Lee Perry

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Double Seven (1974), 7/10
Revolution Dub (1975), 7/10
Super Ape (1976), 7.5/10

Jamaican producer Rainford Hugh Perry, better known as Lee "Scratch" Perry, had been running his own label, Upsetter, since 1968, composed several hits (People Funny Boy, 1968) and was the producer who nursed the Wailers between 1969 and 1973, contributing to the worldwide success of Bob Marley. Perry (using his own name or the monikers Jah Lion, Pipecock Jakxon, Super Ape, Upsetter, Scratch) specialized in languid and trippy instrumental themes, sometimes echoing Ennio Morricone's soundtracks, such as The Upsetter (1968), The Return Of Django (1969), Clint Eastwood.

Then he met King Tubby and together they recorded Blackboard Jungle (1973), the first stereo dub album.

Perry pretty much set the reference standard for generations of dub musicians to come with Double Seven (1974), the first reggae album that overdubbed synthesizers, Revolution Dub (1975) and Super Ape (1976), one of the genre's masterpieces.

Mentally unstable and addicted to drugs, Perry continued to be in demand as a producer but never matched his creative apex again.

Rise Again (2011) was a mediocre collaboration between Lee Perry and Bill Laswell.

Perry died in 2021 at the age of 85.

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