Trojan Announce New Compilation Album ‘King Scratch’

TROJAN RECORDS ANNOUNCE NEW COLLECTION FROM THE LEGENDARY LATE LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY 
KING SCRATCH  
(MUSICAL MASTERPIECES FROM THE UPSETTER ARK-IVE)
OUT 26TH AUGUST ON 2xCD, 2xLP 
+ 4xLP & 4xCD BOX SET WITH ILLUSTRATED BOOK  
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Trojan Records have today announced a new compilation album King Scratch (Musical Masterpieces from the Upsetter Ark-ive). The album, out on double CD, double vinyl, and a deluxe box set, will comprise tracks from across the career of the legendary late great Jamaican record producer and artist Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Released on the 26th August, the collection will mark the 1st anniversary of his passing, showcasing the very best of his work across his own releases and his productions for other artists. 

As arguably the greatest Jamaican record producer of all time, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was instrumental in transforming Jamaica’s national sound throughout the 60s and 70s, with his unique approach to production pushing the music beyond previously perceived boundaries. This release will not only mark the first anniversary of his passing at the age of 85 but it falls on the weekend of London’s iconic Notting Hill Carnival, the first event since 2019. “This new box-set of Lee’s golden years shows the visionary genius that drove him to push all creative boundaries, and solidify his status as a cultural icon.  Lee’s art and music will live on forever,” says his widow Mireille Perry on behalf of Lee’s estate.

The deluxe box set comprises 109 tracks across four vinyl LPs and four CDs, featuring his best known and most influential recordings along with some rare and unreleased DJ mixes. It includes a previously unreleased mix of Junior Murvin’s powerful ‘Police And Thieves’, UK chart-buster ‘Hurt So Good’ by Susan Cadogan, and the Upsetters’ boss reggae classic ‘Return’ Of Django’, as well as numerous major Jamaican hits. The box set will also include a 50 page fully illustrated book, penned by Scratch’s official biographer David Katz and will feature photos from celebrated photographer Adrian Boot, as well as a newly designed two-sided full colour 24″ x 24″ poster. 

The 2x gatefold LP and 2x CD set collection focuses upon the legendary music-maker’s best-known productions from the 60s and 70s, performed by some of the giants of Jamaican music, with both iconic imagery and extensive notes on the man whose talent and imagination took reggae to new heights of excellence. 

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s vision and talent has had a significant impact on the musical landscape of today, 

inspiring many of the world’s greatest musicians including the likes of The Prodigy, The Rolling Stones, The Beastie Boys, The Clash, and Diplo who carried his sound forward. This brand new release pays homage to a legend whose astounding legacy will never be forgotten. 

About Lee Scratch Perry 

Jamaican record producer and singer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (1936 – 2021) was noted for his unique approach to music-making, which resulted in the creation of an astounding body of work that proved instrumental in shaping not just the sound of Jamaican music, but profoundly influencing, entertaining and inspiring generations the world over. 1963 saw him make his debut with driving ska number ‘Old For New’, the success of which led to the follow up ‘Chicken Scratch’ which was the track that led to his most enduring nickname ‘Scratch’.  

After sessions with Karl ‘JJ’ JohnsonWIRL (West Indies Records Ltd.), and Prince Buster, Scratch was employed as a sound engineer for Joe Gibbs and created a series of superior rock steady singles including his own ‘I Am The Upsetter’, which established another of his long-lasting nicknames. It was Scratch’s own ‘People Funny Boy’ that became one of the biggest sellers of Jamaican music in 1968, not only ensuring the future of Scratch’s label ‘Upsetter Records’, but also prompting a deal with Trojan Records in Britain, who in 1969 set up its own Upsetter label to showcase the best of Scratch’s productions. After months spent building the British club scene, The Upsetters’ ‘Return Of Django’ backed with ‘Dollar in the Teeth’ broke into the pop charts, peaking at the number 5 spot. 

