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4.0 out of 5 stars His best reggae period?, 15 Jan. 2008
This review is from: The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection - Volume 4 (Audio CD)
First up I want to say I've got the 3 LP versions, but it's the same tracks in the same order. Despite the fact this is volume 4 of a series documenting the complete out put of a long defunct record label it will appeal to all reggae fans, no matter how casual their interest. The reason is the strength of the music presented here. If you want bona fide classics you have Beat Down Babylon by Junior Byles, Cow Thief Skank by The Upsetters and a couple of Wailers biggies for good measure. Top draw Scratch productions for the collectors? Preacher Man by The Stingers (one of his very very best) and the impossibly rare Natty Natty by Alva 'Reggie' Lewis. Oh and the 'version' sides too. And 4 takes on the Beat Down Babylon rhythm. And it doesn't wear out its welcome. Highlights are the DJ tracks, using familiar rhythms to great effect. All that is needed is 'Words Of My Mouth' by The Gatherers and 'King Of Babylon' by Junior Byles (neither released on UK Upsetter) and you would have the complete picture of post Wailers, pre - Black Ark Lee Perry - one of his most creative and rewarding periods. The booklet is informative, lots of artist biog details and an intresting essay. There are some nice label scans and photo's, but I would have liked more dates for the recordings. I don't want to sound too gushing, but: Buy this - its brilliant, joyous, enjoyable and essential music.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2011 11:29:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Oct 2011 11:30:53 BDT
Not too gushing, you hit the pitch just right. Having been familiar with Lee Perry mostly from his Ark years this compilation was a very welcome education for me. Thrilled with this release.
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