Lee Perry

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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.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Andrea Marengo)

Rainford Hugh Perry, meglio conosciuto come Lee "Scratch" Perry, fondatore dell'etichetta Upsetter risalente al 1968, compose numerosi successi (People Funny, Boy, 1968) e fu il produttore che assistette i Wailers tra il 1969 e il 1973, contribuendo al successo mondiale di Bob Marley. Perry (adottando il proprio nome o gli alias Jah Lion, Pipecock Jakxon, Super Ape, Upsetter, Scratch) si specializzò in temi strumentali languidi e psichedelici, a volte riecheggiando le colonne sonore di Ennio Morricone, come in The Upsetter (1968), The Return Of Django (1969), Clint Eastwood.

In seguito incontrò King Tubby e insieme registrarono  Blackboard Jungle (1973), il primo album dub in stereo.

Perry impostò soprattutto i modelli di riferimento a future generazioni di musicisti dub con Double Seven (1974), il primo album reggae con sintetizzatori in overdub, Revolution Dub (1975) e Super Ape (1976), uno dei capolavori del genere.

Mentalmente instabile e tossicodipendente, Perry continuò ad essere un produttore richiesto ma non raggiunse più il suo apice creativo.

Rise Again (2011) era una mediocre collaborazione tra Lee Perry e Bill Laswell.

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