Almost all that is good about the genre they call 'reggae' can be associated with the genius that is Grammy winner Lee 'Scratch' Perry. From his seismic influence on what many adjudge the best of Bob Marley and his Wailers, to the creative cultivation of the Congos, Max Romeo, Junior Byles, Junior Murvin, the Heptones and subsequent collaborations with a host of luminaries, including the Beastie Boys, George Clinton, Keith Richards and the Orb, Perry's mark in music is indelible. For some, his eccentricity is as much his hallmark as is his history. And it's no surprise that Rolling Stone magazine should rank him in their '100 Greatest Artists of All Time'.
Grammy-winning reggae icon Lee "Scratch" Perry has some unfinished business that has just been completed. The renowned dub and reggae pioneer will release his next album, entitled Master Piece on September 11, 2012. The album will contain a few tracks that were initially released in 2010. See Of Sound, the record label releasing the new album, says the tracks that have been reworked for Master Piece were originally issued in an "unfinished" state. The upcoming release Master Piece offfers ten tracks from the Mad Professor that are mixed with the inclusion of lounge-dub, hip hop, jazz and trance. Produced by Born Free and The Next Room, the album is a distinct, if not extreme, departure from virtually all of Perry's past works.