Lee Scratch Perry*Arkology

Label:Island Jamaica – 524 379-2, Chronicles – CRNCD 6
3 x CD, Compilation
Style:Reggae, Roots Reggae, Dub


Reel I Dub Organiser
1-1Lee Perry + The Upsetters*Dub Revolution (Part 1) (Previously Unreleased Alternate Take)4:44
1-2Max RomeoOne Step Forward3:52
1-3The UpsettersOne Step Dub (Extended Mix)4:06
1-4Devon IronsVampire3:17
1-5The UpsettersVamp A Dub3:16
1-6The HeptonesSufferer's Time (Previously Unreleased Alternate Take)3:55
1-7The UpsettersSufferer's Dub (Extended Mix)4:17
1-8Junior DreadSufferer's Heights (Alternate Mix)4:32
1-9The Congoes*Don't Blame On I4:05
1-10The MeditationsMuch Smarter3:56
1-11The UpsettersMuch Smarter Dub4:42
1-12The MeditationsLife Is Not Easy (Alternate Mix)4:46
1-13The UpsettersLife Is Not Easy Dub (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)5:07
1-14Junior MurvinTedious (Extended Mix)5:04
1-15Max RomeoWar In A Babylon4:51
1-16The UpsettersRevelation Dub5:01
1-17The Heptones + Jah LionMr. President4:13
1-18Max RomeoChase The Devil3:28
Reel II Dub Shepherd
2-1Lee PerryDreadlocks In Moonlight3:46
2-2Mikey DreadDread At The Mantrols3:47
2-3Errol WalkerIn These Times4:39
2-4The UpsettersIn These Times Dub3:24
2-5Max Romeo + The UpsettersNorman (Extended Domino Mix)8:42
2-6Junior MurvinPolice & Thieves3:40
2-7Glen DaCostaMagic Touch4:03
2-8Jah LionSoldier And Police War4:09
2-9The UpsettersGrumblin' Dub3:18
2-10Junior MurvinBad Weed (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)4:02
2-11Errol WalkerJohn Public4:21
2-12Errol Walker + Enos BarnesJohn Public (Version)4:23
2-13Junior Murvin + DillingerRoots Train (Extended Mix With Previously Unreleased Toast)8:59
2-14The MeditationsNo Peace3:30
2-15The UpsettersNo Peace Dub4:20
2-16Raphael Green + Dr. AlimantadoRasta Train (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)4:54
2-17The UpsettersParty Time (Part 2)4:34
Reel III Dub Adventurer
3-1Augustus Pablo Meets The UpsetterVibrate On (Previously Unreleased Alternate Cut)4:40
3-2The UpsettersVibrator (Previously Unreleased Alternate Cut)4:35
3-3The UpsettersBird In Hand3:30
3-4The Congoes*Congoman (Previously Unreleased Alternate Vocal Take)5:52
3-5The Upsetters Featuring Full ExperienceDyon Anasawa (Alternate Mix)3:39
3-6The UpsettersRastaman Shuffle (Previously Unreleased Alternate Mix)5:16
3-7The Heptones + Lee PerryWhy Must I (Version) (Extended Mix With Previously Unreleased Scat Vocal)4:57
3-8The HeptonesMake Up Your Mind3:45
3-9The Upsetter Revue Featuring Junior MurvinCloser Together6:15
3-10Keith Rowe (2)Groovy Situation3:26
3-11Upsetters*Groovy Dub3:33
3-12George FaithTo Be A Lover (Have Some Mercy)7:56
3-13Lee PerrySoul Fire3:58
3-14Lee PerryCurly Locks4:09
3-15The Congoes*Feast Of The Passover (Extended Mix)3:36
3-16Lee PerryRoast Fish & Cornbread (Extended Mix)4:26
3-17The UpsettersCorn Fish Dub (Extended Mix)4:26

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In slipcase. Includes a 52 page book.

Version titles like 'Extended Version', 'Alternate Take' etc. are only printed in the tracklisting on pages 43 and 44.
They are not mentioned in the tracklisting on page 50 and on the back sleeve of the slipcase.
Track 1-6 to 1-8 : "Sufferer's" printed as "Sufferers" on the back sleeve of the slipcase.
Track 1-9 : Previously Unreleased Song From The "Heart Of The Congos" Sessions.
Track 2-12 : Credited to 'Enos Barnes & The Upsetters' in the credits on page 40.
Tracks 2-4 & 2-12 are marked as 'Previously Unreleased'.
Track 3-6 : Credited to 'The Upsetters & Dillinger' in the credits on page 42.
Track 3-8 : Previously Unreleased Outtake From "Party Time" Sessions.
Track 3-11 : Credited to 'The Upsetters' in the credits on page 43.

Recorded and mixed at the Black Ark, 1975-1979

This compilation ℗1997 Island Records Ltd.
©1997 Island Records Ltd.

Made & printed in the UK.

