The Upsetters

The Upsetter

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Originally released in 1969 on Jamaican reggae genius Lee "Scratch" Perry's own Upsetter label and reissued in 1996 as part of a Trojan reissue series that also included the essential early albums RETURN OF DJANGO, EASTWOOD RIDES AGAIN, AFRICA'S BLOOD, and DOUBLE SEVEN. THE UPSETTER is classic early reggae. Considered revolutionary in Jamaican music circles at the time, the aggressive yet tight instrumentals might sound at first a bit thin and trebly to new listeners used to the booming bass overload of contemporary reggae, but the interplay of dazzling organist Glen Adams, guitarist Alva Lewis, and the rhythm section of brothers Carlton and Aston Barrett cannot be duplicated with the sequencers and electronics so prevalent in current Jamaican music, especially on wild grooves like "Night Doctor." Guest spots by singers Busty Brown and the Silvertones and saxophonist Val Bennett add to the excitement.

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