Lee Perry Roast Fish, Collie Weed and Corn Bread (Upsetter) Lee 'Scratch' Perry was at the peak of his powers in the late 1970s. The producer had introduced Bob Marley to the world and recorded a series of pioneering albums at his Black Ark studio in Kingston that changed the course of dub and reggae. Following his classic trilogy of Kung Fu Meets The Dragon, Revolution Dub and Super Ape, Perry started work on his most experimental work - an album that would be the first to exclusively feature his vocals and one that would also mark the end of an era in Jamaican music. Using only primitive recording equipment and self-developed techniques such as blowing marijuana smoke on the heads of his recorders and manual tape delays, Perry produced one of the strangest albums ever to emerge from the Caribbean island. Over its 10 tracks, Perry offered tips on exercise and healthy eating over deep, sun-drenched reggae rhythms, punctuated with an array of sound effects that included crying babies, dubbed-out percussion and mooing cows. Roast Fish, Collie Weed and Corn Bread was so out-there for a reggae record that British label Island - which had released some of Perry's classic 70s platters - refused to touch it. The album later found release on a smaller Jamaican imprint. 'It wasn't with what was happening at the moment,' Perry said years later. 'It was just something about exercise and different views, how to live good, what to eat and what not to eat, and I don't think they were ready for anything like that.' The Black Ark burned down one year after the album was recorded - Scratch has said he started the fire to get rid of 'evil spirits' - bringing an end to arguably the most important period in Jamaican music as well as Perry's most creative stretch as a producer. While it's difficult to recommend one disc by Perry, Roast Fish provides a great introduction to both the genius and madness of Scratch, and should inspire the listener to dig deep into one of the most fascinating back catalogues in musical history.