Tuffest, ruffest rhythms from the last days of the infamous Black Ark studio, before Mr Perry burned it down –

This record has been expensive and hard to find at various times, but thankfully is back in press again now, and served in a killlllerrrr sleeve.

This record, filled with some of the most raw versions to come out of the Black Ark studio, such as that cut to ‘Lion A De Winner’ – this is the kind of dub punk we love Lee Perry for… You can just imagine him causing a musical blaze on that mixing desk, firing off signals into the red and jamming hard in the studio, catching pure vibes.
Then there’s a ghostly, spooked out dub to the wicked steppers of ‘Open The Gate’, a pounding, heavyweight roots tune with a thunderous vibe, only accentuated by that dreader-than-dread hornsline.

Then there’s that Lacksley Castell vocal from ‘Jah Love Is Sweeter’ – What a tune!!! do go pick it up if you find a copy – which sends Lacksley’s vocals off into the deepest depths of the echo chamber, and let’s the rhythm play off in the coolest way possibly, full focus on those ever-rolling hi hats and that bubbling bass.

And then there’s ‘Guidance’, which is said to have been a big Jah Shaka tune from the 80’s onwards, sending off the dance in a nice, wholesome way.
….We could go on for a long time, this record is truly filled with gems.

Real natty dread JA roots music, this.

1. Jah
2. Cool Rockers
3. Lion
4. Rasta Man
5. Camp
6. Loving
7. Money
8. In The Valley
9. Dreadlocks
10. Guidance

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