Bob Marley & Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bob Marley vs. Lee “Scratch” Perry: The Best of the Upsetter Years 1970-1971

Chris Salewicz

By Chris Salewicz

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Perhaps the finest music that the Wailers ever made.

This collection of the Wailers'work with Scratch Perry, the Picasso of reggae, is the finest music they ever made. Originally released as two LPs, Soul Rebels and Soul Revolution, the tunes were recorded in 1970, with Aston "Family Man" Barrett on bass and his brother Carlton on drums, the first time they worked with Bob. It was psychedelic reggae; the inspirational influence of Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, two artists to whom Bob had been listening, was apparent. "Duppy Conqueror," in which the Wailers threatened to mash down any bad forces that came along to test them, was the first tune they issued as a 45, at the end of 1970. It began a string of Jamaican hits: "Mr. Brown," "Kaya," and "Small Axe" were all big sellers in 1971, and "Keep On Moving" hit in 1972.