A variety of performers began to benefit from Scratch’s imitable talents, including a vocal trio that became Bob Marley and The Wailers. The 70’s saw Scratch re-affirm his standing as one of Jamaica’s most successful and influential producers and by 1973 he had built his Black Ark Studio, which saw him produce some of the most spellbinding music of the decade, with significant hits including Susan Cadogan’s popular cover of ‘Hurt So Good’, Junior Byles’ hypnotic lament, ‘Curley Locks’ and a series of compelling roots anthems, such as ‘Sufferer’s Time’ by The HeptonesMax Romeo’s ‘Sipple Out Deh’ (aka ‘War in a Babylon’) and Junior Murvin’s strident ‘Police and Thief’ aka ‘Police and Thieves’.

Over the years that followed Scratch continued to perform and achieve significant success with his 1983 Trojan collection Jamaican ET winning a GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album. A pioneer and true innovator, Scratch was responsible for some of the greatest recordings in Jamaican music history and this album brings together such tracks, commencing with his breakthrough hit, ‘People Funny Boy’, right through to the title track of the Grammy Award-winning collection Jamaican E.T.

About Trojan Records

From its inception in 1968, Trojan Records changed the British musical and cultural landscape, bringing a new sound and ethos to the world. Introducing the music of Jamaica to the UK and wider audiences, it brought the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Desmond Dekker, The Pioneers, Bob Marley, Prince Buster and Jimmy Cliff to a mainstream audience. Now part of the BMG family, the label celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

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King Scratch (Musical Masterpieces from the Upsetter Ark-ive) tracklist

Box Set Track List 

LP1, Side 1

  1. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry 
  2. Tighten Up – The Inspirations 
  3. Return of Django – The Upsetters
  4. Shocks of Mighty – Dave Barker & The Upsetters
  5. Place Called Africa aka A Place Called Africa – Junior Byles
  6. All Africans aka Don’t Cross The Nation (7″ mix) – Little Roy +
  7. Beat Down Babylon – Junior Byles 

LP1, Side 2

  1. Words of My Mouth – The Gatherers
  2. Hot Tip – Prince Django 
  3. Jungle Lion (7″ mix) – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
  4. Curly Locks – Junior Byles
  5. Hurt So Good (7″ mix) – Susan Cadogan
  6. Bushweed Corntrash – Bunny & Ricky

LP 2, Side 1 

  1. Three Blind Mice – Max Romeo
  2. Three Times Three – King Tubby & The Upsetters
  3. Sufferers Time – The Heptones
  4. Sufferers Heights – Junior Dread
  5. Roast Fish And Corn Bread (Jamaican mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry 
  6. Sipple Out Deh aka War In A Babylon (Jamaican mix) – Max Romeo 

LP2, Side 2

  1. One Step Forward (12″ mix) – Max Romeo & Prince Jazzbo*
  2. Rise And Shine – Watty & Tony 
  3. Police And Thieves (12″ mix) – Junior Murvin & Jah Lion *

LP3, Side 1

  1. Ethiopia Land – Peter & Paul Lewis 
  2. Chase The Devil / Disco Devil – Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with The Full Experience *
  3. City Too Hot (“7 mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  4. Vibrate Onn (“12 mix) – Augustus Pablo

LP3, Side 2

  1. Rainy Night In Portland (12″ mix) – Watty Burnett
  2. Garden of Life – Leroy Sibbles
  3. Sons of Slaves (12″ mix) – Junior Delgado 

LP4, Side 1 

  1. Roots Train (“7 mix) – Junior Murvin +
  2. History (7″ mix) – Carlton Jackson 
  3. Neckodememus aka Nicodemus (7″ mix) – The Congos
  4. Soul Fire (Jamaican mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

LP4, Side 2

  1. One Drop – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  2. I Am A Madman (LP mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  3. Exodus (12″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  4. Jamaican E.T (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry*

