- RARE CUTS FROM THE BLACK ARK
CD: Heartbeat 11661-7753-2
Cutting Razor is an excellent collection of rare and unreleased Scratch productions. "Rare cuts from the Black Ark" indeed: out of the 17 tracks, 12 are previously unreleased or alternate takes, making this collection a gold mine for serious fans. Also on the serious fan tip, the most interesting tracks on Cutting Razor are the two unreleased Junior Murvin songs, "Let's Fall In Love" and "Mister Craven", both taken from the unreleased second album Murvin recorded for Scratch in 1978. Other highlights include The Versatiles' charming yet menacing "Cutting Razor", Lee Perry's lament "What A Sin", and the uplifting "Walk The Streets" by an unkown vocal trio (credited to The Upsetters). Featuring detailed sleeve notes by David Katz and a wonderful painting of Scratch by artist Robert Steinhilber, Cutting Razor is a must.