Lee Perry’s time at WIRL Records, later to be renamed Dynamic Sounds Studios,
was a very productive time in his career. A run of great singles and the shaping
of a new sound, the beginning of what we know today as Reggae. Lee Perry
(b. Rainford Hugh Perry, 28 March 1936, Hanover,Jamaica) began his entry into
the music business at the age of 16.Moving up to Kingston Town and working around
various Sound Systems, before finding employment at Coxonne Dodd’s Studio One
set up, in the late 50’s early 1960’s. Perry started out as a record scout, organising
sessions and supervising auditions at Dodd’s record shop on Orange Street.
Helping to make hits for Delroy Wilson ( ‘Joe Liges’, ‘Spit In The Sky’) and the
Maytals, which would lead to his own vocal records released through Studio One.
The musical backing for which, came from legendary Studio One house band
The Skatalites. Another important relationship for Perry, his first recordings with
Bob Marley came in the form of the Wailers, also providing backing, alongside the
Soulettes who featured Rita Marley. Cutting such tunes as ‘Chicken Scratch’ around
1965/1966. This tune was also to provide him with one of his future nicknames ‘Scratch’.
A dispute over credits and money saw Perry leave Studio One and work with various
producers including Clancy Eccles and J. J. Johnson, before arriving at the door of
producer Joe Gibbs in 1967. Here he would write songs and produce hits for artists
such as, Errol Dunkley and the Pioneers. A tune cut during his time with Gibbs, voiced
a snipe at fellow employee Dodd, a trademark that would become an outlet for his
frustrations in the business. This particular tune ‘The Upsetter’ would also provide
another moniker and a name for his label ‘Upsetter’. Again lack of musical credit
and financial reward saw Perry move on this time to WIRL (West Indies Records Limited)
Records, working alongside manager Clifford Rae, who would provide studio time and
pay for pressings in return for helping to promote and distribute WIRL product, which
Perry would carry out on his trusted Honda 50 motorcycle around Kingston town.
This period at WIRL saw some inspired work from Perry. ‘Run For Cover’ was another
musical blow to a previous employer, Coxonne Dodd and featured the Sensations on
backing vocals and Lynn Taitt’s guitar picking skills. ‘People Funny Boy’ was a massive
hit for Perry going on to sell over 60,000 copies. Joe Gibbs would be at the end of this
musical attack. Perry had felt Joe Gibbs had turned his back on him, after he had provided
hits for groups like, The Pioneers amongst others. The song would be one of the first records
to feature a New Beat (Reggae) inspired by the sounds coming out of a Pocomania Church,
Perry had heard one night. The congregation inside, wailed in a more slower way than the
current musical style of the time Ska!. Perry worked up this new style with Clancy Eccles,
who would come under attack himself in ‘You Crummy’. Their closeness, which as detailed
in that song would find them, ‘Even shared the same Gal’ but ‘Now it’s plain to see we reached
the end’. ‘Set Them Free’ was an answer record to Prince Buster’s ‘Judge Dread’
(which had featured Perry on it) a plea to the Judges in Jamaica that handed out extremely
harsh sentences to the young offenders of the time. The track was cut on the same rhythm as
‘Run For Cover’ . ‘Django Shoots First’ inspired by the Spaghetti Western film of the same name,
features Sir Lord Comic. One of the early DJ’s who used a jive talking style over rhythms.
‘Night Doctor’ was a hit instrumental that featured the organ talents of Ansel Collins, that really
push the tune along. ‘Something You Got’ was a cover of an USA R& B track by Chris Kenner
and ‘Wind Up Girl’ was cut at the same session. ‘Water Pump’ was a rude style track that was
cut later and originally released in 1974. As was ‘People Sokup Boy’ a later version of
‘People Funny Boy’. ‘Labrish’ which means idol talk and gossip, was one of the first great
talk over tunes that features Lee Perry and producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee talking about the
Political situation in Jamaica at the time and their own financial situation and stories of various
comrades. The track was originally released in 1973.

Bunny Lee would play a major part in lee Perry’s career around this time and they were very
close, often sharing sessions and rhythms. Ironically it would be Bunny Lee that took over
Perry’s roll at WIRL and become responsible for the labels products in years to come. Clifford
Rae who give control to Bunny for a lot of the WIRL product and even gave him his shop 101
Orange Street.

So here we have a collection of music born out of a time spent at WIRL Records and providing
an important chapter in Lee Perry’s career and indeed to the story of Reggae itself. Hope you enjoy the set.

CD Track Listing

1 Labrish
2 Run For Cover
3 You Crummy
4 People Funny Boy
5 Justice To The People
6 Django Shoots First
7 Night Doctor
8 People Sokup Boy
9 Set Them Free
10 Clint Eastwood Rides AGAIN
11 Water Pump
12 Something You Got
13 Wind Up Doll
14 Iron Claw
15 Rude Walking*
16 Run For Cover Dub*
17 Water Pump Dub*
18 Something You Got Dub*
19 Wind Up Doll Dub*
•CD Bonus Track

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Labrish
2 Run For Cover
3 You Crummy
4 People Funny Boy
5 Justice To The People
6 Django Shoots First
7 Night Doctor

Side 2

1 People Sokup Boy
2 Set Them Free
3 Clint Eastwood Rides Again
4 Water Pump
5 Something You Got
6 Wind Up Doll
7 Iron Claw

Musicians Include:
Lynn Taitt and the Jets, The Upsetters Band
Joe Issacs: Drums
Brian Atkinson: Bass
Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson: Piano
Ansel Collins: Organ
Lynn Taitt: Rhythm Guitar
Ronnie Williams, Hux Brown: Guitar

Original Sessions Recorded at: WIRL Studios
Engineered By: Lynford ‘Andy Cap’ Anderson, Bill Garnett and Barry Lambert
Produced By: Lee Perry For WIRL Records
Design by: Gary @ Voodoo London
Manufactured under Licence from: E. Lee / C. Rae / C. Perry
All tracks copyright control