The Upsetters

The Upsetters

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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

The Upsetters Return Of Django (Album, EP) Upsetter (2) UK 1969 Sell This Version
PSP 1014 The Upsetters Clint Eastwood(LP, Album) Pama Records PSP 1014 UK 1970 Sell This Version
The Upsetters Many Moods Of The Upsetters (Album) Economy (2), Pama Records UK 1970 Sell This Version
Upsetters* Eastwood Rides Again (Album) Trojan Records, Upsetter UK 1970 Sell This Version
The Upsetters The Good, The Bad And The Upsetters (Album) Trojan Records UK 1970 Sell This Version
Dave Barker (2) Meets The Upsetters Dave Barker (2) Meets The Upsetters - Prisoner Of Love (Album) Upsetter (2) UK 1970 Sell This Version
The Upsetters Scratch The Upsetter Again (Album) Trojan Records, Upsetter (2) UK 1970 Sell This Version
The Upsetters Good, Bad & The Upsetters (Album) Trojan Records UK 1971 Sell This Version
Upsetters* Double Seven (Album) Trojan Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
The Upsetters Upsetters 14 Dub Black Board Jungle (Album) Upsetter Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
Max Romeo & The Upsetters Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War Ina Babylon (Album) Federal Records (3) US 1976 Sell This Version
The Upsetters Super Ape (Album) Island Records US 1976 Sell This Version
The Upsetters Return Of The Super Ape (Album) Lion Of Judah 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
The Upsetters Blackboard Jungle Dub (Album) Upsetter US 1981 Sell This Version
Max Romeo & The Upsetters Max Romeo & The Upsetters - Transition (Album, Comp) Rohit International Records Japan 1988 Sell This Version
King Tubby Meets The Upsetters King Tubby Meets The Upsetters - Roots & Society (Comp) Reggae Best France 1993 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
Lee Perry & His Upsetters* Lee Perry & His Upsetters* - Roaring Lion (Album, Comp) Pressure Sounds UK 2013 Sell This Version
PSLP 89 Lee Scratch Perry* With George Faith - The Upsetters - Augustus Pablo - Peter & Paul* - Joy White - Susan* & Bunny* - Noel Robinson (4) - The Gatherers Lee Scratch Perry* With George Faith - The Upsetters - Augustus Pablo - Peter & Paul* - Joy White - Susan* & Bunny* - Noel Robinson (4) - The Gatherers - Mr Perry I Presume(2xLP, Comp, Ltd, Num, Yel) Pressure Sounds PSLP 89 UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Termites / The Upsetters The Termites / The Upsetters - I'll Be Waiting / Return Of Django (Single) Upsetter Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
The Race Fans / The Engineers* The Race Fans / The Engineers* - Bookieman / Noisy Village (Single) Upset Records Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
The Melotones* / Val Bennett With The Upset All Star* The Melotones* / Val Bennett With The Upset All Star* - Non Such / Stranger On The Shore Upset Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version