LEE SCRATCH PERRY - MINNEAPOLIS 2012

June 6, 2012 – 1:39 pm

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LEE SCRATCH PERRY
with Sub Atomic Sound System
Minneapolis 2012 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN; May 23, 2012. Very good to excellent audience recording.

This is what Danny Sigelman reported in blogs.citypages.com:

With DJ and producer Emch AKA Subatomic Sound System mixing the tracks and joined by a live bass player, Perry was also accompanied by Bob Marley and Skatalites alum Larry McDonald on congas who provided a rhythmic color to the overall sound. The lack of a live band didn’t seem to disappoint the audience as they were overjoyed to see Lee Perry who just turned 76 years old (!) this year.

As the rest of the night would go Perry worked the stage and the crowd in a stream of conscience [sic] fashion which could be best described as a brand of Avant Garde reggae, perhaps the latest style of the music he’s invented. The random nature and the strangeness of his words amused as much as confounded the audience…

While his classic productions like “Chase the Devil”, “One Drop” and “Super Ape” blasted from the speakers Perry would pounce around the stage and arbitrarily trigger sound effects of ducks, monkeys, telephones and car crashes that accented the music giving it a further weird effect. At a couple points in the night he would grab a kid from the crowd and bring him on stage, “We must love the children. The children we love. Bless the children and bless god,” to which the audience roared…

It’s hard to come down on the man who has been consistently celebrated for his oddball characteristics for five decades now. With this type of performance it is more about the spirit of his being and the fact he’s persevered for as long as he has and stayed active. In the end it is what it is, you can’t expect the level of musicality or grand wisdom to spew forth the way it did with Perry in his prime. In all we are blessed by the enormous body of work the man has given us and it was with great pleasure and respect that we were able to share the time together as those in attendance basked in his presence.

Thanks to perks who recorded and shared the tracks at The Traders’ Den

Picture by Steven Cohen, posted at citypages.com - Thanks!

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (6.1MB)
Track 102. Scratch Is The Dub Organizer (8.3MB)
Track 103. Introducing Myself (8.0MB)
Track 104. Roast Fish (5.3MB)
Track 105. Sun Is Shining (6.2MB)
Track 106. Chase The Devil (7.5MB)
Track 107. I Am A Madman (11.1MB)
Track 108. Duppy Conqueror (12.0MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Jungle Safari (7.6MB)
Track 202. Secret Laboratory (16.0MB)
Track 203. Inspector Gadget (9.6MB)
Track 204. Black Panta (9.1MB)
Track 205. War Inna Babylon (10.3MB)
Track 206. Devil Dead (15.0MB)
Track 207. One Drop (14.9MB)

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  1. 3 Responses to “LEE SCRATCH PERRY - MINNEAPOLIS 2012”

  2. In regards to the Sean Lennon show you have in the “RESTART” section, he is the HALF brother of Julian Lennon, not his step-brother; they both have the same father, just different mothers. No big deal, I’m just in a picky mood today! As always, thanks for a dynamite blog, and I think the new homepage formatting is great!

    By paulfalk on Jun 6, 2012

  3. not sure if this will help or confuse matters but–
    a step brother is already a sibling of your parent’s new partner.
    a half brother is a new sibling created by your parent and new partner.

    By darth on Jun 7, 2012

  4. ..Thanks for this great ‘Scratch’ show; the man just gets weirder with age, as should we all!..Didn’t manage to see any of the 2012 shows, so much appreciated, as is all your work.. Best, Beega

    By beega on Jun 13, 2012

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