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Lee 'Scratch' Perry & the Upsetters: Super Ape & Return of the Super Ape
 
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Lee 'Scratch' Perry & the Upsetters: Super Ape & Return of the Super Ape

8 Aug. 2013 | Format: MP3

£11.09 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • Copyright: 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group/ Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive license to [PIAS] UK Ltd.
  • Total Length: 2:20:38
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  • ASIN: B00EBXTUQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,850 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vilson on 18 Jan. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Super Ape is one of my favourite albums. It was released in mid-1976 (which is now over 37 years ago...) and fuses reggae, dub and jazz into an intoxicating mix. It benefits from being listened to as a whole to capture the mood and the flavour. Individual tracks listened to outside of the album can sound isolated. `Super Ape' had critical acclaim, but no `hit' single. It contains extracts from well known tunes such as `Chase the Devil' and `War Ina Babylon'.
The Return of Super Ape from 1977 is different, but similar, with some inconsistencies. It was rejected by Island (along with `The Heart of the Congos'). Seems harsh on retrospection, but Island were riding the Bob Marley wave at the time.
These albums need to be viewed in the context of other top releases by Scratch from that era:
Max Romeo - War Ina Babylon
Junior Murvin - Police & Thieves
The Heptones - Party Time
The Congos - The Heart of the Congos
Lee Perry - Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Cornbread
This (together with SA and Rof SA)represent a high quality of output over an ~18 month timeframe. No wonder it couldn't last.

`Super Ape' only runs to 38 minutes and has been reissued previously. So is this worth getting again? I was doubtful but I took the plunge and would now say a resounding YES!
(I must confess that I reluctantly passed over Ape-ology (the previous 2007 re-issue) as it was available on Spotify and too expensive to justify on import - however I have ordered it now the price has dropped as it has `Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Cornbread' and the original Jamaican running order).

The positives from the 2012 release:
* Sounds great! Big bass bounces out of the speakers - respect to Jared Hawkes for the mastering.
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Super Ape is an absolute classic of dub, reggae, and 20th century popular music in general. Return of the Super Ape suffers slightly in comparison, but it's still an absolute joy from start to finish. Some people might complain that the extra tracks distract from the albums as singular works, but in this era of mp3s and playlists that's a rather theoretical problem.
Bottom line, here we have two hours of the best dub ever committed to tape/vinyl at a very decent price, and if you're interested in dub or reggae music in general and haven't yet acquainted yourself with the majesty of Super Ape, what are you waiting for?
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By Alistair L on 8 May 2014
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Don't hesitate just buy this. Simply two if not the two best dub albums ever on one CD. Sounds brilliant re mastered and the bonus tracks are the icing on the cake. Words cannot describe how much l love these two albums. Don't pay any attention to reviews that say you should buy the three original albums of the trilogy, this is all you need.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Adam P. Morris on 22 Nov. 2012
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First of all I don't know why people are reviewing "Disco Devil" on the page for "Super Ape" as it is a completely separate release. "Disco Devil" is a good release too, although somewhat predictable in its choices and if you have a previous release such as "Arkology" you will almost certainly have most of the material that appears on it.

Which brings me to Super Ape. It is without doubt one of the all time great albums and I am glad to say that I am the proud owner of an original vinyl copy of same that was autographed for me by Lee Perry himself. It is my proudest possession.

Having said that, this release is extremely disappointing. For a start, "Super Ape" is known for being a trilogy of albums, including "Roast Fish, Corn Bread and Collie Weed" which is not included here. For another thing, Trojan have previously issued the trilogy on a double CD called "Apeology". This is a far superior issue, which also has extra tracks that are very rare and hard to find.

The one saving grace of this new edition of "Super Ape" is the extra tracks, again many are already available on other issues though there are one or two genuine rarities such as the magnificent, if somewhat rude, "Big Pussy Sally".

Which begs the question, is it worth buying this double album set just for the couple of extra raritites, or are you better off buying the whole series and investing in a copy of "Apeology"? I know which I would do.
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By jimij on 7 Jun. 2015
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Great album- a trip in time and back again with a bigger smile
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