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The Congos - Heart Of The Congos LP

The Congos - Heart Of The Congos LP

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"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 and 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.


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. The Wrong Thing
9. Ark of the Covenant
10. Solid Foundation

About this product: this reissue is pressed on black vinyl.