THE SECRET LABORATORY - LEE PERRY
LP: Mango MLPS1035
CD: Mango/Island PHCR4733
Produced by Adrian Sherwood, Lee Perry and Style Scott
Serious Lee Perry fans will debate between Secret Laboratory and Time Boom X De Devil Dead as Scratch's best solo album. Personally, I enjoy Secret Laboratory more. Working with kindred spirit Adrian Sherwood on production, it's an inspired collaboration. Definitely one of the "must haves" in a collection of Scratch's post-Black Ark material, and there are echoes of the Black Ark here: "I Got The Groove", "Vibrate On" and "Party Time" all contain elements from those famous 1970s productions. The rocking "Secret Laboratory" sets the mood for the rest of the album: playful and fascinating lyrics on top of heavy Dub Syndicate rhythms. Although Scratch himself was never pleased with his work with Sherwood, the results speak for themselves: dynamite. The CD reissue of the album contains two bonus tracks: "Too Much Money" and "Party Time".