RETURN OF DJANGO – Eastwood Rides Again
Lee Scratch Perry & The Upsetters
Now, almost 50 years after the original release of these historically important long-players, they have been brought together to form this immensely fascinating and hugely enjoyable CD collection.
A year after embarking on a career as an independent producer in 1968, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry hit the big time when the mesmeric sax-led rock steady instrumental, ‘Return Of Django’ made number 5 in the UK charts. Soon after, Trojan released a hugely popular collection of the producer’s finest instrumentals to date, suitably titled after the best-selling single.
Perry remained at the cutting edge of the reggae scene throughout the months that immediately followed, with tracks by the Upsetters (essentially the name given any set of musicians employed for his recording sessions) proving particularly popular among both Jamaican and British music fans.
In response, Trojan issued a second Spaghetti Western theme instrumental-based album comprising the enigmatic Jamaican’s work which further demonstrated his increasingly bold and innovative approach to music making.
Annotated by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry biographer, David Katz, this is a must for all fans of both the producer and vintage reggae sounds.
Includes UK Top 5 hit, ‘Return Of Django’
Compiled and annotated by leading Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry biographer, David Katz
Perry still regularly performing live in the UK and Europe
Young Gifted & Black / Pied Piper
Bob & Marcia Griffiths
Prior to uniting on disc towards the close of the sixties, Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths had enjoyed successful solo careers in their native Jamaica, both having previously scored significant hits for Studio One Records.
Soon after joining Harry Johnson’s stable of artists, the duo made the British pop charts with a joyous reggae version of Nina Simone’s ‘To Be Young, Gifted And Black’, which peaked at number five in the spring of 1970.
The following summer, the pair returned to the UK charts when their self-produced version of the Crispian St. Peters’ pop hit, ‘Pied Piper’ made it to number 11, but by the mid-1970s both singers had returned to their successful solo careers, with Marcia also becoming a third of Bob Marley’s all-female backing band, the I-Threes.
This long overdue set comprises the popular duo’s two Trojan albums from the early 1970s, including the two best-selling title tracks plus a host of superior early reggae sides, including the rare Jamaican mix of ‘Young Gifted & Black’.
Includes 2 major UK & European chart hits
First ever reissue of the popular ‘Pied Piper’
Includes tracks new to CD