High Plains Drifter: Jamaican 45's 1968-73

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having broken ranks with label owner Joe Gibbs with his venomous track "People Funny Boy," producer, singer, and upsetter Lee "Scratch" Perry spent some productive years scattered about the musical landscape, working for numerous labels and putting his wild spin on rocksteady, blue beat, and R&B-flavored reggae. Pressure Sound's desirable set High Plains Drifter: Jamaican 45's 1968-73 collects the forgotten moments from this era, some so forgotten that artist information has disappeared, including the vocalist for the included version of "Don't Want to Lose You" which is dreamy and for Scratch, surprisingly soft. Still, it feels like proto-Congos stuff, which is all ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Having broken ranks with label owner Joe Gibbs with his venomous track "People Funny Boy," producer, singer, and upsetter Lee "Scratch" Perry spent some productive years scattered about the musical landscape, working for numerous labels and putting his wild spin on rocksteady, blue beat, and R&B-flavored reggae. Pressure Sound's desirable set High Plains Drifter: Jamaican 45's 1968-73 collects the forgotten moments from this era, some so forgotten that artist information has disappeared, including the vocalist for the included version of "Don't Want to Lose You" which is dreamy and for Scratch, surprisingly soft. Still, it feels like proto-Congos stuff, which is all a Perry fan needs to hear, but they'll be satisfied once Val Bennett blows the set open with "Val Blows In," a jovial roll over the Upsetters' own hit "Django Shoots First." Later, it's the Mellotones working with a steel pan group on a mix of their "What a Botheration" and Count Sticky getting funky in a blaxploitation manner with the wonderful "Rockford Psychedelion." Add mad genius Perry acting silly with the sound effects on "A Big Joke" and longtime followers get more than enough weirdness to sign on, but after all the rareness and uniqueness, there's the sweetness, as Junior Byles offers a "One Love"-sized Jamaica anthem with "Rub Up Festival '71," even if all the "fat and juicy" women talk kept it off the tourism board's consideration list. Barely any of it is as dark and dank as the dub work Perry would dispatch from his later home, the Black Ark Studio, but hearing all the different roads he could have taken is fascinating, and considering the wealth of lighthearted material, very fun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • Label: Pressure Sounds
  • UPC: 689492113728
  • Catalog Number: 73
  • Sales rank: 103,728

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Val Blows In - Val Bennett (2:16)
  2. 2 Boss - Count Sticky (2:48)
  3. 3 High Plains Drifter (2:55)
  4. 4 Its Growing - Busty Brown (2:30)
  5. 5 The Man With No Name (2:51)
  6. 6 Don't Want To Lose You (2:57)
  7. 7 What's Wrong With You - The Bleechers (2:24)
  8. 8 What a Botheration - Mellotones (2:39)
  9. 9 He Don't Love You - The Silvertones (3:10)
  10. 10 Next To You - Dave Barker (2:59)
  11. 11 Sitting and Waiting - Dave Barker (3:17)
  12. 12 Awake - The Ethiopians (2:58)
  13. 13 Amigo (3:03)
  14. 14 Ain't No Love - Jimmy & The Inspirations (2:24)
  15. 15 Rockford Psychedelion - Count Sticky (3:07)
  16. 16 A Big Joke - Lee "Scratch" Perry (2:46)
  17. 17 Buttoo Girl - The Inspirations (2:52)
  18. 18 Thanks We Get - The Versatiles (2:54)
  19. 19 Iniquity Workers - The Faithful Brothers (3:16)
  20. 20 Rub Up Festival '71 (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee "Scratch" Perry & the Upsetters Primary Artist
Lee "Scratch" Perry Indexed Contributor, Percussion
Glen Adams Organ
Gladstone Anderson Piano
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Drums
Val Bennett Saxophone
Hux Brown Guitar
Bobby Ellis Trumpet
Winston Grennan Drums
Hugh Malcolm Drums
Tommy McCook Tenor Saxophone
Winston Wright Organ
Ranny "Bop" Williams Guitar
Alvin Reggie Lewis Guitar
Aston "Family Man" Barrett Bass
Technical Credits
Carlton Lee Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry Producer
Errol Thompson Engineer
Jeremy Collingwood Liner Notes
Dave Blackman Mastering
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