CD1. THE EARLY YEARS, 1968 – 1973 

  1. None Such Busted Me Bet (aka Sufferation – The Mellotones)
  2. Stranger On The Shore – Val Bennett & The Upsetters
  3. A Place In The Sun – David Isaacs
  4. Dollar In The Teeth – The Upsetters
  5. Check Him Out – The Bleechers
  6. Live Injection – The Upsetters
  7. Prisoner Of Love – Dave Barker & The Upsetters 
  8. Clint Eastwood (7″ Mix) – The Upsetters
  9. Babyloose Burning aka Babylon’s Burning – Maxie, Niney & Scratch 
  10. Give Me Power – The Stingers
  11. This World – Milton Henry as King Medious 
  12. Lick The Pipe Peter Part 4 – Jah T
  13. French Connection – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
  14. Da Da – Junior Byles 
  15. Rasta Bandwagon – Max Romeo 
  16. Blackman Time – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  17. Bucky Skank – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters 
  18. Cow Thief Skank – Charlie Ace & Lee Perry
  19. Black IPA aka Green Island – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
  20. Dub Organizer – Dillinger & The Upsetters
  21. News Flash – Leo Graham 
  22. Better Days – Carlton & The Shoes 
  23. Sick And Tired – Neville Grant 
  24. Rasta No Pickpocket 
  25. Black Candle – Leo Graham

CD2. BLACK ARK ADVENTURES PART 1 (1974 – 1976)

  1. Doctor Demand – Leo Graham & Prince Jazzbo
  2. Stay Dread – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  3. Herb Vendor – Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace
  4. Lady Lady – Cynty & The Monkees
  5. Enter The Dragon (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters
  6. Public Jestering – Judge Winchester
  7. Cane River Rock – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & the Upsetters
  8. Do It Baby (aka Nice And Easy) (7″ mix) – Susan Cadogan
  9. The Long Way (7″mix) – Junior Byles 
  10. Many Are Called aka Yagga Yagga – The Unforgettables 
  11. Be Thankful (For What You’ve Got) – Bunny Scott
  12. I Man Free – Watty Burnett 
  13. I Man Stand Still – Jimmy Riley
  14. To Love Somebody – Bunny Scott
  15. Son of Negus – Jimmy Riley 
  16. Down Here in Babylon – Brent Dowe
  17. Big May – Bunny Scott 
  18. Babylon Deh Pon Fire – Truth, Fact & Correct
  19. Natty Pass Through Rome – Prince Jazzbo 
  20. Back Wey – Fay Bennett
  21. Fever / Influenza Version – Susan Cadogan & The Upsetters
  22. White Belly Rat – Lee Perry
  23. Fire Fe The Vatican – Max Romeo 
  24. Stop The War In A Babylon – James Boom +

CD3. BLACK ARK ADVENTURES PART 2 (1976 – 1977)

  1. I Shall Be Released – The Heptones & Jah Lion +
  2. A Wah Dat – Junior Dread
  3. Take Warning – Ralph Haughton & Ebony Sisters
  4. Four And Twenty Dreadlocks (7″mix) – Evan Jones 
  5. Groovy Situation (Jamaican mix) – Keith Rowe
  6. I Forgot To Be Your Lover (7″ mix) – George Faith 
  7. Voodooism – Leo Graham 
  8. Rasta Train – Raphael Green & Alimantando
  9. At The Feast (Of The Passover) – The Congos
  10. Wolf Out Deh – Shaumark & Robinson
  11. Reggae Music – Hugo Blackwood & Alimantado
  12. Open the Gate (7″ mix) – Watty Burnett +

CD 4. BLACK ARK & BEYOND (1977 – 2002)

  1. Bad Weed (12″ mix) – Junior Murvin 
  2. Bionic Rats (12″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  3. Forward With The Orthodox – Mistic I 
  4. Know Love (12″ mix) – Twin Roots
  5. Big Neck Police – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  6. Green Bay Inquest – Lord Sassafrass & Debra Keese
  7. Free Up The Prisoners (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  8. Home Guard – Michael Campbell (aka Mikey Dread)
  9. Cross Over (7″ mix) – Junior Murvin 
  10. Bafflin Smoke Signal (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry *
  11. Introducing Myself – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  12. For Whom The Bell Tolls (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry *
  13. I’ll Take You There (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry *

