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Heart Of The Congos

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Special Thanks: Cedric and Yvonne Myton, Roydel Johnson, Barry Frankson, Andrea Lewis, Clive Chin and Mandy Campbell, Bob Perry, Lisa Barbaris & Max King, David Katz, Jeremy Collingwood and Trevor Wyatt. The Congos album was coming together and Scratch would spend more time on this production then any of his previous efforts. I haved the to first relesses maybee not first printed with the yellow paint but on the same sleeve blue and same label LP-4049-A

Roy went off to improve his guitar skills in the hope that maybe he could make it as a session musician rather than a singer. He briefly joined The Rightful Brothers band where he improved on his guitar playing and learned to become a skilled hand drummer. Jewel case and Slipcase version that was released after the production of the original Digipak-style release was stopped.The first version however was considered poor by all involved and so Scratch arranged for the two of them to return the next day with a different set of musicians.

The time they spent together gave us this remarkable album, a piece of reggae history and one of the greatest albums of all time. After a stint in the US Navy, stationed in the now infamous Guantanamo Bay, Roy returned to Kingston in the early seventies and again began hanging around studios in the hope that someone would record him. Just a note about a confused comment about the Cow noise used, and referring that the Cow is out of place to the Ark topic . One should find out more before making such statements. The Cow is 'holy' in many cultures, including Christianity, and is symbolic in the Ark mythos. The words “ Lee”, “ Perry” and “genius” crop up together frequently; yet these days evidence of the producer’s excellence seems to be limited to erratic stage performances and wilful eccentricity. Heart of the Congos, however, is the most vivid example of what he’s capable of.Lee Perry saw something in the Congos and in the songs they had written and he truely wanted to get the best out of the group and push the message given by the songs lyrics. To be fair, I'm no reggae aficionado. As far as I know, there aren't a lot of acts in this genre putting out anything as soulful and original as Heart of the Congos. Of course, I could be wrong. I encourage those in the know to send me a heads up. For those who scoff at the genre, for whatever reason, I implore you to give this album a shot. I think you might like it.

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