Welcome to the new Lee 'Scratch' Perry Kickstarter project!
WE ARE NOW INTO THE STRETCH GOALS!
1) 8K DOUBLE ALBUM RELEASE - HIT!!
2)10K SPECIAL PACKAGING AND COLOURED VINYL -
3)13K THE BEST MASTERING WE CAN BOOK WITHIN OUR TIME SCALES - HOPEFULLY ABBEY ROAD -
What is it about?
For the past 2 years, Lee Perry has been working in the Rolling Lion Studio, UK; on an exciting new project of his own!
Lee has been working with producer Daniel Boyle, on re-building the Black Ark studio signal chain that created his famous sounds in Jamaica throughout he 60's and 70's. Utilizing famous bits of equipment such as the Mu-Tron Bi-Phase, the Space echo, and various Fisher and Grampian reverbs, Lee has re-created his original signal chain and has been working in collaboration with Daniel to produce 15 tracks of original deep roots music, featuring a whole host of well known reggae players of instruments, and with Lee's vocals on top. These tracks have been produced as close to the original black ark style as possible, with vintage equipment, - Mics, compressors and effects; and raw recording techniques. A lot of tape saturation, live instruments, horns, guitar, bass, etc; all recorded live and blended together by Lee and I on a big analogue mixing desk...
Now for the exciting bit!..... Lee, for the first time in many years, has been active on the mixing desk, and the effects units and has created his own Dub versions of each song; as well as being active at the mixing stage. For the fist time in many many years, the founder of Dub himself; has been actively involved in producing fresh, brand new Dubs of each song to be included on the album, poignantly titled - Lee 'Scratch' Perry - ''Back on the Controls'' Lee has been using the effects units, phasers, tape delays and reverbs, hitting the mixing desk doing the dubbing for the dub versions, and adding percussion and being heavily involved in the mixes giving direction on EQ, levels and the overall sound to make this as authentic as possible. We recorded all of Lees effects in real time into the mixes, and then let him loose on the faders and buttons on the desk for the final Dub versions. This process left us with a sublime dub version for each song, which Lee was personally responsible for dubbing and shaping the sound for!
With these recordings, Lee is keen to re-kindle his famous 'UPSETTER' Record Label and release these new recordings on this Label. This will truly be the first time in many years that Lee has released his own productions on his infamous Upsetter label!
The album brings back the true Upsetter style of Dubbing and Mixing, on heavy, hard hitting Deep roots rhythms backed by some stars of the reggae world, Hughie Izachaar, Hornsman Coyote, Christine Miller, Dennis Bovell and more, plus a couple of soon to be confirmed surprise legendary artists!
Why do we need your help?
The Album is all but complete, 15 tracks and Dub versions have been produced and mixed, with a number of nearly finished tracks. We have a good selection of tracks now, consisting of a song, horns cut, and Dub versions for each one. So, the idea is; we are going to do a part 1 and part 2 vinyl and CD release globally to ensure we can get all of this music out to the masses!
The Kickstarter project has been set up to see if we can locate some Lee Perry fans within the Kickstarter community to help with the final stages, the mastering and physical production costs. We have finalized a distribution agreement with 'Virtual Label' in Brooklyn USA, http://virtuallabel.biz/ so it is all ready to go, On top of this we have been working with renowned Reggae Photographer Nick Caro http://www.nickcarophotography.co.uk/ on producing some stunning artwork for the album, alongside extras such as studio time with Lee, a series of limited edition studio session photos signed and framed, available as rewards.
The final hurdle is why we have reached out to the Kickstarter community, to enable us to complete the artwork, the mastering and manufacture; and the re-kindeling of the Upsetter Label! Resulting in us being able to bring this album to the world!
Why should you help us to release this Album?
We truly feel that this album will be a seminal release in the Lee Perry catalog, not only a chance to bring his new and personal works to the world, but a chance to hear the master and founder of Dub music back on the controls, and doing what he does best, adding his touch to create some sublime dub soundscapes, through the very same vintage equipment he used all those years ago in the Black Ark studio; Jamaica. Releasing this in a home grown fashion, on Lee Perry's inimitable Upsetter Record label.
How can I donate and be part of this album?
Just click on the green “Back this Project” button in the upper-right-hand corner. Email us if you have any problems or questions. The rewards will be shipped to wherever you live.
What is our Kickstarter Goal?
We have calculated that the minimum we need is £6000 to finish the project and release it globally. This goal is to Master the Album with the famous ''Kevin Metcalef' in London, then manufacture the record as a single Vinyl and CD album release globally! Of course, we have a ''Stretch Goal'' If we can raise £8,000 or above, we will do a double vinyl release rather than a part 1 and part 2. If we can get all of this music out to the world in one go, then that is better for us! Then we will release some special versions on 10" & 7" Vinyl; again on the Upsetter Label! (This follows onto our next project, voicing a number of old Black Ark singers onto these Rhythms...more on that to come......)
The trick is, including the Songs and Dub versions on each record, so this pretty much doubles our track count. The Horns cuts will be available as extras on the digital download release. We are set up and ready to manufacture the album, as soon as we hit our kickstarter goal, we will press the records enabling us to ship them globally the following month!
So, I hope you have enjoyed our video, put together by Nick Caro, and I hope you can share in our vision to bring this album to the world in 2014, Lee 'Scratch' Perry's re-birth of the Upsetter label and brand new song and dub album produced by Lee 'Scratch' Perry himself!
Thank you for your time!
Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Daniel Boyle.
Please listen to some 'ROUGH MIXES' leaked on Soundcloud from the album, and other Rolling Lion Studio works.. We have not put any finished or mastered mixes up on Soundcloud yet, as we want to keep the final sound a surprise!
How can I contact you? firstname.lastname@example.org All emails will be answered ASAP - From the UK timezone!
What happens if the money isn't raised in time?
We are determined to re-kindle the Upsetter Label and get this album released. I am not sure when it would happen but we would need to fund the final stage ourselves and this would take quite some time!
Risks and challenges
Luckily, most of the risks have been avoided as we have produced the whole of Part 1 for the release, and are on track to finish part 2 this year. However, manufacturing and distribution times could delay the date somewhat. Virtual distribution in Brooklyn are lined up to get it in the shops worldwide, so we are just reliant on the mastering & manufacturing taking place within our timescales to get this album out there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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