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Disco Devil: Jamaican Discomixes [Import]

Lee "Scratch" PerryAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B008J0PRYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 two CD collection. By the latter half of the '70s, Disco-mixes (extended versions of tracks) were de rigueur throughout popular music. The trend was particularly suited to Reggae, as vocal cuts could be spliced with DJ or Dub cuts to create long-playing versions singles - and there was no greater exponent of the disco-mix format than Lee `Scratch' Perry. From 1976 to 1980, Perry created some of the most sublime 12'' singles ever to see issue and the very best of these works are collected here on this long overdue collection. Aimed not just at Perry enthusiasts, but also those wishing to discover the very best in Roots Reggae sounds, this is undoubtedly the finest collection of Reggae disco-mixes yet to see issue

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much recycled material to be really exciting November 15, 2012
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Since Amazon has not included a track listing, I will do so. Since I am disappointed by this release, I will show where the track was previously released, and how this release in general differs from the earlier.

Disc 1

1) Norman by Max Romeo and the Upsetters--released (in this version) on the expanded War in a Babylon by Max Romeo

2) Bad Weed by Junior Murvin--released (in this version) on the I am the Upsetter boxset by Lee Perry

3) I forgot to be your lover by George Faith--released (in this version) on Arkology by Lee Perry

4) Know Love by Twin Roots released (in this version) on the I am the Upsetter Box

5) Rainy Night in Portland by Watty Burnett--ok I didn't recognize this one, a fairly straightforward cover of a Rainy Night in Georgia with a pleasant dub.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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With so much interest in Lee Perry, I'm surprised that no one has reviewed this very fine collection. All these extended mixes are from the last years of Lee Perry's Black Ark period, 1976-1979. The 8 page booklet has an essay that explains the music and the era. There's also a few photos and reproductions of record labels from the period.

Included are original songs and quite a few more well known songs/rhythms-all extended in the Perry/Jamaican disco style-fans will recognize several rhythms/songs from other artists versions. Many of the vinyl originals are now expensive to own because of their rarity. And that doesn't mean the production/music was poor, but in record shops these 12" releases were almost as expensive as a full album,and as a result, didn't sell well. These tracks range from 4 to 4 1/2 "stars". The sound is good, to "authentic" for the period-but nothing really gets in the way of this music.

Artists include Lee Perry, Max Romeo & The Upsetters, Watty Burnett, Leroy Sibbles, Junior Murvin, The Congos (with a song-"Neckodemus"-that almost made it onto their original "Heart of the Congos" album), The Heptones, and a number of others. These tracks are a combination of Perry mixing the vocal version, then a deejay version, and then (usually) a dub version-all without missing the central rhythm of the tune. These mixes were popular with the various sound systems throughout Jamaica during this era, and listening to them you can understand why. Perry was a master of combining different versions of songs-taking something familiar and making it unique.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Redundant October 23, 2013
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I was totally sucked in by the phrase 'discomixes'. Don't be deceived: these are the same mixes found elsewhere. If you are thinking of buying Lee Perry, spring for the totally 5 star 'Arkology' 3 disc box instead. SO worth it. The few song on this that I didn't recognize did not make it worthwhile- even if there were only 1 or 2 novel tracks I would have been happy enough, IF they were delicious. Don't get me wrong- plenty of good music, but spinning it makes me want to listen to Arkology instead. I think you can do better.

I have been warned to be careful buying Lee Perry, and now I feel foolish for not previewing and cross-referencing the track list...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Ark gold! December 1, 2012
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"Disco Devil" collects assorted Black Ark 12" remixes - some previously released on other collections, some are new to this welcome release from Trojan Records, one of reggae's "heritage" labels. Scratch was constantly reworking and recycling various 'riddims' and 'stitching' together various takes on these. A few tracks, such as the "Party Time" version on here are disappointing with clumsy 'stitching' of the A and B sides of the single. One has to wonder if Scratch himself made these or are attempts by some record label post-production to manufacture extended mixes. This collection alone is worth it for the cosmic title track - an elaborate take on Max Romeo's "Chase The Devil" with plenty of ranting from Scratch himself, bathed in refrains from Full Experience plus a few hints of Prince Jazzbo's take on this riddim - "Croaking Lizard". This track is a perfect example of Perry's brilliance and synergy when pushing himself & the Black Ark studio gear to the max! Other highlight tracks of note are the elaborate remix of Devon Iron's "Vampire" with a psychedelic rap from Dr Alimantado; also the eerie & spooky remix of Max Romeo's "Norman" featuring 'toasting' from Jah Lloyd/Jah Lion in a very stoned trance. Perry completists and those just getting drawn in by the magic of Scratch & the Black Ark need this release in their collections!
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