Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lick Shot

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A peculiar though successful compilation, LICK SHOT compiles tracks from various periods of the lengthy and wildly diverse career of legendary reggae performer/producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. The disc primarily focuses on Perry's late-'60s rock steady work. A number of killer tracks feature The Upsetters, Perry's stalwart studio band, including a version of their self-titled theme song.

LICK SHOT also contains several examples of Perry's dub experiments, where the lead vocal of a popular song is erased and production tricks, sound effects, and other instrumentation are added. "Dangerous Dub" and "Evilous Dub" are two particularly good early examples of Perry's dub wizardry. Most of Perry's '60s and '70s tracks were never properly copyrighted, so many of these collections of public domain tracks exist. But the fine-sounding LICK SHOT is one of the best of its type.

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