Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Judgement in a Babylon
Trojan Records 1981 / 2004

Today, dear music friends, we pay tribute to Rainford Hugh
Perry, better known as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. He died in Noel
Holmes Hospital in Western Jamaica age 85 yesterday.
Lee Perry was a legend and a pioneer in reggae music.
He worked with Bob Marley, Junior Murvin, Max Romeo,
Junior Byles, The Congos, The Heptones, Jah Lion, just to
name a view. I saw him quite a number of times and was
a huge fan of his groundbreaking work. Let’s all play
his music for at least a week. There are so many
wonderful records to enjoy. Condolences to
his family and friends. RIP dear Scratch ..

Chicken Scratch Again
with Dub Syndicate, Time Boom X De Devil Dead 1987
Africa’s Blood
Super Ape 1976
Return of the Super Ape 1978
Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread 1978
Blackboard Jungle Dub 1981
The Upsetters Chapter 1
Heart of the Ark vol. 2 1983
Kung Fu Meets the Dragon 1996
Upsetters, Double Seven 1976
All posts concerning Lee Perry

01 – Judgement in a babylon
02 – One drop

Bonus tracks;

03 – Lee Perry – Pussy galore
04 – Upsetters – Rejoicing skank
05 – Lee Perry – Bathroom skank
06 – Upsetters – Bingo kid
07 – Lee Perry – Django
08 – Upsetters – Dub it
09 – Lee Perry – Madhead
10 – Upsetters – Bus a dub


Sonia Pottinger – Marcus Garvey (Bag-O-Wire)
Roots Music International 1976

One of the first reggae-dub albums I knew was the famous
Bag-O-Wire. A Sonia Pottinger project from 1975. It was
also known as Marcus Garvey. On this Dutch release from
1976 the titles are changed in Prophecy 1 to 5, Fullfillment
1 & 2 and finally Judgement 1 to 3. I have this Dutch RMILP 03.
The Dutch release speaks of 10 tracks while the album has 11.
Together with some mistakes in the English liner-notes,
it is a bit of a mess. I have taken the original titles
and added the original images.

Eind jaren zeventig maakte ik kennis met deze klassieker.
Het was een van de eerste dub-albums die we hoorden.
Bag-O-Wire, een Sonia Pottinger project, ook bekend als
Marcus Garvey. Op de Nederlandse uitgave uit 1976 zijn de
titels veranderd in Prophecy 1 tot 5, Fullfillment 1 & 2 en
Judgement 1 tot 3. Ik heb die Nederlandse RMILP 03.
Deze uitvoering spreekt van 10 titels terwijl er 11
opstaan. Samen met enkele fouten in de Engelse
liner-notes een beetje een rommeltje. Ik heb
de originele titels genomen en de
originele afbeeldingen toegevoegd ..

Discogs NL
Discogs UK

01 – Rock fort
02 – Gully
03 – Bag-o-wire
04 – Resovoir
05 – Poison ivy
06 – Judas
07 – Chapter
08 – Warrika hill
09 – Dubonic
10 – Skankeboo
11 – Dragon fly


Vibronics – Dubliftment
Universal 2004

01 – Only one dub
02 – Mount zion-I
03 – Dub forever
04 – Deep root dub
05 – Red, gold & green
06 – Highland dub
07 – Dub herbs
08 – Volcano
09 – East end dub
10 – Dub struggle
11 – Sound minded
12 – Dinosaur


Linton Kwesi Johnson – Forces of Victory
Island 1979

An excellent idea Mouhamadou, Linton Kwesi Johnson
scored big time at the end of the seventies. After the great
‘Dread Beat an’ Blood’ under the name Poet and the Roots,
he continued under his own name. This was the follower up
which we played thousands of times in those years. Very
strong lyrics and Linton’s deep voice is still indestructible.
It was about time for me to post the other albums ..

As a bonus I have added his 1980, 12″ single ‘Di Black
Petty Booshwah’ ..

Een zeer goed idee van Mouhamadou om het missende
werk van Linton Kwesi Johnson eens te brengen. Na zijn
geweldige ‘Dread Beat an’ Blood’ als Poet and the Roots
eind jaren zeventig vervolgde hij onder zijn eigen naam
met dit album. We hebben het toentertijd helemaal
stuk gedraaid. Zeer sterke lyrics en de onverwoestbare
diepe stem van Linton staat nog steeds als een huis.
Het was hoog tijd zijn overige platen eens te posten ..

Als bonus heb ik de 1980, 12″ single ‘Di Black Petty
Booshwah’ toegevoegd ..

