|THE UPSETTER SHOP
CD: Heartbeat 11661-7601-2
Upsetter Shop is the second album in Heartbeat's Upsetter Shop series, featuring 21 selections ranging from well known scorchers like "Tighten Up" to rare soul shots like "Creation". While a few of the songs aren't that exciting, for the most part this music is out of sight, digging much deeper into the vaults than other collections which chronicle this period in Scratch's career. However, what makes this collection so priceless are the incredible studio out-takes. Even though the sequence is spliced together, there are three takes of The West Indians' "Caught You Red Handed", and in between takes one and two someone points out to Scratch that they're playing his music on the radio. With the tape still rolling, the JBC gets turned on and we hear a medley of Upsetter instrumentals with a jive-talking DJ raving "we've got a go getter on the Upsetter!" As if this wasn't amazing enough, the album concludes with an acoustic rehearsal of "Sweets For My Sweet" by The Silvertones, complete with barking dogs in the background. Because of these two tracks, Upsetter Shop Vol. 2 is more than an album, it's a small piece of reggae history.