The Black Art issue is recorded in so called 'Split Stereo' with most of the vocals in one channel and most of the riddim in
"Although this album is divided equally between authentic reggae and versions of pop songs, it has a `heavy` overall feel, in
the ethnic sense. This is due to the production work of Lee Perry (Scratch The Upsetter) who uses traditional, slow, laid back
In effect they are shank rhythms: they lean heavily on drum and bass and a simple guitar riff, and together they produced a
very dense, numbing sound.
Thus, even bubblegum material like Sugar Sugar is completely transformed into music which the authentic reggae fans can
dig. Rock Me In Your Soul and Early In The Morning represent the ideal Sound System disc.
The arrangements are simple and will sound monotonous to ears which aren`t used to them. But these are exactly the type of
sounds that are played loud over Sound Systems in dimly lit clubs and dance halls up and down the country for West Indian
audiences. For them, at least, this LP will be very welcome."
Carl Gayle, BLACK MUSIC JANUARY 1974
12. Are You Sure. Recorded at Chalk Farm Studio, UK
According to an entry in People Funny Boy, Scratch was in London to finalize the Silvertones album 'Silver Bullets' and was in need of one more track to finish the album. Perry used Dave Barker's 'Are You Sure' and mixed it that same day.