Bogus Lee Perry releases

This is...upsetting!

Over the years, many weakhearts and pirates have released crummy collections of reggae and dub and hope to make a quick buck by putting Lee Perry's name on the cover. These bogus releases range from low quality collections of actual Scratch productions to music that has absolutely nothing to do with Lee Perry. Thankfully, over the years most of these titles have faded from sight, but you still see a few of them now and again. To help defeat the pirates who are responsible for this ginal business, this is a list of releases which are considered bogus, with brief notes for each. Needless to say, don't buy them.


BASHMENT
CD: Hudson Vandam

A lame collection of late 60s and early 70s Scratch productions, most likely stolen from Trojan collections. While this actually is music produced by Lee Perry, the dubious nature of the Hudson Vandam label makes this one to avoid.



BLACK ARK ALMIGHTY DUB CHAPTER 3
CD: Starlight

Three or four Scratch dubs + a bunch of mediocre filler = Black Ark Almighty Dub Chapter 3.



BLACK ARK IN DUB
CD: Lagoon

This collection is about 50% Black Ark dubs, 50% bogus. Dubious titles cast doubt on their validity eg) "Rasta Man" is a butchered version of "Open The Gate", "Loving" is a dub of George Faith's "Guide Line" with weirdo effects thrown in.



BLOOD VAPOUR
CD: Unknown

Unbelievable that this bogus collection has been around for about 10 years. Mostly King Tubby dubs with silly new titles.



BUNNY LEE & THE AGGROVATORS AGGROVATE LEE PERRY & THE UPSETTERS

CD: Rhino UK

More like Rhino & The Weakhearts Annoy Lee Perry & His Fans.




DUB NET PHILOSOPHY
CD: Photophon

Most of Black Ark Almighty Dub Chapter 3 with some tracks duplicated and given different titles.



DUB THE OLD FASHIONED WAY - LEE PERRY MEETS PRINCE JAMMY

CD: Unknown

As Ken Boothe says, "oh no, oh no, not in that old fashioned way"!


Dubious Treasures


DUB TREASURES FROM THE BLACK ARK

CD: Jamaican Recordings

More like Dubious Treasures: very few of the tracks here are actually from the Black Ark, they are not rare, and they have all been remixed in a clumsy effort to sound like Lee Perry dubs.



EARTHMAN SKANKING

CD: Orange Street

Like other Orange Street Scratch releases, this at least contains some of Scratch's work, but with changed titles and further weird remixing.



ESSENTIAL LEE PERRY

CD: Creole

Well, if by "essential" they mean "has absolutely nothing to do with Lee Perry", then yes, this is essential Lee Perry!



ETERNAL DUBS

CD: Abraham

More like Eternal Flubs. Anything on the Abraham label is to be avoided.



GLORY DUB

CD: Lagoon

No glory here: more or less a rehashed version of the already bogus Black Ark Almighty Dub Chapter 3.



GUITAR BOOGIE

CD: Rhino UK

This is actually a bootleg of a Carl Harvey album called Ecstacy Of Mankind. Kind of cool, but it's not Upsetting.



THE GODFATHER

CD: Delta

Not a single note of Lee Perry music. Those Delta guys really piss me off (see Music For Ever below).




THE GREAT LEE PERRY: KING OF DUB

CD: Unknown

While I have never heard this one, it looks like a dog's breakfast of actual and bogus Scratch productions with crazy new titles. And what is with that cover? Looks like someone puked in Photoshop.




HOLD OF DEATH

CD: Rhino UK

The hold of death should be put on whoever came up with this one.



INTRODUCING LEE PERRY

CD: Blue Moon / Esoldun

I'd like to introduce a crummy bootleg of the Lord God Muzick album with new titles and a re-arranged track listing.



LEE PERRY MEETS MAD PROFESSOR

CD: Orange Street

Most likely none of this involves either Lee Perry or Mad Professor.




LEE SCRATCH PERRY MEETS MAD PROFESSOR IN DUB

CD: Culture Press

Actually, I would be more interested in seeing Lee Perry and Mad Professor meeting the head of Culture Press in a dark alley.



