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Scratch Attack
Lee Perry
Scratch Attack
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #1

Japanese Limited Version featuring an LP Sleeve Style Cover.


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All Artists: Lee Perry
Title: Scratch Attack
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ras
Original Release Date: 8/22/1988
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Styles: Drum & Bass, Techno, Caribbean & Cuba, Jamaica, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 060768981829


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Japanese Limited Version featuring an LP Sleeve Style Cover.

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* GOOD, BUT... *
Jasper | New England | 06/19/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The real reason to buy this disc is for the nine "chapter 1 The Upsetters" selections, the very best of which is "Little Flute Chant." "Little Flute Chant" is another awesome take on the song "Words (of our mouths)," which Scratch versioned and dubbed over and over due to it's sheer greatness and adaptability. Truth be told, the guy who put out "Scratch Attack" manipulated some of the "chapter 1 The Upsetters" tracks heavily, but since he actually PLAYED the flute on "Little Flute Chant" I will partially forgive him. In the book about Perry, "People Funny Boy," it is meantioned how the producer got these original Scratch tapes in a fairly sketchy way, but that he was also a big fan. Oh well, nobody's perfect. Still, for the money, a much better choice is the disc "Dub-Triptych." Trojan Records released the double disc "Dub-Triptych" in 2004, and it is FANTASTIC. "Scratch Attack" features some of the classic 1973 LP "Blackboard Jungle," but some tracks are missing, the tracks have been mysteriously renamed and taken out of order, and the sound quality is severely lacking. "Dub-Triptych" features "Blackboard Jungle" in the proper order, with all the original tracks (properly named), and with absolutely stunning sound quality. I've owned "Scratch Attack" for a while, and I thought the sound was decent, but hearing "Dub-Triptych" is nothing less than a sonic revelation.

"Dub-Triptych" also features two other complete Scratch albums, 1973's "Cloak & Dagger" (featuring 14 awesome Upsetters instrumentals and dubs) and 1975's "Dub Revolution" (9 tracks of pure dub). "Dub-Triptych" also adds 3 bonus tracks to "Blackboard Jungle," leaving us with 52 tracks total!

There are a handful of tracks from "Scratch Attack" which I am very glad to have, but listening to the mega-classic "Blackboard Jungle" on this disc is unacceptable. I would unreservedly recommend starting with "Dub-Triptych," and then if you are really curious about the songs from "chapter 1 The Upsetters", come back and buy this."
Get this!
Sean M. Kelly | Portland, Oregon United States | 09/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If for no other reason, get this lp because of the inclusion of "Blackboard Jungle," one of the earliest and most important dub lps ever made, featuring not only "Scratch" but King Tubby, as well. Long out of print, this may be the only way you can obtain "Blackboard Jungle" and not have it be a third rate bootleg.The first part of the disc, a collection of early Upsetters tracks, is no less important to Perry completists, and is chock full of tasty morsals.This lp is a must have for any dub or Perry fan."
This is the one!
Michael Roberts | Boston, MA | 12/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First of all, you get two for the price of one. Second, you get his best work in "Chapter 1." This was my first Lee Perry cd. I have bought about 25 more trying to find more of this magic, but while some come close, this one is the most unique and wonderful! The second half is Blackboard Jungle Dub, which is pretty good, and makes a nice complement to the smoke-blessed wonder that comes first."