|ENTER THE ARK - VARIOUS
CD: Ascension ANCD023
Enter The Ark is a great collection of Black Ark rarities with an interesting twist: many of these tunes are "straight" recordings that were not given their final mix by Scratch. Most likely lifted straight from the master tapes, they definitely have the Black Ark sound but haven't been subjected to the famous echo and phasing that Scratch was famous for. Many of these tracks ended up on the controversial Jet Star box set Lost Treasures Of The Ark, which was pure Pauline Morrison funny business. Now deleted, Enter The Ark contains more or less the best material from Lost Treasures and is a better choice if you can find it. Everything except for the early Bob Marley tunes dates from 1978 when the Black Ark was starting to fall apart, and so many of these tunes contain an esoteric vibe, as they were some of the last recordings to be made at the Ark.
See also Lost Treasures Of The Ark.