LEE PERRY & KING TUBBY IN DUB CONFRONTATION

CD: Culture Press

Too bad this is bogus, since I love the title.




LEE PERRY PRESENTS GREGORY ISAACS

CD: Rhino UK

A dubious collection of Gregory songs, only a few of which were produced and/or recorded by Scratch at the Black Ark. Almost all of the songs are mistitled, and the majority of them are taken from the Extra Classic album, produced by Pete Weston. Don't bother with this one - go for the Trojan reissue of Extra Classic.



LICKSHOT

CD: X-Ploit Records

Ha! The name of the label says it all. Lick not this Lickshot!




MAD ALIEN DUB
CD: Great American Music

A weird and bogus collection of Lee Perry dubs with weird remixing, most likely sourced from other CDs featured on this page.



MUSIC FOR EVER

CD: Delta Music

The album I love to hate! This bogus Lee Perry CD stands out above all the rest. Not only does it contain zero Scratch music, but has interview quotes and other text stolen from this website. 1000% bullshit.



PRESENTING DUB

CD: Rhino UK

More like Presenting Shite.



THE QUEST

CD: Abraham

This one must be classified as only "semi-bogus". Many of the tracks are mislabelled, and some are duplicated, but all are actual Scratch productions. All tracks are available on more bonafide collections, so don't waste your time with this one or with anything on the Abraham label.



REGGAE BEST

CD: Culture Press

Well of course this is Reggae Worst, dished up by Vulture Press. Half Scratch, half bogus.



THE REGGAE EMPEROR

CD: Rhino UK

Another crummy bootleg of Lord God Muzick. Niney must be vex!




REVOLUTION DUB

CD: Orange Street

This falls into the "bogus, but I can live with it" pile. This is a CD issue of the 1975 LP, and while sound quality is fine, the dubious nature of the Orange Street label makes this one to avoid. Look for the original vinyl, or pick up Trojan's nice Dub Triptych set, which contains all of Revolution Dub.



SCRATCH WALKING
CD: Synergie

For some reason, there have been a few bogus collections that mainly feature tracks from the Return Of The Super Ape album and some odd filler; this is one of them.




SENSIMILLA SHOWDOWN: LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY VS. I ROY

CD: Varese

This should have been called King Tubby Vs. I Roy, because that's what it is. These are all Tubby dubs of Bunny Lee productions, all given dubious new titles. This cheap collection might have been worthwhile for some hard to find I Roy tunes, but many of them have been slowed down for some bizarre reason.



A SERIOUS DUB: CHILL OUT WITH THE UPSETTER

CD: Delta Music

As with Delta's other Scratch releases, A Serious Dub should not be taken seriously at all.



7 X 7: LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY VS. KING TUBBY IN DUB

CD: Varese

Varese give us another bogus dub collection, this time consisting of more King Tubby dubs with new titles.



SKANKING WITH THE UPSETTER: RARE DUBS 1971-1974

CD: Jamaican Recordings

Skanking with the Upsetter, indeed. See this article for the lowdown.



SOLID GROUND - MIKEY BROOKS & UPSETTERS

CD: Tabou 1

This album should really be called Sinking Sand. The story goes that Mikey Brooks approached Tabou 1 with a set of "long lost" Black Ark recordings from 1976. They were, in fact, a set of crudely edited Black Ark rhythms with new vocals by Brooks. When Tabou 1 found out they had been swindled, they had the good sense to quickly delete the album.




STAY RED

CD: Allegro

This 14-track collection recycles many of the songs which are the usual suspects on bogus Scratch releases, including "Irie Irie" by The Originals and "I Am I Said" by Bunny Rugs. While most of these tunes are actual Scratch productions, it clearly belongs in the bogus category.



THE UPSETTER MEETS THE UPSETTRESS IN DUB AROUND THE WORLD

CD:

Yeah, right.



THE UPSETTER AND THE STUDENT

CD: Rhino UK

Rhino UK get an F for this one. Class dismissed!