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Postby borah natty » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:37 am

Forthcoming Bunny Lee CD boxset spotted on the Jet Star website. Includes liner notes from one Penny Reel:

[url]http://www.jetstar.co.uk/preorder-detail.asp?ProductID=CRCDB3138[/url]
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Postby informer » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:39 am

who cares for jetstar, still remember their crappy perry box set ?
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Postby borah natty » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:43 am

think the Perry one was more Pauline than Scratch. this one was done by Lee himself.
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Postby Moses » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:44 am

Lee has some serious licensing 'issues' hasn't he? :P
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Postby informer » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:45 am

ok, but i don't expect any new discoveries as the market was flooded
with bunny lee/tubby sets over the past 10+ years.
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Postby Moses » Wed Jan 05, 2005 10:52 am

informer wrote:ok, but i don't expect any new discoveries as the market was flooded
with bunny lee/tubby sets over the past 10+ years.


it's a shame really because the concept on this one looks good - but Charm/Jet Star have no idea about remastering etc. There are a few hidden gems there!
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Postby Ringo » Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:06 am

This is a top notch release. I went with Penny to meet Bunny Lee up at Fat Man's place a couple of times so that they could discuss the tracks to be included here. Penny had carte blanche to choose anything he liked from the list of productions Bunny supplied, plus any tunes Penny had/knew of which Bunny had forgotten. Bunny then commented and on one or two occasions suggested another cut or recording to be used.
Regardless of people's gripes about JA licensing practices this is a fine collection of Bunny Lee's enormously important contribution to the music and the sleeve notes are of the high quality you'd expect.

From the Jetstar website:
Whilst 1960s reggae was dominated by Coxsone Dodd and the Studio One label and Duke Reid’s burgeoning Trojan outfit, the arrival of three figures came to change the face of the
music forever. Along with Lee Perry and Osbourne ‘King Tubby’ Ruddock, Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee’s innovative approaches enabled reggae to enter the international music lexicon.

Bunny Lee was the first producer to fully understand how technological progress could be turned to reggae’s advantage. Most specifically, Lee came up with the idea of the ‘version’, taking one rhythm (or backing track) and creating dub, deejay and/or vocal reinterpretations.
Thus he came to work with a whole breadth of reggae artists, from engineers (like Tubby) through singers (John Holt was a pupil) to the up-and-coming deejays (U Roy, Jah Stitch and more).

The Bunny Lee boxset is the first collection to bring together Lee’s finest work, often with vocal versions alongside deejay and dub re-workings. Compiled by Bunny Lee himself (he also oversaw the tracks’ remastering) this four CD set features productions from Lee’s most fertile period – the late nineteen sixties and seventies.

Offering a unique insight into the workings of one of reggae’s music’s most inspired minds, the boxset’s lavish packaging includes never-before-seen photos from Striker Lee’s own personal collection along with extensive liner notes from revered reggae writer Penny Reel.

CD One

1. Every Knee Shall Bow - Johnny Clarke
2. Every Knee Shall Bow – U Roy
3. Mood For Love – Lascells Perkins
4. The Gorgan – Cornell Campbell
5. Gorgon Wise - U Roy
6. Rock With Me Baby – Johnny Clarke
7. Rock With I – U Roy
8. Ride On Girl – Johnny Clarke
9. Phensic – Tappa Zukie
10. Stars – Cornell Campbell
11. Roots of Dub – King Tubby
12. Everybody Needs Love – Slim Smith
13. 1000 tones of Mega – Roland Alphonso
14. How Long – Pat Kelly
15. Payton Place – Roland Alphonso
16. Music Fell – Roy Shirley
17. When I was a Little Girl – TT Ross
18. Sad Mood – Ken Parker
19. Mule Train – Count Prince Miller
20. Horse and Buggy – Dennis Al Capone
21. Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks – Linval Thompson
22. Joyful Locks – U Roy
23. Cow Town Skank – I Roy
24. Cow Town Int. – Augustus Pablo
25. Rough Rider – Derrick Morgan
26. Rough Rider Dub – Augustus Pablo

CD Two

1. The Russians Are Coming – Val Bennett
2. Great Musical Battle– Derrick Morgan
3. Bangarang – Lester Sterling/Lloyd Charmer/Stranger Cole
4. Bangarang Version – U Roy & Glen Adam
5. Better Must Come – Delroy Wilson
6. It Must Come – Dennis Al Capone
7. Creation Rebel – Johnny Clarke
8. Creation Rebel Version – U Roy
9. Just A Dream – Slim Smith
10. Dearest Darling – Cornell Campbell
11. East 2 West (just a dream) – Dennis Alcapone
12. Wet Dream – Max Romeo
13. Wet Dream (version) – U Roy
14. Wet Dreams Inst. – Glen Adams
15. Will You Still Love Me – Slim Smith
16. Stick By Me – John Holt
17. King of the track – Dennis Al Capone
18. Ain’t 2 Proud to Beg – Slim Smith
19. 2 Proud to Beg Version – U Roy
20. Satta Massagana – Ken Boothe
21. Satta Massagana Version – I Roy
22. Sentimental Man – Ernest Wilson
23. The Jeff Barnes Thing – Jeff Barnes
24. Oh Mama - Nora Deal
25. The Sting – Augustus Pablo

