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The Upsetter Shop, Vol. 3: Baffling Smoke Signal

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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Continental Record Services
  • ASIN: B000068TL2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ketch Vampire - Devon Irons
2. Full Experience - Aura Lewis - Aura Lewis And Full Experience
3. Baffling Smoke Signal - Lee Perry
4. Down Here In Babylon - Brent Dowe
5. Natty Take Over - The Upsetters
6. Lizard Stick - The Upsetters
7. Ark Of The Covenant - The Congos
8. Set Up Yourself - The Upsetters
9. Garden Of Life - Leroy Sibbles
10. Feast Of Passover - The Congos
11. Reggae Music - Dr. Alimantado - Hugh Blackwood
12. I Was Appointed - Jr. Murvin

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From the vaults of the legendary Black Ark studio comes an ultra-rare sampling of Lee Perry-produced masterpieces. Recorded from the mid to late 70's, this collection features previously unreleased gems from some of the "Upsetters" most militant andspiritually motivated artists. Lee Perry is a certifiable genius, and this treasure trove of top shots elevates his already legendary status to new heights. Tracks include: "Ketch Vampire" - Devon Irons, "Full Experience" - Aura Lewis & Full Experience,"Baffling Smoke Signal" - Lee Perry, "Down Here In Babylon" - Brent Dowe, "Natty Take Over" - The Upsetters, "Lizard Stick" - The Upsetters, "Ark Of The Covenant" - The Congos, "Set Up Yourself" - The Upsetter, "Garden Of Life" - Leroy Sibbles, "Feast OfThe Passover" - The Congos, "Reggae Music"- Hugh Blackwood & Dr. Alimantado, "I Was Appointed" - Jr Murvin.


When Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark studios was gutted by fire, it was the Jamaican music equivalent of Sun Studios or Motown being incinerated. What music survived was a decidedly mixed bag; perhaps a fitting metaphor for the mysterious, mercurial--some would say half-mad--Perry himself. The dozen tracks here (almost all previously unreleased) hail from Black Ark's 1976-78 prime, a fertile period when Perry's studio dub mastery was at its zenith--and had already entrenched him as an influential touchstone amongst pop trend makers on both sides of the Atlantic. Powered by a hypnotic, deceptively laid-back rhythm groove (nicely underscored by an extended remix of Devon Irons'"Ketch Vampire"), Perry's spare production incorporates bluesy, studio-processed guitar heroics ("Full Experience") one moment and jazzy horn flourishes the next. The eight-minute plus mega-mix of Hugh Blackwood and Dr. Alimantado's "Reggae Music" explores the farther reaches of Perry's dub treat! ments, while an outtake of Jr Murvin's glorious "I Was Appointed" is set to another infectiously funky Perry electro-rhythm track. An anthology rife with revelations. –-Jerry McCulley

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mailian on 5 Dec 2007
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This compilation of previously unreleased alternate or extended versions features 3 well known tracks : 2 by the Congos and Garden of life. Brent Dowe's classic is in a stripped down version but remains its strength. The Upsetters chip in with 3 strong tracks of which Set up yourself is the vocal of Jah Lion's majestic Dread in a Jamdong version. Junior Murvin's Appointed is featured in a more funky hard edged version and Reggae music is another extended version of Lee Pery's Vibrate on.
The other tracks are all OK but are much too long and boring in the end.
This and the fact that the 3 wellknown tracks are available on other compilations make this a tantalising sample of a partly missed opportunity
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Beware, musical genius on the loose, baying at Babylon, taking down the idols, making that john paul fall - terrific music from the man who produced the best Clash record Complete Control and the best Wailers records. He can destroy his studio but he can't destroy his epic muse, a fantastic creative imagination and a modern storyteller. This is a brilliant combination of great music that you will want to listen to, from the rare 12incher Baffling Smoke Signal (whatever happened to the flipside, Captive,another great track?), not on the papal playlist, to the horrorshow Ketch Vampire. The amazing vocal talents of the Congos can be heard on Ark of the Covenant not to mention the man behind Police and Thieves himself, Junior Murvin. Leroy Sibbles on Garden of Live is another great track, but then the album is full of them. Inventive and spiritual - the power of reggae's first ambassador.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Highly Recommended 11 July 2002
By Kenneth M. Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're a Lee Scratch Perry fan, this CD will thrilll you
because it's so great. Not all Scratch CDs released in the past
decade are great...but this one is solid A+. If you're concerned
that you may have many of these tracks on other CDs, don't worry.
There's enough "previously unreleased" material here to make
the CD a treasure-----a treasure of the classic 1970's Black Ark
era. Scratch's genius shines through radiantly on each and
every track. God bless you, Lee Scratch Perry.
Obey the signals and buy this now! 1 Mar 2013
By crash, burn, rebuild - Published on Amazon.com
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The thing about this last release in the Upsetter Shop series that baffled me is ''WHY DID I NOT GET THIS SOONER?''. Probably because i originally viewed this in haste and saw it as just another collection of familiar tracks.Do not make the same assumption i did,because this set contains a combination of previously unheard cuts(by me anyway) and some of the more familiar Black Ark recordings in extended or alternate form.''Ketch Vampire'',a classic tune that stands as a warning to those that falsely represent the rasta faith,is here in extended mix.The track ''Full Experience'' by the Aura Lewis led trio of the same name,is a jazzed out roots excursion in typical Perry style.As always, it is great to hear Scratch himself ranting as he does on the anti-pope title track which chugs along with an infectious groove.Two roots related tracks,''Natty Take Over'' and ''Set Up Yourself'' are a plus, but the wildly funky instrumental ''Lizard Stick'' really stood out as a bearer of what Perry could produce beyond conventionally expected (although great)music.Speaking of great, there are two tracks from the Congos that could hold up this release alone.''Ark of the Covenant'', a stunning track with almost otherworldly vocals,is presented here as an extended cut with its dub following.Another Congos' classic,''Feast of the Passover'' makes for a strong addition to this set.For me, one of the highligts of this collection is the beyond over the top ''Reggae Music'', which has Hugh Blackwood on the ''Vibrate On'' rythym while Dr.Alimantado fiercely chats along a crazed track accompanied by snatches of dub effects and sax interludes.For lovers of Lee Perrys' music and reggae that provides great aural stimulation,Baffling Smoke Signal will call you to attention without wearing itself out.
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