Up to scratch - Lee Scratch Perry marks releases of new albums with October 2010 UK dates

Posted: 6th August 2010
Lee Scratch Perry

I pity anybody who actually collects Lee 'Scratch' Perry records, CDs and downloads. Why? Because I reckon there are more Perry releases out there than flying ants on a hot day. There are another three on their way during the summer - and they're the ones I know about. But at least one of the album releases appears to be brand-new material, as opposed to yet another cobbled compilation extracted from the vaults (there can't be much left in them!).

His new studio album gets released on 10th August and is entitled "Revelation". Two such revelations are the appearances of George Clinton and Keith Richards, as well as an ongoing biblical theme running throughout the set which forms part of an ongoing series of albums.

Bearing in mind that Perry has over 5 decades of recording chops behind him, respected reggae-label Pressure Sounds has unearthed more definitive dub-plates from the Black Ark era, including works with Augustus Pablo and Junior Murvin. "Sound System Scratch" is released just after "Revelation", on the 31st August.

Meanwhile, Mr Upsetter himself has a couple of dates planned for October, one in Leeds on the 14th and the other in Sheffield on the 15th. Tickets are available now and cost £13.50 plus fees. Lord only knows what he'll perform on the night but you can be assured of a wonderfully eccentric evening.

Paul Pledger