Lee "Scratch" Perry

Rastafari Liveth in the Hearts of All Itinually

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This release follows the pattern of a lot of Perry releases, choosing to chronicle a series of singles and offering first the A, then the B. The effect is not as mind-numbing and clinical as one might think. These songs are from the prime of Perry's conscious phase, right during his flirtation with Rastafari. The lyrics are strong and the beats are strident and military, more reminiscent of some of King Tubby's work than a lot of what leaked from The Black Ark. Many of the usual suspects contribute vocals here, including Devon Irons and Watty Burnett. For those looking for a starting point, there are better records. For the converted, it's tough to get enough and this will be a welcome addition to the pile.