DUB TREASURES FROM THE BLACK ARK
On opening the Black Ark studios, the hits seemed to come immediately.
Firstly with Junior Byles' 'Curly Locks' and in 1975 the massive crossover hit Susan Cadogans' 'Hurt So Good' that reached No 4 in the UK charts.1976 saw Island Records releasing Perrys vast output, timeless material like the Heptones 'Party Time', Max Romeo's 'War Inna Babylon' Bob Marley and the Wailers 'Jah Live', 'Punky Reggae Party' and Junior Murvins 'Police and Thieves' to name but a few.But sometimes missing out on a few classics like Perrys own 'Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Corn Bread' and possibly one of the best reggae albums of all time The Congos 'Heart of the Congos'. Dub releases like 'Revolution Dub' (1975) showed a way forward for his production skills in this formidable arena. Having his own studio allowed him to build up a vast catalogue of tracks to work on. We have culled together some lost productions that Lee Perry carried out with singer Mike Brookes, a fine singer, arranger from that special time in the Black Arks history. Sounding like Junior Marvin in parts and Max Romeo in others but still carrying a distinctive Falsetto voice. Some classic tracks as you can see recorded with the cream of musicians at Lee Perrys disposal. Mr Perry works his magic that gives these songs that distinctive feel that his output. carried around the mid 1970's.
- COVENANT DUB A great whirling sound created over a great rhythm, 'The Heart of the Covenant'
- HOLD FAST DUB A lost dub to 'Hold Fast' based on the Heptones 'Someone Crying Over You'
- OX MAN DUBWISE The timeless 'Mr Brown' rhythm gets the phaser treatment.
- LEOPARD DUB A Dub to Mr Brookes lost classic 'Leopard'
- BRAKE OUT DUB Some studio vocal chat opens this cut based on the Heptones 'Middle Class' rhythm
- RUNNING DUB The 'Put It On' rhythm backs this Dub excursion.
- DUB THEM NATTY A Dub cut to Mike Brookes 'Oh Natty Dread'
- PARTY DUB The Heptones 'Party Time' rhythm in fine form
- HOT A HOT DUB 'Solid Ground' made the rhythm to Mike Brookes' 'Its A Wonderful World' of which this is a dub.
- SILUM DUBBING MOOD A great organ rift drives along this Dub cut to Mr Brookes 'Woman of Salum'
- FULNESS DUB This is the first track Mike Brookes cut at the Black Ark'Earth is the Fulness' as Edmund Brookes & The Tats with Norris Reed from the Viceroys. This is its dub cut
- FLUT IN THE ARK Originally cut by Freddie McKay as 'Little Bit', this is actually a dub to Mike Brookes version called 'Social Living'
- CULTER DUB Originally Earth & Stone's 'In Times',Mike Brookes reworking became 'Show Your Culture', of which this is its blissed out dub version.
- NO FOOD A RUN DUB A lost Lee Perry rhythm 'No Food A Run' on full phaser attack