Perry, Lee "Scratch" / Must Be Free
Album: Must Be Free   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Perry, Lee "Scratch"   Added:Sep 2016
Label:Megawave Corporation  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-09-25 Pull Date: 2016-11-27 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Nov 20 Nov 13 Nov 6 Oct 23 Oct 16 Oct 9 Oct 2
Airplays: 3 1 1 2 1 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 21, 2022: Best Of Everything (rebroadcast from Jun 7, 2021)
Jungle Tongue
4. Dec 06, 2016: Magnetized Toner
Rat Race
2. Jun 07, 2021: Best Of Everything
Jungle Tongue
5. Nov 30, 2016: At the Cafe Bohemian
House Of Sin
3. Jan 10, 2017: Magnetized Toner: Best Of 2016 Part 3
Too Much Is Too Much
6. Nov 28, 2016: Everything A to Z week 69
Psycho Dread

Album Review
Telepathic Juan
Reviewed 2016-09-26
Legendary reggae and dub innovator Lee “Scratch” Perry returns in 2016 with a new album titled Must Be Free. Even at age 80, the prolific Jamaican maverick can’t stop making mind-blowing riddims mixing everything from reggae to spoken word, dubstep to ambient, even acid jazz to trip-hop. Despite sounding overwhelming, as usual, Lee makes things have a natural flow and Must Be Free is one of the most inventive recordings I have heard in a while. The album has collaborations with the Groovematist, IAmPhloboi, and members of the Subatomic Sound System collective. Irie.

RIYL: Lee “Scratch” Perry!

Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10 and 12

1. (6:02) **Psycho Dread – Dub, ambient, spoken word. Floating in space while dreaming of floating. Medium tempo.
2. (6:26) **Rat Race – Perry being Perry. Mid-tempo beat. 21st century dub recording filtered through ambient and found sounds.
3. (4:43) House Of Sin – Another classic Perry trip. Late 1970s inspired dub here. Medium tempo track.
4. (3:53) *Isabel – Medium tempo recording. More classic Perry cosmic energy. Stoner delight.
5. (4:00) **Jungle Tongue – Beatnik spoken word trip with ambient instrumentation and a dub medium tempo. All surrounded by jazz arrangements and more overdubbed vocals toward the end of the track.
6. (4:16) No Evil – Attempt at Flamenco (acoustic guitars) with a Spanish-Latin beat and melody. Trippy.
7. (4:18) *No Sorrow – 1970s funk inspired energy. Medium-up tempo. Dub vocals. Intense.
8. (3:05) On Nigeria – A combination of tribal dubstep, acid jazz and spoken word. Medium tempo. Feels calm somehow.
9. (4:20) Strip Off – Reggae and dub 101 here. Medium tempo.
10. (3:50) **Too Much Is Too Much – Kind of trip-hop beat with signature Perry vocals. Percussions everywhere.
11. (3:24) Therapist – String quarter sample, intense drumming and overdubbed vocals all over the place. Musically dense ode to a therapist. Weird.
12. (5:37) **Must Be Free – Slow piano balladesque intro then a kind of moombahton beat takes over. Perry has reached the 21st century.
13. (4:54) House Of Sin (Remix Version) – It sounds very similar to the original track; it’s just more dubstep and have a sharper drum beat sound.

Track Listing
1. Psycho Dread   7. No Sorrow
2. Rat Race   8. On Nigeria
3. House Of Sin   9. Strip Off
4. Isabel   10. Too Much Is Too Much
5. Jungle Tongue   11. Therapist
6. No Evil   12. Must Be Free
  13. House Of Sin (Remix Version)