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