A. Mister Cop Produced by Gregory Isaacs & Lee Perry
Recorded at the Black Ark studio
The Micron label was co-owned by Pete Weston. Micron distibuted and funded record releases in the mid 70's, after which Weston migrated to Canada, from where the label continued but with far fewer releases.
Of the 130+ singles on the label, a precentage are Perry/ Black Ark recorded, but Weston also worked with other producers like Bunny Lee and Joe Higgs. He also supported numerous lesser known producers, but that doesn't mean that they all used Perry's studio to record!
Some of the Micron releases that credit Mike Johnson as producer sound very Arkish, whilst others sound more like Channel One recordings.
A lot of the releases listed below have been credited to Lee Perry's Black Ark studio as being the recording studio. Obviously this is usually the case where records are being sold and is merely a marketing strategy to attract customers.
A. Dat Produced by E.D. Ricketts
Sounds like the same recording session as Jockey Voodoo, but both songs don't carry a distinctive 'Ark' sound. Maybe they were recorded at the Black Ark studio, without using The Upsetters as musicians or Perry as engineer.
Also released on JA Venus label.
A. Jazzbo Ha Fe Run Produced by Bunny Lee
The feud began with the success of I Roy's Straight to Jazzbo Head, a number that good-naturedly taunted the Prince Jazzbo's lack of prowess at the mic. In a way Jazzbo had it coming, as he'd choked in the studio in I Roy's presence, and inevitably, when the latter DJ stepped up the mic, he couldn't help but comment on that fact.
When I Roy's single took off, producer Bunny Lee, who'd overseen that hit, immediately goaded Jazzbo into striking back on wax, with Straight to I Roy's Head the result. Jazzbo had taken to heart I Roy's congenial teasing, and his hurt and confusion is apparent here. "Prince Jazzbo never trouble you," he laments within, "you shouldn't do that." What fans wanted though, were insults, but the best the DJ can do is compare I Roy unfavorably to the mighty U Roy.
Still, Jamaicans love a feud, and Jazzbo's whinges over a steamy version of John Holt's A Love I Can Feel sold well enough for the pair's fracas on disc to continued, with I Roy hitting back with the quite nasty Jazzbo a Fe Run, and Jazzbo slapping back in turn.
Review by Jo-Ann Greene (all music)
A. Jockey Voodoo Produced by E.D. Ricketts
Listed elsewhere as 'Black Ark recorded', but they don't carry a distinctive 'Ark' sound. Maybe they were recorded at the Black Ark studio, without using The Upsetters as musicians or Perry as engineer.
Also released on Black Wax 7 inch.
A. Love Is Precious Produced by H.K. Benton and C. Bradford
At a time when Channel One was still operating as a four-track studio with very minimalistic sound, this song is not in comparison to the 1975 Black Ark output.
With that in mind, many other Micron releases can be ruled out as 'posssible' Black Ark recordings.
A. No Blackman No Cry Produced by E.D. Ricketts
Listed elsewhere as 'Black Ark recorded', but it doesn't carry a distinctive 'Ark' sound. Maybe this was recorded at the Black Ark studio, without using The Upsetters as musicians or Perry as engineer.
A. Perfidia Produced by Watty Burnett
Using the I Am The King rhythm from the King Tubby Surrounded by Dreads album. Some say this rhythm was Black Ark recorded. The riddim was also used on Watty's Kisko Pop on his Zima Saw label.
The 'Surrounded by Dread' set also features Ethiopia Land Of My Father which appears on Prince Heron's 'Freedom Rock' (see the Federal: What About) and the Most High In Dub rhythm which also appears on King Burnett's 'Malcolm X' (Culture Star) - that we do believe to be Black Ark recorded.