Lee Perry & FriendsBack To The Ark

Label:Upsetter – RLSUPSETTER005
4 x Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Record Store Day
Box Set, Record Store Day


A1Hughie IzachaarTell Me What A Gwan4:39
A2Lee PerryGwan This Dub4:37
B1Lee PerryCookie Jar A Crumble4:37
B2Lee PerryCookie Dub4:37
C1Congo Ashanti RoyRuff It Ruff4:37
C2Lee PerryRuffer Dub4:35
D1Lee PerryBig Banana4:36
D2Lee PerryBanana Horns4:37
E1Sylford WalkerZion Is A Holy Place4:07
E2Lee PerryHola Dub4:11
F1Lee PerryHavin A Party Tonight4:12
F2Lee PerryParty Time Horns4:19
G1Danny RedWorld Crisis3:30
G2Lee PerryCrisis Dub3:30
H1Lee PerrySmoke & Sweat3:30
H2Lee PerrySweat Horns3:30


Box set comprising re-cuts/mixes/dubs of 4 rhythms from Lee Perrys late 1970's Black Ark period. Each 12" record has 4 versions of a rhythm: a guest vocal cut, a dub version, a Lee Perry vocal and a horns cut.

Released for Record Store Day 2019.

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  • GaboWabo's avatar
    This is absolutely Irie Irie Irie Irie Irie Irie music! Simply put!
    • MickSleeper's avatar
      Although I have mixed feelings about Record Store Day, it's hard to fault this set of 12" singles. Back To The Ark is a terrific showcase of vocals and dubs that gathers together the impressive talent of Congo Ashanti Roy, Sylford Walker, Dennis Bovell, Vin Gordon, and – of course – Lee Perry. Highlights include Danny Red's "World Crisis" and Congo Ashanti Roy's "Ruff It Ruff", both sounding like they could have been vintage Upsetter or Black Art singles from the 1970s (in mood, not in production style). Scratch is his usual playful and eccentric self on the B-sides, but the A-side singers are the real attraction here. Of course, the set sold out during Record Store Day in April, but many are still available on Discogs or elsewhere. A bit pricey, but a nice collector's set and another cool snapshot of the Upsetter in his twilight years.
      • SpinTimeRecords's avatar
        Edited 5 years ago
        An improvement over previous Lee Perry releases from Rolling Lion; there's some art in the mixing instead of the monotonous, assaultive red-lining of every track that marks what they've put out up to now. That said, despite the always laudable assemblage of talent and the obsessive-nerdy re-creation of the Black Ark's hardware setup, the results are once again pretty forgettable.


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