If I hear the song ‘Conscious Man’ I go back in time. It must have
been around 1980 I first heard the song, it brings back memories.
Now I’m a little confused about something. I have always experienced
it as a Lee Perry production. On the 1979 album ‘Consciousness‘
the producer of the song is claimed to be Tony J. On this record
that was only released in 1992, it is credited to Lee Perry. Now
who really was the producer? On this page I read Lee Perry did
the job in 1977. If anyone can clear up the matter, please do.
Meantime listen to these sublime Perry recordings
with the Black Ark Players ..
01 – Conscious man
02 – Brotherly love
03 – Have a little faith
04 – Back biter
05 – Cool down
06 – Babylon a fight rasta
07 – Dread dreader
08 – Play play
09 – Oppression
Those are 2 different albums.
Conscious man was produced by lee perry at black ark, released by his friend C. OWENS of Sevens Leaves. After lee perry was surpassed by Island records.
Consciousness was an album produced by prince jammy’s in no way coming close-up to Conscious man from the black ark, black art.
I’m no expert on the subject matter, but the switched and wrong credits on the original single could be the source of the confusion:
Definitely Lee Perry production, confirmed by a Seven Leaves compilation CD I have called Larks From The Ark, as well as the very detailed biography “The Genius of Lee Scratch Perry.”
Tony J. Is (or was?) an alias of C. Owens, so he has licensed the song Conscious Man to (then) prince to today’s King Jammy’s produced Consciouness album.