The Upsetters

The Upsetters

Profile:
Lee Perry's studio band for the Upsetter label. Formed in 1968 the Upsetters had three distinct line-ups. The first line-up was comprised of Gladdy Anderson & Winston Wright (keyboards), Jackie Jackson (bass), Hugh Malcom & Lloyd "Tin Legs" Adams (drums). This line-up was also known as Gladdy's All-Stars. They recorded "Man from MI5", "Return of Django" & "Live Injection" with Perry.
In 1969, Perry was approached to go on tour in Europe, but Gladdy's All-Stars were not able to make the trip. Perry turned to another young band called The Hippy Boys who were working with Edward "Bunny" Lee. The Hippy Boys consisted of Glen Adams (keyboards), Alva "Reggie" Lewis (guitar) Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass) and Carlton Barrett (drums).
After the European tour Perry and the Upsetters worked closely with The Wailers up until their falling out in 1971. The Barrett brothers went on with Bob Marley at this juncture.
By 1972, The Upsetters were a true "floating" band. Perry decided to forego a permanent line-up and simply used the best musicians he could find at the time.
During the Black Ark era (1974 - 1979), the core of the band was Boris Gardiner (bass), Mikey Richards, Sly Dunbar, and Benbow Creary (drums), Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar), and Winston Wright and Keith Stirling (keyboards).
The Upsetters 1968 - 1986

Bass:
Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Jackie Jackson, Boris Gardiner, Radcliffe Bryan, Robbie Shakespeare, Spike
Drums:
Carlton Barrett, Lloyd "Tin Leg" Adams, Lloyd Knibb, Mikey Richards, Sly Dunbar, Benbow Creary, Winston Grennan, Hugh Malcolm, Peng
Keyboards:
Glen Adams, Winston Wright, Ansel Collins, Gladstone Anderson, Keith Stirling, Theophilus Beckford, Robbie Lyn, Augustus Pablo, Mark Downie, Russ Cummings
Guitar:
Alva Lewis, Hux Brown, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Ron Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Willie Lindo, Michael Chung, Robert Johnson, Geoffrey Chung, Mark Downie, Tarlok Mann
Saxophone:
Val Bennett, Tommy McCook, Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall, Glen DaCosta, Lloyd Clarke
Horns:
Vin Gordon, Ron Wilson, Bobby Ellis, David Madden, Egbert Evans, Trevor Jones
Vocals:
Lee Perry, Dave Barker, Leo Graham, Max Romeo, Jah Lion

For the early 1960s ska band, see The Upsetters (3).
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The Upsetters Discography

Albums

TRL 19 The Upsetters Return Of Django (Album, EP) Upsetter (2) TRL 19 UK 1969 Sell This Version
PSP 1014 The Upsetters Clint Eastwood(LP, Album) Pama Records PSP 1014 UK 1970 Sell This Version
SECO 24 The Upsetters Many Moods Of The Upsetters (Album) Pama Records SECO 24 UK 1970 Sell This Version
TBL 119 The Upsetters The Good, The Bad And The Upsetters (Album) Trojan Records TBL 119 UK 1970 Sell This Version
TBL 127 Dave Barker (2) Meets The Upsetters Dave Barker (2) Meets The Upsetters - Prisoner Of Love (Album) Upsetter (2) TBL 127 UK 1970 Sell This Version
TBL 125 Upsetters* Eastwood Rides Again (Album) Trojan Records, Upsetter TBL 125 UK 1970 Sell This Version
TTL 28 The Upsetters Scratch The Upsetter Again (Album) Trojan Records, Upsetter (2) TTL 28 UK 1970 Sell This Version
TTL 67 The Upsetters Good, Bad & The Upsetters (Album) Trojan Records TTL 67 UK 1971 Sell This Version
TRLS 70 Upsetters* Double Seven (Album) Trojan Records TRLS 70 UK 1973 Sell This Version
none The Upsetters Upsetters 14 Dub Black Board Jungle (Album) Upsetter none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
ILPS 9392 Max Romeo & The Upsetters Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War Ina Babylon (Album) Federal Records (3) ILPS 9392 US 1976 Sell This Version
ILPS 9417 The Upsetters Super Ape (Album) Island Records ILPS 9417 US 1976 Sell This Version
none The Upsetters Return Of The Super Ape (Album) Lion Of Judah none Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
CR1010 Val Bennett & The Upsetters Val Bennett & The Upsetters - Val Bennett & The Upsetters(LP) Carl's Records CR1010 US 1979 Sell This Version
LPCT 0115 The Upsetters Blackboard Jungle Dub (Album) Upsetter LPCT 0115 US 1981 Sell This Version
A23U-36 Max Romeo & The Upsetters Max Romeo & The Upsetters - Transition (Album, Comp) Rohit International Records A23U-36 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
TB1CD19 Bunny Rugs & Upsetters* Bunny Rugs & Upsetters* - To Love Somebody(CD, Album) Tabou 1 TB1CD19 France 1999 Sell This Version
TB1CD21 Mikey Brooks* + The Upsetters Mikey Brooks* + The Upsetters - Solid Ground(CD, Album) Tabou 1 TB1CD21 France 1999 Sell This Version
CM2203 Lee Perry Presents The Mighty Upsetters* Lee Perry Presents The Mighty Upsetters* - Heart Of The Dragon(CD, Album, RE) Planet Vibe CM2203 France 2008 Sell This Version
PSLP82 Lee Perry & His Upsetters* Lee Perry & His Upsetters* - Roaring Lion (Album, Comp) Pressure Sounds PSLP82 UK 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none The Termites / The Upsetters The Termites / The Upsetters - I'll Be Waiting / Return Of Django (Single) Upsetter none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
none The Race Fans / The Engineers* The Race Fans / The Engineers* - Bookieman / Noisy Village (Single) Upset Records none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
none The Melotones* / Val Bennett With The Upset All Star* The Melotones* / Val Bennett With The Upset All Star* - Non Such / Stranger On The Shore(7") Upset none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
TR-616 David Isaacs / Upsetter All Stars* David Isaacs / Upsetter All Stars* - Place In The Sun / Handy Cap (Single) Trojan Records TR-616 UK 1968 Sell This Version
none Sir Lord Comic & The Upsetters / The Mellotones Sir Lord Comic & The Upsetters / The Mellotones - Bronco (Django Shoots First) / Uncle Desmond(7", Promo, W/Lbl) Upsetter none Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version