Various artists album review
The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection Volume 2
Double CD set & 48 page booklet
17 - 02 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 3/4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 3/4||Sleeve : 5|
This double CD collection consists of 25 singles all issued throughout 1970 on Trojan's Upsetter label. In 1970 Lee Perry opened his Upsetter Record shop on Charles street, in the heart of downtown Kingston. He was still a long way short of raising sufficient capital required to build his own studio and until such a time arose the bulk of his production work was conducted at either Randy's Studio 17 at North Parade or Dynamic Sounds in Bell Road.|
Gladdy's All Stars were used to provide the backing on his earlier sessions, but from now on he started employing a buch of musicians which had accompanied him on a UK tour : the Barrett brothers, Alva Lewis, and Glen Adams. The first disc kicks off with Kill Them All, an experimental tune with Perry's vocal interjections bridging three different riddims spliced together. Soul Walk by comparison is remarkably mundane with its sparse production and minimal effect in stark contrast to the original A-side.
Busty Brown, aka B.B. James (real name Clive Smith) cut a fine version of Consider Me and the UK release of of this tune was significant for being the first UK Upsetter single to feature a version on the B-side. As so many other producers Perry recorded versions of pop songs. Melting Pot, Let It Be, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying and Spinning Wheel are just a few examples of Perry's efforts. Spinning Wheel was included in Kenny Everett's "World's Worst Record Show" in 1978 !
Dave Barker recorded some of his best work for Lee Perry. His vocal delivery (both as a singer and a deejay) proved to be popular on the island as well as in the UK. Shocks Of Mighty, Upsetting Station and Sound Underground are fine examples of his talents. His Some Sympathy marked a subtle change of direction in Lee Perry's sound, featuring a full horns section.
Not long after their initial collaboration Lee Perry and Bob Marley wrote what proved to be one of the producer's most enduring releases, Duppy Conqueror. The single proved to be Lee Perry's best selling release of 1970 and set the standard for future releases by both himself and the group. The B-side Justice had the rare novelty of featuring a trumpet as the leading instrumen, with either Bobby Ellis and Carl Bryan the featured soloist.
Just as the first volume the presentation is faultless ; Laurence Cane-Honeysett once again provides excellent sleeve notes -which we used for this review- , and the front cover photography is by Tim Barrow. Blazing chalice !