Tracks 1-1, 1-4, 1-5, 1-8, 2-8, 2-11, 2-12, 2-16, 3-5, 3-6, 3-8, 3-9 : Copyright Control
Tracks 1-2, 1-3, 1-14 to 2-1, 2-5 to 2-7, 2-9, 2-13, 2-17, 3-7, 3-10, 3-14, 3-16, 3-17 : Island Music Ltd.
Tracks 1-6, 1-7, 1-10 to 1-13, 2-14, 2-15, 3-4 : Blue Mountain Music Ltd.
Tracks 1-9, 3-15 : Cedric Constantine Myton (PRS)
Track 2-2 : Dread At The Controls London.
Tracks 2-3, 2-4, 3-1 to 3-3, 3-13 : Westbury Music Ltd.
Track 2-10 : New Town Sound Ltd.
Track 3-11 : Keith Barrington Rowe
Track 3-12 : Escape Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 7 31452 43792 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 731452437921
  • Other (Cat# CD1): 524 380-2
  • Other (Cat# CD2): 524 381-2
  • Other (Cat# CD3): 524 382-2
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 - Variant 1): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 380_2 00 L7 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 - Variant 1): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 381_2 00 L7 1C
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3 - Variant 1): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 382_2 00 L7 1"G
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 - Variant 2): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 380_2 00 L7
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 - Variant 2): PMDC FRANCE 524 381_2 00 L7
  • Matrix / Runout (CD3 - Variant 2): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 382_2 00 L7
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1 - Variant 3): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 380_2 00 L7 1**E
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2 - Variant 3): PMDC FRANCE 524 381_2 00 L7 1AH
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 3 - Variant 3): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 382_2 00 L7 1.E
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 1 - Variant 4): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 380_2 00 L7 1.A
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 2 - Variant 4): PMDC FRANCE 524 381_2 00 L7 1.F
  • Matrix / Runout (CD 3 - Variant 4): MADE IN FRANCE BY PMDC 524 382 2 00 L7 1**B
  • Mastering SID Code (All Discs - Variants 2 to 4): IFPI L004
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 - Variant 2): IFPI 0255
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2 & 3 - Variant 2): IFPI 0276
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1 - Variant 3): none
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2 - Variant 3): none
  • Mould SID Code (CD 3 - Variant 3): IFPI 0233
  • Mould SID Code (CD 1 - Variant 4): IFPI 0249
  • Mould SID Code (CD 2 - Variant 4): ifpi 0217
  • Mould SID Code (CD 3 - Variant 4): IFPI 0227
  • Label Code: LC 0407
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Arkology (3×CD, Compilation, Box Set, )Island Jamaica, Chronicles314 524 379-2, CRNCD 6US1997
New Submission
Arkology (3×CD, Compilation, Box Set, Reissue)Island Jamaica, Chronicles524 379-2, CRNCD 6Europe1999
New Submission
Arkology (3×CD, Compilation, Box Set, Repress)Island Jamaica, Chronicles524 379-2, CRNCD 6UK & EuropeUnknown
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Arkology (3×CD, Compilation, Box Set, Reissue, Repress)Island Jamaica, Chronicles524 379-2, CRNCD 6UKUnknown



  • romduke's avatar
    This 3 CD box is an absolute masterpiece : discover the incredible sound of Lee Perry’s Black Ark Studio !
    Deep Roots !
    • ONOFFREE's avatar
      !!!!!!!!ESSENTIAL¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡.Masterful display of the Dub Shepherd in his glorious time in Black Ark.
      ;-( A real and great pity that it has not been released on vinyl :-(
      • e.h's avatar
        So lucky to have this on CD from back then. From the few things that I have listened always / in this age of constantly listening to new stuff without staying on a particular track or album for long. RIP Lee. Thank you.
        • Paul-Londen's avatar
          Brilliant!! Somewhat bittersweet also . The way Perry regressed during the 90's till the present day .
          Living is Switzerland with countless sycophants around him who'll adore his every fart .
          • nick0032's avatar
            this box set is realy unique all the tracks are top one by one !
            • DublinCalling's avatar
              The ultimate collection for a Black Ark beginner! If you want to get into Lee Perry & his Black Ark recordings this is the best place to start!
              • slavo's avatar
                Edited 17 years ago
                This is a must get album for anyone who is a fan of reggae/dub.
                If I had to choose and album to keep out of my collection, than this is it !!!!
                It's fun, funky awesome rythm and you never get tired of listening to it.
                This album travels with me everywhere I go.
                • manchester's avatar
                  Edited 18 years ago
                  This is one of the greatest compilations of music EVER! and I mean across all genres. This absolutely stupendous 3 CD set covers some of the best material of work by the Jamaican legend and genius that is Lee 'Scratch' Perry. The box set covers his legendary period of work created at his famous Black Ark studios (which he later burnt down in a state of paranoia). It's such an astounding body of work, covering his work as an artist, producer and remixer extradoniare, working with a whole host of Jamaican legends such as Max Romeo, Junior Murvin, Augustus Pablo, The Congos, The Heptones and of course Perry'y own superb band The Upsetters. There are stunning roots anthems on here, as well as deep bass heavy dub classics, funky uplifting soulful reggae, and political & socially conscious reggae of the very highest order. If you are looking for an appropriate place to start exploring Lee Perry's incredible body of work or even just thinking about getting some classic reggae, then this is a brilliant collection that really showcases some of the greatest Jamaican music ever created. This set would be in my desert island discs collection. 5 STARS AND THEN SOME...


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