Three hard to get and blazingly badass dub sets from the Upsetter and crew, pulled together to make one smoking double CD set. Kung Fu Meets The Dragon is one of the most sought after Upsetter sides, from the late Black Ark period, originally only issued in a small batch, and hopelessly hard to find for years. This excellent dub LP is as dope as all get out, from the kung fu imagery to the spare, funky dubs rolling along on heavy bass, quacking clavine
t and earth shaking drums. Musical Bones is another lost, hard to get set, and delivers the same spacey goods: raw, gritty, funky jams cut at the Black Ark during the height of Perry's most creative period. Vin Gordon's trombone is pushed waaaay up to the front of the mix in these instrumental versions, which are basically dubs, though there's not too much in the way of echo drops and atom bomb reverb – but on this album that's just the way we like it, so we can feel every beat of the chunky rhythms! And Return Of Wax was pulled from from the same sessions that gave us the Kung Fu Meets the Dragon set, you know it's right. Tracked by Perry with Upsetters in 1975, these stripped down dubs feature some of the dopest, funky rhythms Scratch ever cut, while others have a super spare, loping Jamaican groove. The sound is crisp and tight, without the giant thunderclaps and echo drops you'd here in a Tubby mix, but chirping guitars and sublimely funky bass ducking in and out of the mix. 35 smoking jams in all, including "Enter The Dragon", "Hold Them Kung Fu", "Scorching Iron", "Black Belt Jones", "Skango", "Exit The Dragon", "Iron Fist", "Coco-Macca", "The Message", "Licky Licky", "Quinge Up", "Raw Chaw", "Four Of A Kind", "Voodoo Man", "Last Blood", "Deathly Hands", "Dragon Slayer", "One Armed Boxer", "Fists Of Vengeance", "Samurai Swordsman" and "Final Weapon".
(Out of print.)