Back on the Controls album cover
Back on the Controls

Lee "Scratch" Perry


During the latter decades of his life, Lee “Scratch” Perry worked with a wide variety of producers — some of whom approached the projects with appropriate respect and musicianship, and some of whom were clearly looking for a quick novelty buck. Daniel Boyle is head and shoulders above the vast majority of them. In preparation for this collaboration with Perry, he equipped his Roaring Lion studio with genuine vintage equipment and effects, in order to best approximate the dark, wet, and echoey sound of the original Black Ark. Then he assembled an A-list roster of studio musicians, and he and Perry wrote and recorded a generous selection of new songs. And for the first time in years, Perry himself contributed production, especially on the dub versions. The result was not only one of the two or three best albums of Perry’s later years, but honestly one of the best Perry albums ever.

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