Trojan Records have today announced a new compilation album King Scratch (Musical Masterpieces from the Upsetter Ark-ive). The album, out on double CD, double vinyl and a deluxe box set, will comprise tracks from across the career of the legendary late great Jamaican record producer and artist Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Released on the 26th August, the collection will mark the 1st anniversary of his passing, showcasing the very best of his work across his own releases and his productions for other artists.
As arguably the greatest Jamaican record producer of all time, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was instrumental in transforming Jamaica’s national sound throughout the 60s and 70s, with his unique approach to production pushing the music beyond previously perceived boundaries. This release will not only mark the first anniversary of his passing at the age of 85 but it falls on the weekend of London’s iconic Notting Hill Carnival, the first event since 2019. “This new box-set of Lee’s golden years shows the visionary genius that drove him to push all creative boundaries, and solidify his status as a cultural icon. Lee’s art and music will live on forever,” says his widow Mireille Perry on behalf of Lee’s estate.
The deluxe box set comprises 109 tracks across four vinyl LPs and four CDs, featuring his best known and most influential recordings along with some rare and unreleased DJ mixes. It includes a previously unreleased mix of Junior Murvin’s powerful ‘Police And Thieves’, UK chart-buster ‘Hurt So Good’ by Susan Cadogan and the Upsetters’ boss reggae classic ‘Return’ Of Django’, as well as numerous major Jamaican hits. The box set will also include a 50 page fully illustrated book, penned by Scratch’s official biographer David Katz and will feature photos from celebrated photographer Adrian Boot, as well as a newly designed two-sided full colour 24” x 24” poster.
The 2x gatefold LP and 2x CD set collection focuses upon the legendary music-maker’s best-known productions from the 60s and 70s, performed by some of the giants of Jamaican music, with both iconic imagery and extensive notes on the man whose talent and imagination took reggae to new heights of excellence.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s vision and talent has had a significant impact on the musical landscape of today, inspiring many of the world’s greatest musicians including the likes of The Prodigy, The Rolling Stones, The Beastie Boys, The Clash and Diplo who carried his sound forward. This brand new release pays homage to a legend whose astounding legacy will never be forgotten.