Friday 8 March 2019

Rare double page trade ad for A Fistful of Dollars

I thought it would a good time to post this. Here is a nice rare double page trade ad dating from 1966. I believe it appeared in Variety. On the left are the 3 panel teaser designs which I understand were originally released individually in order to capture the readers’ attention – and eventually led to the full page design on the right. It’s a lovely piece designed by United Artists – and still demands quite a high price tag on today’s market – when they appear of course…

Friday 1 March 2019

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry & The Upsetters: Clint Eastwood re-released in an expanded version

It was back in May 2018 that I announced the release of the superb twofer CD featuring 2 album reissues from The Upsetters – Return of Django & Eastwood Rides Again. So I am very pleased to announce the follow up twofer release, and something I was secretly hoping would eventually arrive.
Released on April 5th 2019 by Doctor Bird Records (via Cherry Red Records), the 2 disc set features the 1969 album Clint Eastwood (originally released on Pama Records) and Many Moods of The Upsetters (originally released on the Economy label). The ‘Clint Eastwood’ album had seen the majority of its tracks issued in the UK over the previous months as 7” singles on the company’s Camel and Punch subsidiary labels.

In their original form, each album contained 12 and 13 tracks respectively. These have now been expanded to 24 tracks per disc and contain tracks that have never been released to CD.

As explained back in May, these albums became part of the whole sub-genre and cultural atmosphere surrounding the whole ‘dollar’ explosion within the UK and in particular the London regions. Amongst the disc’s generous contents, you will find here the groups unique title track ‘Clint Eastwood’, ‘Return of the Ugly’ and ‘For a Few Dollars More’.
Original Album reverse
These albums are of course for the real hard core fans and completists. For me they are an essential part of the whole cultural scene and the ‘Dollar’ social history. The Eastwood trilogy was without doubt a major influence on The Upsetters and their contributions only helped in broadening the films greater popularity. I can only hope that Doctor Bird and Cherry Red Records see fit to release The Good, The Bad & The Upsetters (1970) – watch this space…
To order, use the link HERE