Dread Beat an’ Blood 1978

01 – Want fi goh rave
02 – It noh funny
03 – Sonny’s lettah (anti-sus poem)
04 – Independant intavenshan
05 – Fite dem back
06 – Reality poem
07 – Forces of vicktry
08 – Time come

bonus tracks ;

09 – Di black betty booshwah
10 – Straight to madray’s head
11 – Action line
12 – Action line dub


Fat Man Ridim Section – Bald Head Justice
Top Ranking Sounds 1978

Early eighties, with a couple of friends, we really got stuck in reggae
music. An album that was permanently on the side of the turntable
was this dub version of Jacob Miller’s ‘Wanted’. Bald Head Justice
with the Fat Man Ridim Section of Ian Lewis and his buddies with
Sly and Robbie. I was totally hooked on this one. It is not complex
but somehow has a special touch, nice guitars horns and keys.
A dub lover’s treat you don’t wanna miss out on. I must
have played it thousands of times ..

In de vroege jaren tachtig ben ik met een aantal vrienden echt
even blijven steken in de reggae. Een plaat die niet van de draai-
tafel week was deze dub versie van Jacob Miller’s lp ‘Wanted’.
Bald Head Justice met de Fat Man Ridim Section van Ian Lewis
en zijn companen en met Sly en Robbie. Ik was compleet ver-
slingerd aan dit album. Hij is niet ingewikkeld maar heeft op
de een of andere manier iets bijzonders. Een dub
liefhebber’s droom plaat die je niet wil missen ..

” ..Jah will never give the power to
a bald head man, to judge a rasta man .. ”

Jacob Miller – Wanted 1978
Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard 1975
Wagon of Dub 1982
.. meets Downtown Horns 1979

tracks ;

01 – Straight to cuddley’s chest
02 – Wareira hill rock
03 – The “black” spy
04 – Joshua “A” loaf
05 – “Copper” bullet
06 – S.M.G. skank
07 – Laughing babylon
08 – Pass the pipe
09 – Badness never pay


Lee Perry Theme Week, day 6
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & Dub Syndicate
Time Boom X De Devil Dead
On-U Sound Records / EMI 1987

Taking a step forward to the late eighties period in London
with On-U Sound producer Adrian Sherwood we’ve got this
Time Boom X De Devil Dead. Quite a different feeling from
the old Black Ark sound. Still, typical Perry madness ..

We springen een eind voorwaarts in de geschiedenis met deze
Time Boom X De Devil Deaduit zijn latere jaren 80 Londen pe-
riode met de On-U Sound producer Adrian Sherwood. Tamelijk
ander geluid dan de vroegere Black Ark tijd maar
nog altijd de typische Perry gekte ..

tracks ;

01 – S.D.I.
02 – Blinkers
03 – Jungle
04 – De devil dead
05 – Music + science lovers
—–Kiss the champion
06 – Allergic to lies
07 – Time conquer


Lee Perry Theme Week, day 3
The Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub
Clocktower Records 1981

tracks ;

01 – The Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub (version 1)
02 – Rubba rubba words
03 – The Upsetters – Cloak a Dagger (version 3)
04 – Dub from africa
05 – Dreamland dub
06 – Pop goes the dread dub
07 – Fever grass dub
08 – Sin semilla kaya dub
09 – Moving forward
10 – The Upsetters – Blackboard Jungle Dub (version 2)
11 – Kasha macka dub
12 – Setta iration dub


Lee Perry Theme Week, day 3
Scratch and Company – The Upsetters Chapter 1
Clock Tower Records Inc. LPCT 0114


In our Lee Perry theme week, today we find Scratch and Company
with The Upsetters Chapter 1 on special request by Tim.
“Lee Perry, one of the most celebrated producers of our time. He
worked with Carl Dawkins, Dave Barker, Bunny Clarke, Dillinger,
Augustus Pablo, Glenn Adams, Max Romeo, Junior Byles, Jimmy
Riley, Davis Isaac, Gregory Isaacs, Keith Rowe, Hugh Roy, George
Faith, Jah Lloyd, Junior Murvin, The Heptones and Bob Marley and
the Wailers. Lee Perry can make a four track sound like sixteen, he
can make a small board sound like a large board. he can make
singers sing. You see, the average person just can’t understand
where he is coming from. He is about ten years ahead of himself
and has been that way for many years, just listen to some of his
arrangements you see, the Upsetter is truly one of the most ce-
lebrated producers of our time. His fame and recordings are
more proof why he is a favorite of literally millions of reggae
music fans around the world” .. read more at backsleeve ..
( Brad “Clocktower” osborne)

