Saturday, March 1, 2008

The Congos

Here is another cornerstone roots album that is essential to any decent collection.

The Congos were more of an after thought project for Lee Scratch Perry (producer) and the end result of their sessions would be the "Heart of The Congos" album which many agree to be his finest work of his entire catalogue. The album is almost always included in every reggae critics "Top 10" list and yet the group as a whole never actually made their mark due to Scratch and disagreements on distribution of the record.

The irony is The Congos were short changed during their prime due to the fact that Perry was unwilling to release the album with Island records even after the huge success of Junior Murvin's "Police and Thieves" and Max Romeo's "War Inna Babylon" LPs which both garnered tons of acclaim in the UK during the same time period.

The members of The Congos resented the cards they were dealt and would never create another album anywhere near the perfection that is "Heart of The Congos."

The album is done in the infamous Jamaican trio vocal harmony style with Scratch and the Black Ark band providing the backbone of the album which is a dubbed-out, dark, roots style vibe that personifies the Black Ark sound of the time. The high falsetto of The Congos paired with the layers upon layers of echo and bass makes for an album that stands out in both style and cohesiveness.

Track Listing:

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

The Congos "Heart of The Congos" Full Album

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