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May 23 2017

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When the Subatomic Sound System begins to thump out the room, a few songs later, a gurgly, almost cartoonish voice emanates from the speakers. It’s clear that the voice is live, but it’s coming from somewhere not on stage. It’s a recognizable voice, with a touch more age and rust on it. It’s Lee Scratch Perry, toasting, somewhere backstage with a microphone.

He emerges two songs in wearing his hand-crafted suit of mis-matched elements, a hat bedazzled with sequins, buttons, other metal objects, a feather. On his shoes, two small mirrors. He holds the mic next to his mouth, and sticking out from his hand, several sticks on incense wafting into his face.

The living legend has always been rough around the edges, but at 81, his “Ras-tafar-I!” refrain is even more croaky and indistinct. Legendary percussionist Larry McDonald (of 1970s Black Ark fame) does a lot in tempering Perry’s loose lyricism and helps to frame the classic Rasta against Brooklyn-based Subatomic Sound System. The product is remarkably close to Perry’s original feel, but with Augustus Pablo-esque diversions with Subatomic main guy John Emch’s melodica bursts. 

Live review: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in Detroit at El Club Monday, May 15 2017

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This was pub’d the day b4 we saw Scratch.

I was sitting outside smoking things in between acts and offered a seat at ‘my’ picnic table to a kindly-lookin’ Rasta who was standing nearby. He politely declined, explaining that he’d soon be sitting down for quite some time :) I knew that meant he’s Scratch’s drummer (as it turned out, congas!) so I said, “Then please allow me to profusely thank you in advance,” and him smile an’ laff. He’s in the first and second images, and the 2nd is a V nice color pic of him. You can see why I’d offer him a seat! Such a big sweetie.

The 3rd image shows de DJ playin’ melodica. Mi na know why it have a rubber tube fi de mout'piece, insteada di usyal stubby lickle t'ing. Mi a nevah see dat befaar. He really nailed all he did.

The sax player’s also brilliant.

Deffo in the top 5 concerts I’ve seen - prolly more like top 3!

Swear to God/dess, LSP had about seven pounds of rings on each hand :)

Oh, and yes, dem a light a spliff pon di stage.

Via Photo Gallery: Lee Scratch Perry and Subatomic Sound System

May 20 2017

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Lotsa folks a quarter his age can’t kick over their heads!

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May 19 2017

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A brutal riddim put together by Lee Perry.

Words Of My Mouth: Gatherers
Kuchy Skank: Upsetters
Hot Tip: Prince Django
Wha Yu A Go Tell Jah Say?: Max Romeo
Rubba Rubba Words: Upsetters
Wisdom : Jah Lloyd (as Jah Lion)
What About Africa: Glen Adams
Islington Rock: Augustus Pablo
Little Flute Chant: Tommy McCook
Words: Sangie Davis & Lee Perry
Lion A De Winner: Lee Perry

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“It doesn’t get much bigger than this wee beauty! Anthony ‘Sangie’ Davis with a classic vocal over typically funky 1973 rhythm from Lee Perry with the great Tin Legs on drums”

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Saw him perform Monday 15 May   XD   Fucking brilliant!

May 20 2017

20:15

May 19 2017

09:01
07:59
07:28
Play fullscreen

A brutal riddim put together by Lee Perry.

Words Of My Mouth: Gatherers
Kuchy Skank: Upsetters
Hot Tip: Prince Django
Wha Yu A Go Tell Jah Say?: Max Romeo
Rubba Rubba Words: Upsetters
Wisdom : Jah Lloyd (as Jah Lion)
What About Africa: Glen Adams
Islington Rock: Augustus Pablo
Little Flute Chant: Tommy McCook
Words: Sangie Davis & Lee Perry
Lion A De Winner: Lee Perry

06:42
Play fullscreen

“It doesn’t get much bigger than this wee beauty! Anthony ‘Sangie’ Davis with a classic vocal over typically funky 1973 rhythm from Lee Perry with the great Tin Legs on drums”

Reposted bymalajnaina malajnaina
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