Heart of the Congos

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Heart of the Congos
Heart of the Congos (Lee 'Scratch' Perry album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by The Congos
Released 1977
Recorded 1976–1977, Black Ark, Kingston, Jamaica
Genre Roots reggae
Label Black Ark
Producer Lee Perry
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Heart of the Congos is a roots reggae album by The Congos, produced by Lee "Scratch" Perry at his Black Ark studio with a studio band including Boris Gardiner on bass and Ernest Ranglin on guitar. The album was released in 1977. It is noted as being one of Perry's masterpiece productions of the Black Ark era.

The first issue of the LP in Jamaica was a very limited release said to consist of only several hundred copies. The original mix of the album was not officially re-issued on either LP or CD until 2017's 40th Anniversary Edition (although an 'unofficial' CD release, sourced from the original LP, was released in 2004 by CORN-FED Productions, based in Amsterdam). Until 2017, all editions subsequent to the first Jamaica release feature a 2nd, substantially different, mix by Lee Perry. The 40th Anniversary Edition includes both mixes of the album, as well as ten bonus tracks.

The album was listed in the 1999 book The Rough Guide: Reggae: 100 Essential CDs.[1]

Pitchfork Media ranked the record at #46 on its "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Cedric Myton and Roydel Johnson, except tracks 1 and 2 written by Cedric Myton, Roydel Johnson and Lee Perry.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Fisherman"
  2. "Congoman"
  3. "Open Up the Gate"
  4. "Children Crying"
  5. "La La Bam-Bam"

Side two[edit]

  1. "Can't Come In"
  2. "Sodom and Gomorrow"
  3. "The Wrong Thing"
  4. "Ark of the Covenant"
  5. "Solid Foundation"

1996 CD track listing[edit]

CD one (Remix)[edit]

  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"
  11. "At the Feast"
  12. "Nicodemus"

CD two[edit]

  1. "Congoman" (12" mix)
  2. "Congoman Chant"
  3. "Bring the Mackaback"
  4. "Noah Sugar Pan"
  5. "Solid Foundation" (Disco Cork Mix)

2017 40th Anniversary Edition CD track listing[edit]

CD one (Remix)[edit]

  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"

CD two (Bonus Tracks)[edit]

  1. "Don't Blame It On I"
  2. "At The Feast"
  3. "Neckodeemus"
  4. "Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)"
  5. "Foundation Dub"
  6. "Congoman (12" Mix)"
  7. "Congoman Chant"
  8. "Bring The Mackaback"
  9. "Fisherman Dub"
  10. "Noah Sugar Pan"

CD three (Original mix)[edit]

  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"

Personnel[edit]

Produced by The Congos and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Recorded at the Black Ark 1976–77, Cardiff Crescent, Washington Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (1999) Reggae: 100 Essential CDs, Rough Guides, ISBN 1-85828-567-4
  2. ^ Pitchfork staff (23 June 2004). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 January 2013.