Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was universally acclaimed as one of the key reggae and dub masters, coming up with innumerable great releases as well as collaborations with artists from all musical genres.
Now, Trojan Records, Perry’s original label is marking the first anniversary of his passing with a box set titled King Scratch (Musical Masterpieces from the Upsetter Ark-ive). The set is due September 2 (pre-order). It brings together tracks spanning the whole of Scratch’s decades-long career, including his own work, collaborations and productions with other artists. It’s available on double CD, double vinyl, and deluxe box set, each with special features:
The deluxe box set comprises 109 tracks across four vinyl LPs and four CDs, featuring Perry’s best known and most influential recordings alongside a number of rare and unreleased DJ mixes. It includes a previously unreleased mix of Junior Murvin’s powerful “Police And Thieves,” U.K. chart-buster “Hurt So Good” by Susan Cadogan and the Upsetters’ classic “Return Of Django,” as well as numerous major Jamaican hits. The box set also includes a 50-page fully illustrated book, penned by Perry’s official biographer David Katz, and features photos from celebrated photographer Adrian Boot as well as a newly designed two-sided full color 24”x24” poster.
The 2x gatefold LP and 2xCD set collection focuses upon the legendary music-maker’s best-known productions from the ’60s and ’70s, performed by some of the giants of Jamaican music, with both iconic imagery and extensive notes on the man whose talent and imagination took reggae to new heights of excellence.