The Upsetter Shop, Vol. 3: Baffling Smoke Signal

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All but three of these dozen 1976-1978 Lee Perry productions were either previously unreleased in any form, previously unreleased on CD, or are presented here in a previously unreleased extended mix or previously unreleased alternate version. Perry is the artist of record on just one of the songs, with the rest of the disc containing tracks by Junior Murvin, Leroy Sibbles, the Upsetters, the Congos, and others. For some artists, such a collection would be a scraping together of peripheral odds and ends, but this sounds up to scratch, to make a begged-for pun, with Perry's usual work of the era. Although not everything's incendiary, the presence of so many artists ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
All but three of these dozen 1976-1978 Lee Perry productions were either previously unreleased in any form, previously unreleased on CD, or are presented here in a previously unreleased extended mix or previously unreleased alternate version. Perry is the artist of record on just one of the songs, with the rest of the disc containing tracks by Junior Murvin, Leroy Sibbles, the Upsetters, the Congos, and others. For some artists, such a collection would be a scraping together of peripheral odds and ends, but this sounds up to scratch, to make a begged-for pun, with Perry's usual work of the era. Although not everything's incendiary, the presence of so many artists guarantees more variety than many reggae anthologies, and Perry's up to his usual tricks with his weird echoes and sound effects. It helps when the material's very good, as on Aura Lewis & Full Experience's "Full Experience," which has wailing harmonized female vocals, burning guitar work, and unclassifiable crisscrosses of gunshot-like electronic noises. Politics are heard on Devin Irons' "Ketch Vampire," which according to the liner notes is "one of the earliest anti-false Rasta tunes," and Perry's "Baffling Smoke Signal," a critique of the Pope that is one of the more musically straightforward items. Actually, a bunch of these tunes are pretty song-oriented, with a Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions-like vocal arrangement for the Congos' "Feast of the Passover," though the Upsetters' instrumental "Lizard Stick" gives him the choice to go to town with odd burbling riffs. The liner notes, by Perry biographer David Katz, are pretty specific about what differentiates the alternate/extended versions from others in circulation, as well as providing a tidy overview of Perry's difficult-to-summarize early career.
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  • Release Date: 7/2/2002
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661775220
  • Catalog Number: 617752

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ketch Vampire - Devon Irons (5:45)
  2. 2 Full Experience - Aura Lewis (5:16)
  3. 3 Baffling Smoke Signal (6:14)
  4. 4 Down Here in Babylon - Brenton Dowe (3:46)
  5. 5 Natty Take Over (2:35)
  6. 6 Lizard Stick (4:27)
  7. 7 Ark of the Covenant - The Congos (6:31)
  8. 8 Set Up Yourself (3:42)
  9. 9 Garden of Life - Leroy Sibbles (3:57)
  10. 10 Feast of the Passover - The Congos (4:01)
  11. 11 Reggae Music - Hugo Blackwood (8:45)
  12. 12 I Was Appointed - Murvin Jr. (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee "Scratch" Perry Primary Artist, Percussion
Lee Perry & The Sufferers Indexed Contributor
The Congos Track Performer
Brenton Dowe Track Performer
Leroy Sibbles Track Performer
Boris Gardiner Bass
The Upsetters Track Performer
Theophilus Beckford Keyboards
Geoffrey Chung Guitar
Basil "Benbow" Creary Drums
Glen DaCosta Horn
Sly Dunbar Drums
Bobby Ellis Horn
Vin Gordon Horn
Clive "Azul" Hunt Bass
Billy Friday Johnson Guitar
Willie Lindo Guitar
Robert Lyn Keyboards
David Madden Horn
Augustus Pablo Melodica
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Keith Sterling Keyboards
Winston Wright Bass, Keyboards
Aura Lewis Track Performer
Chinna Smith Guitar
Mikey "Boo" Richards Drums
Technical Credits
Cedric Myton Composer
David Katz Liner Notes
Toby Mountain Mastering
Lee "Scratch" Perry Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Errol Thompson Engineer
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