A bizarre title for a Bob Marley album, with a faintly eccentric sleevenote (see below) and track listing to boot. However, the music, basically the "Soul Rebels" LP remastered with the original two-track tape and with instrumental versions following each song, is unimpeachable, even if we´ve heard it all before. The running order is different from the original LP, and "Memphis", an instrumental track anyway, isn´t included. Tracks with different titles turn out to be nothing new, but collectors will not worry about it, being grateful instead for the few Marley tid-bits they are thrown, even if they are merely the backing tracks of songs they know and love.
"The Upsetter Record Shop Part I contains eleven tracks and their instrumental versions, mostly recorded in 1969 with Glen Adams on keyboradds, Alva Lewis on guitar, the Barrett brothers in the rhythm section and Lee Perry at the mixing desk. Two tracks are sung by Peter Tosh.
The vocal tracks which form this first volume were on the original Jamaican album "Soul Rebels" and were produced by Lee Perry in the back of his Upsetter Record Shop. The first series, recorded between 1969 and 1970, mark a date in the history of reggae because it was a categorical break with the tradition of sixties ska and rock-steady: Perry shifted and transformed the old sound in give it more life and more sharpness, based on the Barrett brohters´ rhythm section and Glen Adams´ keyborads. The Wailers formation then invented the concept of the "Soul ManRebel" with the "Black Is Beautiful" slogan and began to claim their Afro-Caribbean pride to set themselves apart from the "rude boys" etc.
This period seemed to be relatively well-known to fans as a result of the various albums issued in England, but, by a stroke of exceptional good luck, "Upsetter Record Shop" brings together, for the first time, all the "Soul Rebel" instrumental versions, those famous B-sides of the Jamaican singles which were previously little know.
After "Soul Revolution", this virtually brings up to date almost all the famous 1969 sessions between the Upsetters, Lee Perry and the Wailers."
|2||Soul Rebels (Version)||2:40|
|3||No Water Can Quench My Thirst||2:35|
|4||No Water (Version)||2:49|
|6||Rebel Hop (Version)||2:45|
|8||No Sympathy (Version)||2:41|
|9||It's All Right||2:30|
|10||It's All Right (Version)||2:30|
|14||Corner Stone (Version)||2:22|
|16||400 Years (Version)||2:41|
|18||Make Up (Version)||3:11|
|20||Try Me (Version)||3:02|
|22||Soul Almighty (Version)||3:18|
Bob Marley & The Wailers - The Complete Soul Rebels - The Upsetter Record Shop - Part I
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