The Upsetters - Popcorn / Dave Barker & The Upsetters -Tight Spot - HSRSS-0002
Record label: Harlem Shuffle Records Format: 7" vinyl 45 RPM - official reissue - on sale
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50 YEARS ANNIVERSARY of Lee "Scratch" Perry/The Upsetters' EASTWOOD RIDES AGAIN ALBUM - 1970
7" VINYL 45 RPM SPECIAL DANCE FLOOR LOUD CUT PRESSING SERIE
These two revolutionary proto Breakbeat/Funk/Dub high tempo dance floor killer instrumentals have been extracted from the 1970 EASTWOOD RIDES AGAIN album... 50 years on and they still sound incredibly innovating and irresitible today! This release is for the dance floor - heavy on breaks, drums, bass and Dub and these are highlighted further by the special LOUD CUT pressing.
Lee "Scratch" Perry was born 84 years ago and it still making music today. An excentric Reggae artist and a genius producer, Lee has written and produced unique songs for himself and everybody else worldwide from Bob Marley and Junior Murvin to the Clash and many more indeed...
Initially called "Little Perry" while sourcing records for Coxsone Dodd, Lee got the the nickname "Scratch" after he sang and recorded a song called "Chicken Scratch" with the Skatalites. After failing as a singer, Lee soon switched to writing and production with his own band: The Upsetters.
The Upsetters were initially Gladdy's All-Stars and it was they who recorded the hits "Live Injection" and "Return of Django" followed by the double hit single "Return of Django"/"Dollar in the Teeth" reaching number 5 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1969. When the All Stars failed to make themselves available for the following U.K. tour, another band named The Hippy Boys were selected and they became the studio band that is most connected with the Upsetters name.
The band included guitarist Alva Lewis, organist Glen Adams and brothers Aston "Family Man" Barrett and Carlton Barrett, on bass guitar and drums. Under Lee's direction, the band regularly backed Bob Marley , before eventually working exclusively for Marley later on.
A SIDE: Title: "POPCORN" Artist: The Upsetters - Loud Cut pressing
Genre: Jamaican Funk/Breakbeat!
On 7" vinyl for the first time - originally published on the 1970 album The Upsetters' EASTWOOD RIDES AGAIN on Trojan.
This is a licensed issue of the Jamaican funk instrumental track by Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Upsetters in 1970 and never issued on 7" vinyl previously. It has been more recently highlighted on the fantastic Soul JAZZ 100% DYNAMITE compilation album from 1998.
"POPCORN" is an uptempo Funky breakbeat instrumental predating everybody else by years, a dancefloor bomb full of syncopated beats, bass and drums. Awesome dance floor tune, absolutely unstoppable!
B SIDE: Title: "TIGHT SPOT" Artist: Dave Barker & The Upsetters - Loud Cut pressing
Genre: Uptempo proto Dub/Reggae dance floor crossover
This is a licensed reissue of the very rare 7" vinyl single version with Dave Barker on the microphone. Very much in demand, it presently trades at about USD300 for a decent copy if you can ever get one.
This is another deadly dance floor gem and a very special B side: TIGHT SPOT is an uptempo proto dub, full of hypnotic organ, sharp guitars, with several layers of sounds completed by Barkers's manic laughs and screams.
A truely unique and magical LSP dance floor creation.