other sounds to tickle my auditory nerves with.