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Upsetters, The – “Return of The Super Ape” – [Record Distributors, Ltd.]

Naysayer   3/18/2014   12-inch, Reggae

This is Lee Perry, better known as Lee “Scratch” Perry, and his illustrious Black Ark Studio house band, The Upsetters, doing it up all right with a 1978 sequel “Return of The Super Ape”, to the 1977 magical “Super Ape”. As sequels go it is really wonderful, with seasoned dub, superb production, and Perry’s vocals going form low to high. This album of one of the classics of the genre and for good reason. From the opening toe tapper “Dyon Anaswa”, with it’s recognizable rhythm and singable chorus, Perry and the Upsetters set up an album that is fun and revolutionary. The jangley metal objects and bells, the heavy base line, the strong thud thud of the drum— it all works so well. Do NOT pass up on the cover of Rufus/Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good”. It is a great surprise and the reason cover versions should keep on being attempted.

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