Boomkat Product Review:
Honest Jon's reissue Lee Scratch Perry's 1980 masterpiece, the final record made at the Black Ark studio before its ultimate demise.
Appearing after his equally seminal series of 'Super Ape', 'War In A Babylon', 'Police And Thieves' and 'Return Of The Super Ape' LPs, it finds Perry during a turbulent period - his Black Ark compound has been occupied by occult Rasta factions, his wife has left him and nobody came to visit any more - but the music within is evidently some of the greatest he ever made.
It opens with the eleven minute sexual boast 'Bed Jammin', a psyched-out and heavy rolling session with nutty lyrics set to humid, grinding groove, besides the stunning, almost-baroque Casio keys and lagging steppers' drums of 'Untitled Rhythm' or the swooning 'Give Thanx To Jah', thru to the cuckoo soul of 'Who Killer The Chicken' and the blunted delirium of 'Some Have Fe Holla'.
This music is everything, there's pop, electronic experimentation, soul, and funk, all imagined with the most incredible, psychedelic vision - a combination which should only be ignored by the foolish. A stone cold classic record.