Album review
The Upsetter Shop Volume 2
Lee Perry & The Upsetters

Tracking list

  1. The Bleechers - Check Him Out (Take 1)
  2. The Mellotones - Uncle Charlie
  3. Dillinger - Uncle Charlie (Version)
  4. The Upsetters - Sunshine Rock
  5. David Isaacs - Who To Tell
  6. Pat Satchmo - Can't Take It Anymore (Take 4)
  7. Eric Donaldson & The West Indians - Caught You Red Handed (Take 1)
  8. Scratch, Eric and The Upsetters - In the studio listening to radio show
  9. Eric Donaldson & The West Indians - Caught You Red Handed (Take 2)
  10. Eric Donaldson & The West Indians - Caught You Red Handed (Take 3)
  11. Al and The Vibrators - Water More Than Flour (Take 1)
  12. Glen Adams & The Upsetters - X-Ray Vison (Take 4)
  13. Lee Perry - People Sokup Boy
  14. Al and The Vibrators - Gee (Take 2)
  15. Dave Barker - Some Sympathy
  16. The Inspirations - Tender Love
  17. Carl Dawkins & The Wailers - Cloud Nine (Take 3)
  18. The Inspirations - Tighten Up
  19. Dillinger - Tighten Up Skank
  20. The Silvertones - Sweets For My Sweets (Rehearsal)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

Every once in awhile, an album comes along that is very special, and every time you listen to it, you just can't believe that you've got what you've got. Upsetter Shop V2 is one of those albums. With excellent sleeve notes by Scratch expert Dave Katz, this is more than just a great collection of music -- it's a piece of Jamaican history.
Featuring 21 selections dating from the Randy's years, Upsetter Shop V2 has killers from the likes of Dave Barker, The Inspirations, The Bleechers, and Dillinger. From well known scorchers like "Tighten Up" to seldom heard rockers like "People Sokup Boy" and "Sunshine Rock", the music is out of sight. A couple of versions mash up the place: The Mellotones' "Uncle Charlie" is followed by Dillinger's manic version, and the little known "Gee" by Al & The Vibrators gets chased by Dave Barker's soulful "Some Sympathy" and "Tender Love" by The Inspirations. However, if such a thing is possible, all of these killers pale in comparison to two selections which make Upsetter Shop V2 a champion.
What makes this collection so priceless are the absolutely amazing studio out-takes. The first takes a little imagination, but dig it: there are three takes of The West Indians' "Caught You Red Handed", and even though the sequence is spliced together, in between takes one and two someone points out to Scratch that they're playing his music on the radio. With the tape still rolling, the JBC gets turned on and we hear a crazy announcer raving about "the Upsetter sound" on the weekly program that Scratch sponsored. While a medley of Upsetter instrumentals including "Night Doctor" and "Eight For Eight" are spun, the DJ shouts "we've got a go getter on the Upsetter, yeah baby it's the only way, anywhere in JA these good sounds abound, especially down there on 36 Charles Street, four doors from Orange Street, where they originate a good, good reggae beat..." We can hear Scratch and Eric Donaldson (lead singer of The West Indians) chatting in the background, and once the JBC show comes to an end, it's back to work, with Donaldson singing "caught you red handed..." as he walks back behind the microphone for take two. Then, as if this wasn't upsetting enough, the collection concludes with an acoustic rehearsal from The Silvertones, running through "Sweets For My Sweet" on a guitar and tambourine. At one point, you can hear a dog barking in the background, and at the very end, Scratch is heard saying "Bwai, that's nice..." before the tape cuts off. Absolutely amazing!
Unless we are very lucky, this is going to be the most crucial Lee Perry re-release of 1999.

Mick Sleeper