13. Vampire (7″ mix) – Devon Irons & Alimantado

Track list CD:

CD1: THE EARLY YEARS, 1968 – 1976

  1. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  2. Tighten Up – The Inspirations 
  3. Return Of Django – The Upsetters
  4. Shocks Of Mighty – Dave Barker
  5. Place Called Africa – Junior Byles 
  6. All Africans (7″ mix) – Little Roy + 
  7. Beat Down Babylon – Junior Byles
  8. Words Of My Mouth – The Gatherers
  9. Bucky Skank – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters 
  10. Jungle Lion (7″ mix) – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
  11. Hurt So Good (7″ mix) – Susan Cadogan 
  12. Curly Locks – Junior Byles 
  13. Bushweed Corntrash – Bunny and Ricky
  14. Stay Dread – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  15. Three Blind Mice – Max Romeo 
  16. Do It Baby (aka Nice and Easy) (7″ mix) – Susan Cadogan
  17. Natty Pass Through Rome – Prince Jazzbo
  18. One Step Forward/ Ital Corner (12″ mix) – Max Romeo and Prince Jazzbo *
  19. Sufferer’s Time – The Heptones
  20. Police and Thief aka Police and Thieves (12″ mix) Junior Murvin and Jah Lion *
  21. Roast Fish And Cornbread (Jamaican mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  22. Sipple Out Deh (Ja. mix) – max Romeo

CD2: THE EARLY YEARS, 1976 & BEYOND 

  1. Fire Fe The Vatican (7″ mix) – Max Romeo 
  2. Rise and Shine – Watty and Tony
  3. Chase The Devil / Disco Devil – Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry With The Full Experience * 
  4. Voodooism – Leo Graham
  5. Open The Gate – Watty Burnett +
  6. Roots Train (7″ mix) – Junior Murvin +
  7. Soul Fire (Jamaican mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  8. Cross Over (12″ mix) Junior Murvin
  9. At The Feast (Of The Passover) – The Congos
  10. Free Up The Prisoners (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  11. Sons of Slaves (7″ mix) – Junior Delgado +
  12. Big Neck Policeman – Lee ‘Scratch Perry’ 
  13. Neckodememus (7″ mix) – The Congos
  14. Bafflin Smoke Signal (7″ mix) –  Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry *
  15. One Drop – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  16. I Am A Madman – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  17. Exodus (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry +
  18. Jamaican ET (7″ mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry *

Track list 2x Vinyl: 

LP1 

Side 1 

  1. People Funny Boy – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  2. Tighten Up – The Inspirations 
  3. Return Of Django – The Upsetters
  4. Shocks Of Mighty – Dave Barker
  5. Place Called Africa – Junior Byles 
  6. All Africans (7″ mix) – Little Roy + 
  7. Beat Down Babylon – Junior Byles

Side 2

  1. Words Of My Mouth – The Gatherers
  2. Hot Tip – Prince Django 
  3. Jungle Lion (7″ mix) – Lee Perry & The Upsetters
  4. Curly Locks – Junior Byles 
  5. Hurt So Good (7″ mix) – Susan Cadogan 
  6. Stay Dread – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  7. Sipple Out Deh – Max Romeo 

LP2 

Side 1

  1. One Step Forward (Jamaican mix) – Max Romeo 
  2. Police And Thieves (12″ mix) – Junior Murvin & Jah Lion *
  3. Sons of Slaves – Junior Delgado 

Side 2

  1. Chase The Devil / Disco Devil – Max Romeo & Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry With The Full Experience * 
  2. Soul Fire (Jamaican mix) – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
  3. I am Madman –  Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry +
  4. Exodus –  Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry +
  5. Jamaican ET – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Written by: Amarae Lobban

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