CHICKEN SCRATCH
CD: Heartbeat CDHB53
1990
Produced by Coxsone Dodd


01. Please Don't Go
02. Chicken Scratch
03. Feel Like Jumping
04. Solid As A Rock
05. By Saint Peter
06. Tackoo
07. Roast Duck
08. Man To Man
09. Gruma
10. Jane Ann And The Pumpkin
11. Just Keep It Up
12. Puss In Bag

Chicken Scratch gathers together some of Perry's first recordings for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, and it's a great collection of ska stompers. Even as a kid, Lee Perry could swing! If you're only familiar with Scratch's reggae, then Chicken Scratch is a must. Sadly missing are other Perry ska gems such as "Pussy Galore", "Run Rudies Run", and "Help The Weak"; this collection should have contained twice as many tracks. Hopefully Heartbeat will re-release second volume of Scratch's ska in the future.

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