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Issue 1089

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Lee 'Scratch'Perry &The Upsetters : The Upsetter/Scratch The Upsetter Again

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UK release date 08.10.2018

Lee “Scratch” Perry, Jamaica’s mad scientist, studio genius is quite simply a legend and these two seminal Trojan Records albums exemplify the golden age of the reggae explosion of the late 60's.Practice your moonstomp to such skanking classics as
'MAN FROM MI5' or the Otis Redding inspired 'HEAT PROOF' or the Jim Reeves wholesale rip of 'TIDAL WAVE'.These are stone cut gems for the die hard reggae purists but will garner new fans as they still sound fresh.
There are some great vocal tracks from the incredibly soulful Dave Barker ( from Dave & Ansell Collins) who completely owns Carol King's 'WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW' and it's clear to see Perry's US R&B influence on this.Likewise,singer Busty Brown tackles The Bee Gees evergreen 'TO LOVE SOMEBODY' with applomb and sureness of feel.The Upsetters are the backing band on,I think all the cuts and they really fulfilled their potential as one of Jamaica's finest ensembles.

The recorded output of the reggae shaman Lee forms something of a bottomless pit, 50 years in the game and still touring today.Grab a slice of history and see where it all began so I-and-I is sorted right? Pick up this easy snapping treasure trove!
Words Emrys Baird

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