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Black Ark backing singers Aurelia Msimang (via Cedric’s United Africa), Candy MacKenzie and Pamela Reed, swirled into the signature 1978 Perry sound. Stand-out is the Nina Simone revision Young Gifted And Broke.

Lovely, bare, soulful, Black Ark roots from 1975, with backing by The Gladiators Band. Pressure-drop existentialism. Originally released by Alvin Ranglin on Typhoon, a few years later.

The title track is Upsetter genius. Brilliant Niney productions here too.

In fine form on a classic Upsetters, witty and brilliant.

Almighty roots masterpiece. The combination of Perry’s militant genius and the Shoes’ Abyssinians-style wordless singing at the start is intensely stirring, every time. Plus the awesome Tight Spot.

Old-school deejay scatting over Memphis-stewed funk. Rockfort is no place to be off your face, mind. With a Val Bennett excursion on Django Shoots First.

With a classic Upsetters on the flip, Freedom and versions.

Downright essential, psychedelic, Black Art lovers — another mighty Upsetters masterpiece, put together over eight months in 1976-77. Perry re-named the singer Faith for his patience.

A lovely, mellow, rare gem from the Gladiator; inimitable, funky Black Ark magic. Bunny Rugs on rhythm, Benbow drums. Perry’s dub is rugged and spare, with gently rolling delays. Originally a 1974 Sky-High.

Black Ark one-away. Upsetters business through and through, though Phil Pratt was nominally running the session. Nice version, with a pound of fatback drums. That’s Bobby Kalphat on melodica.

Dark, menacing and pained, wonderful Upsetters, and never more timely.

Essential Upsetters, from 1976 — a searing mix of soul, existentialism and revolutionism, sublimely executed.

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