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Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Friends

People Funny Boy: The Early Upsetter Singles


10 x 7" boxset

Released: 31st May 2019


This deluxe 7” box set collection gathers faithful reproductions of the first ten 45s that showcased his work in the UK, each pressed on high quality vinyl and presented in specially created card sleeves.

Also featured within this stylishly designed collection is a fold-out poster-sized insert, featuring a detailed essay on Perry by the producer’s official biographer, David Katz. In the late spring of 1968, after years spent making his mark within the Jamaican music industry as an artist and jobbing producer, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry unveiled his own Upsetter Records label. Over the months that immediately followed, his exceptional talent was repeatedly reinforced with the release of a series of popular 7” singles, the most successful was his ground-breaking hit, ‘People Funny Boy’. By the summer of ’68, the recently launched Trojan Records had acquired exclusive rights to Perry’s productions, issuing the best of his work on the company’s flagship label, prior to creating a British version of his Upsetter imprint, early the following year. 

People Funny Boy: The Early Upsetter Singles


  1. SINGLE 1: Spanish Harlem - Val Bennett Tighten Up – The Inspirations
  2. SINGLE 2: Uncle Charley - Mellotones What A Botheration - Mellotones
  3. SINGLE 3: None Such (Busted Me Bet) - The Mellotones Popeye Stranger On The Shore - Val Bennett
  4. SINGLE 4: Place In The Sun - David Isaacs Handy-Cap - Upsetter All Stars
  5. SINGLE 5: Sentence - Danny and Lee You Crummy - Lee Perry
  6. SINGLE 6: Honey Love - Bert Walters Evol Yenoh - Bert Walters
  7. SINGLE 7: Baby Baby - Val Bennett Barbara - Val Bennett
  8. SINGLE 8: Uncle Desmond – Lee Perry Bronco – Lee Perry
  9. SINGLE 9: People Funny Boy - Lee (King) Perry Blowing In The Wind - Burt Walters
  10. SINGLE 10: What A Botheration - Lee Perry Stand By Me – Upsetters