Various artists album review
For A Few Dollars More (28 Shots Of Western Inspired Reggae)
19 - 09 - 1998

Tracking list

  1. Prophets - Revenge Of Eastwood
  2. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Clint Eastwood
  3. The Rudies - Guns Of Naverone
  4. Crystalites - The Bad
  5. Jay Boys - Del Gago
  6. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Sipreano
  7. Ramon & The Crystalites - Golden Chickens
  8. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Salt & Pepper
  9. Crystalites - The Undertaker
  10. Crystalites - Overtaker
  11. Crystalites - Undertakers Burial
  12. The Swans - Killer Passing Through
  13. Upsetters - Taste Of Killing
  14. Lee Perry & The Upsetters - Kill Them All
  15. Upsetters - For A Few Dollars More
  16. Brother Dan All Stars - Shoot Them Amigo
  17. Hippy Boys - Death Rider
  18. Pyramids - Geronimo
  19. Tony Gordon - Navajo Trail
  20. Count Prince - Mule Train
  21. G. G. All Stars - Man From Carolina
  22. Crystalites - The Bad Version
  23. Count Machuki - Franco Nero
  24. Destroyers - Franco Nero Version 2
  25. Joe White & The Crystalites - Trinity
  26. Hippy Boys - Vengeance
  27. Johnny Lover - Nevada Joe
  28. Upsetters - Return Of The Ugly
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

In the early 60s Sergio Leone released three western movies - 'A Fistful Of Dollars', 'For A Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly' - and at the time they reached the Jamaican audiences, they already had a cult following in Europe. These 'shoot'em up' movies presented an ideal subject to follow the Rude Boy tunes, which bridged Rocksteady and Reggae. These tunes often employed intro dialogues, gunshots and other special effects and quotes from the movie in question.
Lee 'Scratch' Perry was the first to release a tune inspired by western movies : 'Django Shoots First', inspired by the Sergio Corbucci 1966 movie 'Django'. In this movie actor Franco Nero played the central role and he provided the obvious inspiration for Count Machuki's Franco Nero and the flipside Franco Nero Version 2, both produced by Joe Gibbs. He also produced the Johnny Lover track Nevada Joe, complete with an intro dialogue mentioning several Perry releases and challenging him to a showdown.
Lee Perry quickly saw the potential for a series of sequels to his 'Django Shoots First' and started releasing sides such as Clint Eastwood, Salt & Pepper, Taste Of Killing, Kill Them All, Return Of The Ugly, For A Few Dollars More and Sipreano.
Soon other producers jumped on the bandwagon, Derrick Harriot being the most notable example. His answer version to the Sipreano tune was called Golden Chickens. The intro dialogue features Ramon The Mexican, nowadays known as vocalist Ambelique. Other Derrick Harriot productions featured here are The Bad, The Bad Version, The Undertaker, Overtaker, Undertaker's Burial and Trinity, complete with horse special effects.
In 1990 Trojan brought together 14 western inspired sides for their 'The Magnificent 14' collection. This set, featuring 28 tracks (many of them dubbed from disc) is an appropiate follow up, enjoyable, laughable and very entertaining !

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