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The Congos

Heart of the Congos [VP]

Heart of the Congos [VP]

UPC: 054645128711

Format: LP

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The original version of HEART OF THE CONGOS is available on VP (1287).
The Congos: Cedric Myton, "Congo Ashanti" Roy Johnson (vocals).
Additional personnel: Ernest Ranglin, Robert "Billy" Johnson (guitar); Keith Stewart (piano); Winston "Brubeck" Wright (organ, bass); Boris Gardiner, Geoffrey Chung (bass); Lowell "Sly" Dunbar, Mikey "Boo" Richards, Paul (drums); Noel "Skully" Simms, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson, Lee Perry (percussion); The Meditations, Watty "King" Burnett, Gregory Isaacs, Earl Morgan, Barry Llewellyn, Candy McKenzie (background vocals).
Recorded at The Black Ark, Kingston, Jamaica in 1976 and 1977. Includes liner notes by Bob Harding and Steve Barrow.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
HEART OF THE CONGOS is a landmark reggae album whose initial obscurity was due to a dispute between producer Lee Perry and his label, Island Records. Perry's idea to create a roots vocal album took shape when Cedric Myton and Roy Johnson auditioned at his Black Ark Studio. The resulting album had Myton and Johnson wrapping their falsetto and tenor around one another in the sweetly rendered "Children Crying" and "La La Bam-Bam."
Perry's production lent HEART OF THE CONGOS a hazy, dub-like sheen that swathed the Rastafarian imagery of songs such as "Sodom & Gomorrow" and "Ark Of Covenant" in muted shadings. Backed by a number of legendary session musicians including Sly Dunbar and Ernest Ranglin, HEART OF THE CONGOS could have been a smash, had Perry not held back the record from Island Records who handled his international distribution. Instead, it became a lost classic cherished by countless reggae aficionados. This special two-disc package is an expanded version of the album, included extra songs and alternate mixes.


1 - Fisherman
2 - Congoman
3 - Open up the Gate
4 - Children Crying
5 - La la Bam-Bam
6 - Can't Come In
7 - Sodom and Gomorrow
8 - Wrong Thing
9 - Ark of the Covenant
10 - Solid Foundation