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Super Ape by Lee Scratch Perry
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8/10 Evan 26th June 2014

Here's a classic. Lee 'Scratch' Perry, a man with fingers in many reggae, dub style pies so I believe. I think he was the producer on the very famous 'The Heart of The Congos' by The Congos and he has been crafting quality dub and reggae ever since. He's still knocking about too, a friend of mine saw him at a festival a few years back, apparently he's a bit of a crazy, drug riddled old geezer now but hey, the music speaks for itself.

Firstly, what a great cover to this lp! The Super Ape himself rampaging around, brilliant, deserving of a vinyl sized cover and even better, the deluxe edition comes with a sweet poster of that most super of apes and also a rather special etching of the primate on the D side.

This album is deserving of its elevation to "deluxe" re-issue since its release in 1976. Lots of classic reggae, dub vibes throughout. "Croaking Lizard" has some lovely, ambiguous vocals which lull you along with them. "Black Vest" is perhaps the most traditionally reggae sound here, winding along at a sumptuously slow pace, when the punchy, echoing vocals arrive and disappear later in the song, it just feels right. "Curly Dub" has some nice brass going through it and "Dread Lion" is a really fun track with some great drums.

This whole album is quite joyous and is great to have drifting around on a sunny afternoon. Great work from Mr Perry!


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