It is 4 o’clock in the morning here in italy, i just came home from a big reggae night and i’m the right mood to give you a taste of sweet reggae music.
The song i selected this night is a true banger for every party: “Jungle Lion” by Lee Scratch Perry. He was the man who took reggae music to another level, a master of dub also. He was one of the first to introduce sampling in music, by sampling a children voice ans using it in one of his earlier records, a deep innovation at the time. And we are talking bout 1968 man, long before rap music started!
He is an undisputed musical prophet, as we can see also by this pic.
For “Jungle Lion” Perry took inspiration from nother masterpiece, but this time the sorce is a soul music classic, “Love and happiness” by the great Al Green. His intensity in this song is astounding and the Memphis horns are dope as usual. This song had been sampled lots of times from then on. The style of Al Green as a performer also influenced many artists later. He became a preacher man, and nowadays Reverend Al Green still continues to tour, and to preach at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee.
..which version do you prefer? Both are beautiful, but if i have to choose i go with Al Green.