Various artists album review
Dry Acid Lee Perry Productions 1968 to 1969
06 - 07 - 1998

Tracking list

  1. Denzil Laing - Beware of the vampire
  2. Val Bennett - Barbara
  3. Upsetters - Prison sentence
  4. Ethiopians - Not me
  5. Ethiopians - Cut down
  6. Mellotones - Uncle Desmond
  7. Inspirations - Down in the park
  8. Inspirations - Love oh love
  9. Eric Monty Morris - Can't get no peace
  10. Upsetters - For a few dollars more
  11. West Indians - Strange whisperings
  12. Upsetters - A taste of killing
  13. Carl Dawkins - Hard to handle
  14. Upsetters - My mob
  15. Ernest Wilson - Freedom train
  16. Pat Kelly - Dark end of the street
  17. Pat Kelly - Since you are gone
  18. Upsetters - Return of the ugly
  19. David Isaacs - Till I can't
  20. Peter Tosh & U Roy - Rightful ruler
  21. Upsetters - I caught you
  22. Eric Donaldson - Never get away
  23. Busty Brown - A broken heart
  24. Count Sticky & Upsetters - Dry acid
  25. Reggae Boys - Selassie
  26. Mellotones - Facts of life
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 3/4 Sleeve : 4

Lee Perry had launched his Upsetter label in 1968. At the time he was regarded one of Jamaica's most promising independent producers, releasing a series of popular singles. This collection gathers some of his rarest releases from 1968 through the close of the decade.
Two tracks on the same riddim open the album, Beware of the vampire and Barbara. Two fine sides from The Ethiopians, written by Leonard Dillon, are included on the album. The Mellotones are present with two tracks. After they split up, lead singer Winston Francis embarked on a succesful solo career. Smooth voiced Pat Kelly delivers two fine love songs, the immortal Dark end of the street and the equally brilliant Since you are gone.
Lee Perry's band, The Upsetters, are featured with six cuts. The Upsetters consisted of the Barrett brothers (drums & bass), Glen Adams (keyboards), Alva Lewis (guitar) and Ranfold Williams. U Roy's debut, a combination track alongside Peter Tosh, Rightful ruler, features the burru drumming of Count Ossie and gives an early indication of the growing influence of Rastafarianism in Jamaica. The same goes for the Reggae Boys' track Selassie. This track was probably produced by Glen Adams, who often supervised sessions for Lee Perry.
Most of these tracks have never been issued on cd before and offer a good representation of Lee Perry's lesser known productions.

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