Lee "Scratch" Perry

Son of Thunder

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A budget-price two-CD compilation boasting 30 cuts from the late '60s and into the '70s. The set is a complete mishmash and offers absolutely no help via liner notes or credits. If you can identify what, when, and with whom these songs were cut, obviously your collection contains better compilations than this, and it's unlikely Son of Thunder contains anything you don't already have. If you can't and don't care, well, at this price it's worth your money. There are hits a plenty: "People Funny Boy," "Kill Them All," "Justice to the People," and many, many more. There's no logic to what has been included, though, nor how the albums were sequenced, but in a way, the set's sheer anarchy mirrors Perry's own. There's a quartet of skanks ("Cow Thief Skank," "Kentucky Skank," "Bathroom Skank," and "Bucky Skank"), some weird and wonderful covers ("Yakety Yak," "Soul Man," and the aforementioned "Justice"), songs aimed at former friends, and songs inspired by movies; a smorgasbord of the artist/producer. And while some of these tracks are not Perry's best, they all are unique, for even a Perry failure contains intriguing ideas and sounds. Not the best way to start off, but for the adventurous, an unforgettable journey.

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