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Speaking in Pastiche: Lee "Scratch" Perry and Subatomic Sound System Revisit 'Super Ape'

"[Scratch is] like this jester and he's joking around and people discount him, almost like he's a clown but he's actually speaking these deep truths in jokes."

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Lee Scratch Perry: Back on the Controls

With the best of intentions, British producer Daniel Boyle reunites Scratch with his vintage '70s dub equipment.

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The Orb Featuring Lee Scratch Perry: The Observer in the Star House

In keeping with the Orb’s tendency toward sci-fi themes, the album is called The Observer in the Star House. But the sci-fi endeavor is more Cocoon than Star Wars – gentle, romantic and consistently delivered rather than epic in scope.

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The Spy From Cairo: Arabadub

Middle Eastern dub vibes via New York on this club friendly album.

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2012 Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville Music Fest 2012 in photos.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry: Rise Again

The legendary and legendarily batty reggae pioneer teams up with Bill Laswell, with Bernie Worrell and TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe lending a hand. The Lee Perry-ness that ensues is of a notably refined nature.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: 'Heart of the Congos'

'Heart of the Congos' has seen many ups and downs, from the widespread acclaim of today to the creative ferment of late '70s Kingston and all the neglect, discovery, and possible theft that came in between. Through all that noise the album shines, a work of undeniable inspiration and enigmatic effect, and a lasting testament to Lee Perry and his studio.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: 'Police and Thieves'

The international success of 'Police and Thieves' made it ubiquitous for fans of reggae and punk alike, but the album's roots are particular to the inner workings of vital, very-much-Jamaican studios like the Black Ark.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: 'Super Ape'

From the irresistible call of the opening drums to the indeterminate farewell of the last, fading chant, 'Super Ape' incarnates a sonic world, a microcosm of rhythm, mix, melody, and toasting that, whatever your personal tastes, stands replete and to itself.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: 'War Ina Babylon'

Max Romeo's 'War Ina Babylon' was just the beginning of a tremendously fertile period for producer Lee Perry. In less than two years he would produce an impressive batch of albums, several of which remain absolute classics. 'War Ina Babylon' can measure up to all of them in one way or another, and that is the main reason it is remembered as an essential piece of the roots reggae canon.

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Joe Gibbs: Scorchers from the Mighty Two

When listening to a compilation like Scorchers from the Mighty Two, ownership of a certain piece of music seems like a quaint and inconsequential idea. There's a communal spirit that reigns.

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Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Lee 'Scratch' Perry at the Jazz Cafe

In this 2007 show, Lee Perry proves himself to be as energetic and exciting as performers half his age.

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Lee Perry: The Upsetter Selection

Skanking cows, crying babies, and the Vatican: Perry is master of them all on this definitive, self-compiled two-disc set. And that's not the half of it.

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Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Panic in Babylon

On Panic in Babylon, the master of reggae dub still has a fire in his belly and complete mastery over the recording studio.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry

'I don't smoke ganja anymore; I smoke incense. Because when you smoke incense, your senses are in.'

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