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The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection, Vol. 3

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The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection, Vol. 3 Review

by Rick Anderson

The third instalment in Trojan's series of singles from Lee "Scratch" Perry's Upsetter label picks up in late 1970, where Volume 2 left off, and takes the series into 1971. As with the first two volumes, the two-disc digipack includes a booklet with lots of very cool photos and extensive notes on each song; and also like the others, this one is chock full of great songs by artists both famous and obscure, all of them colored by Perry's trademark brilliant (if always quirky) production style. The 47 tracks include some familiar favorites, such as Junior Byles' strangely moving "Place Called Africa," Bob Marley's epochal herb anthem "Kaya," and the inevitable four or five takes on the "Small Axe" rhythm. But there are also some wonderful obscurities, including Hortense Ellis's delightful rock steady renditions of "Take a Little Piece of My Heart" and "Suspicious Minds," and Stranger Cole's scornful "Run Up Your Mouth." The Upsetters' dub version of "Dreamland" is, thankfully, not the horrendous organ showcase previously featured on Perry's Africa's Blood album. Like the other two volumes in this series, this one should be considered an essential purchase for Perry aficionados, but any reggae fan will get lots of pleasure from it as well.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dave Barker / Bunny Livingston 03:26 Amazon
The Upsetters 02:54 Amazon
3 The Upsetters 03:24 Amazon
4 Junior Byles 02:41 Amazon
5 Stranger Cole 02:51 Amazon
The Upsetters 02:52 Amazon
7 Glen Adams / The Upsetters 03:27 Amazon
8 Glen Adams / The Upsetters 03:29 Amazon
9 Carl Dawkins / The Wailers 02:53 Amazon
10 The Upsetters 02:59 Amazon
11 Bob Marley & the Wailers 03:31 Amazon
12 The Upsetters 02:47 Amazon
The Upsetters 03:19 Amazon
David Isaacs 02:56 Amazon
15 Bunny Livingston 02:44 Amazon
16 The Upsetters 02:37 Amazon
17 Dennis Alcapone 03:01 Amazon
18 Dennis Alcapone 03:00 Amazon
19 Hortense Ellis 03:30 Amazon
20 The Upsetters 03:29 Amazon
21 Hortense Ellis 03:15 Amazon
22 U-Roy 03:07 Amazon
23 The Stingers 03:16 Amazon
24 The 3rd & 4th Generation 02:17 Amazon
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