Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Return of Pipecock Jackxon, The” – [Honest Jons Records]
Lee “Scratch” Perry did it again, or in this case of “The Return of Pipecock Jackxon”, almost didn’t do it again but for the help of some very patient and persistent Englishmen who nurtured this release out of Perry. According to the extensive, informative and very interesting notes that go with this album, Perry was having some sort of conflict of ideas. You and I might call it a nervous breakdown or a schizophrenic break. Others call it a vision. Whatever, it made Perry stop trusting Rastafarians, made him destroy his studio, made him write extensive notes on the walls of his studio (see album cover photos), made him channel Pipecock Jackxon. From all of this and much more (I suggest you spend time with the notes: it’s a fascinating story) many were able to pull together this wonderful collection of stripped down buzzing dub and reggae that continues in the vein of the Super Ape and Roast Fish works. It’s got sex (“Bed Jammin”), politics (“Babylon Cookie Jar A Crumble” and “Some Have Fe Halla”), and Jah praise (“Give Thanx to Jah”). It has the solid dub and reggae feel he is known for besides hints of Central African jamming and blues touches. It is the music of a breakdown and a destructive personality that still was able to provide a stellar piece of music that should be listened to. READ THE NOTES AND UNDERSTAND.