|EXPLOSIVE ROCK STEADY
CD: Heartbeat CDHB72
Produced by Lee Perry & Joe Gibbs
Explosive Rock Steady is a great collection of rare rocksteady and early reggae from the Amalgamated label. In the late 1960s, Perry worked uncredited for greenhorn producer Joe Gibbs (who at first was just the guy with the money), and this collection contains many of Perry's earliest records as a producer. Most interesting, it contains the first song to use a brand new rhythm that they would eventually call "reggae", The Pioneers' "Long Shot". Therefore, the song is a good argument for those who claim that Lee Perry actually invented reggae... Highlights include the menacing "I Am The Upsetter", the "don't mess with me" number which earned him his famous nickname, Sir Lord Comic's crazy "Dr. Feelgood" and The Inspirations' "Take Back Your Duck", which is right up Perry's alley: it's actually about an unhappy customer asking for a refund at a whore house. Recommended for serious Scratch fans as well as rocksteady fanatics.