The Upsetters — Hard To Handle


 

Most of the Reggae re-makes of the great soul tunes usually sound quite unimaginative — but I find this cover ofHard To Handle refreshing. The lead singer on this track is Carl Dawkins, which at first I thought was not true. I couldn’t remember having ever heard him as raspy as in this song. But when I re-listened to some of his other songs, I noticed that he used a bit of this raspiness in other songs, too. Not quite as intensely, though as in Hard To Handle. He probably had Big O. in mind when he covered this song.

 

 

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