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A Live Injection: Anthology 1968-1979

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While he just seems to make his own music these days, this exceptional collection acts as a reminder that Lee "Scratch" Perry's reputation was partly established as a producer of reggae songs, one who helped push the music through its early years. He was largely responsible for making the Wailers into a band that could go on and conquer the world (just listen to "Duppy Conqueror" or "Small Axe" to understand how he helped them develop), but his work with so many other artists was impeccable -- and often very individual, such as the classic "Curly Locks" with Junior Byles. It's also worth remembering that Perry had a golden touch -- most of these singles were Jamaican hits, even the acerbic and hilarious "People Funny Boy," which featured himself (as well as the sound of a crying baby). Indeed, 1968-1979 was his truly fertile period, when he established his Black Ark studio (which he burned down in 1980), helped birth the sonic genre of dub, and shape the sound of roots reggae, while keeping it very much within the overall realm of pop music -- witness the Melodians' "Round and Round." Even his own, strange material, like "Bush Weed," had an appeal. While it's a shame that some of his best work, like Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves" or his glowing productions for the Congos (which many deem his finest work behind the board) isn't included, there's enough here to make it a perfect primer, not just on Perry, but on Jamaican music in the 1970s. ~ Chris Nickson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 People Funny Boy Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:33
  3. 2 Tighten Up Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:37
  4. 3 Return of Django The Upsetters 2:29
  5. 4 Dollar in the Teeth Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:32
  6. 5 Come Into My Parlour Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:6
  7. 6 A Live Injection The Upsetters 3:15
  8. 7 Shocks of Mighty Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:47
  9. 8 Duppy Conqueror Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:13
  10. 9 Place Called Africa Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:40
  11. 10 Africa Stand Dennis Alcapone 2:50
  12. 11 Don't Cross the Nation Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:8
  13. 12 Small Axe Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:54
  14. 13 Walkin' the Streets The Hurricanes 3:19
  15. 14 Jump and Rale Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:27
  16. 15 Better Days Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:26
  17. 16 My Girl Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:18
  18. 17 Beat Down Babylon Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:32
  19. 18 French Connection The Upsetters 4:8
  20. 19 Round and Round Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:16
  21. 20 Just One Look Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:21
  22. 21 Space Flight Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:10
  23. 22 Sick and Tired Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:26
  24. 23 Bucky (Skank) Lee "Scratch" Perry 4:3
  25. 24 Words of My Mouth Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:33
  26. 1 Black Candle Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:53
  27. 2 Keep On Skanking Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:25
  28. 3 Give Thanks Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:15
  29. 4 Herb Vendor Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:17
  30. 5 Public Jestering Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:20
  31. 6 Hurt So Good Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:4
  32. 7 Talk About It Lee "Scratch" Perry 6:21
  33. 8 Curly Locks Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:59
  34. 9 Enter the Dragon Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:13
  35. 10 Woman's Gotta Have It Lee "Scratch" Perry 2:57
  36. 11 Bush Weed Corntrash Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:19
  37. 12 Bush Weed Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:38
  38. 13 To Love Somebody Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:18
  39. 14 Down Here in Babylon Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:35
  40. 15 White Belly Rat Lee "Scratch" Perry 4:21
  41. 16 Sons of Slaves Lee "Scratch" Perry 6:38
  42. 17 Rainy Night in Portland Lee "Scratch" Perry 7:10
  43. 18 My Little Sandra Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:49
  44. 19 Cross Over [7" Mix] Lee "Scratch" Perry 3:28
  45. 20 Garden of Life Lee "Scratch" Perry 4:19

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