Monday, June 9, 2008

Bob Marley vs. Lee "Scratch" Perry - The Best of the Upsetter Years 1970-1971 [1999 Cult Records]

The original Wailers' most endearing recordings occurred with Lee Perry in the late 60's and early 70's, and are considered by most reggae aficionados to be their best.

Perry was not the studio wizard that he became in the 70's, and even had an almost completely laissez-faire approach to recording. This allowed the Wailers to record their very raw, bare bones, songs with complete ease. Of interest will be hearing Bunny actually sing lead vocals, (he possesses a beautiful tenor voice) and Peter Tosh's amazing "400 Years," which sounds better here than on "Burnin'"

While essential recordings for any Wailers' completist or fan, the quality of this cd is quite subpar; thankfully, there are 3 Wailers box sets out covering just the Lee Perry and Leslie kong era exclusively on which you will find these, and many other, tracks- complete with booklets, excellent photos, and wonderful post-production mastering. This will prove much more satisfactory for completists.

One of many Perry/Marley/Wailers combination cds out there, this one is nice, but there are much better to be had.

1. Mr. Brown
2. Soul Rebel
3. Fussing and Fighting
4. Sun is Shining
5. Duppy Conqueror
6. Small Axe
7. African Herbsman
8. Kaya
9. Dreamland
10. It's Alright
11. My Cup
12. Put it on
13. Keep on Moving
14. 400 Years
15. Try Me
16. Stand Alone
17. Lively Up Yourself
18. Trench Town Rock

1 comment:

  1. esse album é do caralho meu!!


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