SIPPLE OUT DEH: THE BLACK ARK YEARS
CD: Trojan/Spectrum SPECXX2042
2010


Disc #1:
01. Enter The Dragon – The Upsetters
02. It Hurts So Good (AKA Hurt So Good) – Susan Cadogan
03. Babylon A Fall – King Burnett (Watty Burnett)
04. Curley Locks – Junior Byles
05. Dreader Locks – Junior Byles & Lee Perry
06. Stay Dread – Lee Perry
07. Do It Baby (AKA Nice And Easy) – Susan Cadogan
08. The Long Way – Junior Byles
09. Three Blind Mice – Max Romeo & The Upsetters
10. Three Times Three – King Tubbys
11. Bury The Razor – The Upsetters
12. Down Here In Babylon – Brent Dowe
13. Be Thankful (For What You've Got) – Bunny "Rugs" Clarke
14. Woman's Gotta Have It – Jimmy Riley
15. Bushweed Corntrash – Bunny & Ricky
16. Roast Fish And Corn Bread (Jamaican mix) – Lee Perry
17. Sipple Out Deh (Jamaican mix) – Max Romeo
18. Ital Corner – Prince Jazzbo
19. Police And Thief – Junior Murvin
20. White Belly Rat – Lee Perry
21. Sufferer's Time – The Heptones
22. A Wah Dat – Junior Dread
23. Mr Cop – Gregory Isaacs

Disc #2:
01. Vibrate On (Jamaican mix) – Augustus Pablo & The Upsetters
02. Better Future – Errol Walker
03. Mistry Babylon – The Heptones
04. Stand Up – Eric Donaldson & The Keystones
05. No Peace – The Meditations
06. Ethiopia Land – Peter & Paul Lewis
07. My Little Sandra – Leo Graham
08. Green Bay Incident – Lord Sassafras
09. Think So – The Meditations
10. Home Guard – Michael Campbell (Mikey Dread)
11. Travelling – Debra Keese & The Black Five
12. Peace And Love – Shaumark & Robinson
13. Dread At The Control – Michael Campbell (Mikey Dread)
14. Forward With Jah Orthodox – Mystic I
15. Land Of Love – The Sons Of Light
16. Brother Noah – The Shadows
17. Give Thanks (And Praise) – Junior Ainsworth
18. Mr. Money Man – Danny Hensworth
19. Cross Over – Junior Murvin
20. Guideline – George Faith
21. Babylon Falling – The Heptones

Sipple Out Deh is an excellent collection of Lee Perry's Jamaican 7" singles from 1974 - 1978, the glory days of the Black Ark. Of course, many of these songs have been previously released on earlier Trojan collections, but this more modern set is a nice upgrade due to its cleaner sound. Trojan could have dug a little deeper and included gems like "Cheating" by Earl Sixteen and "Darkness On The City" by Judge Winchester, but for the most part the selection is pretty solid. One bone to pick: "Sipple Out Deh" (the original version of Max Romeo's "War Ina Babylon") is labelled as the original Jamaican mix, but it is not. That's a shame, since the original Upsetter/Upsetters mix is much more psychedelic than the better known Island mix. Otherwise, this compilation is very well done.

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