Double Seven from 1976
Upsetters discography

tracks ;

01 – The Upsetters – Scratch the Dub Organizer
02 – Johnny Lover and the Towerchanters – Who you gonna run to
03 – Lee and the Blue Bell – Tighten up
04 – Val Bennett and the Upsetters – A serious joke
05 – Brad Osborne and the Towerchanters – Little flute chant
06 – Devion Iron – When jah come
07 – The Upsetters – Stretch walking
08 – Lee Perry and the Black Arks – Come along
09 – Ricky and Bunny – Bush weed corn trash
10 – The Upsetters – Curley dub


Fatman Reddim Section meets Downtown Horns
at Channel No.1, Top Ranking Sounds 1979


A reggae album we used to play a lot back in the days, Fatman
Reddim Section with Ian lewis and a bunch of other stars. We
find Sly and Robbie, Barnabas and Mikey Rastar, Touter, Sky Juice
Sticky and Skully and of course the famous Downtown Horns,
Dean, Madden and Fraser. Smooth instrumental reggae from
the old days. Get it and spread it..

Een reggae plaatje die we vroeger veel draaiden, Fatman Reddim
Section met Ian Lewis en een ploegje andere sterren. We vinden
Sly en Robbie, Barnabas en Mikey Rastar, Touter, Sky Juice, Sticky
en Skully en natuurlijk de grote drie, de Downtown Horns met
Dean, Madden en Fraser. Gesmeerde instumentale reggae
uit de oude doos. Haal binnen, luister en geef door..

tracks ;

01 – Black orphans
02 – 1190 rock
03 – Nyah-man solo (copticcosmic)
04 – Take it all


Niney the Observer and Friends
“Bring the Couchie” 1974 – 1976
Trojan 1989


Another album from Trojan’s Producer Series made at the
end of the eighties is this one. Niney the Observer and Friends.
Several cuts from between 1974 and 1976..

Nog zo’n uitgave in de Producer Serie van Trojan in de late
tachtiger jaren is deze. Niney the Observer and Friends.
Diverse nummers uit 1974 tot 1976..

tracks ;

01 – The Reggae Crusaders – Bring the couchie come
—–The Reggae Crusaders – Couchie dub
02 – The Observers – Water boiling
03 – The Observers – One train load of dub
04 – Te Sons of Selassie – I man a african
05 – Michael Rose – Clap the barber
06 – Observer Band – Run bald head dub
—–George Boswell – Jah fire
07 – Dennis Brown – Wolf and leopard
—–The Observers – No conscience
—–I Roy – Sister maggie breast
08 – Horace Andy materialist
—–The Observers – Poor man style
09 – Horace Andy – Psalm 68
—–The Observers – Dub 68


Big Youth – Dreadlocks Dread
Midnite Records 1978


Vorige week was ik te gast bij Raul en Bas van ‘Hot Mama Hot’,
een vynil programma bij Salto Radio Amsterdam. Altijd weer een
heerlijke ervaring met die jongens samen plaatjes te draaien. een
bonte mix van stijlen passeert de revue. Bas draaide wat oude reggae
klassiekers en ik realiseerde me weer wat een geluk ik heb gehad in de
jaren tachtig mijn collectie te mogen opbouwen. Thuis gekomen ben
ik volledig geïnspireerd m’n oude reggae uit de kast gaan halen. helemaal
in de mood geraakt ontdekte ik dat deze kraker op de Global Groove nog
nooit aan bod was gekomen. Hierbij maak ik dat dus even goed. Luister
naar Big Youth en de klassieker Dreadlocks Dread..

Last week I had the pleasure to appear as guest deejay at the studio with
Raul en Bas of ‘Hot mama Hot’ by Salto Radio Amsterdam. Always a huge
joy and fun experience to play vinyl with them guys. An eclectic mixture of
styles passes by every time. Bas was playing some reggae classic hits and I
realized again how lucky I have been to work on my reggae collection during
the eighties. Once I got home I was totally inspired and pulled some old records
from the cabinet. This is when I found out this classic Big Youth album never
found its way to the Global Groove yet. High time to make up and post it.
Download and listen to Big Youth’s classic Dreadlocks Dread..

tracks ;

01 – Train to rhodesia
02 – Dreadlocks dread
03 – Lightning flash
04 – Natty dread she wants
05 – Some like it dread
06 – Marcud garvey dread
07 – Big youth special
08 – Dread organ
09 – Blackman message
10 – Moving on
11 – You don’t care