VA – The Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee Story [4CD Box Set] (2004)


Artist: Various Artists
Title: The Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee Story
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Jet Star Records [CRCDB3138]
Genre: Reggae, Dub, Lovers Rock, Reggae-Pop, Roots Reggae, Rocksteady
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Total Time: 5:16:42
Total Size: 761 mb / 1.98 gb


With four CDs and over 100 tracks, The Bunny "Striker" Lee Story is absolutely overwhelming, such a profusion of music that one barely knows where to start. The accompanying booklet is a good place, and provides an excellent biography of this crucial Jamaican producer, written by Penny Reel in conjunction with Lee himself, as well as a wealth of photographs. This is excellent background for the music, but, unfortunately, not for the set itself. Even the erudite Reel is at times left reeling by the eccentric sequencing, which wanders willy-nilly through the years, but at least makes a valiant attempt to bring together versions — vocal, instrumental, and DJ cuts. Reel’s efforts, however, are thoroughly undermined by the booklet’s layout, which eschews paragraphs, making it all the more difficult to follow. But forget all that, and just immerse yourself in the music. There are hits galore, including Lee’s earliest (Roy Shirley’s "Music Fell"), a slew of rocksteady classics from a stable of magnificent vocalists led by the Uniques, and more crucial cuts from the reggae age. Lee reached an apotheosis in the mid-’70s, as his two biggest singers — Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell — battled for supremacy and his DJs simultaneously toasted their way to the top. Lee held on through the end of the decade, but by the early ’80s his output was dwindling. The set contains perhaps a tad too many spoilers — quick cash-in versions of other producers’ hits — and not quite enough attention is paid to the DJs (notable omissions include Prince Jazzbo and Dr. Alimantado). Most amazing of all, only a single instrumental from Lee’s crack studio band, the Aggrovators, is featured, and they, bizarrely, aren’t even mentioned in the booklet. Lee’s productions defined Jamaican music in the mid-’70s, popularizing not only the resuscitation of old hits in new guises, but the very concept of versions. Three decades later, the Jamaican dancehalls are still reverberating to these innovations. Lee led the way, and here is his music in all its glory.
TRACKLISTING:

Disc 1
1. Johnny Clarke – Every Knee Shall Bow
2. U-Roy – Every Knee Shall Bow
3. Lascelles Perkins – Mood For Love
4. Cornell Campbell – The Gorgan
5. U-Roy – Gorgon Wise
6. Johnny Clarke – Rock With Me Baby
7. U-Roy – Rock With I
8. Johnny Clarke – Ride On Girl
9. Tappa Zukie – Phensic
10. Cornell Campbell – Stars
11. King Tubby – Roots Of Dub
12. Slim Smith – Everybody Needs Love
13. Roland Alphonso – 1000 Tones Of Me
14. Pat Kelly – How Long
15. Roland Alphonso – Payton Place
16. Roy Shirley – Music Fell
17. TT Ross – When I Was A Little Girl
18. Ken Parker – Sad Mood
19. Count Prince Miller – Mule Train
20. Dennis Al Capone – Horse And Buggy
21. Linval Thompson – Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks
22. U-Roy – Joyful Locks
23. I Roy – Cow Train Skank
24. Augustus Pablo – Cow Town Int.
25. Derrick Morgan – Rough Rider
26. Augustus Pablo – Rough Rider Dub

Disc 2
1. Val Bennett – The Russinas Are Coming
2. Derrick Morgan – Great Musical
3. Lester Sterling, Lloyd Harmer & Stranger Cole – Bangarang
4. U-Roy & Glen Adam – Bangarang Version
5. Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come
6. Dennis Al Capone – It Must Come
7. Johnny Clarke – Creation Rebel
8. U-Roy – Creation Rebel Version
9. Slim Smith – Just A Dream
10. Cornell Campbell – Dearest Darling
11. Dennis Alcapone – East 2 West (Just A Dream)
12. Max Romeo – Wet Dream
13. U-Roy – Wet Dream (Version)
14. Glen Adams – Wet Dreams Inst.
15. Slim Smith – Will You Still Love Me
16. John Holt – Stick By Me
17. Dennis Al Capone – King Of The Track
18. Slim Smith – Ain’t 2 Proud To Beg
19. U-Roy – 2 Proud To Beg Version
20. Ken Boothe – Satta Massagana
21. I Roy – Satta Massagana Version
22. Ernest Wilson – Sentimental Man
23. Jeff Barnes – The Jeff Barnes Thing
24. Nora Deal – Oh Mama
25. Augustus Pablo – The Sting

Disc 3
1. Ken Boothe – Help Me Make It Through The Night
2. Ken Boothe – Train Is Coming
3. Johnny Clarke – Move Outa Babylon
4. Johnny Clarke – None Shall Escape
5. Owen Gray – Natty Bongo
6. John Holt – Till I’m Gone
7. Leroy Smart – Shame And Pride
8. Dennis Brown & John Holt – Fancy Make Up
9. Jackie Edwards – I’m Still Waiting
10. Jackie Edwards – I Do Love You
11. Slim Smith & The Uniques – Let Me Go Girl
12. Dawn Penn – I’ll Let You Go Boy
13. The Ethiopians – Reggae Hit The Town
14. Cornell Campbell – Investigator
15. Johnny Clarke – Love Me Forever
16. Jackie Edwards – Julie On My Mind
17. Derrick Morgan & Hortense Ellis – I Do
18. Cornell Campbell – I’ll Never Let You Go
19. Pat Kelly – Queen Majesty
20. Jackie Edwards & Judy Mowatt – In Paradise
21. Johnny Clarke – No Man Is An Island
22. Alton Ellis – I’ve Got Love
23. Jackie Edwards – Who Told You So
24. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Mr Chatterbox
25. Rita Marley & The Sollettos – You’re My Desire

Disc 4
1. Lascelles Perkins & Hortense – Mighty Organ
2. Lascelles Perkins – Pledging My Love
3. Slim Smith & The Uniques – People Get Ready
4. Errol Dunkley – The Prodigal Returns
5. Sugar Minott – Lovers Rock Medley Part 1
6. Tyron Evans & The Paragons – Lovers Rock Medley Part 2
7. Cornell Campbell – The Duke Of Earl
8. I Roy – The Duke
9. Tommy McCook & The Aggravators – The Duke Of Dub
10. Jackie Edwards – Ali Baba
11. John Holt – I’ve Been Admiring You
12. Slim Smith & The Uniques – Blessed Are Thu Meek
13. Derrick Morgan – Seven Letters
14. Donald Lee – Reggae Time
15. Horace Andy – Just Say Who
16. Jah Stitch – Black Harmony Killer
17. Horace Andy – Skylarking
18. Cornell Campbell – My Confession
19. Slim Smith & The Uniques – My Conversation
20. Lenox Brown – My Conversation Inst.
21. Pat Kelly – If It Don’t Work Out
22. Horace Andy – You’re My Angel
23. Pat Kelly – Little Boy Blue
24. The Mighty Diamonds – Jah Jah Bless The Dread
25. Tommy McCook & Stranger Cole – Last Flight To Reggae City :: ::

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