ESSENTIAL LEE PERRY: THE ULTIMATE UPSETTER
CD: Metro Doubles
2005


01. Clint Eastwood - The Upsetters
02. Return Of Django - The Upsetters
03. Live Injection - The Upsetters
04. Picture On The Wall - Carl Dawkins
05. Place Called Africa - Junior Byles
06. Africa Stand - Dennis Alcapone
07. Burning Wire - Jerry Lewis
08. You Can Run - The Hurricanes
09. Station Underground News - Lee Perry
10. Rejoice Jah Jah Children - The Silvertones
11. Blackboard Jungle Dub - The Upsetters
12. Cloak & Dagger - The Upsetters
13. Dub Organiser - Dillinger
14. Black Candle - Leo Graham
15. Keep On Skanking - The Wailers
16. Spiritual Whip - Jah Lion
17. Curly Locks - Junior Byles
18. Dreader Locks - Lee Perry
19. Many A Call - The Unforgettables
20. Doctor On The Go - Lee Perry
21. Hurt So Good - Susan Cadogan
22. Mr. Cop - Gregory Isaacs
23. Sexy Natty - Max Romeo
24. Bad Weed - Junior Murvin
25. Sons Of Slaves - Junior Delgado
26. Vampire - Devon Irons
27. Mystery Babylon - The Heptones
28. History - Carlton Jackson

While there are certainly some great tunes on this collection, the confusing track listing on Essential Lee Perry makes for a decidedly uneven experience. The choice of material is all over the map, and the inclusion of weaker tunes such as "Picture On The Wall" and "Sexy Natty" is simply puzzling. With a different track order and a bit of gardening, this could be a winner. Not as essential as the title suggests, but still a very good collection.

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