Lee Scratch Perry - Mr Perry I Presume

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This set resumes the Pressure Sounds mission to shine a light on the music and exclusive mixes that were only ever heard by those few hundred people who went to a particular soundsystem on a particular night. The tracks range from remixes of existing classics, recorded prior to his famed Black Ark studio being built in 1973, to obscure tunes that never achieved vinyl release and exclusive mixes of tunes from the Black Ark's trajectory of destruction. 'Mr. Perry I Presume' kicks off with the over looked 12" version of George Faiths 'Don't Be Afraid'. Left off the classic 'Super 8' LP that Faith recorded at Black Ark, it's slightly rougher around the edges than most of the material on that album. Perry aficionados will be interested in the original vocal that Joy White cut for 'Lay Besides You' before Scratch used Susan Cadogen to re-voice the song and also Cadogen's duet with Bunny Rugs that never made it onto her album. All the tracks speak of a creative mind in full flow. The sleeve notes by Jeremy Collingwood focus on the UK sound system scene that Perry had become such an integral part of. His trips to the UK were frequent and he was amongst the small group of Jamaican producers that pioneered the development of Jamaican music in the UK. These trips were both profitable (cutting dub plates) and useful for picking up musical ideas to take back to Jamaica. The album comes with an unusual cover photo that was taken by the actress Nathalie Delon (then partner of actor Alain Delon) who was on a visit to the Black Ark studios in the mid 1970s.