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The Upsetter Shop, V. 2; 1969 to 1973
Lee Perry
The Upsetter Shop, V. 2; 1969 to 1973
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #1

Lee "Scratch" Perry's career is certainly not lacking for documentation, what with the Arkology box set and multiple single-CD collections. But this collection of 21 tracks catches Perry prior to his Black Ark years, the t...  more »

      
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All Artists: Lee Perry
Title: The Upsetter Shop, V. 2; 1969 to 1973
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
Original Release Date: 5/4/1999
Release Date: 5/4/1999
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661760127, 011661760110

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Lee "Scratch" Perry's career is certainly not lacking for documentation, what with the Arkology box set and multiple single-CD collections. But this collection of 21 tracks catches Perry prior to his Black Ark years, the time when he went tripping in the play field of spacious, often fractured dub excursions. Recorded from 1968 to 1973, these songs barely, in fact, hint at Perry's mad scientist genius, except for the eccentric coughs and echoes on the Mellotones' "Uncle Charlie" and such oddities as Pat Satchmo's unreleased knockoff of David Isaacs's knockoff of Ben E. King's "Can't Take It Anymore" (follow all those knockoffs?). While this is a set best aimed at already-converted Perry fans, the CD gets lots of high-quality honorable mentions. Glen Adams and the Upsetters' version of "X-Ray Vision" is funky and weird, with minimal keyboard blips framing the melodies, and there are two odd Dillinger tunes (the first a version of "Uncle Charlie" and the second "Tighten Up Skank," where his voice is beginning to gel on its own). Perry would depart the Upsetter Shop space to move pretty quickly and unmistakably up the quality ladder in the years following the cuts represented here, but this is nonetheless a nice glimpse of some of his earlier cognitions. --Andrew Bartlett
 

CD Reviews

Vintage early Perry
Sean M. Kelly | Portland, Oregon United States | 09/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Fans of Perry who expect everything he does to be out there and experimental will be amazed by the fact that Perry was actually a very middle of the road engineer and producer in his early years, which allowed the Upsetters to lay down wonderful late rocksteady/early reggae grooves....But don't worry- tracks like Pat Satchmo's prove that there were some bizarre goings-on in the studio, as well...With tracks by Eric Donaldson, a year away from his bit hit "Cherry oh Baby," the Silvertones, a few years away from their wonderful lp, the Mellowtones, and Dillinger, to name a few, the cd is a wonderful look at Perry's formative early years, and while he wasn't the lovable eccentric he was a few years later, these tracks helped lay the foundation for that change.An excellent companion to Vol.1 and a delight to listen to."