A reggae track that the Strand Records’ boys have really got into recently is the re-recorded version of Such is life by Lord Creator, released in the UK on Seven Leaves Records in 1978.
Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry produced this version at the Black Ark and it has a fabulous roots-dub, laid back feel. Such a mellow throb with magical mixing skills on display from the Upsetter. The track is sung by Lord Creator AKA Creator AKA Prodigal Creator.
Lord Creator was born Kentrick Patrick in Trinidad and Tobago and, despite the blissed out feel of the 1978 version of Such is life, Creator is a calypso, ska, R&B and rocksteady artist. He recorded his first hits in 1958 and Creator’s Independant Jamaica Calypso was the very first single on Chris Blackwell’s Island records in 1962. Creator had a big hit with Kingston Town in 1970 (later covered by UB40).
Lord Creator’s original rocksteady version of Such is life was released in 1968 on Randy’s Records. Creator is backed on the recording by Tommy McCook and the Supersonics.
Lord Creator; “In my days of sufferation when I had nothing, when I could not pay rent, when I could not find food for me and my children to eat, while sleeping up in a plum tree with a pregnant woman, I put together a melody, and that is how I recorded the song called Such Is Life“.
The 1978 track is, for us, an undoubted highlight of the ’70s Black Ark era.