Perry, Lee "Scratch" / End Of An American Dream, The
Album: End Of An American Dream, The   Collection:Reggae
Artist:Perry, Lee "Scratch"   Added:Nov 2007

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-11-11 Pull Date: 2008-01-13 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jan 6 Dec 30 Dec 23 Dec 16 Dec 9 Dec 2 Nov 25 Nov 18
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Recent Airplay
1. Dec 16, 2014: night court
4. Jan 19, 2008: New World Disorder
2. May 24, 2008: The Twilight Zone
5. Jan 02, 2008: Eran Mukamel (sub)
3. Feb 07, 2008: Happy Hour
Disco Cats
6. Dec 30, 2007: New World Disorder
I Am New Yorker

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-11-13
Lee “Scratch” Perry – The End of an American Dream
Reviewed by Sadie O., 11/8/07
Funky jazzy dubby skanky laid-back UTTER MADNESS. Sweet, quite mellow musical grooves from the great dubmaster, and train of thought improvisation from the nether regions of a truly strange brain. Is he a wise fool or a great swami or just smoking bales and bales of pot? Who cares? I just pity whoever doesn’t get to play this record as soon as possible…
Most lyrics are pretty undecipherable at any speed, but –
FCC on track 10. I like 9 and 14 best, but they’re all just MAD…
1. 4:54 ***downtempo funk skank, mellow, laid-back vocals almost skat extemporizing. A few stops and starts.
2. 0:22 church bell, electronic squawks, bit of diatribe.
3. 5:43 **downtempo and mellow but bouncy riddim, sad lyrics with lots of echo, American Babylon self-destruction.
4. 5:01 ***somewhat unstructured intro for almost a minute, then uptempo electronic dancehall riddim, very stoned vocals. Soft echoes and bleeps for last several seconds.
5. 0:11 random bit
6. 4:40 ***quite slow dancehall skank, extremely minimalist, completely bizarre lyrics. Monks will be at the party tonight… Bacteria, apparently, will NOT. Gets quite funky as it goes along.
7. 5:00 ***brief spoken intro, downtempo funky groove, layered vocals. Don’t try to make sense of this unless you’re on acid. Fades several seconds from end.
8. 0:28 riot sounds and recitation.
9. 5:15 ****hip hop groove with funky one-drop beat. Somebody repeats “New York”, and when he stops, Lee Perry talks wildness. Stops and comes back with more urgency. Vocal echoes for last half minute.
10. 6:50 FCC: “shit” ***uptempo and complex electronic dancehall groove, rubber band sounds.
11. 5:34 **slow, rather funky skank, lots of nonsense. No, I mean even more than all the other tracks – seriously!
12. 5:06 ***funky jazzy something (maybe it’s just cause he keeps saying “jazzam shazzam”….) Electronic critter dying at end, as far as I can tell.
13. 5:33 ***bongos, crows, coughing, midtempo dancehall skank.
14. 4:48 ****brief intro, then downtempo electronic funk skank, great voodoo insanity lyrics.
15. 0:12 Lee Perry is NUTS.
16. 4:49 ***guns, scratching, samples, jazzy funky groove…

Track Listing
1. Disarm   9. I Am New Yorker
2. Are You Ready?   10. Teddy Bear
3. The End Of An American Dream   11. Hallo Jamaica
4. One God Rain   12. Shazam
5. So Be It   13. Memories
6. I Will Be There   14. Vooba Skooba
7. I Am The God Of Fire   15. Cats Bats Rats
8. The Lord's Prayer   16. Disco Cats