With a backing band like The Upsetters there’s no way this 1971 cover of the 1970 King Floyd original wouldn’t have a world-class skank. Journeyman reggae vocalist Dave Barker (perhaps better known as half of the duo of Dave & Ansell Collins) does a creditable job recreating the bright, evocative vocals of the original track.
You’ve become a sweet taste in my mouth, now
And I want you to be my spouse
So that we can live happily, nah-nah
In a great big ol’ roomy house
And I know you’re gonna groove me, baby
Originally recorded by Otis Redding and released posthumously in 1967, later popularized among a new generation by Georgia Southern rockers The Black Crowes in 1990, this version by The Upsetters is off the hook, with a wildness all its own.
Pretty little thing, let me light your candle,
’cause Mama I’m sure hard to handle.
Jamaican all-star reggae giants The Upsetters add to the mass of covers of the Bee Gee’s 1967 classic, falling somewhere between the masterful, rocked-out Nina Simone rendition and the efforts of Hank Williams Jr. from 1979’s ‘Family Tradition.’
A bonus listen: Busty Brown’s 1969 reggae version, another Upsetter recording. Great backing vocals; nice, understated guitars & keys.
There’s a light
A certain kind of light
That never shone on me
I want my life to be lived with you
Lived with you
Dub masters The Upsetters included a melodic if not lyrical representation of Rufus & Chaka Khan’s 1974 hit ‘Tell Me Something Good’ on their 1978 release ‘The Return of the Super Ape.’ Apropos of nothing this was The Upsetters’ last album, and the last recording made at Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Black Ark Studios.