Lee "Scratch" Perry

Shocks of Mighty 1969-74

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While hardly essential, Shocks of Mighty collects some interesting tracks (along with their dubs) produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry between 1969 and 1974, and though it is a bit random (and features some annotative errors and track reversals), the end result has a surprisingly accumulative and cohesive tone. High points include the infectious opening track, "Pound Get a Blow," by the Soul Twins (mistakenly credited to the Upsetters alone in the sleeve notes), Leo Graham's bizarre "Three Blind Mice" (followed by its dub,"Three Times Three") and the big band reggae jazz of the Upsetters on "Dark Moon," which is actually a version of the Rodgers & Hart classic "Blue Moon." The sleeve notes have tracks four and five reversed, and on the disc itself "Set Me Free" by Dave Barker follows its dub, "Shocks of a Mighty," rather than preceding it, which is both irritating and bothersome, marring an otherwise interesting set.

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