CD Three

1. Help Me Make it Through The Night – Ken Boothe
2. Train is Coming – Ken Boothe
3. Move Outa Babylon – Johnny Clarke
4. None Shall Escape – Johnny Clarke
5. Natty Bongo – Owen Gray
6. Till I’m Gone – John Holt
7. Shame and Pride – Leroy Smart
8. Fancy Make Up – Dennis Brown & John Holt
9. I’m Still Waiting – Jackie Edwards
10. I Do Love You - Jackie Edwards
11. Let Me Go Girl – Slim Smith & the Uniques
12. I’ll Let You Go Boy – Dawn Penn
13. Reggae Hit The Town – The Ethiopians
14. Investigator – Cornell Campbell
15. Love Me Forever – Johnny Clarke
16. Julie On My Mind Jackie Edwards
17. I Do – Derrick Morgan & Hortence Ellis
18. I’ll Never Let You Go – Cornell Campbell
19. Queen Majesty – Pat Kelly
20. In Paradise – Jackie Edwards & Judy Mowatt
21. No Man Is An Island – Johnny Clarke
22. I’ve Got Love – Alton Ellis
23. Who Told You So – Jackie Edwards
24. Mr Chatterbox – Bob Marley & the Wailers
25. You’re My Desire – Rita Marley & the Sollettos

CD Four

1. Mighty Organ – Lascelles Perkins & Hortense
2. Pledging My Love – Lascelles Perking
3. People get Ready – Slim Smith & The Uniques
4. The prodigal Returns – Errol Dunkley
5. Lovers Rock Medley Part 1 – Sugar Minott
6. Lovers Rock Medley Part 2 – Tyron Evans & the Paragons
7. The Duke of Earl – Cornel Campbell
8. The Duke – I Roy
9. The Duke Of Dub - Tommy Mc Cook & The Aggravators
10. Ali Baba – Jackie Edwards
11. I’ve been Admiring You – John Holt
12. Blessed Are Thu Meek – Slim Smith & The Uniques
13. Seven Letters – Derrick Morgan
14. Reggae Time – Donald Lee
15. Just Say Who – Horace Andy
16. Black Harmony Killer – Jah Stitch
17. Skylarking – Horace Andy
18. My Confession – Cornell Campbell
19. My Conversation – Slim Smith & The Uniques
20. My Conversation Inst. – Lenox Brown
21. If it Don’t Work Out – Pat Kelly
22. You’re My Angel – Horace Andy
23. Little Boy Blue – Pat Kelly
24. Jah Jah Bless the Dread – The Mighty Diamonds
25. Last Flight to Reggae City – Tommy Mc Cook & Stranger Cole
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Postby tim p » Wed Jan 05, 2005 11:48 am

As far as I know thse two are H.Robinson productions,
Reggae Hit The Town – The Ethiopians
Last Flight to Reggae City – Tommy Mc Cook & Stranger Cole
(not sure about Alcapones-East To West either?)

The rest looks like Bunny stuff. There is some nice stuff, not sure if there would be enough that I don't already have to tempt me to be honest though I'd be interested in the sleeve notes. The running order is a bit strange. It tends to go in blocks of 4-5 tunes between roots, early 70's, more roots, rocksteady and so on.

It's almost a Trojan Box Set with an extra disc. I'm sure the notes will be alot better than that though and the cover looks OK too.
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Postby Jackie Pablo » Wed Jan 05, 2005 12:19 pm

This looks like a wonderful box set that would delight any newcomer to Striker's sound.

Essential music by the bucketful.

As already stated above a large number of the selections have been widely over the years. (I've got 42 out of 101 tracks on vinyl/CD/tape). It would be great if Jetstar could also put out a high sound-quality double or triple LP of all the real out of the way tracks (or, better still, a box set of the obscure 7"er's!) to satisfy those who could do without doubling up on so many titles. Even a few 7" pressings of the more obscure ones to promote the collection would be nice. Jetstar did release a batch of 7" on Vintage Avenue (one being Freddie McKay's 'Inna Mi Yard') at the time they were pushing their 'lost' King Tubby sides.

ps - track 16 on Disc one should read 'Music Field'
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Agree with the above

Postby hwheelan » Wed Jan 05, 2005 1:47 pm

Agree with Jackie and Ringo - this is as solid a set of Bunny Lee stuff as you'll find I reckon without some serious digging around or unless you're name is Tim P... ;0) - sound quality varies a bit but it's got tunes by the cartload!

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Postby informer » Wed Jan 05, 2005 2:47 pm

nice cover pic anyway.
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Postby borah natty » Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:19 pm

Bet these are worth seeing too:

'...includes never-before-seen photos from Striker Lee’s own personal collection'
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Postby Ringo » Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:37 pm

I think they came from Penny's archive, but I haven't seen the finished booklet as sold.
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Postby benja » Wed Jan 05, 2005 4:03 pm

when I first saw "Bunny Lee" box set, I thought that was an impossibility, as I assumed they meant all Bunny Lee's stuff.

Now THAT would be toppa toppa TOP!!

This looks good to me, even if I do have quite a few of the tracks already.
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Postby Jackie Pablo » Wed Jan 05, 2005 5:03 pm

There was an excellent piece about Bunny Lee and his artists/releases posted by Penny Reel on the old B&F board before the shutdown. I bet this was a test run prior to this box set going to press.

This information was the closest it gets to a Reggae history lesson. An essential read.
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