Lee "Scratch" Perry

Give Me Power

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Give Me Power contains a nice overview of Lee Perry's varied and progressive work as a producer during the burgeoning reggae era. Vocal numbers like Junior Byle's "Rasta No Pickpocket" and Max Romeo's "Public Enemy Number One" prefigure the kind of weighty production and searching vocals that eventually became the norm in reggae circles while the Stinger's "Give Me Power" has the sweet and earthy sound of later harmony groups like Israel Vibration. In contrast there's acrobatic MC workouts on Prince Django's "Hot Tip" and King Iwah's "Give Me Power, Version 2." There's also Perry's nod to his '60s work with producers Clement Dodd and Joe Gibbs on the Upsetter's rocksteady-style harmony number "The Thanks We Get" and their ska/rude boy inspired instrumental "Dig Your Grave." All the tracks are unified by Lee Perry touches like the deep, rolling bass used for the vocals and more dub-style effects such as the stratospheric organ comping on "Give Me Power, Version 2" and the warbling trombone solo on "Ring of Fire." In its brevity, Give Me Power provides textbook coverage of the changes in Jamaican music in the early '70s as the Upsetter saw it; in turn, this is a very good sampler of Perry in his prime and almost all his glory. For a more complete look at the Upsetter's dub style one might look to the classic Super Ape or The Upsetter in Dub Collection on Heartbeat.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:30 Amazon
2 03:37 Amazon
3 02:10 Amazon
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5 03:10 Amazon
6 03:16 Amazon
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8 03:09 Amazon
9 03:34 Amazon
10 02:24 Amazon
11 02:49 Amazon
12 02:45 Amazon
13 03:13 Amazon
14 03:19 Amazon
15 02:18 Amazon
16 03:14 Amazon
17 03:20 Amazon
18 03:14 Amazon
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