SCRATCH ATTACK!
CD: RAS CTCD1415
1990


01. Scratch The Dub Organizer
02. Who You Gonna Run To
03. Tighten Up
04. A Serious Joke
05. Little Flute Chant
06. When Jah Come
07. Scratch Walking
08. Come Along
09. Bush Weed Corn Trash
10. Curley Dub
11. Blackboard Jungle Dub
12. Rubba Rubba Words
13. Cloak And Dagger
14. Dub From Africa
15. Dreamland Dub
16. Pop Goes The Dread Dub
17. Fever Grass Dub
18. Sinsemilla Kaya Dub
19. Moving Forward
20. Blackboard Jungle Dub 2
21. Kasha Macka Dub
22. Setta Iration Dub

Scratch Attack! is a really interesting and somewhat obsolete collection. This CD is a combo of two old Clocktower LPs, Scratch And Company and their dubious release of the epic Blackboard Jungle Dub. I say "dubious", since the original song titles and artist names have all been changed. For instance, "Little Flute Chant" is credited to Brad Osbourne & The Towerchanters; in fact, Osbourne was the head of Clocktower Records and the band is really The Upsetters. Blackboard Jungle Dub has since been re-released as part of Trojan's Dub Triptych set and Auralux's excellent Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle, so there are better choices for this material . Scratch And Company is available on its own. So while all of the music is quite excellent, overall this release is quite problematic. With that reggaeology out of the way, everything on Scratch Attack! is heavy duty, experimental dub from Scratch's secret laboratory. Everything from the Blackboard Jungle half is quite mind-blowing, and the first half of the album (Scratch And Company) is moody, dubwise greatness. Recommended, but keep in mind that there are better sources for most of this material.

For reference purposes, here is an annotated track listing for Scratch Attack! based on the original LP listings:

Scratch And Company:
01. Scratch The Dub Organizer - Upsetters
02. Who You Gonna Run To - Johnny Lover & The Towerchanters
03. Tighten Up - Lee & The Blue Bells
04. A Serious Joke - Val Bennett
05. Little Flute Chant - Brad Osbourne & The Towerchanters
06. When Jah Come - Devon Irons
07. Scratch Walking - The Upsetters
08. Come Along - The Black Arks
09. Bush Weed Corn Trash - Ricky & Bunny
10. Curley Dub - The Upsetters
Blackboard Jungle Dub:
11. Black Panta - The Upsetters
12. Kasha Macka - Prince Jazzbo
13. Dub Organizer - Johnny Lover
14. African Skank - The Upsetters
15. Dreamland Skank - The Upsetters
16. Jungle Jim - The Upsetters
17. Drum Rock - The Upsetters
18. Kaya Skank - The Upsetters
19. Mooving Skank - The Upsetters
20. VS Panta Rock - The Upsetters
21. Apeman Skank - The Upsetters
22. Jungle Skank - The Upsetters

See also Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle, Blackboard Jungle and Scratch And Company.

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