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Congos - Heart Of The Congos (VP / 17 North Parade) 3xLP

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Lee Perry’s flawed classic 1977 Black Ark album, created during a time of emotional and spiritual upheavel for its overseer and later rewarded with rejection by Island records at the time who baulked at the condition of the master tapes Perry delivered to them, Heart Of The Congos has endured several different releases, two different sounding issues out of Jamaica, an issue on The Beat’s Go Feet label in the early eighties, VP’s own standard issue and Blood & Fire’s grand reconfiguration some years ago. This new revamped release features the original Black Art mix, some copies complete with the famous yellow stripes painted on the sleeve by Jah Wise, the guy who painted Horsemouth's motorbike petrol tank in the Rockers film. Brilliantly, this current release also has yellow stripes painted onto the sleeves of both the LP and CD issues!  This is supplemented by a two more discs that collect various non-album singles, 12" mixes and version sides from the singles lifted from the album.  The voices of Cedric Myton, Roy Johnson and sometime member Watty Burnett weave and soar around and about each other in an unearthly manner that suggests religious ecstasy as Perry, approaching the height of his musical mania, pours on the magic like some wigged-out Phil Spector. Nothing else sounds like it, and it can draw you into its spell until you have ears for nothing else. 

Track Listing:

Disc One:

Side One:

1. Fisherman
2. Congoman
3. Open Up The Gate
4. Children Crying

Side Two:

5. La La Bam Bam
6. Can’t Come In
7. Sodom & Gomorrow
8. The Wrong Thing

Disc Two:

Side Three:

9. Ark Of The Covenant
10. Solid Foundation
11. Don’t Blame On I
12. At The Feast

Side Four:

13. Neckodeemus
14. Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)
15. Foundation Dub

Disc Three:

Side Five:

16. Congoman (12" Mix)
17. Congoman Chant

Side Six:

18. Bring the Mackaback
19. Fisherman Dub
20. Noah Sugar Pan

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