The Upsetters’ “Super Ape” album, produced by legendary Jamaican musician and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, is a landmark of reggae music.
Playlist Essentials: The Upsetters “Super Ape”
Released in 1976, the album was an instant classic, showcasing Perry’s innovative and experimental approach to production.
Perry’s influence on reggae culture cannot be overstated. Born in Jamaica in 1936, Perry began his career as a record seller before moving on to production. He worked with some of the biggest names in reggae music, including Bob Marley, The Wailers, and Max Romeo, producing some of their most iconic albums.
Perry’s signature style was characterized by his use of cutting-edge production techniques, including dubbing and remixing. He was known for his experimental approach, often incorporating unconventional sounds and instruments into his recordings. This approach, combined with his political and social commentary, made Perry one of the most important figures in reggae music.
Some of Perry’s most notable albums include. “The Upsetter” (1969), “Africa’s Blood” (1971), “War Ina Babylon” (1976), and “Heart of the Congos” (1977). These albums showcased Perry’s talent for producing music that was both musically innovative and socially relevant.
Perry’s influence on reggae culture extended beyond his music. He was also known for his eccentric personality and colorful fashion sense, often sporting brightly-colored suits and hats. Perry’s unique style and personality helped to shape the image of reggae music and culture.
Perry passed away on August 29, 2021, at the age of 85. His legacy lives on through his music, which continues to inspire and influence generations of musicians and fans alike. Perry’s innovative approach to production and his commitment to social and political commentary remain an important part of reggae music’s history and culture. The Upsetters’ “Super Ape” album is a testament to Perry’s talent and vision, and a must-listen for anyone interested in exploring the rich history of reggae music.
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