Lee "Scratch" Perry

In Dub Confrontation, Vol. 2

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Half of a two-volume set of somewhat dubious legality released on a tiny British label, LEE PERRY AND KING TUBBY IN DUB CONFRONTATION, VOLUME 2 is an unannotated collection of dub recordings made by probably the two greatest practitioners of the form-the late King Tubby, dub's cool ruler, and Lee "Scratch" Perry, dub's mad scientist. The difference in their styles is immediately apparent. Tubby's tracks pulse steadily and sometimes menacingly, often with the melodica of Augustus Pablo floating in the sonic distance like a vaguely middle-eastern siren's-call. Perry's tracks are far more direct, with Scratch preferring an in-your-face mix of thumping rhythms-almost always provided by brothers Carlton and Aston "Family Man" Barrett-and often bizarre sound effects. Despite its shortcomings, this set is enlightening for fans and novices alike.

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